Ellu Chiguli / Stuffing for Ellu kozhakkattai

‘Open Sesame’ is a famous phrase in the movie Alibaba and forty thieves. Yes!! It bursts open when it attains maturity. They are available in two colours -white and black. In Hindu mythology, the black seeds represent Lord Sani(Saturn). They are rich in iron, magnesium and has anti-cancer properties.  Adding jaggery to it makes it more rich in iron. They...

Ellu Saadham / Ellodharai

Ellu Saadham is popularly called as Ellodharai in tamilnadu. It is given as Prasadham in many Venkatachalapathy temples during Purattasi month. I learnt this recipe from my amma. As we all know, sesame is rich in iron. including it in any form is good for health. We also make ellu chikki, ellu podi at home, but making of ellu urundai...

Gokulashtami / Krishna jayanthi

Gokulashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna. It falls on the 8th day after Avani Avittam. On this day, we draw the small footprints from the entrance to the Pooja room. It denotes the entry of Lord Krishna and to welcome Him. Many people draw the footprints like number 8 or they will fold their wrist and dip it in the...

Uppu Cheedai

This is the first time I am making seedai in my life. I was advised by all the elders in the family to be careful while making the seedai. If you are not careful the seedai will start bursting. After going through many blogs and getting some tips, I started making seedai. I have also given the tips known to...

How to make Ghee at Home

Ghee is a form of clarified butter that occupies space in Asian Kitchen. Pure desi ghee is made from Cow’s milk. One of Ayurveda’s most treasured foods, ghee has incredible healing properties. From our dals to khichdi and halwas to chapathi, ghee is one of the kitchen staples.  It contains plenty of omega-3 fatty acids along with Vitamin A. In fact, swapping ghee...

Tricolour Dosai – Independance day special

Tricolour dosai –  What does that mean? how can we make it? So a lot of questions might arise when we hear the name. Let me tell you the reason for its name. I have used three coloured batter to make this dosai. The theme is based on Indian flag. It has saffron, white and green colour with Ashoka Chakra...

Neyyappam/Unni appam

Neyyappam is the traditional sweet recipe in Kerala and Tamilnadu made of rice flour and jaggery. It is also called as rice pancakes. Neyyappam is mainly made on Aavini avittam and Karthigai Deepam. It can be stored in an air tight container for about a week. You can make it in traditional bronze appa kaaral or in non-stick. it is similar...

Thattai Murukku/ Nippattu

Thattai Murukku is a traditional crispy South Indian snack. We make this for Gokulashtami and offer it to God. In Karnataka this is called as Nippattu. This is a simple and easy snack made with rice flour and urad dhal flour. You can use the same dough that you make it for uppu seedai. But for this recipe you add...

Avani Avittam

Yajur Upaakarma Sankalpam Avani Avittam is an important ritual associated with the Brahmin community in the world. The day is of great significance to Rig, Yajur, Sama Vedic Brahmins. On the next day, Gayatri Japa Sankalmpam is observed. In other parts of South India, the observance is known as Upakarma. On the day of Avani Avittam, the sacred thread worn is changed and...

Aadi Pooram

            Aadi Pooram is one of the important festivals for Iyengars. The pooram star that falls on this month is the birthday of Andal. She is the only woman among 12 Alwars who composed Divya Prabhandham. Thiruppavai and Nachiyar thirumozhi are the pasurams composed by her. Vaaranam Aayiram is a renowned Thirumozhi.Normally thiruppavai is sung by unmarried...

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