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KARTHIGAI VIZHAKU Colour ful water candles

We light candles and keep diyas for Karthigai.

This time have kept water candles too.

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ONAM is a festival celebrated by people in Kerala .It is a harvest festival and the significance of the homecoming of the mythological demon King Mahabali. During the month of Singham the first month of calendar malayalees all over the world celebrate this festival .Onam falls in between August and September every year people prepare Sadya for this festival for grand feast. A single course ofOnam Sadya has 24 to 28 dishes 11 dishes are essentially prepared for Onam sadya .Rice, coconut gratings, coconut milk and coconut oil are the basic ingredients in the most of the dishes. The Meal is traditionally served on banana leaves and consumed in one sitting the Onam sadhya items are served one by one in order even the age old tradition of serving a particular dish on the particular part of Banana leaf is strictly obeyed.

The items served are pappadam, uperi, Chakravaraty,mango curry ,naranga curry ,pachadi ,toran ,avial , parippu curry ,Sambar, pulissery ,rasam, mor kulambu, Ada pradhaman ,pal payasam, kadala payasam, khichadi, koottukari ,neer mor, puvan Pazham,boli.


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Cooking Recipes hindu festival indian Neivedyam


Poha or aval has high nutrient value.It is a wholesome meal. Good source of carbohydrates,packed with iron,rich in fibre and a good source of antioxidants and essential vitamins.It is light on the stomach and can be easily digested.

Today I’m going to share with you a sweet recipe with you all. Easy to prepare sweet. It’s PAYASAM recipe.


  • Aval…..1 cup
  • Milk…..750 ml
  • Jaggery. .3/4 to 1 cup
  • Ghee….2 TBS
  • Cashews…few
  • Kismis…few
  • Cardomom powder..1 TSP.


  • In a kadai. Add ghee to it.
  • Then add cashews and kismis fry and keep aside.
  • Now add Poha to it.Fry it will become crispy.May be for 2 mts.
  • Now add milk and allow it to get cooked.
  • Meanwhile put jaggery in water heat a little and then filter for impurities.
  • When it gets cooked add Jaggery to it.
  • Allow it to boil and it will become thick.
  • Finally add cardomom powder and fried cashews.
  • It’s ready to serve.
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There are many varieties of payasam.Today thought of sharing one which is made using milk.My son likes all varieties of PAYASAM especially when it is made with milk.Its an easy preparation and also very tasty one.


  • Sago………1/4 cup
  • Semiya….1/2 cup
  • Milk…….2or3 cups
  • Cardomom…3 or 4
  • Sugar…….1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Cashew… chopped 1tsp
  • Ghee…..2 to 3 TBS


  1. Soak sago for half an hour.
  2. Put ghee in a heavy bottom pan.
  3. Fry cashews in ghee and keep aside
  4. Roast vermicelli fry it and keep it aside.
  5. Now add sago and fry it.
  6. Add water and cook .
  7. When it is half cooked add semiya to it.
  8. Then add milk and cook.
  9. Add sugar.
  10. Finally add fried cashew nuts.


1. Can change the proportion of sago vermicelli.

2. This thickens after cooking so keep little milk aside and add before serving.

3. Sugar can be added according to one’s taste.

4. Can add fried raisins too.

cooking Cooking Recipes hindu festival Neivedyam traditional cooking


Kadala parupu sundal is a variety of sundal. This can be easily prepared even without soaking the Bengal gram.


  • Bengal gram …..250 gms
  • Grated coconut…1/4 cup
  • Salt as needed.
  • Oil……2 TBS
  • Mustard seeds…1/2 TSP
  • Urad dhal….1 TSP
  • Curry leaves..a few
  • Green chillies 1 to 2


  1. Wash and cook Bengal gram in a pressure cooker with enough water for two whistles. If there is excess water can use for other recipes like rasam.
  2. In a kadai pour 2 TBS oil then mustard seeds it splutters add urad dhal when it turns brown and split chillies fry it.
  3. Now add cooked Bengal gram to it
  4. Finally add coconut scrapings.

You can decrease the amount of coconut scrapings.

Can add coriander leaves too.

Cooking Recipes hindu festival traditional cooking


One of the traditional recipes made with rice and jaggery. Easy to prepare also a neivedyam especially when we offer Pongal for Sun god. I have used raw rice for this but can use even boiled rice.


  • Rice …..1 cup
  • Jaggery…1 to 11/2 cup
  • Ghee….3 tbs
  • Cardomom powder…1tsp
  • Milk 3/4 litre.
  • Cashews and kismis…1 tsp

Can cook rice separately too.


1. Powder jaggery put it in a thick bottom pan and mix well with little water.

2.Filter the syrup to remove the dirt from the syrup.

3.After removing the dirt keep again for some more time so that it becomes more syrupy that is more thicker.

4.Add cooked rice to the the syrup and cook till it blends.

5.When it blends well add milk to it.

6.Finally add fried cashews and kismis.

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A very protein rich diet recipe .Lobia ranks much higher on nutrition making it a hidden healthy gem. They are brimming with the goodness of B complex vitamins,proteins,zinc,calcium and iron.

It contains almost essential vitamins and minerals.Vit.A,B,B1,B2,B5,B6,C,folic acid, potassium, magnesium,selinium,sodium etc.

It is beneficial for our health .It maintains standard cholesterol level. It also removes free radicals.

Lignin is a good component is present is good for weight loss.


  • Karamani……..1 cup
  • Mustard seeds…1/2tsp
  • Urad dhal…….1 tsp
  • Asafoetida…..1/4 tsp
  • Oil……1tbs
  • Curry leaves…few
  • Salt as needed
  • Red chillies or green chillies…..2
  • Coconut optional…..4 or 5 tbs
  • Coriander leaves optional finely chopped…1/2 tsp


  1. Dry roast the beans for few minutes and soak it for few hours.
  2. Pressure cook it till it gets cooked.
  3. In a kadai put oil in it.
  4. Add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal now add green or red chillies.
  5. Add curry leaves.
  6. Add cooked beans and salt mix well.
  7. If going to add coconut you can add now .
  8. Same with coriander leaves too

If for neivedyam add coconut scrapings if taking for weight loss diet can skip that.

hindu festival how to keep kolu,kolu pictures,Navrathri pooja. Navratri kolu



Among various Hindu festivals navrathri is an important one.As the name itself suggests it is celebrated for nine days.It is celebrated different ly in different parts of India.It is celebrated religiously and socially across India.

In some states of India Durga Pooja is celebrated.Goddess Durga battles and emerges victorious over buffalo demon to help restore dharmam.

The story goes Goddess Durga received great power to fight against all the other God’s transmitted their power to Durga and later turned into statues.In order to respect their sacrifice we keep kolu at home.

In these days poojas are done.Some people keep kolu in their houses.Golu is the festive display of dolls and figurines in South India during navrathri time.These displays are thematic,some narate legend from Hindu text and cultural issue.

A series of steps is set up.This may in wood or metal or any stand is used.It is mandatory that the arrangement of the koludolls should be off number of steps like3,5,7,9.It can be simple or elaborate.The women of the house invite the other women and girl children to inspect kolu,eat some snacks,sing songs in front of it and exchange goodies.

The celebration of nine nights has been died into three groups.Day1 to 3 for Goddess Durga,4to 6 for Lakshmi and 7 to 9 for Saraswati.

Kolu begins with a kalasa pooja instead of a photo or a idol Goddess Durga is represented in the form of kalasam.A brass or silver pot filled with water covered with a coconut and mango leaves.It is believed that Goddess Durga reside inside the kalasam during the nine days of the puja and brings peace and prosperity into our homes.

Arrangements of Kolu Padi

  • Kolu Padi1 to 3

In these we keep idola of Goddess Durga,Lakshmi and Saraswati.Also will keep dolls of Shiva ,Vishnu and others.

  • Kolu padi4to 6

Here one keeps the idols of saints,like Guru Ragavender,Saibaba,Azhwars and National leaders.

  • Kolu Padi 7

Dolls of your festivals,marriage,functions or poojas.These can be with a set of dolls conveying the theme.

  • Padi 8

This can be for creativity.Also will keep chettiar and chettichi with the household things in front of them.

  • Padi 9

Marapachi dolls. This is made of wood and mostly will be in pair.

Then we can have themes like park,zoo, playground etc.

Sarawati Pooja is celebrated on the ninth day of the festival.If one is not able to keep for all the nine days can keep for at least last three days.

The day next to Saraswati Pooja is Vijayadasami.This day is special to start anything new.xhildren are introduced to the world of letters.It makes a new and prosperous beginning. Even other art forms will be started.

So though they say 9 days literally 11 days are included in this.

Some dos for the Pooja:

  • Women should have head bath daily.
  • Put kolam in front of the kolu.
  • Offer neivedyam twice a day.Morning can keep rice varieties and in the evening can keep snack items like various sundal varieties using lentils or sweets or vadai.
  • Some avoid usage of onion and garlic.
  • When we remove kolu we should move the doll towards north.Put the dolls to sleep after neivedyam.
  • Suppose if the 10rhday is Friday or Tuesday put the dolls to sleep after 10th morning neivedyam and make the sleep till noon.
  • Sprinkle water from kalasamon the family members and the remaining water to the Tulsi plant
  • Can cover the stand or steps using cloth.
  • Steps must face North or East.

When small we used to wear silk skirts plait our hair with the kunj lam keep flowers.some stitch flowers like thalamboo or Jasmine in their plait. That is dress traditionally and visit houses.

The scientific reason behind preparing sundal is that we get easily tired and feel it due to weather.So protein rich diet is recommended.

Vijayadasami day is the day for victory over evil.It makes new properous and new beginning so children are introduced to the world of learning. Also they begin learning art forms like music and dancing.

I don’t keep kolu in my home but my my close friend Rathi keeps Kolu in her house .I have shared the photos of her Kolu. Each year she arranges differently and is very well arranged.

The above three photos are my neighbour ushas Kolu.