Aval payasam recipe – Atukula payasam or poha kheer is simple to make and tastes delicious. I had made aval payasam few times before but never got it delicious and felt nothing special. Sometime ago I had a friend home to help me prepare naivedyam for a puja. Her aval payasam turned out delicious, so […]
Varalakshmi Vratham Recipes - This year varalakshmi vratham is celebrated on Friday, 04 th August 2017.
Varalakshmi vratam is a festival that is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the companion (wife) of Lord Vishnu. Lakshmi is the mother goddess of Hindus and is believed that she takes 8 different forms known as Ashtalakshmi to grant us different kinds of wealth.
Vara or varam literally translates to a boon/blessing and varalakshmi denotes “Lakshmi who grants boon”. Vratham means performing a ritual. In the full sense varalakshmi vratham means "Performing a ritual for Goddess Lakshmi to get her blessings/boon".
Varalaxmi vratham is performed on the Friday prior to Poornima in the month of Shravana or shravana masam. It is carried out with much devotion by married women for the prosperity of the family, mainly the husband. It is believed that worshipping Godess Varalakshmi on this day is equal to worshiping Ashtalakshmi – i.e Aadilaxmi, Dhanalaxmi, Dhanyalaxmi, Gajalaxmi, Santanalaxmi, Veeralaxmi, Vidyalaxmi, and Vijayalaksmi.
On this day, different foods are offered as naivedhyam to please the Goddess. It is good to follow the Vratham procedure followed by the elders in the family as it is mostly based on the family customs. Traditionally payasam, boorelu, pulihora, garelu, punugulu, kudumulu, pachi chalimidi, vada pappu, panakam, pongali, phulagam are most commonly prepared in our home. I have not included payasam recipes using saggubiyyam/sago and semiya since they are processed foods and is not used by some people for naivedhyam. I have used green chili, garlic and onion in some recipes, skip them. You can also replace green chili with pepper corn.
Puliyogare recipe with video – South Indian tamarind rice is known by different names in different states like puliyodarai, pulihora, puliyogare. Each of these are specific to a state and are made with little variations. This is commonly made in South Indian homes and even served as prasadam not only in temples but also in […]
Sweet corn sundal recipe. This quick to make sweet corn sundal can be served any time to your kids for evening snack, in the lunch box or even for breakfast along with bread or roti. Sometimes I run out of ideas for the kids’ evening snack. Just like most other kids mine too love to […]
Chana sundal recipe for naivedyam. Sundal or guggillu is a stir fried South Indian dish mostly made with lentils. These are very commonly made in almost every house hold during some festivals as these are offered to the gods or goddess. Based on the family customs and traditions these are made for festivals. We make […]
Suji ka halwa recipe or sheera recipe – One of the quick Indian sweet recipes most often made for festivals, celebrations and religious ceremonies. It is known by different names sooji ka halwa, sheera, rava sheera or rava halwa. It is the same as South Indian rava kesari just without the addition of kesari / […]
Moong dal halwa – An easy, delicious and healthy halwa for festive season or occasions. There are few halwa recipes like carrot halwa or pumpkin halwa, which need quite a lot of effort to cook. But this moong dal halwa can be made in a jiffy since it requires no planning no grating no blending […]
Puran poli recipe , a classic sweet stuffed flat bread mostly made during festivals. It is known by different names as bobbatlu or bobattu in telugu, holige or obbattu in kannada, boli, poli in other regional langauges. For the sweet stuffing, chana dal and jaggery are used. For the outer layer usually maida/plain flour is […]
fruit kesari recipe – Navratri wishes to all the readers and friends celebrating this festival. Sharing a simple, quick and very delicious fruit kesari or fruit sheera that can be made during this festive season. You can find the complete collection of 33 navratri recipes here To make this fruit kesari recipe Apple, banana, pineapple […]
Ellu kozhukattai recipe – Sesame seeds modak recipe with step by step photos. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to the readers who are celebrating this festival. kozhukattai / kudumulu / modak are steamed rice flour dumplings offered to Lord Ganesha or Godess Lakshmi during festivals. A large variety of these are made with different stuffing to offer […]
Rava ladoo recipe or suji ladoo recipe – A quick sweet recipe that is made with only a few ingredients like semolina, coconut, sugar, nuts and ghee/milk. A beginners recipe and needs no expertise. This ladoo can also be made without coconut, but the addition of dried coconut (copra) adds a very good aroma to […]
Pineapple sheera recipe with video & step by step photos – Sheera is a sweet made using semolina and is known with different names across India. The other most common names are suji halwa, sajjige, kesari, kesaribath or rava kesari. Kesari recipes are made using kesari (saffron) or an artificial kesari color. Sheera can be […]
Masala vada recipe or chana dal vada – A popular South Indian tea time snack and a street food made using skinned split bengal gram i.e chana dal. Masala meaning a mixture of spices are added to the coarsely ground chana dal mixture to make these crispy and flavorful vadai. If you are looking for […]
Curd rice recipe – It is more often eaten by the south Indians as a part of meal. It makes a great summer food as well. Rice and yogurt are the 2 main ingredients that go towards making this. It is called as thayir sadam in tamil and daddojanam in telugu. Yogurt rice can be […]
Coconut ladoo recipe with video & step by step photos – One of the Indian sweets recipes that can very easily be made for any festival. These can be made using fresh coconut or desiccated coconut, with sugar or jaggery to suit ones taste. I made these with desiccated coconut, sugar and milk. But they […]
Punugulu recipe – A quick evening snack from andhra cuisine made with urad dal and rice batter. Punugulu or punukkulu is a common street food in the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh. These are crispy deep fried popular snack that are eaten with a spicy chutney. Punugulu are often made in most Andhra homes even […]
Millet pongal recipe – sharing another millet recipe that is filling, healthy, protein rich and diabetic friendly too. I have used hulled foxtail millet, called as thinai in tamil, korralu in telugu & navane in kannada. You can use any other millet like kodo millet (varagu), little millet (sama) or barnyard millet to make this […]
Sweet pongal recipe or chakkara pongali in telugu or sakkarai pongal in tamil – Learn to make delicious pongal by following the video or step by step pictures. I have also shared a Temple style recipe of sweet pongal and a chakkara pongali recipe using sugar and very little milk that can be made faster […]
Rava kesari recipe or kesari bath is a south Indian sweet that is often made for festive occasions or special days. There are many variations of this like pala kesari, banana kesari, pineapple kesari, mango kesari, semiya kesari or fruit kesari recipe. The term kesari means saffron. Rava kesari is made with semolina, sugar and […]