Celebration, always brings a special joy to me. I love every part of
Navrathri, Starting from Arranging the
Stairs(Golu Padi), Placing the dolls, Selecting a Theme for the Extra
Arrangement!!! Inviting Guest, thamboolam, SUNDAL!!!! Loads of Fun!!!! So the Preps begins a month before it actually starts!!!
Bala Kutty!!! This Navrathri, for the First Time, I am announcing my Own Event
and a Give away.
- Spread the Word, Share this Announcement in your FB Page.
- Cook and Post a Recipe for Navrathri from 15th October 2012 – 31st October 2012. Link it to my Event Page
- 1st Week of November i will pick up a Random Winner and they will be getting Either one of these 2 books and Mail you Wherever you are!!
- Sanjeev Kapoor’s Vegetarian Magic (or)
- Tarla Dalal’s Easy Chinese Cooking
- While buying gifts, please keep in mind the utility of it, try avoiding plastic, my manni/co-sister once gave a good agarbathi/incense stick in thamboolam, something that is useful and will be gone in 10 days.
- I don’t gift blouse pieces with my thamboolam, all of us know it gets circulated, instead I give small face towels which can be carried by kids with their lunch box or by adults for gym/workouts/walks.
- Once I got some magnetic holders that can be stuck to fridge or doors and can hold utilities like scissors, knives in kitchen or pencil/pen in living room. For the past 3 years I m getting SS utensils from Chennai.
Coming to poojai, I m sharing what i do in my home, hoping a few would find it useful.
- First and foremost, don’t get tensed or overly worked up, you are celebrating Ambal, a supreme power, a lady who knows everything and also you. The shradhai with which you do the pooja matters more than how many hours you do it or what you offer for neivedhiyam.
- I chant Ashtothrams(Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi) and do the pooja, usually around 9:30 -10 in the morning.
- I do neivedhiyam both morning and evening. Mornings I usually offer freshly cooked rice, paruppu and payasam, as it is made everyday during navrathri, even otherise rice and paruppu are staple at home.
- If you dont have time to make the above, a glass of fresh milk in the morning is good as neivedhiyam. If offering boiled milk, add a tsp of sugar and offer. Evenings are mostly Sundal, that too, just a cup of any lentil/legume .
- While there might be days where I have to goto another pooja in the evenings , those days I offer fruits and a mix of nuts with rock candy or milk with sugar.
- If expecting a big crowd any of the days, I keep their thamboolam ready a day ahead, make a big batch of sarkaraipongal/payasam and sundal. So I don’t spend much time in the kitchen, and enjoy the golu with my friends.
- Golu/navrathri is all about enjoying the goddess at home, do pooja and chant naamas everyday, be positive all days, do poojai/neivedhiyam with shraddhai and loads of love, for that is what will be measured by her not, what you offer and in what you offer !! Have fun ladies, for it is your 9 days!!
- Dry roast the Rice flour in a pan to just make it hot. This will take just 2 minutes. We don’t want the rice flour to change color.
- Take the warm rice flour and spread it on a plate. Mix the salt in 2 tbsp of water, sprinkle little salt-water on the flour and mix well with your hands. The Water mixed flour should hold if you hold it tightly, and collapse if you break it.
- Take the Salt mixed flour in a bowl/steamer plate and steam cook it for 5-8 minutes. I used my Idly Steamer.
- After the given time, take it out of the steamer, spread it on a flat plate. Heat Jaggery with 2 tbsp of water and prepare a syrup of single-string consistency.
- Pour this Jaggery syrup on the steamed rice flour and mix well. Add grated coconut, cardamom and roasted nuts and raisins . Mix well and Serve.
There is a chance of the Jaggery syrup getting into ball-like consistency, in that case, the puttu might become little clumpy. Do not Worry, let the puttu rest for sometime, then take it in a mixer and pulse it 2-3 times and transfer it to a flat plate, the puttu will separate and become powdery.
3 cups Parboiled rice
1/2 cup urad dal
1 handful of raw rice
1 tsp Methi seeds
To make idlies, let the batter sit outside for a day. If you are grinding it in the morning, leave it out for the day, you will get good idlies for night.
Sending these cuties to Festive Food – His Cooking Event hosted @ Indian Khana
- Cook any Vegetarian Meal in 30 minutes, No Eggs Allowed. The Cooking time of the Dish should be 30 minutes apart from the Preps, like vegetable cutting, Preparing the Ingredients like Soaking, fermenting etc.
- Use the linky tool below to add your entries.While Sending the recipe to the Event, Mention that it is for the Recipe Contest happening @ Enveetu Kitchen by CupoNation. No Archived Entries please.
- Do Check the RaffleCopter Window to qualify for the giveaway.
- The Contest runs till August 5th 2013. By August 10th, i will post the roundup and pick the winners through random.org.
- Non-Bloggers too are welcome to send in your entries, Mail me your entries to Vaasu.firstname.lastname@example.org with your Name, E-mail and Name of the Dish and a Photo of the dish.
- Use of Logo is Optional, But would help to spread the word about the event, More the Merrier
Some important guidelines to follow :
- Cook, fry, saute, bake or blend any Vegetarian Dish that fits the theme finger food for parties. Since this is a Vegetarian blog, i cannot accept meat entries. However, Eggs are allowed in a Baked Dish.
- The dish prepared should have been accepted by your own kid, kid from your family or friends. Or even something that you loved eating as a kid.
- Entries need to be posted in your blog between 15th December 2015 and 15th January 2016.
- Kindly link up this event announcement(this post link) and Valli’s Kid’s delight announcement.
- Bloggers kindly link your entries in the linky tool below.
- Non-bloggers are also invited to participate, kindly send in your entries along with the picture to email@example.com.