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June 20, 2017

How To Do Friday Lakshmi Pooja At Home – Thiruvilakku Pooja Procedure

Mahalakshmi pooja procedure - Thiruvilakku pooja
This post explains a simple method of how to perform Mahalaxmi puja / Thiruvilakku Pooja every Friday at home.I have included Puja vidhi/ pooja procedure, slokas, mantra and songs required in Tamil & English.I have given a simple Lakshmi pooja method for working women and a detailed procedure with 108 potri for housewives.  I have shared a downloadable PDF format for Lakshmi Pooja slokas, mantras in Tamil.   Please download it by clicking the link.
            In South India - Tamil nadu, most of the housewives do this thiruvilakku poojai regularly at home in a simple way by chanting 108 potri. We worship Goddess Mahalakshmi in the lamp and perform this pooja.When I posted Friday neivedyam recipes, my readers requested me to share our Pooja vidhanam with Ingredients needed, Pre-preparation, Pooja kolam/Rangoli, songs in a detailed manner just like my other festival procedures post. Few readers wanted me to share a simple pooja that helps working women and busy moms. So I have shared the pooja procedure in two ways by referring my Friday pooja book in Tamil.One is a very simple version( Panchopachara pooja) that hardly takes 5 to 10 minutes to do it. It would be ideal for working women to do it either in the morning or evening around 6 pm. Not just on Friday, you can do this pooja everyday. The second one is my family’s traditional way with 108 potri which I learnt from my MIL. Some people make it in an elaborate way by keeping kalasha. If you are looking for the authentic Mahalakshmi pooja vidhanam with shodasha upachara puja, please refer my in-laws blog – Learn kolam. I have shared it in detail.
Basically Lakshmi puja is performed by married women seeking long life for their husband, health, wealth, peace of their family.This pooja gives us immense benefits if done whole heartedly with full faith.In North India, this puja is performed during Diwali in a grand manner.  Today I have shared this post mainly for beginners and newly wedded girls. I have also mentioned the benefits and significance of this pooja. I have shared all the pictures from my pooja room. Hope it would be useful for you all to get some ideas.
When I was young, I have seen Thiruvilakku pooja performed in Amman temples & Murugan temples in Tamil nadu. But I never thought it can be performed at home till my marriage. I came to know about it from my MIL. She used to do this pooja every Friday at home. Initially I was just a listener sitting along with her and watching it. After 5 years of my marriage, I started doing it on my own by following her method while she continues to do it in our Salem house even at this age. After buying our own house, I performed Vaibhava Lakshmi pooja by keeping Kalasam for 11 weeks as advised by my neighbor. Its an elaborate pooja just like Varamahalakshmi festival. So I will share it later.In this post, we will see how to do Friday Mahalakshmi pooja at home in a simple way without keeping kalasam/Kalasha. As usual, this post would be very lengthy as I have given all the sloka in English and Tamil.So please bear with me. If possible. I will try to make a separate post in Telugu and Hindi with the help of my friends and try to make a PDF of them in near future. Thanks for visiting this page. If you find this post helpful, please share a few words in the comment section which will make me happyHappy.

Click THIS LINK to download the PDF format of sloka, mantras in Tamil.
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June 10, 2017

Bajji Bonda Mix Recipe – How To Make Bajji Bonda Pakoda Mix Powder At Home

Bajji bonda mix powder
Bajji, Bonda, Pakoda & Vada are the most popular tea time snacks recipes in India especially South India.Most of us make these crispy, deep fried delicacies during weekends or for guests as evening snacks.My friends in Tamil nadu buy Aachi or Sakthi bajji bonda mix powder regularly.But in my family, both MOM & MIL never buy store bought bajji bonda mix.They make it fresh whenever needed. Both follow the same proportion of besan flour and rice flour to make bajji batter / Bajji maavu. By learning from them, I can make different types of crispy bajji recipes at home easily.Not me, anyone can make it perfect if you know the right proportion of ingredients & the consistency of batter. I never thought of making homemade bajji, bonda mix recipe until Raksha started to eat them during weekends or holidays very often. Whenever I ask her choice of evening snacks, her reply would be mostly onion bajji or homemade cake. I don’t make cakes thinking about the consumption of maida. So I prepare onion/potato bajji or pakoda based on her wish. Sometimes I feel lazy to make it. So I started making bulk quantity of my own, homemade bajji, bonda mix and store in refrigerator for a month. It stays good even without refrigeration. I don’t add food color or cooking soda in the mix. I add them while making bajji only if needed. Lets see how to make bajji, bonda mix at home easily! If you have this mix in hand, you can make varieties of bajji, bonda or pakoda in just 5 minutes.  I hope all the moms like me would find this post usefulHappy.

Do check out my rava upma mix and instant poha upma mix recipes too.

Check out Raw banana bajji,  Potato bajji,  onion bajji,  Karpooravalli bajji,  aloo paneer bonda,  Potato bonda,  Instant bonda,  Mangalore bonda,  millet flour pakoda.

How to make bajji bonda mix at home

Homemade Bajji, Bonda Mix Recipe


Khoya Kaju Gravy RecipeHomemade Bajji, Bonda, Pakoda mix – How to make bajji, bonda mix recipe at home 

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks Recipes 
Yields:  1.5 cups
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Gram flour / Besan flour – 1.5 cups 
  • Rice flour - 1/3 cup
  • Asafetida / hing – 1/2 tsp 
  • Red Chilli Powder –  1.5 to 2 tbsp (Adjust based on spice level)
  • Orange Red food color –   2 pinches ( optional)
  • Cumin seeds or ajwain/omam - 1.5 tsp  
  • Cooking soda or baking soda – 1/4 tsp (optional, I add a pinch of soda while making bajji)
To make bajji, bonda or pakoda
  • Bajji, bonda mix – as needed
  • Vegetables like onion, potato, brinjal, raw banana
  • Water – as needed 
  • Cooking soda or baking soda – a pinch  ( If needed)
  • Cooking oil – to deep fry 

HOW TO MAKE BAJJI BONDA MIX - METHOD

  • In a wide bowl, mix the besan flour, rice flour, red chilli powder, cumin seeds or ajwain, salt, food color ( if using) and mix well. If you want, you can sieve the flour, salt, chilli powder for uniform mixing and then add cumin seeds. Adding soda in the mix makes the bajji absorb more oil while frying.So add  soda while making bajji.
    Homemade bajji bonda mix powder
     Homemade bajji bonda mix powder
  • To make bajji or bonda : Take the required quantity of bajji mix in a bowl.Add a pinch or dash of cooking soda. Mix well.Add water to make a slightly thick batter. If the batter is too thick, vegetables won’t get coated properly. If the batter is thin, bajji will have tails. So add water gradually. Dip the vegetable in the batter, deep fry till golden in color. Please refer my ONION BAJJI RECIPE & POTATO BONDA for more details.
    Homemade bajji bonda mix powder
     
  • To make onion pakoda : Take the required quantity of bajji mix in a wide bowl.Add thinly sliced onion and mix well. Rest for 5 minutes. Add water and make a thick paste. Onions should be coated well. Add some hot oil and make pakoda. I will try to make a detailed post soon. Check out my Millet flour onion pakoda if interested.
    Homemade bajji bonda mix

  • Enjoy !
Note
  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder as per your taste.
  • Adding Kashmiri chilli powder gives a nice color to the bajji. You don’t need to add food color too.
  • You can store this mix upto one month.  
  • For masala flavor, you can add garam masala powder & ginger-garlic paste while making bajji.
Make this easy mix at home. Enjoy bajji, bonda anytime !
Bajji bonda mix
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May 20, 2017

Pressure Cooker Cake Recipe – How To Make Eggless Cake In Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooker cake recipe
Eggless vanilla cake using a pressure cooker is my long time pending readers requested recipe. Many readers who tried my eggless cakes using convection oven had requested me to share some eggless cake recipes using a pressure cooker. Long back I had shared an eggless chocolate cake in a pressure cooker. But its procedure and recipe is completely different from the usual cooker cake. I used water in the bottom of cooker instead of salt or sand. Today I have shared the proper & perfect pressure cooker cake using powdered salt. I followed my eggless tutti frutti cake recipe and made it using pressure cooker instead of baking in oven. This simple, eggless cake recipe is made without using condensed milk or butter. Curd and cooking oil are the major ingredients. Cake came out really well, spongy and very soft as expected Love Struck. The texture of the cake is equally great with the oven ones. There is no much difference in baking time as well. This vanilla sponge cake can be used as the base, decorate it with simple frosting and enjoy for birthday & anniversary celebrations Or it can be relished as simple tea time cake as well.For variations, you can mix in some tutti frutti to make this cake colorful. Friends, do try this cake during this vacation for your kids. I am sure you will get perfect results. I tried frosting the cake using Amul fresh cream.It tasted great but its texture was not so perfect. Soon I will try to make a simple and easy frosting recipe using fresh cream and share here. Lets see how to make eggless vanilla sponge cake in a pressure cooker with step by step pictures and video !

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May 12, 2017

Mango Frooti Recipe – How To Make Frooti At Home

Frooti is my most favorite mango drink since childhood. I guess most of you are like me Winking.On those days, for any small functions at home like birthday party or guest visits, Frooti bottle makes its presence without fail Happy. My mom used to serve it as a welcome drink. Even though there are many soft drinks available in the market, the craze for this store bought mango drinks like Frooti, Maaza or Slice never goes away. But once my family had a bad experience after drinking Frooti in a tetra pack. It must be an old stock I guessWorried. So we stopped buying it and started running miles away whenever I see it in functions or parties. I restrict Raksha & Sendhil too. Last week I bought few alphonso mangoes and a raw mango to try some interesting recipes with it. When I was browsing for it, I saw few homemade Frooti recipe. I never imagined Frooti making process at home would be so easy with very less ingredients and that too without any preservativesBatting Eyelashes. What else I need to try this !Happy I became very happy and tried it immediately with an over ripen mango which I wanted to finish off.This juice came out yummilicious in tasteLove Struck. It tasted very close to Frooti, Maaza or any store bought mango drink. Sendhil & Raksha loved it and gave a big thumbs upParty.You can make this as concentrate, refrigerate & store it, add ice cold water to dilute it and drink chilled anytime.The best part is we didn’t get any stomach pain, loose stools, cold/throat infection or feverPeace Sign. As everyone says, Homemade is always the best !! Now I don’t have to buy the highly priced mango drink from shops anymore. I have tried this drink thrice so far with different mangoes and observed few points. To make a perfect homemade Frooti recipe, you must follow this.
1. Use only Alphonso mangoes.It works the best ! Taste differs for Badami, malgova or Banganapalli mangoes.
2. Mango should be over ripen.Make sure it doesn’t have sour taste. You can clear off the over ripen ( about to decay) mangoes by making this drink.
3. The ratio of ripe mango & Raw mango should be 2:1 based on the size of raw mango.Raw mango is just to give mild tanginess.
4. Quantity of sugar differs as per the sweetness of mango.
5. Color of the juice also varies based on the color of mango.
Now I can confidently prepare this mango juice for my guests.  You too try this recipe in this summer vacation for your kids and family. I am sure your kids will sing  “ Mango Frooti Fresh and Juicy” Laughing. Ok, Lets see how to make Homemade mango Frooti recipe with step by step pictures and a video !

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May 8, 2017

Chitra Pournami – How To Celebrate Chitra Pournami At Home – Pooja Procedure

Chitra pournami pooja celebration at home
Hello Friends, In this post, I have shared the importance of Chitra Pournami– (A festival with my name Winking) celebration, how to celebrate it at home with its pooja procedures as per my family’s practice. I have also shared the links for Chitra pournami recipes for neivedyam. Hope this post would be helpful for beginners. I must thank my Mother-in-law for giving me detailed guidance about this celebration. Please visit my in-laws blog “ LEARN KOLAM” for Rangoli/ Kolam ideas for this festival.
Chitra Pournami is a ceremony observed on the Poornima day (Full moon day) in the Tamil month of Chithirai that falls any day between April 15th – May 15th. This year 2017, it falls on 10th May-2017 ( i.e on Wednesday). Chitra pournami is one of the important festivals celebrated in Tamil nadu.
This auspicious day is celebrated as Chitragupta’s Birthday. Chitra Pournami /Chithirai pournami (in Tamil) ritual commemorates Chitra gupta who is known as the assistant of Lord Yama, the God of Death. Chitra means collection of Pictures and Gupta means Hidden. Chitra Poornima is the day dedicated to Chitra Gupta, the Keeper of Deeds. Lord Brahma created Chitra Gupta through the Sun God and he is considered as the younger brother of Lord Yama. It is believed that Chitra Gupta examines the good and bad performances of each individual. When a person dies, his soul first goes to Lord Yama, where Chitragupta tallies the deeds and report it to Yama. He reads out the good and bad deeds of the person.He is the Devata for planet Kedhu. Worshipping Chitra Gupta on this day would ward of kedhu dhosha in one's horoscope.Worshipping Vinayaka also ward of this dosha. There is only one temple in South India for Chitragupta at Kanchipuram. Chitra Pournami is a very auspicious day here. The day is also dedicated to Indra, the head of Devas. It is on this day that the star Chitra and Pournami (full moon) come together.
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April 18, 2017

Elai Vadam Recipe – Ilai Vadam – Easy Rice Appalam In Banana Leaf

Elai vadam
Elai Vadam – Rice papad made in banana leaf ( Vazhai ilai) was in my try list for the past few years. Whenever my fellow bloggers post this elai vadam recipe, I get tempted to try but I never got the confidence to try on my own. Recently my MIL prepared this ilai vadam using idli rice after watching Revathy Shanmugam mam’s cookery show in Jaya TV. Last week when she came to Bangalore, she brought some vadam to taste. She said its a time consuming process but the end result is worthy.Its taste reminded Delhi appalam we get in exhibition.We had this rice papad sprinkled with red chilli powder and we loved it very muchWinking.  My MIL told me the tradition behind this appalam making process.On those days, people in Tamilnadu villages used to make this rice vadam using Vadham ilai or Poovarasan ilai. This vadam is usually given for ladies after delivery ( Postpartum diet) as urad dal papad creates gas problem.This vadam is roasted in direct fire ( Sutta appalam) instead of deep frying in oil as deep frying makes it difficult to digest.The best thing about this vadam is it dries up quickly even under the shade. It takes one to two days to get ready based on the weather in your place.Overnight drying under the fan would be enough. I felt this vadam is ideal for places where there is lack of sunlight. With the help of my MIL, I prepared this easy arisi appalam in Bangalore using raw rice. This vadam can be prepared with raw rice, idli rice or both in equal quantity. If you make it with raw rice, vadam comes out super light, airy and crispy whereas vadam made with idli rice comes out crunchy and very flavorful like store bought arisi appalam but slightly dense in texture.In that case, you can add little sago( javvarisi) to bring the light texture. As I have thatte idli stand, this vadam process was completed within one hour. If you don’t have this plate it may take more time. You can buy thatte idli stand or elai vadam stand in the market if you are really interested to try this one. Now lets see how to make elai vadam recipe with step by step pictures and VIDEO !
Delhi appalam

Elai vadam recipe- Ilai vadam - Easy rice appalam in banana leaf


Elai vadam recipe- Ilai vadam - Easy rice appalam in banana leaf How to make elai vadam - Easy rice appalam n banana leaf - Summer special recipes
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: 24 nos
Prep time: 120 Minutes
Cook time: 60 Minutes
Total time: 180 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Raw rice - 1 cup ( I used Maavu arisi/dosa rice, Good quality raw rice is also fine)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Water - As needed (I used 1/2 cup for grinding, 3/4 cup for mixing)
METHOD

  • Wash and soak the raw rice in enough water for 2 hours. Drain the excess soaked water completely and grind the rice coarsely without adding water. Then wipe the sides and add 1/2 cup water, required salt. Grind to smooth paste like maida. Please note there should not be any grits in the batter. It should be completely smooth. So grind patiently for long time. I used my Indian mixie for grinding the batter and it took 5 minutes. Grind in two batches.
    Elai vadam
    Elai vadam
  • Remove the batter in a bowl.Add cumin seeds. The consistency of batter should be slightly thinner than dosa batter.
  • Now take a banana leaf and spread the leaf inside the plate according to its shape.Add 1/2 ladle of batter and swirl the plate. Batter spreads all over the plate. If you don’t have banana leaf, just spread the batter directly in the plate & swirl/rotate it.It also works but its difficult to peel once its cooked. If you have 3 plate or 6 plate ilai vadam stand, follow the same and spread the batter in all the plates.
    Elai vadam
    Elai vadam
  • Heat water in an idli pot. When the water comes to roll boil, place the idli plate.Let it steam for 5 minutes. The color of batter changes to pale white & transparent after cooking. Remove the leaf from the plate and let it become warm. Peel the cooked vadam and spread in a cotton cloth( Dhoti) or in a polythene sheet. Do not put in newspaper. It will stick with it.
     Elai vadam
    Elai vadam
  • Let it dry in balcony or under the sun for one day. If you don’t have this option, dry it under the fan wind. When it dries up, it shrinks in size & changes in color slightly.
    After one day drying, it would have dried up to 75%. During night, keep it under the fan. If its crispy all over, its ready. If its soft in the middle, it needs more time to dry. So the next day, keep it under the sun & repeat the same till its completely moisture free. Store it in a box & use it for months. Stays good even for an year if prepared properly.
    Elai vadam
  • Heat required oil in a kadai to deep fry. Break the vadam into half & deep fry in oil. Flip & cook both the sides. Remove & drain in a tissue. Sprinkle red chilli powder on top & serve as an evening snack or with any variety rice !
    Elai vadam
Enjoy !

Note
  • The consistency of batter is very important. Do not make it too watery or thick.
  • You can make this vadam with idli rice instead of raw rice.
  • Steaming takes maximum 5 minutes.
  • Try to peel the vadam after its cooled down.
ilai vadam
Enjoy this crispy, yummy arisi appalam with rice or as an evening snack !
Easy arisi appalam
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February 23, 2017

Thandai Masala Powder Recipe – How To Make Thandai Powder At Home

Thandai masala powder recipe
Thandai is a very popular drink in North India that is mainly served during Holi festival and Maha Shivratri. This drink is the best coolant for body with lots of  health benefits as it is prepared with the combination of nuts, whole spices and milk. Yesterday my neighbor called me to enquire whether we get readymade thandai masala powder or thandai syrup at shops nearby my house. I browsed for some good brands and told her to get Patanjali or Haldirams Thandai powder as these are the well known names to meHappy. She searched in shops but couldn’t get it. So I thought of preparing homemade thandai masala powder and share with her. As I had already shared the recipe of thandai from scratch, I know making at home is very easy. I used to make it regularly for every Maha Shivaratri festival along with our South Indian style arisi vella puttu and offer to Lord Shiva. This year I was planning to make the same following my recipe. But now after my neighbor’s suggestion, I wanted to make and store this homemade thandai masala in advance and prepare it quickly on Shivrathri day. I watched some You tube video recipes and adapted this recipe.I have also watched a video from BBD TV’s travel escapades in which the preparation of thandai with & without bhang from a popular shop in Ujjain was shown.I found it very useful. For this thandai powder recipe, I could see many variations across the web.Some recipes are very simple with just 4 ingredients and some recipes are with bhang as well. But in this recipe, I have not used BhangWinking  . Basically bhang balls are made from hemp seeds and leaves which are washed, cleaned and grinded to a smooth paste. But it should be used in minimum quantity as over dosage induces psychosis, excitement, uncooperativeness and hallucinations.
Thandai masala
This is a very simple thandai masala that can be prepared with easily available ingredients. I have used Khus Khus in this recipe. I know its banned in some of the countries. In that case, feel free to skip it.Yesterday I made thandai using this powder and it came out very well. It was refreshing and we loved it a lot. I have passed some of this powder to my neighbor. I hope her family will like it tooPeace Sign. Ok, lets see how to make Thandai masala powder at home with step by step pictures.
Thandai masala powder ingredients

Thandai masala powder recipe


Thandai masala powder recipe How to make thandai masala powder recipe at home
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Drinks Recipes
Serves: Serves 12-15
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Almond/Badam - 1/4 cup
  • Cashew nuts – 2 tbsp
  • Melon seeds - 2 tbsp
  • Khus khus – 3 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds – 2 tbsp ( OR cumin seeds)
  • Pepper corns – 1 tsp
  • Cardamom – 8 nos
  • Nutmeg - Very small piece (optional)
  • Saffron threads - Few
  • Sugar - 1/2 – 3/4 cup
  • Dried Rose petals - 1 tbsp or 15 nos OR rose essence - 1 tsp
  • Pista – 1 tbsp (Optional , I used it)

  • To make thandai ( For one serving)

  • Boiled milk – 1 cup ( At room temperature, use full fat milk)
  • Thandai powder – 1 tbsp ( Adjust)
  • Ice cubes – few ( 2 nos)
METHOD

  • Take all the ingredients for thandai masala and keep it ready. Grind them to a fine powder using a mixie. Sieve it and again grind the coarse ones. Use the remaining leftovers for making fresh thandai or lassi. Mix the powder well with a spoon and store in a box. Thandai masala powder is ready !
  • This powder can be stored for 2 months in an air tight box. Use clean spoon to handle.
    how to make thandai powder at home
    Thandai powder recipe
    Thandai powder recipe
  • To make Thandai : Boil thick, full cream milk and let it cool down to room temperature. In a wide bowl, put few ice cubes, add 2 cups of milk and 1 tbsp ( i.e 5-6 tsp) thandai powder. Mix well. Check for taste and add more sugar or thandai powder if needed.
    Thandai powder recipe
  • Strain it using a cloth strainer( Tea strainer) and serve it. If you want to serve later, refrigerate it till use. It tastes the best only when served chilled. The more the standing time, the more tasty it would be!
  • Straining is more important.Do not forget to strain the milk after adding thandai powder.
    Thandai powder recipe
Enjoy !


Note

  • There is no hard and fast rule in the quantity of ingredients for masala. You can reduce or increase it as per your like.
  • I felt pistachios are not needed as it was not mentioned in the Ujjain video.Still I had used just 1/2 tbsp of it. Do not add more. It would dominate the other ingredients in flavor.
  • Do not add more pepper corns. The color of thandai is usually sandal in color if its made without bhang. It looks green when bhang is added.
  • Adjust the amount of cardamom and fennel as they are the flavoring ingredients for thandai.
  • Straining is more important.Do not forget to strain the milk after adding thandai powder.
Try this Thandai powder at home and enjoy this refreshing drink instantly at your will !
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