Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated with much enthusiasm at home. Festivals are always a time when Amma excels herself with many varieties of goodies prepared for Nievedyam. Each festival/ Pooja is marked with a specialty dish that she makes and we eagerly wait for each of the festival to savour these traditional dishes.
As kids, I remember going to the market to get the Vinayaka Idol in the morning. When I started riding, I used to go with my brother and used to get the idol. This year, Hubby dear tagged our daughter along, to get the Idol in the morning. Hubby dear is always very fond of this pooja as he says its celebrated with much fun and frolic at his native.
After marriage, Amma said I am grown enough to stop such sentiments. I was quite sad but had to listen to her, I was only happy when I saw that my daughter wanted to safekeep the Umbrella!. We either keep the Idol for 3 or 5 days depending on which day of the week it falls. But all the days that we have the Ganesha Idol at home, we get up early and make neivedyam for offering and observe strict rules.
Sundal ~ Chickpea Salad
Channa / Chickpeas - 1 cup
Grated Fresh coconut - 2 tbsp
Red Chilies - 1
Mustard + Urud dal - 12/ tsp
Red Chilies - 1
Hing / Asafetida a pinch
Method to prepare:
Soak Channa/ Sennagallu overnight. Pressure cook for 3 - 4 whistles or till fork tender, with salt and water just enough to cover it. Remove water.
Run coconut and 1 red chilli in blinder to get a coarse paste.
Heat 1 tsp of oil and add seasonings with hing. Then add the cooked chenna, sauté well. Garnish with the coconut & chilli paste.
Rice Flour - 1 & 1/2 cup
Water - 3 cups.
Salt to taste
For the Filling/ Stuffing
Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
Jaggary - 3 tbsp
Cardamom powder a pinch.
Method to prepare
Traditionally, Amma used to wash the rice in water and dry it for sometime, till it is quite dry but still has little dampness left. She then grinds it into fine powder.
I used the rice flour, so saved the time on cleaning and drying and powdering!
In a bowl, take the flour and make a smooth paste with enough water. This is to ensure, you don't get lumps when you cook the flour. Boil the rest of the water in a pan with salt. Once it starts boiling, add the rice flour mix. and cook. Making sure there are no lumps.
Continue if you are done with all the rice flour and fillings.
Nugul Untallu (Sesame Laddoo)
Sesame Laddoos tastes out of the world. This one of the traditional sweets that Amma makes. I managed to prepare them this time. This is traditionally prepared with the black seeds with the skin on. You can get this all preped by washing them sesame seeds the previous day and dried under sun.
Regarding the Sweet Polis, as I had said in my Coconut Poli, it deserves a post on its own. So will talk about it separately. To mention on that, we also made the Vankai Urulagada Kura for it and enjoyed. All in all Vinayaka Chaturthi pooja was good.
Hope everybody enjoyed and had a great time.
Sending this to The Yum Blog for their event on Vinayaka Chaturthi.