Kosambari is a healthy vegetarian salad, prepared by soaking split green gram or split gram in water, then combining them with vegetables, green chillies and salt. Kosambari is a famous Karnataka salad recipe originated from Udupi, which is most commonly prepared during festivals.
Been in Bangalore for almost few years, I have tasted this from my neighbor aunty who commonly prepares kosambari during all festivals at their home. Navratri’s are not without kosambari at their home. Following her, I have prepared two kosambari – Carrot kosambari and Cucumber kosambari.
Lavender is my one and only favorite, the very first time tried out the flavor in food along with sea salt, absolutely delicious and more fragrant –also a special for Navratri offering. Six Pepper Medley also had a wonderful fragnant, because of the cute little grinder over the bottle which gives out the freshly grounded powder. Give a try to this recipe…
Cucumber – ½ no
Carrot – 1 no (medium size)
Split green gram / Paasi payaru / Mung dal – 1 cup
Aval Kesari is one of my long time wait dish, yesterday was planning to try out kesari and so thought to try it with aval. This was my first attempt with Aval Kesari, it was delicious and was finished in minutes, as kids on vacation. Usually Kesari is my favorite, as my grandma prepares it for my birthday as it would be the first food on my mouth. The texture was lovely, it melts in the mouth and was too attractive not only of the color but the glassy appearance made the dish look rich compared to Rava/Semolina or Semiya/Vermicelli.
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A perfect dish for Navratri, as an offering and later served for friends and family. Not only for Navratri, but also an easy and can be made in minutes for guests. Let us move on to the recipe…
Navaratri is a Hindu festival symbolizing victory of positivity over negativity, Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – means Nine and Ratri – means night. During these nine nights and ten days, Hindu deity Durga is worshipped in different forms. Navartri is celebrated in different ways according to their region all over India.
As a Tamilian, I am here to share the how it’s celebrated all over Tamil Nadu. In Tamilnadu, people set up steps and place idols on them. This is known as golu. In the evening women invite each other to visit their homes to view kolu and exchange sweets and gifts. Devotional shlokas are chanted and after performing puja, the food items offered to Goddess are served to guests.
Navratri recipes in youtube –
On the 9th day Saraswati Puja, the puja are performed to the Goddess Saraswati, the diving source of wisdom and enlightment. Books and musical instruments are placed in the puja and worshipped as a source of knowledge.
The 10th day is the most auspicious day of all – Vijayadasami. It was the day in which evil is destroyed by Goddess. It marks new and prosperous beginning. New ventures started on this day are believed to flourish and bring prosperity. Kids often start tutoring on this day to have a head start in their education.
Check out this link for Sarswati Pooja and Ayudha Pooja celebrations at our home – CLICK HERE.
Navratri / Navarathri Recipes
As a food blogger, let me share the recipe of some of the food prepared as offering for god and later served for guests after the Pooja.
Saraswati puja and Ayudha puja
Do check on the below lists for recipes, usually sundals (Dals, Beans are boiled and fried with spices).