Monday, October 22, 2007

Aayutha Pooja Celebrations

This is a very popular festival celebrated in India. You can learn about this pooja here. This pooja is celebrated a little different in the North and South India. I do not know much about the North. But this is how we celebrate it in our house.

On the day of aayutha pooja we wash & clean everything from home to vehicles. Dress up all the doors, appliances and vehicles with sacred ash (viboothi), turmeric and kukumam. Then each person in the house keeps their work related thing in front of God. When I was little , my sister and me would keep our books(now I keep my cookbooks), dad & mom their stethescopes (both are doctors) and my grandparents would keep their property documents. Then we would offer our neivedyam and will be off in a flash to watch the special programs on TV.

The next day is Saraswathi pooja. This used to be my favorite pooja during my childhood days as we needn't study on that day b'coz all the books will be in front of god.
After that, it's vijayadasami. On this day, we take our books from the pooja and start studying. Parents teach the little kiddos to write "aana aavana" on a thaambalam filled with rice. The pooja ends on this day. This is how we celebrate it in our home.

Usually for any festival we can do vadai, payasam and sundal. On aayutha pooja usually they give a mixture of puffed rice, jaggery, peanuts and pottu kadalai. I didn't do it as I couldn't get puffed rice.

Here is my contribution for RCI: festival foods hosted by our dear Viji who is the proud owner of a great blog Vcuisine . I thought I won't make it this time. But I managed to participate in it atlast. Thanks Vijika for hosting this event.

Also, I wish to send the same to Vee who owns a great blog "Past, Present and Me" for JFI:DASERRA event.

The menu I prepared this time:

Channa Dal Vada, Pasi paruppu payasam, chick pea sundal, Black channa sundal, Rice with toor dal and ghee, Sambar, vatha kuzhambu, rasam, appalam, mango pachidi, curd and pickle.

I couldn't get everything in the pic. So, I've taken only a few here.
Also, I have already blogged the recipe for vadais here . So, I'll go to the pasi parrupu payasam(split moong dal payasam).

Pasi Parrupu Payasam:
Spit moong dal - 1 cup
raw rice- 1 tsp
jaggery - 2 cups(I like mine very sweet. You can reduce the quantity if you want)
water- 1/2 cup
cardamom- 3
cashews- 6(broken)
raisins- 1 tbsp
coconut- grated- 1 tbsp
milk- 1/2 cup

Dry roast dal and rice together until the color starts to change. Then, cook dal and rice in pressure cooker with 2 cups water for 3 whistles. The dal should be fully cooked. Mash it slightly. Meanwhile, melt jaggery with water. You need not boil it. Just melt it and allow it to cool. Filter all the impurities and add this to mashed dal. You can add more or less according to your taste. Then put crushed cardamom and milk. Boil for 5 mins. Finally, fry cashews, raisins and coconut in 1 tbsp ghee and add it to the payasam. Mix well and serve it hot or cold. I prefer mine hot. But chiiled one is great too.

Black channa/ white channa- 1 cup
onion- 1/4 (chopped fine)
coconut- 1 tbsp (grated)
hing- 1/2 tsp (optional)
curry leaves- few
red chillies- 2 (broken)
mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
urad dal- 1 tsp
channa dal- 1 tsp

Pressure cook channa with 2 cups water and required salt for 3 whistles. (cook according to your cooker. The count for whistles differs from one cooker to the other). Drain all the water and set channa aside. Heat oil in kadai and fry mustard seeds, urad and channa dal. Then fry onion, red chillies and curry leaves. Now add cooked channa and mix well. Finally add coconut and hing and roast for 5 mins.

I come to an end with this. I'm sorry guys for missing some of your post in the last three days and also not responding to your precious comments. Will go thru them soon. I was a little busy with my son. Some of my sweet friends had enquired about kavin as he was sick. Thank you so much dears. He is doing a lot better now. Had a tough weekend though!
See you guys soon. Have a nice day.


Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow kribha.....What a beautiful post.....Loved every item u cooked dear.....Nice thali...Loved ur Pooja room too :-)

Padma said...

Such nice festival celebration food. Happy Dassehra to you and ur family!

Asha said...

Great post Kribha. I remember Ayudha Pooja at my grandparent's. My parents didn't do much except a feast on the last day!:)
I love your plate, great selection. Everything looks delicious.I LOVE black Chana sundal never made with Chole until last Sunday! My feast is coming tomorrow!:D
You can send this post to JFI too, Dasara special to Vee. See the details in my side bar.

ushaprashanth said...

Hi Kribha!
Payasam looks delicious!!!! but wont we prepare that with coconut milk? this is so simple !!! good entry for the event!

Kumudha said...

Everything looks so delicious!
I too made the moong dal payasam for the festival.

remya said...

happy navaratri kribha....lovely spread!!! love ur dal payasam...then sundal are all time fav...gud entry...

indosungod said...

Moong Dal payasam looks delicious,
and so does the vadai and sundal.


Hi Kribha,
Your pooja room looks devine...we celebrate both ajyutha and sarwaswathi pooja on the same day..
Same pinch for paasiparuppu payasam..i too made the same..:)
Your meals looks nice and nice entry for the event,Take care of your chutti payyan....:)

Happy cook said...

Lovely Post. And the food is to drool for. If i was living next door i woudn't go away from you place when there is a festival :-)
Yeah when i was in school i loved saraswathi pooja holiday then the teachers didn't give any test after the holidays as some kids were not allowed to learn :-)

Happy cook said...

forgot to write payasam looks the best as i love them :)

Laavanya said...

What a beautiful plate of yummy food that is!! :) Mouthwatering indeed.

Btw, I've tagged you for a meme... :)

lakshmi said...

vadai is looking very good kribha. i do hope kiddo is doing better. what's his name?

Rajitha said...

kribha..that is an awesome long were you cooking?? yumm!!

Lissie said...

kribha, what a treat! i wish i was there to enjoy the thali with you...
hope your son is alright. may the Lord bless him!

Kribha said...

Hi Sirisha,
Thanks dear. Glad you liked 'em. Couldn't get a pic of everything though.

Hi Padma,
Thanks for your wishes. Hope you had a great one too.

Hi Asha,
Thanks dear. I'll surely check your blog for Vee's event.I was waiting for you Dasara feast for a week now and I was so happy to see it.It was so good.

Hi Usha,
Thanks for your nice comment. I do add coconut milk to this payasam. But my hubby didn't want too much of coconut. So I tried it this way and the taste was equally good. Saved a lot of time in making the coconut milk.

Hi Kumudha,
Thanks dear. Glad to know that you did the same too.

Hi Remya and ISG,
Thanks dears for your lovely comments. I'm happy that you both liked them all.

Sharmi said...

hey what a great feast:)Romba Pasikidu. well presented. Pooja place looks so good! wonder where you found those huge roses:)


Forgot to tell u in previous comment..You have a nice pooja room with em madhamum sammadhamey concept...(Jesus):D

Kribha said...

Hi Raks,
Thanks dear. So you made paruppu payasam too. In my mom's place we celebrate both the poojas on the same day. But in my MIL's place it's different. I myself got confused a bit about which to choose and write about. Another thanks for your comment on my pooja room. I believe in em madhamum sammadam. But my hubby is not. He is a devoted hindu. I grew up studying in a christian school. So I'm unable to let go of that.
My Kiddo is doing good. His name is kavin. Looks like you a lil cutie too. What's her name? Take care. Will see you soon.

Hi HC,
I'll be so glad to have you over too. So, you like saraswathi pooja thing too b'coz of that no-studying thing? Same pinch. Glad you liked the payasam dear.

Hi Lavanya,
Thanks dear. Will surely play it soon.

Hi Lakshmi,
Thanks for the enquires dear. His name is kavin. He's doing good now with your wishes. Glad you liked the food too.

Hi Rajitha,
Happy that you liked everything. Cooking time...I would say 2 to 2 1/2 hrs. My son was napping. That helped me a lot.

Hi Lissie,
Thanks for your blessings and your comment. He is doing fine now. I'd love to share my food with you. Please come on over.

Hi Sharmi,
Thanks dear. Glad that you liked it. Roses are from my garden. They were a real beauty. Didn't want to pluck it off. Still, I had to do it for the pooja. So, Is your kiddo all better now?

Puspha said...

The payasam looks super good.


Dear Kribha,
Mine is too a is a payyan, his name is AJAY...;D

Cynthia said...

This is a veritable feast.

Kribha said...

Hi Pushpa,
Thanks for your kind words.

Hi Raji,
Glad to know about Ajay. He looks so handsome.

Hi Cynthia,
thanks dear. Glad you liked it.

Pravs said...

So mouthwatering food !! Kribha i am coming to your place very soon. I am tempted by all these pics :D

Kribha said...

Hi Pravs,
Thank you so much dear.That was such a lovely comment. Felt humbled. You are most welcome to come to my place. I'll be glad to cook for you.:-)