Bellam paramannam or payasam recipe – In most Andhra homes during the festivals makara sankranti(pongal festival), varalakshmi vratam, lakshmi puja, navratri puja this payasam is made. It is also called as sankranti pongal or bellam pongali. This is prepared with the dal and rice from the new harvest if prepared during pongal festival, since it […]
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.
Moong dal ladoo recipe – Ladoo or laddu are traditional Indian sweets made mostly using lentils or flour, ghee and sugar or jaggery. These moong dal laddo are made of skinned split mung lentil called as mung or moong dal. These balls turn out to be very aromatic and taste great. These are called as pesara sunnundalu […]
coconut ladoo recipe using jaggery – These fresh coconut ladoo called as Kobbari Louz (lous) in Andhra are packed with a goodness of nutrition and taste. These can be made with either sugar or jaggery, while the jaggery ones are healthier and tastier with the best aroma. These healthy coconut ladoo can be made to […]
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 […]
chalimidi recipe with vada pappu and chalimidi undrallu for andhra festivals. chalimidi is one of the simple sweet dishes that is prepared in our family during festivals like Sri Ram Navami, Vinayaka Chavithi, Durga Navarathri and even during a special pooja like Sundara Kanda Parayanam. Apart from these occasions, this is also prepared during […]
Moong dal payasam or kheer recipe – South Indian style payasam recipe also known as pasi paruppu payasam or pesara pappu payasam recipe with step by step photos. A smooth creamy and delicious tasting kheer. Split skinned green gram is known as moong dal in Indian language. It is called as pesara pappu in telugu, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Chakkara pongal or sweet pongal recipe also known as sakkarai pongal is one of the most common sweet nivedyams or prasadams prepared in south India and offered to goddess, especially during pongal festival, varalakshmi vratam, Dasara / Durga Navratri. There are a few different ways pongal is made with varying ingredients like jaggery, milk, edible […]