Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ellu urundai / Sesame Ladoos / Sesame & Jaggery balls

Standard

Ellu urundai is one of our staple sweets made during certain festivals like Vinayakar Chaturthi and Krishna Jeyanthi.  This is made with Black sesame seeds, jaggery / palm sugar and cardamom powder. This dish can be made in large quantity and stored in a air tight container for a week time.

Ellu urundai / Sesame ladoos / Sesame & Jaggery balls

Ellu urundai / Sesame ladoos / Sesame & Jaggery balls

Ingredients:

  • Black Sesame seeds / Ellu / Til seeds – 1 cup
  • Jaggery – ¼ cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1 tsp

Preparation:

  • Heat the kadai and dry roast them till they pop around. Let it come to room temperature.
  • Take it in a blender with jaggery and cardamom powder. Pulse them together.
  • Transfer it to a bowl. Take small portions and shape them into ladoos.

Store it in a air tight container and consume for a week time.

Note: Be careful when roasting the sesame seeds, remove it from heat when it pops out else it would get burnt and would taste bitter.

Neyyappam / Unniappam / Banana Appam / Banana Panniyaram

Standard

 

Nei Appam is type of paniyaram prepared with rice flour flavored with jaggery syrup, grated coconut, cardamom powder and dry ginger powder. It can be served for breakfast, snacks and also an offering to god during Vinayagar Chaturthi and Krishna jeyanthi.

Nei Appam

Nei Appam

Ingredients:

  • Ripe Banana – 2 noss
  • Jaggery / Vellam / Palm sugar – 1 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 2 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 2 tsp
  • Dry Ginger powder – 1 tsp
  • Baking soda – ½ tsp
  • Oil/Ghee for frying

Preparation:

  • Peel the banana. Make it to smooth paste in blender.
  • Heat jaggery and water till it is melted. Sieve through the strainer, pour over the banana and mix well.
  • Take it in a bowl, add cardamom powder, dry ginger powder and mix it well.
  • Add in the rice flour and mix well so that a thick batter is formed. If its thick adjust with water for the consistency.
  • Now add in baking soda and mix well. Cover the batter and let it ferment for 3 to 4 hrs.
  • Now heat the paniyaram pan and drop ghee in all the holes.
  • Drop a spoonful of this batter in hot ghee and fry till golden brown on one side.
  • Flip over and cook for another few mins till it becomes golden brown.

Serve hot.

Making of Nei appam / Unniappam –

 

Vinayakar Chathurthi / Vinayagar Chathurthi / Ganesha Chathurthi

Standard

Vinayakar Chaturthi is the great Vinayakar festival and also the birthday of Lord Vinayagar or Pillaiyar. Vinayaka Chaturthi is also known as “Ganesh Chaturthi” in Maharashtra and North Indian States. It is observed in the 4th day after new moon in the Tamil month – Aavani (August-September). This year 2014 it is celebrated on August 19th. Lord Ganesha is the elephant-headed God who is worshipped first in any prayers and before commencing any new ventures.

He is known as to be the Lord of Power and Wisdom. He is the Lord who is believed to remove all obstacles on the path of the spiritual aspirant, and bestows upon him wordly as well as spiritual success. It is believed that worshipping Lord Ganesha during this festival will bring Good luck and Prosperity to the family.

Vinayaka Chaturti Festival is celebrated with the clay Idol of Lord Vinayagar. Those Vinayagar idols are kept at home and street corners and performed pooja. For pooja we make garland with Arugam pullu (Bermuda grasss) and Erukampoo (Crown flower). Also they decorate the Lord with other flowers, umbrellas and so on. Later on the 11th day, those Vinayagar Idols are taken through the roads in a procession with dance and songs to immersed in sea or river or well.

According to the Hindu Vedic Sculptures, it is believed that Ganesha was born in the Madhyahana Kaal (Afternoon), as this Kaal timings are considered as the most appropriate tem to worship Lord Ganesha.

Also we offer Modak, Appam, Fruits, Aval, Poori and so on for Lord Ganesha and do our prayers.

I have prepared and offered Lord Ganesha:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.