Friday, August 20, 2010

Varalakshmi Pooja wishes

Varalakshmi Pooja Wishes

Varalaxmi Vratha or Mahalakshmi Vrata is a sacred day in Hinduism. The ceremony is performed by married Hindu ladies on the Friday before the full moon in the month of Sravana in the Hindu calendar (corresponding to July/August in the western calendar). Those who cannot perform it on that day, can do it on any other Friday in that month. This is an important Vratha, meaning a vowed religious observance in Sanskrit. Varamahalakshmi Vratha is performed more commonly in the southern India.

Puja is performed by married Hindu women to seek the blessings of the goddess Mahalakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu, who is considered to be the abode of wealth and prosperity. There is a legend that says that this vratam was recommended by Lord Shiva to his wife Parvati to gain wealth and prosperity.

On the day of Varalakshmi vratam, women clean their homes and decorate their front yards with rangolis (colorful designs traced on the floor). Later, they take a bath and deck themselves with beautiful clothes and jewellery. They invite neighboring laides to their homes and offer them tamboolam, an offering consisting of betel leaves, fruits, betel nuts, vermilion, turmeric and dakshina (money). Hence this festival is observed largely by women, invoking the blessings of Lakshmi on them, their husbands and their children.

God bless all of us.

- Srilaja Kanth

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Uttapam Recipe

Uttapam Recipe

Uttapam or Flat Rice Bread is a very popular South Indian dish, sometimes called an Indian pizza or pancake. It is often eaten with sambar or chutney. Here is the recipe.

1 Cup lentils or urad dal
2 Cups raw rice
1 Cup beaten rice

Chopped onions - 1/2 Cup
Chopped Green Chillies - 2 or 3 (depening on your spicy)
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbps
Grated Carrot - 1/4 Cup
Chopped Tomato - 1
Salt to taste

1. Soak in water lentils/urad dal, rice & beaten rice separately for 5-6 hours.
2. Wash and drain the water, place in blender and grind them seperately to smooth paste or batter (same as Idli) using some water.
3. Mix them and add the salt and keep in for whole night for fermentation.
4. Heat a nonstick pan or flat griddle. apply some oil or ghee or butter on it.
5. Pour some batter on it to a thick circle.
6. Sprinkle chopped carrot, chopped onion, finely chopped green chilis, chopped cilantro, tomato.
7. Cook over low heat until small bubbles appear on the surface, until golden color.
8. Cook it on the other side.
9. Its good with Peanut chutney and Sambar. Enjoy it.


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