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248. Cheedai varieties

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Unlike murukku, we have to be little bit careful while preparing cheedai. Even if the proportion of ingrediants is slightly varied, we won’t get good result.

Uppu cheedai :

raw rice : 1 cup

urud dal : 1 tsp

white ellu – 1/2 tsp

salt – 1/4 tsp

butter – 1 tsp

jeera – 1/2 tsp

cooking oil – 250 gm

asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Method of preparation :

Wash rice and allow to dry in a cool place. Make it a nice powder. Dry roast urud dal and make it a powder. Along with these two flours, add salt, butter, jeera,  ellu and  asafoetida. Mix gently by adding little water.  We have to knead in such a way that the consistency will be like chapathi dough. Heat cooking oil in a pan. Make small balls and put them in hot oil and cook in a medium flame. When they turn light golden brown colour, we can take out from oil.

Vella cheedai :

raw rice : 1 cup

urud dal : 1 tsp

white ellu – 1/2 tsp

jaggery  – 1/2 cup

butter – 1 tsp

coconut  – 1 tsp

cooking oil – 250 gm

Method of preparation :

Wash rice and allow to dry in a cool place. Make it a nice powder. Dry roast urud dal and make it a powder. Along with these two flours, add  butter and   ellu. In a kadai, put jaggery and little water. When jaggery is dissolved, filter it to remove dust and small stones. Then again keep jaggery water in the kadai add cocunut and flour mixture. When it becomes little thick, switch off the gas and allow it to cool.   We have to knead in such a way that the consistency will be like chapathi dough. Heat cooking oil in a pan. Make small balls and put them in hot oil and cook in a medium flame. When they turn light golden brown colour, we can take out from oil.

247. Murukku varieties

Generally for Gokulashtami and Deepavali we prepare murukku at home. I just want to share the recipe for simple murukku varieties.

First, let us see Thenkuzhal.

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Ingredients required :

raw rice : 1 cup

urud dal : 1 tsp

white ellu – 1/2 tsp

salt – 1/4 tsp

butter – 1 tsp

jeera – 1/2 tsp

cooking oil – 250 gm

asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Method of preparation :

Wash rice and allow to dry in a cool place. Make it a nice powder. Dry roast urud dal and make it a powder. Along with these two flours, add salt, butter, jeera,  ellu and  asafoetida. Mix gently by adding little water.  We have to knead in such a way that the consistency will be like chapathi dough. Heat cooking oil in a pan. Put a handful of dough in thenkuzhal mould and  press directly in oil. Turn it with a ladle and remove from oil when it becomes light golden brown and crispy. That is all.

Next, I want to tell the recipe for magizhampoo murukku or muthusaram or mullu murukku.

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Ingredients required :

raw rice : 1 cup

channa  dal :  3 tsp

pasipparuppu – 1 tsp

white ellu – 1/2 tsp

salt – 1/4 tsp

butter – 1 tsp

jeera – 1/2 tsp

cooking oil – 250 gm

asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Method of preparation :

Wash and dry rice in a cool place and make it a nice powder. Dry roast channa dal and pasipparuppu separately and make them a powder. In a bowl, along with these flours, add ellu, jeera, salt asafoetida and butter. Mix gently by adding water little by little. When the dough becomes chapathi dough consistency, it is ready. Heat oil in a pan. Put a handful of dough in magizhampoo murukku mould and press directly in oil. When it becomes light golden colour, we can remove it from oil. That is all.

231. Chigali and thembittu

On Nagara chadurthi day, we used to prepare chigali using raw sesame seeds. Clean raw sesame seeds and take equal quantity of jaggery for preparing chigali. Grind sesame seeds, elaichi and coconut with little or no water. In a pan put jagger and sprinkle little water for dissolving it. Heat it to make a syrup and filter it using a sieve for removing dust and small stones.   In a vessel put jaggery syrup  and put ground mixture. Put little ghee and mix well. Make small sesame laddus called chigali. On Garuda panchami day, the same process has to be repeated using dry roasted sesame seeds. While mixing, the contents can be cooked in a pan for sometime. There will be a difference in taste.

We prepare thembittu for many festivals. The method of preparation differs from house to house. Some use rice powder alone. Some others use rice powder mixed with wheat powder or hurikadale(pottukadale) powder. Take the flour as per your convenience. Put jaggery in a pan and add water. When the jaggery is fully dissolved in water, filter it using a sieve. Again put jaggery water in the pan and add flour, powdered elaichi & coconut.   Mix well and switch off gas. When it becomes cool, prepare 5 thembittu  laddus. Make a hole in the centre and keep the bottom flat. Put ghee and thiri in the centre portion. Keep 5 thembittu deepas in a plate while taking aarathi.

230. Naagara Chadhurthi and Garuda Panchami

The fourth day of shravana masa is celebrated as Naagara Chadhurthi. Usually, mothers do  this pooja for the wellbeing of the children in Madhva houses. “Madi dress” is required for doing this pooja. After taking oil bath, we have to wear madi dress.

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The idol of Nagaraja has to be kept in a plate and we have to do abhishekam with unboiled milk. Pour little water, then milk and again water, for doing abhishekam(3 times). After doing abhishekam, we have to perform puja  to Nagaraja in the usual manner with kunkumam, manjal, akshadai, chandan and flowers. Poonool has to be offered to Nagaraja. The gejavasthra has to be prepared using turmeric powder and not with kunkum. Chiguli using raw sesame seed(ell) and thembittu have to be prepared. Using turmeric powder, we have to draw two nagaras, one big and one small(signifying mother and child) near the front door of the house(inviting them to come inside).

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We have to do puja for these also, as done for nagaraja. No fried items are to be prepared on this day. The neivedhyam items are chiguli, thamboolam, milk, curd, aval and mango. Karpoora aarathi, deepa aarathi, thembittu aarathi and sodal aarathi using turmeric instead of kunkum are to be taken. If possible, we have to go to snakepit(haamu huthu) and do all the poojas in the same manner. We can offer milk also. Mothers usually observe fasting on this day. In the evening, they take wheat rava upma or aval. They won’t take milk on this day, as it is offered to Nagaraja.

On the next day, we observe “Garuda panchami”.  Much madi  is not required and all the family members have to perform the puja for the wellbeing of their siblings. No vratha also. We have  to use fried sesame for preparing chiguli. We have to draw nagaras in such a way of going out from the house. We have to perform puja in the same manner as done on previous day. We can use kunkum for preparing gejavasthra.

Some people say that Naga chadurthi is celebrated to remember the act of Lord Shiva by drinking “Aalahala poison” to save the universe. Some others say that it signifies the “Kalinga Narthana” of Lord Krishna. Some others say that to remove snake curses(naaga dhosham), we do these pujas. The bad influence of Rahu and Kethu are removed by doing these pujas. Whatever it is, it is good to worship Nagaraja and Garuda atleast once in a year.

229. Mangala Gowri Vratha

Shravana month is considered as holy month as there are many poojas performed during this month. All Tuesdays during this month are dedicated to Gowri(Parvathi)  and  Mangala Gowri Vratha is done on these days.The newly married girl has to perform this pooja compulsorily for five years  in  Madhva community.

For this pooja, first take five turmeric rhyzomes(manjal kilangu). Rub the bottom so  that they become flat and can be seated. In a plate spread rice and keep these Gowris(four on four sides and one in the middle) and put kunkum. On the backside Parvathi-Parameshwara photo or a big mirror has to be kept. Join 5 threads and dip in turmeric powder and put  it covering all the gowris. All the Gowris are to be decorated with kaadholai- karugumani, bangles, blouse bits, new comb, mirror, kan-mai, kobburi, manjal, kunkum, thamboolam and any other mangal item. The silver mangala gowri(if available) should also be kept. Some people keep rava irundai(5 in number) on both the sides. Some people make it as neivedhyam. Both are OK.

Other neivedhyams are Venpongal with arahar dal,  payasam, soaked chick-peas, sikuli and thembittu. As usual thamboolam with cocunut and fruits are to be kept for neivedhyam. The girl has to perform puja in the usual manner with kunkum, manjal, chandan, akshadai, flowers, flower mala and gejavashthram, after finishing thulasi pooja.

While performing pooja, songs on Gowri have to be sung. After doing neivedhyam and aarathi, uruttani, udithumbudhal & kumara kunkum with a piece of betal leaf are to be done to the girl by an elderly person at home. After lighting 5 thembittu deepas, with a brass ladle, kan-mai has to be prepared. This kan-mai has to be offered to gowri with a flower. After finishing pradikshanai namaskaram and prarthanai,  sodal aarathi & thembittu aarathi have to be taken.

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For all the sumangalis  thamboolam, blouse piece, mangal items, coconut,  flower, dakshinai,  soaked chick-peas, prepared kan-mai  are to be given. This pooja has to be performed with the same gowris, mangal items and yellow thread. In  the last week, after finishing pooja, after tieing 5 knots in the yellow thread, the girl has to wear it on her right wrist.  Like this  mangala Gowri pooja has to be done for 5 years. On the fifth year, a new bronze vessel has to be filled with wheat and a small silver nagara has to be kept inside. The vessel has to be tied with a blouse bit and kept for puja. After finishing puja on the last week, this has to be given to the girl’s mother with mangal items and moradhu baayanaa. This is our method of performing managala gowri pooja. Procedures may vary from house to house.

228. Happy Gandana Pooja

Gandana pooja has to be performed by all married and unmarried women in Madhva community. It is said that the married women should compulsorily do this pooja for 9 years. Before marriage, a girl is doing this pooja for getting a good husband.In the Aashada masa, on Amavasya day, we celebrate this festival. This pooja is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.

Two numbers of mud models in the shape of “bella achu” are to be prepared and dried well. We have to decorate them by putting dots in sandal powder on all sides. One model is Lord shiva and the another one is Goddess Parvathi. A thread immersed in turmeric powder should be tied around the  Parvathi model with turmeric root and flowers.They should be kept on a plate with raw white rice. One more thread immersed in turmeric powder, with nine knots and flowers has to be kept in front of Devuru.

We have to perform pooja in the usual manner with kunkuma, arisina, ghendha, atchadhai, gejavasthra and flowers to models as well as yellow thread. Payasa or pongal neivedhya has to be prepared. Thamboola, banana and coconut are also to be offered to God. Slokas and songs on Parvathi Parameshwara have to be recited. After taking aarathi, the girl or woman should sit on a manai with thamboola and coconut in her hands. The girl’s mother or mother-in-law or husband should tie the yellow thread on her right wrist.

Shall we see the story behind this festival. Vijayashekara was the son of King Vajrabahu. There was a poor brahmin named Madhava in that city and his wife was Susila. They  had 5 daughters and 9 sons. Vijayashekara died suddenly and the king announced that the family of the girl who marries his died son will get lot of money. Madhava decided to marry one of his daughters to him and to get huge wealth to save other children. The girl who marred a corpse was left in a forest. She prayed to Lord Parameshwara and Goddess Parvathi. They appeared before her and asked her to perform this poja. In the forest she collected mud and made 2 models and worshiped with great devotion, with available flowers & fruits in the forest. The dead prince came back to life and everybody felt happy.