Thursday, 28 August 2014

Mangala Gowri Habba | Gowri Pooja

Today we celebrate Mangala Gowri Habba. Legend has it that Gowri[Parvathi] -Lord Shiva's consort,went to her mothers house to perform this pooja Hence the daughters' get invited by their mothers'.Mom invited me home for the pooja and I went home with the two little ones. The kids were so eager to see their grandmom perform the rituals and even more thrilled when they heard mom and me sing the songs for the pooja.

This is the picture in front of which mom does the pooja.Dad says this picture has been in the family for as long as he can remember. Obviously my grandmom too placed this picture in the pooja room.

Sharing some pics of the Pooja 

The pooja room ready..

The turmeric Gowri is seated on a betel leaf in the center...

Mom performing the pooja....

Sodalu Aarathi and Mangalarathi....

The kids offering their prayers...

Moradha Bayana for me from mom :)

'Mora' is a flat plate made of bamboo.It is placed as a pair.Turmeric is smeared on it and vermilion lines are drawn on it.On one 'Mora' a dress material-Saree and blouse, bangles, mirror, comb , kajal, kumkum[vermilion], turmeric ,small packs of rice,rice flour,jaggery,moong dhal,toor dhal,silver toe-ring,gold nose pin,a 'mangalya'[A sacred pendent that is worn by married women],money are kept.Any other thing which is considered sacred is can also be kept along with these things.This is closed with the other 'mora'.I forgot to place the other stuffs mentioned here when I clicked the pic...

The person who receives this 'mora' should be married and is usually given to the daughter.It can also be given to any other married women.The girl/women is seated on a wooden plank and her legs are smeared with turmeric paste and vermilion lines outlining her feet are drawn .She is given a set of betel leaves,betel nuts,fruits and coconut along with kumkum[vermilion].

 Lil Angel wanted it and mom drew it for her too :)

The giver covers one half of the 'mora' with her Saree pallu and the receiver covers the other half with her Saree pallu.

The giver considers the girl/women who receives the moradha-bayana as Parvathi.This ritual of moradha-bayana is considered to fortify the life of both the giver and receiver and they are blessed with all that is best and beautiful in life.

My grandma used to tell us stories of this ritual being performed in palaces by the queens who used to give 'mora' made of brass and used to give away jewels along with the customary items.The number of women who received it were innumerable.

We are now getting ready for the scrumptious lunch that mom has prepared.Will be back tomorrow with our Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations....

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Masala Bread Upma

Here comes another recipe that has been in my drafts like forever! I was meaning to post this earlier yet the way things are running for me, it got delayed and delayed until today.Luckily for the Week 3, Blogging Marathon # 43, I chose the theme - Bookmarked recipes  and this was the perfect time to bring this post out of hibernation! This recipe is from Vegbowl and it is a little different from the way I made bread upma.

Bread is an ingredient that I love. My folks don't touch bread unless they are sick but its not so for me or the kids. We love to have it in all forms- as such, toasted, sweet and savory sandwiches and the most yum way- dunked in sambar!I know it sounds weird, but that's our most loved way to have bread.

So, we always have a loaf of bread around and sometimes I have the mood to try out some upma sort of dish with bread and at the bottom of this post you will find the links to such recipes.I remember making this as a snack during tea time and Lil Angel loved it.

I used:
Adapted from - Veg Bowl

Bread slices- 8
Onion-1, sliced
Tomato - 1, chopped
Green chilies- 2, chopped
Sambar powder- 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves- a few
Mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Salt and lemon juice to taste
Coriander leaves to garnish
Oil- 1 tablespoon

  1. Tear/cut the bread into cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard, cumin , green chilies and curry leaves.
  3. Once the mustard pops, add the onion saute till translucent. 
  4. Add the tomato and cook till soft.
  5. Add sambar powder [or red chili powder] , turmeric powder and salt and mix.
  6. Add the bread cubes and mix well so that the masala coats the bread. If it is too dry, sprinkle a little water.
  7. Once the bread is heated through, turn off the heat, add lemon juice and coriander. 
  8. Mix and the dish is ready to be served...Tastes best when it is hot!

Here are some other versions from around the blogosphere  that I have posted in my blog...

Vegetable bread upma that I made from Pradnya's blog...
Bread Pulao Veggie Hut
Tadka Bread from Prathiba's blog

And here is a collection of the other bread based dishes from my blog..

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#43

Bon Appetit...

Monday, 25 August 2014

Homemade Eggless Mayonnaise

I have been wanting to try this for a long time. I have seen this recipe in some cookbooks but somehow did not get down to preparing it. And I was not very comfortable to pick a jar of mayo from the store shelf.

Then one day, I made up my mind to prepare this at home and checked my bookmarked page and found this recipe from Tickling Palates. It is very simple and hardly takes 5 minutes to prepare. This recipe is for Week 3, Blogging Marathon # 43, themed- Bookmarked recipes

I used:
Adapted from - Tickling Palates

Milk - 1 cup
Corn flour -2 tablespoons
Pepper powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Sugar-1/2 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Chili flakes - 1/2 teaspoon

Take 1/4 cup milk and mix the corm flour without any lumps. Heat the remaining milk and when it starts to boil, add the cornflour mix and stir well. Simmer till it thickens. Remove from heat and transfer to a clean dry vessel.Add the remaining ingredients and whisk well till combined. Store in a clean dry bottle . Refrigerate if not using immediately. Be sure to use a clean, dry spoon every time.

This is supposed to stay good for 10 days. I did not have a chance to find it out as it got over before that!

Bon Appetit...