Mint @ Peas Pulao

Mint & Peas pulao is one of the easy recipes, that can be made in a jiffy.   This is the first pulao for which I took the video, added my audio both in tamil and english.So I welcome all your feedback and help me to improve the quality even better. I thank one of the leading Tamil Magazines for giving me feedback and their encouragement for adding my audio too. Now let’s go for the recipe.

 

INGREDIENTS

Rice- 1 cup

Mint – 1 cup

Peas- 1 cup

Chopped Onion – 1 cup

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 5

Cashews- few

Green chillies- 3

Butter-  2 tsp

Cinnamon stick – 1 inch

         Cloves – 4

Cardamom – 3

Star anise- 1

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  • Soak the rice for half an hour in water.
  • In a pan, add butter, then add all the spices like cinnamon, clove, cardamom, star anise and cashews. Saute them until you get nice aroma.
  • Now add the green chillies, finely chopped giner and garlic and saute until you get aroma.
  • Now add the chopped onions and saute them till they turn light brown.
  • Add peas and mint. The mint will start to shrink and you can feel the smell of the mint leaves.
  • Drain the water and add the soaked rice and mix well with other ingredients.
  • Transfer it to another vessel and add water.
  • Pressure cook in high flame till you get one whistle and in low flame until you get second whistle.
  • Yummy pulao is ready.
  • Serve it with raita.

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Avani Avittam

This year there is a lot of confusion about the date when avani avittam is to be celebrated. The confusion is whether to observe the function on August 7th or on September 6th.  Many people are celebrating on August 7th while some on September 6th. So here is a small description about 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 it is usually a community observance and takes place on the banks of a pond or river. Avani is the name of the Tamil month and Avittam is one of the 27 nakshatras or stars. On this day, a Mahasankalpam or a vow is taken for atonement of all our sins in the past year. The Brahmins take a holy dip and wear a new holy thread called Yajnopavit or Janeyu.
The first step is a ‘prayashchita’ A prayer to atone the sins. It says, “For the removal of all my sins and thereby to secure a divine blessing and for qualifing myself to perform the essential duties of Brahmanas as prescribed in the vedas and smritis and adopted by the really good in their conduct I put on this Yagnopavita”. When the thread is worn another mantra is recited which means -”I put on the sacred thread which is highly pure, is inseparable from God, is capable of prolonging life and is the foremost in the accomplishment of a Brahmana. May such pure Yagnopavita bring strength and dignity.
While removing the old thread, the mantra means -”I throw away the broken dirty old thread, may the new one bring on long life and Brahmana’s brilliance.

On this day people make neyyappam at home and ask the male members to have it before they change the sacred thread.

Aadi perukku

Adiperukku is a unique South Indian and specially a Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Adi. Tamil month Aadi, marks the beginning of monsoon in Tamilnadu. During this month, water level rises in rivers due to monsoon.To show our gratitude to the Nature and to thank the mother Cauvery river, we celebrate Aadi perukku. This year it falls on August 3rd.

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On this day we make many variety rice and enjoy with our family. Married girls will go their mother’s place to celebrate this festival.

Click the link to see the method for making variety rices.

Sweet rice

Lemon rice

Tamarind rice

Coconut rice

Curd rice

Maavilakku maavu

Maavilakku maavu is a recipe made with rice flour and jaggery and is offered to Goddess. The procedure for this poojai differs from family to family. But the procedure for making the recipe is the same.  Hope this post will help all the beginners and newly weds.

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INGREDIENTS

Raw rice – 1 cup

Jaggery – 1 cup

Cardamom- 2

  • Rinse the raw rice in water 2-3 times. Then add fresh water to the raw rice to soak them for atleast an hour.
  • After an hour, drain the water and spread it in a clean white towel to get it dried.

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  •  If you take the rice in your hand, you should feel damp in your palm or fingers. Grind the rice immediately before the rice get dry.This helps us to get more smooth rice flour without any lumps.

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  • Grind the rice in the mixer to a nice powder. Sieve it couple of time to get a smooth rice flour. If we get any lumps while we sieve, again add the lumps of rice flour to the mixer and grind it again to a smooth flour and again sieve it.

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  • We should repeat the above process again and again till we get a smooth and nice rice flour. Now our rice flour is ready.

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  • Take the rice flour in a mixer along with grated jaggery and cardamom.
  • Grind the rice and jaggery to mix it well. Do not over grind it as the jaggery will start giving water and the whole mixture would become clumsy.
  •  Take the ground rice and jaggery powder in a plate and leave it aside for 10-15 minutes. The jaggery would give a nice wetness to the rice flour and you can easily make a soft dough.
  • After 15 minutes, split the rice and jaggery mixture into two portions.
  • Knead the rice and jaggery mixture to 2 balls. Then with our fingers or with any bottle cap, gently press the center of theball to make a dent.
  • If you feel your rice and jaggery mixture is too dry to make balls or dent, then you can add little ghee and knead the mixture again.

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  • Decorate the maavilakku with turmeric and kumkum. Add Panju Thiri (Cotton Wick) to each of the shaped maavilakku.
  • Then pour ghee in the dent made in maavilaku and wet the cotton wick with ghee and then lit the lamp.
  • Now the Maavilakku mavu is ready for Pooja.

Molagashiyam

Molagashiyam is an authentic Kerala Brahmin’s recipe. It is made usually using one type of vegetable raw banana, yam, pumpkin, ash gourd, potato or snake gourd though nowadays beans, cabbage, carrots, etc are used; this list of vegetables is not exhaustive and occasionally a combination of two vegetables like potato and White pumpkin, Snake gourd and white pumpkin. This is the all time favourite for Krish. It can be served with side dish like Thuvayal, Pachadi, Pickle or gothsu.

INGREDIENTS

Poosanikkai(White pumpkin) – 1/4

Arasnikkai(Sweet pumpkin) – 2

Toor dhal/moong dhal – 1 cup

Coconut – half

Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

Green chilli – 2 to 3

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1 tsp

For Seasoning

Oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds -1 tsp

Urad dhal – 1tsp

Curry leaves – few

  • Pressure cook the dhal with turmeric powder and the vegetables with turmeric powder , salt. Keep aside.
  • Gind the coconut with green chilli and cumin seeds into a fine paste with little water.
  • In a pan, add oil and splutter mustard seeds. Once they crack, add urad dhal and curry leaves. Sauté until they turn golden brown.
  • Add the pressure cooked vegetables into the pan. Add salt, turmeric powder and allow it to cook for two minutes.
  • Mix the cooked toor dhal with the coconut paste. Now pour this mixture into the pan. Add some water and allow it to boil.
  • Serve with hot rice and pickle/puli inji/ ulundhu thogayal.

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 girls in tamilnadu during the month of Margazhi(mid-Dec to mid-Jan) and is played in all Perumal temples. Aadi pooram is celebrated in a grand manner in Srirangam and Srivalliputhur.
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           Periazhwar a famous saint in Srivalliputhur prayed Goddess Lakshmi since he had no children. One day he saw a beautiful child near thulasi plant and named her Andal.  It was on a pooram star in the month of Aadi and hence it is considered as the birthday of Andal. Everyday Periazhvar pluck flowers, make garland out of it and offer it to Sri Ranganathar. Since she has grown seeing her father doing this regularly she followed the same and made garland to Lord Ranganathar everyday. But before offering it to the God, she wore it everyday which was not known to her father. Days passed and one day her dad, Periazhwar saw her wearing the garland to be offered it to the God and made new garland.  Then he went to the temple as usual to offer the garland to the God. But it fell off inspite of repeated attempts. It was not accepted by Sri Ranganathar. The God appeared before Periazhwar and said that he would like to have only the one worn by Andal and also revealed that it was none other than Goddess Lakshmi and He will marry her. This year I got a new information from my mom that it was on aadi Pooram that Goddess attained puberty and is being celebrated in many temples.
             It also has some significance in my life. I was asked by my mom to recite Vaaranam Aayiram composed by Andal everyday to get a good husband. I followed it and used to chant it everyday before my wedding. And by coincidence it was on Aadi Pooram my Hubby’s aunt & uncle visited our house regarding the alliance. Akkaravadisal is made on this day and offered as a neiveydhyam.
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