Maavilakku maavu

Maa Vilakku is ideally performed on a Friday omitting the first and last Friday of the Aadi month. The procedure for performing maavilakku poojai is as follows. Kuzhavi,chooral and a wooden board are kept.  Turmeric paste is made and applied on the wooden board. On that 25 red dots 5 rows and 5 columns are placed here and there. Draw maakolam (Rangoli made using rice paste) on the area where the pooja is to be done. Kuzhavi is washed well and the turmeric paste is made into a thick round and placed on it. Two red dots with kumkum are placed as eyes and is also placed as pottu. It is placed on the sand spread in front of the wooden board. A brass sombu is filled with water and Neem leaves are kept in it. Bunch of neem leaves and red colour flowers are placed on it. Along with it the chooral(wooden stick) is placed. On the side kuthuvilakku is placed and it is lighted.  On a large plate, rice flour is placed with jaggery and ghee in it.  This is how the pooja is performed in my house.

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In my husband’s family different method is followed. Kalasam is placed.  And two lamps are made with rice flour and jaggery. And the lamp is lit on that.

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The tradition is, whatever is cooked for the day is placed before Amman and then partaken. Also once the lamp is lit, no more tempering with mustard seeds will be done in the home, for the day. Normally molagootal, rasam, pachadi is made on that day. A glass with water is placed. It should be removed only on the next day. Once the neiveydhyam is placed, the door is closed. It is a belief that the Goddess will come and eat those food. Now we will sit outside the pooja room and chant amman slokas and songs. After 10 minutes we should clap our hands twice before opening the door. And then the karpoora harathi is shown to the God. Vethilai paaku is given to the sumangalis.
  • 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.

Other recipes made on this day

Molagootal

Rasam

Arachukalakki with Ginger( Since adding ginger denotes 1000 curry have been made)

Payasam(Any payasam made with jaggery)

Maavilakku

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