Monday, July 30, 2012

MY LUNCH THALI...Onion-Ginger Tambli, Brocoli,Baby Asparagus Talasani, Baby Potatoes Sukki Bhaji, Bombay Duck Fish Fry, Phulka,& .....Rice


Onion-Ginger Tambli...Recipe...

onion-ginger tambli..its very good with rice and fish fry.tht is yummy combo..
grind together fresh grated coconut, 2kasmiri chillies or bedgi chllies,small piece of tamarind,.. after making fine paste add chopped finely onion,small piece of ginger..again grind for jst 1 -2 rounds.. mix it with salt and add water as u need(I add little dahi or buttermilk in it) ..no need of heating..you can serve it on hot rice .it is lovely..

Sunday, July 29, 2012

MY LUNCH THALI....Palak Dal, Red Pumpkin(Lal Bhopla) Khatt, Palak Talasani, Fish Fry, & Phulka, Rice.....


Palak Dal...Recipe..

Boil 2cup toor dal,and 1cup finely chopped palak with water in pressure cooker till 3 whistles.then remove it &mix it till dal gets fully mashed.add more water if needed .make tadka of 2sp oil,add 4-5 garlic chopped,1/2tsp udid dal, 1/4tsp jeera, 1/4tsp rai, 2red chillies ,few currypatta, pinch haldi..then add mixed cooked dal and palak in it..while boiling add 3green chillies chopped,1tomato pieces, add salt as per taste, 1/4tsp sugar (optional).then boil dal for few minutes till all get well mixed..palak dal is ready to serve.


Red Pumpkin (Lal Bhopla) Khatt....Recipe...

Remove skin of 250gms Red pumpkin.make pieces, add 3green chillies,salt.and little water. boil it till soft.then grind grated 1wati grated fresh coconut,boiled Red pumpkin and green chillies,small piece of tamarind.Make fine paste.then add tadka with ghee ,rai,red chilli,&hing.Khatt is ready to serve.


Palak Talasani...Recipe..

Wash and clean 1 bunch of Palak.chop it finely.In a pan take 1tabsp.of oil,add 6-7crushed garlic,2-3 red whole chillies.,1/4tsp.of haldi.add finely chopped palak..add salt as per taste, little of sugar as per taste.cover with lid..and cook it jst for 2-3 minutes till palak gets cooked.palak talasani is ready to serve.

Spiritual Significance of Naga Panchami & Garuda Panchami


Spiritual Significance of Naga Panchami- rituals and significance- Garuda Panchami- Nag Panchami

The celebration of Naga Panchami is the victory of Lord Krishna over the mythical Kaliya, a monstrous black serpent that was killed by Krishna in the Yamuna river. Kalia had terrorized the villagers and Krishna was assigned to tame him. It is believed that the tussle that happened between Krishna and Kalia- the serpent is so famous that when Krishna emerged winner, he stood on the hood of the snake and the Snake acquired the feet impressions of the Lord as a mark of servility. The story is called as the “Kaliya Mardan” It is also believed that seeing the footprints of Lord Krishna- the Avataar of Lord Vishnu, Garuda(the eagle) who is the natural enemy of the serpent, does not harm it. There is an interesting story of why the Eagle and the Snakes are mortal natural enemies.
Snakes and serpents have great place and position in our ancient Hindu mythology. Basically during this time, when it rains and all the pits and holes are filled with water, snakes and other rodents come out of their hiding. There are hundreds of cases of snake bites and people and farmers especially and all those living near fields and grounds of dying of snake bite. Hence our ancients developed this ritual of worshiping the snakes that are most seen roaming out of their homes during this time, to appease them and request them not to bite people.
The following Sanskrit names of Eight Great Nāgas, namely,
Ananta, Vāsuki, Padmanābha, Kambala, Shankhapāla, Dhārtarāshtra, Takshaka, and Kaliya:
अनन्तं वासुकिं शेषं पद्मनाभं च कम्बलम् |
शंखपालं धार्तराष्ट्रं तक्षकं कालियं तथा ||
Naga Panchami in South India-Kerala
Naga Panchami is a huge festival in the state of Kerala, as the state houses theAnanta Padmanabha temple, where Lord Vishnu has tamed Sheshnaag- the King of the serpents and is in sleeping position on the body of Sheshanaag.
Manasa Puja, Worship of the Serpent Goddess, sister of Vasuki- the snake that was used to bind the mountain during the Samudra Manthan.
During the monsoon season, Goddess Manasa is worshiped, mainly in the eastern Indian states of Bengal, Assam, Jharkand, and Orissa, throughout the months of June, July and August (Ashad- Shravan), a time when the snakes leave their nesting ground and come out into the open and become active. Devotees pay obeisance to goddess Manasa and perform various ‘pujas’ or rituals to appease her.

Garuda- the Eagle God and Naga- the Serpant King- their story and mythology


Indian Mythology has its place for animals and birds as Gods and demi-gods in the same lineage of our mainstream Gods too. Snakes (Naga Panchami)are worshipped, so is a tortoise(Samudra Manthan), Bear (Jambhavant in Ramayan), Monkey(Hanuman in Ramayan and Mahabharata), Cow (Kamadhenu), Elephant (Ganesha),Peacock is the Vahana of Lord Muruga or Karthikeya, Tiger (as the Vahana-mount of Goddess Durga) so on and so forth.
Similarly the Eagle or the Garuda has a special place in our epics and stories. Garuda is also known as Pakshi Raja (the king of Birds)

Garuda, the divine eagle, is the vehicle, or Vahana, of Hindu God Vishnu. Nagas or Snakes are his permanent enemies. There is an interesting story in the Purana that explains why Garuda and snakes are enemies.
Garuda Panchami is a special day of worshipping Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. The festival of Garuda Panchami is celebrated on the 5th day of the waxing moon phase (Shukla paksha) in the month of Shravan (August-September). Nag Panchami is on the 23rd July 2012
Garuda Gayitri Mantra

“Om Thathpurushaya Vidhmahe.
Suvarna Pakshaya Dheemahe.
Thanno Garuda Prachodayath”||1||
Garuda Panchami is celebration of devotion of Garuda towards his mother Vinita. This day is observed especially by mother and sons to share the same spirit of love, affection and devotion between each other. The deity of Garuda is worshipped on this day. Mothers pray for better health and future of their children. They bless their children so that they get the strength and devotion of Garuda to execute devotional activities.
Story of Garuda:
Sage Kashyapa had two wives named Kadru and Vinita. Kadru gave birth to thousand snakes who are considered to be the ancestors of the Snakes on earth. Vinita gave birth to the powerful Garuda.
Once Kadru and Vinita put a bet on the color of the tail of the horse Uchaishravas – a seven-headed flying horse that was obtained during the churning of ocean orSamudra Manthan. Kadru(mother of the snakes/serpents) claimed the color was black and Vinita (mother of powerful Garuda) claimed it was white. The stake was whoever lost the bet will serve the other. Kadru cheated by asking her sons, the Nagas, to hang on to the tail of Uchaishravas. Thus the white tail of the divine horse turned black as the nagas hung on to them. Vinita and Garuda were thus forced to serve Kadru. They were treated badly by Kadru and her sons.
Later the nagas agreed to free Garuda and his mother if he brought the Amrit, or Elixer /Ambrosia which was in the possession of Indra, the king of Devas or demi gods. Garuda got Amrit from heaven and freed himself and his mother from servitude.
But the cheating and the insult suffered made Garuda the arch rival of Nagas.

Garuda with the pot of Nectar/Ambrosia
Garuda – The embodiment of Strength and Service:
When Garuda stole the pot of Nectar/ambrosia from Indra, who was jealous of the Mighty birds strength, Vishnu was impressed with Garuda integrity as he did not take even a drop of the tempting nectar for himself and asked Garuda to ask a boon. Garuda immediately said that he wanted a position higher than Vishnu. Vishnu the eternal trickster that he was, asked Garuda to adorn his flag and sit atop the flagstaff. Garuda was so taken over by the Bhakti of the great Lord Vishnu that he promised to be his mount or Vahana.
Garuda is renowned for his great speed. He ranges in the sky like a meteor, throwing the clouds topsy turvy. The gush of wind produced from his wings causes a tremor in the mountains, a strong flutter in the water of the sea and overturns a large number of trees.
Garuda was married to Unnati, which means ‘the spirit of progress’. They had two sons – Sampati and Jatayu, both of whom play important roles in the Ramayana. He has many names as is suitable for a god who can assume all forms. He is Rakta-paksha, ‘Blood [red] winged’, Gaganeshwara, ‘Lord of the sky’, Suvarna kaya, ‘Golden bodied’, Sweta-Rohita, ‘The White and Red’, Khageshwara, ‘ King of the birds’, Taraswin, ‘The Swift’, Rasayana, ‘Who moves like Quicksilver’ and Vajrajit, ‘Conqueror of the Thunderbolt’. He is also known as “the senior servant of Hari [Vishnu]“, Hanuman being the junior servant. Garuda keeps appearing in stories about Vishnu but his stature arises from the fact that he renounced and restrained his colossal powers to serve the universe.
With Regards
Nagesh Kaikini - Mysore.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Vara Mahalakshmi Vratam n Pooja



Importance and Significance of Vara Mahalakshmi ...


The word 'Lakshmi' is derived from the Sanskrit word "Lakshya", meaning 'aim' or'goal', and she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual and by praying her she will guide to achieve this material as well as spiritual goal.


Lakshmi is the household goddess of most Hindu families and every Hindu knows about it, and especially favorite diety of women. Although she is worshipped daily, the festive month of July/August/October is Lakshmi's special month.


Lakshmi Puja is celebrated in Shukla Paksha Shukravar in Shravan Masa (month) , Navaratri in Ashwini masa and also on the full moon night of Kojagari Purnima, and also during Karthik masa in Diwali.


The Lakshmi Form:

Lakshmi is depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud, which stands for beauty, purity and fertility.


Her four hands represent the four ends of human life:dharma or righteousness, "kama" or desires, "artha" or wealth, and "moksha" or liberation from the cycle of birth and death.


Cascades of gold coins are seen flowing from her hands, suggesting that those who worship her gain wealth. She always wears gold embroidered red clothes. Red symbolizes activity and the golden lining indicates prosperity.


Lakshmi is the active energy of Lord Vishnu, and also appears as Lakshmi-Narayan - Lakshmi accompanying Vishnu.


Two elephants are often shown standing next to the goddess and spraying water. This denotes that ceaseless effort, in accordance with one's dharma and governed by wisdom and purity, leads to both material and spiritual prosperity.
A Mother Goddess:


Worship of a mother goddess has been a part of Indian tradition since its earliest times. Lakshmi is one of the mother goddesses and is addressed as "mata" (mother) instead of just "devi" (goddess).


As a female counterpart of Lord Vishnu, Mata Lakshmi is also called 'Shri', the female energy of the Supreme Being. She is the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.


Vara Mahalakshmi Vrata

Vara Lakshmi or Vara Mahalakshmi (the granter of bounty), one of Ashtalakshmi swaroopams is worshipped during Shravana masa. This Vratam is popular in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamilnadu.
Vara Lakshmi Vratam is performed on Shravana-Shukla-Shukravaram i.e., the Friday before Full Moon (Purnima) of Shravan Month. This Vratam is generally undertaken by Sumangalis for the longspan of spouse's health, progeny, good health, wealth and prosperity..

The glory of performing the Vara Mahalakshmi Pooja, Vrata is mentioned in Skanda Purana. This is a pooja or ritual to appease Lakshmi, the consort of Maha Vishnu. She is the personification of auspiciousness, prosperity and wealth. The feast is performed on the Shravana Masa, Shukla Paksha Shukravara, that is, the Friday immediately following the full moon day in the auspicious month of Shravana (corresponding to August - September). This pooja is undertaken by the women folk for excellent progeny, great health, and to wish long life for their husbands.

Ashta Mahalakshmi is symbolic of eight forces namely SHRI (Wealth),BHU (Land), VIDVAT (Knowledge), PREM (Love), KIRTI(Fame), SHANTI (Peace), TUSHTI (Sufficiency), and PUSHTI(Strength).

Worship of Varalakshmi equals worshipping Ashtalakshmi Swaroopam. Thus She is referred as 'Vara Mahalakshmi' - the Goddess who is ever ready to grant boons to Her true devotees.

Varalakshmi vratam ritual differs from region to region. In some regions, Goddess Lakshmi is invoked in the form of Kalasam/Kalash and a Coconut (A coconut is beautifully adorned with jewellery and Pattu Vastram/Pure Silk Saree).

On this day, women folk begin their day with holy bath, wear clean clothes, decorate the home front with beautiful muggu/kolam/rangoli, prepare variety of food offerings, decorate puja place with beautiful colors and kolam. Invoke Goddess Lakshmi with respect and worship Her with Shodasha Upacharas.

Worshippers recite Sree Suktam, Kanakadhara Stotram, Ashtalakshmi Stotra, , Mahalakshmi Ashtakam. It's a tradition to light a ghee lamp near Tulasi Brindavana on all Fridays during the month. Tulasi is considered as Sakshath Lakshmi Swaroopam.
She is ever ready to grant boons to her devotees so usually referred to as “Vara Lakshmi”. Representations of Lakshmi are found in Jain and Buddhist monuments, in addition to Hindu temples. Generally thought of as the personification of material fortune and prosperity, she is somewhat analogous to the Greco-Roman Aphrodite or Venus, as she also represents eroticism and is similarly thought to have originally “born of the sea” in her famous myth, as did the goddess Venus.
She is the consort of Maha Vishnu and is paired in all his incarnations. Rama (in her incarnation as Sita), Krishna (as Rukmini) and Venkateshwara (as Alamelu). In Vaishnava traditions, She is believed to be the Mother Goddess and the Shakti of Narayan.

The appearance of goddess Lakshmi is related to an ancient story. Durvasa, the short-tempered sage once presented Indra, the king of the celestial beings with a garland of flowers which would never wither. Egoistic Indra gave the garland to his elephant Airavata. Sage Durvasa saw the elephant trampling the divine garland and cursed Indra, for he had shown disrespect to the sage. The sage cursed Indra that he and all his followers would lose their power because it had made them so proud and vain. Due to the curse, the demons vanquished the celestial beings out of the heavens.

The defeated celestial beings then went to seek refuge to the Creator Lord Brahma who asked them to churn the ocean of milk, Ksheersagar, to obtain the nectar of immortality. They then went to Maha Vishnu, to seek his assistance. Maha Vishnu took the Avatar Kurma (Tortoise) and supported the Manthara Mountain which served as a churning rod, while the king of the serpents, Vasuki, became the churning rope. The celestial beings and the demons both helped each other in churning the ocean of milk.

Amongst the host of divine gifts which appeared from the ocean, Lakshmi appeared and then chose Maha Vishnu as her consort, as only He had the power to control Maya (illusion). Because of this, Lakshmi is also called the daughter of the sea; since the Moon also appeared from the ocean during the churning, the moon is referred to as her brother. Goddess Lakshmi's traditionally accepted vehicle, the owl which is a bird that sleeps through the day and prowls through the night.

The rituals of worship during the Varalakshmi Vrata differ from region to region in south India, but they all have the same basic format. The performer begins the day with a holy purification bath, and wears clean clothes. The arena is decorated with rangoli. A geometrical design known as mandala is then drawn on the clean surface of the floor. A sacred pot (kalash) is filled with pure water and rice (akshata), topped with a bunch fresh mango leaves, and a coconut smeared with turmeric powder is placed atop. Also, sandal paste and kumkum are applied to the kalash, and a cloth is tied around it before placing it on the mandala. Goddess Lakshmi is then invoked. Fresh flowers and grains are used in the worship, indicating growth and prosperity. Prayers in the form of Lakshmi Ashtottara and Sahasranama are then chanted. Women folk exchange auspicious articles as gifts and food. The function concludes with the singing of several hymns and songs in praise of Vara Lakshmi.



Legend behind worshipping Varalakshmi:

According to Skanda Puran - Goddess Parvathi once asked Lord Shiva to suggest Her a vratam, which would be beneficial for the womenfolk on earth seeking prosperity. Then, Lord Shiva recommended her Varalakshmi Vratam narrating the story of a devotee named Charumati.
Charumati means one who has a beautiful mind and clean heart. She was a chaste lady. Pleased with her true devotion, Goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and advised her to undertake Vara Mahalakshmi Vratam on the auspicious day of Shravana-Shukla-Shukra-Varam.
Charumati shared dream vision with her Husband and also with the women folk in town. They were eagerly waited for the day suggested by Goddess Lakshmi; performed vrata with utmost devotion and faith.
After completion of vrata, women folk stepped out of pooja premises, they saw beautiful golden chariots awaiting for them. They were adorned with beautiful dazzling jewelleries and everything in their homes seemed to be bountiful. Ever since, this vrata has been regularly performed in almost all the households.
Women folk need to thank Charumati for sharing her dream vision; Charumati not only shared the vrata procedure but She taught everyone to follow the concept of 'Virtues-Of-Sharing' of 'Dhana, Dhanya'.


With Regards


Nagesh Kaikini - Mysore.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

EGGLESS RAVA CAKE


Description..

very easy,and quick recipe..this cake is most favourite of people who don't eat eggs.even without eggs this cake is spongy and soft..so try it out...


Ingredients..

1.Rava-1 big cup.

2.Butter milk-1same big cup.

3.Sugar-1cup(if you like less sweet then take 3/4cup)

4.White Butter(Loni) or any other Butter-2 tabsp.

5.Soda-Bi-Carb.(eating soda powder)-1/2tsp.

6.Baking Powder-1/2tsp.

7.Vanilla essence -1/2tsp.or( Elaichi powder-1/2tsp.)

8.Walnuts,Cahewnuts,Raisins-as per taste.

9.Saffron (Kesar)-as needed


Preparation..

1.Take Buttermilk in a big bowl.add butter in it.mix well.add sugar in it and mix well.

2.Add Vanilla essence or Elaichi powder in it.add Walnuts,Cashew pieces,Raisins..mix well.

3.Add  Rava in it..and mix it.there should not be any lumps.then add soda-bi-carb and baking powder in it.mix it well.

4.Keep this batter for 1 hour.

5.Grease Cake tin.and add batter in it..

6.sprinkle some saffron (kesar) above the batter.

7.Bake it in the oven for 170 degrees for 1hour.

I heated 1 nonstick pan on high flame for few minutes.then kept this cake tin on it.coverd with tight lid.and

baked it on very low flame for 1 hour till cake got well baked.



Thursday, July 12, 2012

CHAKLIS WITH LEFT OVER CHAPATIS


DESCRIPTION..

Chaklis with left over chapatis ..its very new & innovative crispy dish.. i had seen this dish on tv.since then I started to make it..all my family members love these chaklis..so thought of sharing this recipe with all..


Ingredients..

1.Left over Chapati powder-2 wati.

1.Poha (Beaten Rice)-3 tabsp.

3.Maida- 4-5 tabsp.

5.Oil for mohan-4tabsp.

6.Oil-To fry.

7.Dhania powder-2tsp.\

8.Jeera poder-1/2 tsp.

9.Red chilli powder-1tsp.

10.Haldi-1/4tsp.

11.Ajwain-1/4 tsp.

12.Til-1tsp.

13.Salt-as per taste.

14.Water-to knead dough.

15.Hing-1/4tsp.


Preparation..

1.Make fine powder of chapatis,and poha in a grinder.

2.take this powder in a big bowl,add maida, salt, red chilli powder, haldi , hing, dhania powder, jeera powder in it.add ajwain, til in it.and mix it properly.

3.heat 4tabsp of oil and add this mohan in chapati mixture..mix it.then add water and make medium hard dough.knead this dough nicely.

4.Take big round of dough and fill it in chakli mould..press this mould and make chaklis.

5.Heat oil.and deep fry these chaklis till crispy on very low flame.


Monday, July 9, 2012

BANANA LOAF




Description..

Banana Loaf is very nutritious,very healthy. it is made with well ripe bananas, wheat flour,and eggs.it is very tasty and yummy. recipe credit to my friend Mangala Kale..


Ingredients..


1.Wheat Flour-1-3/4 cup.

2.Oil(sunflower)-1/2 cup.

3.Sugar-2/3 cup.

4.Walnuts pieces-1/4 cup.

5.Eggs-2

6.well riped Bananas-3or4

7.Baking powder-2tsps.

8.Baking Soda-1/2tsp.


Preparation..

1.Mix well wheat flour,baking powder and baking soda.keep aside.

2.Make Banana pieces..and mash it.

3.In a bowl take mashed bananas,sugar,mix well then add eggs,oil,and mix it well.

4.Add Walnuts pieces.mix it.then add Wheat flour mixture ..and keep mixing till it becomes nice batter.

5.Grease cake tin with some oil ,sprinkle some dry flour in it..then pour batter in it..

5.Bake it in preheated oven on 170Degrees for 50 to 55 minutes..Banana Loaf  is ready..

6.,Make slices when Banana Loaf becomes cold.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

MY MAHARASHTRIAN UPAVAS THALI.....Sabudana Khichdi, Shengdana (Groundnuts) Kadhi, Mango Milkshake, Sabudana Papadi Fry..




This is a Maharashtrian upavas thali .Sabudana Khichdi, kadhi are the most favourite dishes of all.so I made these all dishes on Ashadhi Ekadashi day..all enjoyed this yummy thali..

Shengdana(Groundnut) Kadhi..Recipe..


roast groundnuts..remove skins and powder it..then take1wati powder grind with 1 boiled small potato pieces ,1/2tsp jeera,2green chillies chopped with water ..make fine paste..then add water in it as much as u need for kadhi,add little sugar,salt, 2 kokums ,boil it..then make tadka of ghee,jeera,currypatta and 1finely chopped green chilli and pour it in boiled kadhi..garnish with dhania leaves an serve.. variation can be made by adding dahi or thick buttermilk instead of kokum..

Sabudana Khichdi..Recipe..

soak2 cups sabudana for 3to 4 hours.then add roasted 1/2cup shengdana powder,1tabsp.dahi(optional) salt as per taste, sugar as per taste.mix it well. boil 2potatoes.remove skin and make pieces of it.
in a pan take 2tabsp.ghee or oil.,add 1tsp.jeera,2-3 chopped green chillies,5-6 currypatta.fry for some time then add potato pieces.add some salt fry for few miutes.then add soaked sabudana mixture.mix it well.kip lid and cook it for 4-5 minutes.garnish with dhania leaves and serve with shengdana kadhi..