Passages

This blog has one purpose. It is to provide my Grandchildren a place of inspiration, a place that reminds them of their Indian ancestry. Recipes herein are a passage to India, and I trust, will journey the reader to the glorious flavors and aromas of the Andhra kitchens.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Vinayaka chaturthi

Every year, according to Indian calendar, Bhadrapada masam (a month which usually falls in September), shukla (first fortnight), chaturthi (fourth day) is an auspicious day celebrated as Vinayaka chaturthi. It is said to be the birthday of "Vinayaka" or "Ganesha", the "Elephant-head god" These are the main delicacies prepared on that day. It falls on September 7th, 2005. Ganesha's idol is brought to home and prayers are offered to it. This pooja ends after 9 days with immersion of the idol in lakes.


1. Undrallu

Take 2 cups of rice, wash it, and air dry it. After it is dry, powder it coarsely (the size of idli rava/semolina). Soak 1/4 cup of chana dal for 10 minutes.

Take a pan, put some oil (preferably peanut oil or sesame oil. Heat it and add Jeera (cumin seeds). After it turns red, add 4 cups of water to it and bring it to boil. Then add salt to taste, soaked channa dal and then powdered rice by continuously stirring. Keep stirring until it turns semi solid. Then cover it and on a slow flame cook it till done.

After it cools down to bearable level, apply little oil to hands (so that it does not stick to hands), take the cooked mixture and shape them round with hands, the size - a bit smaller than tennis ball.

This can be reheated (steam or microwave) before having.

This is usually had with "Kobbarikaya mavidikaya pachadi"

2. Kobbarikaya mavidikaya pachadi

One whole coconut, made into pieces.
One medium sized raw mango, cut into pieces.
Mustard seeds a teaspoonful
Fenugreek 1/2 teaspoonful.
7-8 Red chilies or as required.
Two pinches of asafoetida.
One tablespoon of oil.
Sugar, half a teaspoon.

Heat oil in the pan, add mustard and fenugreek seeds. Stir-fry until mustard seeds pop and fenugreek turn brown (make sure it is dark brown in color or else it will leave a bitter taste). Then add red chilies and asafoetida. Grind this with mango and coconut pieces with the sugar to paste adding little water.

This can be had with hot rice.

3. Jilledikayalu

Rice one cup, soaked, dried, and finely powdered.
One large coconut, grounded.
One-cup jaggery, powdered.
4 Cardamon powdered.

Heat a pan, add finely ground coconut and powdered jaggery. Cook until done with constant stirring. When it is done, add cardamon and remove from flame. After it cools down, make it into round balls the size of lemon. (This mixture is called laskora, and is also had as is.)

In a pan, put 1 cup of water and bring it to boil. Keep adding rice powder slowly while mixing. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to it and cover with a lid, and cook till done. Take 2 tablespoon of the mixture. This should be rolled (like chapati/indian bread) the size of palm. Place one laskora one side, bring the other side of it on top of laskora and cover it on all sides by pressing it. After all pieces have been prepared in the manner, they have to be steam-cook them for five minutes. Remove them and cool it. It is had after cooling to room temperature.

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