Poornam boorelu or poornalu are a popular delicacy in andhra cuisine which is commonly prepared during festivals, wedding and other special occasions. These are called as sukhiyan in malayalam , suyam, suzhiyan or sugunta in other parts of the neighboring states. These are prepared for varalakshmi vratam and durga navratri in almost every Telugu speaking […]
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.
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 […]
Vada or medu vada recipe. – Garelu, uddina vade, ulundhu vadai are other South Indian names to these round disc shaped fritters made of lentils like urad dal or chana dal. These are one of the very popular South Indian food – especially served for Breakfast or snack in street stalls and tiffin centers. The […]
pala munjalu recipe – An easy alternate to making poornam boorelu. Most women find it difficult to make burelu or poornalu, since it requires the batter (used for outer cover) to be in the right consistency. This recipe is almost like boorelu but the outer covering is made of rice flour cooked in milk. […]
Poornam kudumulu recipe – sweet stuffed rice balls or dumplings that are prepared during varalakshmi puja and vinayaka chavithi in most karnataka, Andhra homes. These are called as kadubu or sihi kadubu in kannada and are prepared for ganesh chaturthi. In some parts of Andhra, kudumulu means a sweet stuffed ball while in few other […]
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Pesara poornam boorelu (pesara poornalu) or dishes made of pesara pappu are offered as navratri naivedhyam on one of the 9 days. These are also called as sukhiyan, suziyan and suyam in other south Indian states. I have posted poornam boorelu recipe that is different from today’s recipe. The difficulty is in making the batter […]
Panakam recipe – Sri rama navami recipes . Panakam, chalimidi, vadapappu are some of the naivedyams that are offered to Lord Rama during Sri Rama Navami, Goddess Varalakshmi during varalakshmi vratam / puja and to goddess Durga during Durga Navaratri. Sri Ram Navami falls on the 9th day of chaitra masa every year and it […]
Sunnandalu recipe – with sugar or jaggery. A classic Andhra sweet made using urad dal that is usually prepared during the festival sankranthi and most other festivals too. In our family these minapa sunnundalu are very commonly prepared during the kids vacations too as it is considered to be very nutritious, high in calcium and […]
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 […]
Senaga pappu payasam or channa dal kheer – a festive kheer recipe. We at my mom’s house, make this on one of the navratris to offer to goddess. 3 main ingredients that go towards the making of this kheer are offered together in some form on one of these 9 days. The ingredients are channa […]
Ven pongal recipe with video & step by step photos – Also know as khara pongal is one of the popular South Indian foods that is offered to the GODS as naivedyam during festivals, auspicious days and even offered in temples. Ven pongal is one of the most commonly and important naivedyam foods that is […]
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 […]
rava appalu recipe Appalu are deep fried sweets that are prepared to offer as naivedhyam during festivals. Traditionally, Appalu are made of homemade rice flour and jaggery. Rava appalu is just a variation of the traditional appalu and are made using sooji/ suji / semolina and no other flours are used. We make these […]
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 […]
Sheera recipe or Suji halwa 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 / saffron […]