October 10, 2016

Pulihora and Allam Garelu Naivedyam for Goddess Durga

Navaratri festival is the most auspicious time for worshipping Goddess Durga in ten forms( alankarams).As per Puranas, it is believed that Goddess Durga, divine mother, had destroyed the evil forces of the Demon Mahishasura during this time. Simply,we can say  Dasara is nothing but good winning over the evil. Each state celebrate Dussehra in their own ways. The way of Celebrating festival may be different place to place but each and every celebration is Unique!! You can observe complete devotion and dedication in people towards Goddess Durga on these Navaratri Celebrations. Here too people celebrating Devi Navaratri Celebrations grand!!! In Telangana, telangana government wonderfully organising "Batukamma Festival" and people celebrating Batukamma festival very grand !! All most each and every road is decorated with colourful  flowers and sticks. In Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh this Devi Navaratri celebrations celebrates in traditional way like worshipping Lord Durga with Ashta kalasha pooja, samoohika ashtothara sahasranamavali pooja, lalitha parayana, kumkuma pooja,Chandi yagam etc etc. 

The ninth day of Devi Maha Navaratri is called Durga Ashtami !! an auspicious day of Devi Navaratri according to Hinduism.  It falls on the Ashtami tithi of Chaitra month according to the Hindu calendar. This day is also known for "Asthra Pooja" (Worshipping Weapons). Usually people perform pooja to their Machinery in their industries and factories. Durga avatar is the most Powerful avatar out of all avatars. 

On this Durga Ashtami day, we can chant Durga dwa trisannammala stotram, Durga Ashtakam and Lalitha sahasranama Parayanam which are most powerful stotras and offer Vadapappu, Panakam, Lemon Juice, Pulihora(Chidrannam) and Allam Garelu. Yesterday I made Tamarind Rice (Pulihora) and Allam Garelu (vada) For Goddess Durga. Here I am giving you the powerful sloka of Durga. As Goddess Durga loves 9 number please chant this sloka 9 timesto get courage and power!!

     "Jayanthi Mangala Kali Bhadrakali Kapalini
         Durgaakshama Sivadhatri swaha swadha Namosthuthe"

Let us learn how to make special & traditional Tamarind Rice and Allapu Garelu !! 

Ingredients :
1 cup Raw rice
75 grams Tamarind (soaked in water)
1/2 bowl Cooking oil
Salt to taste
1table spoon Turmeric Powder

For Tempering / Tadka :
Ground nuts / verusanagapappu                            : 20 gms
Chana dal / Senagapappu (bengalgram)                : 2 table spoons
Urad dal   / Minapapappu(split black gram)             : 1 table spoon
Mustard seeds/ aavalu                                             :  1 table spoon
Dry Red chillies/yendu mirapakayalu                       :  3-5 broken
Hing/Asafoetida/ Inguva                                           :  1/4 table spoon
Curry leaves                                                             : 2 stems
Green Chillies                                                           : 6- 8,slit lengthwise

Method :
1. Cook the rice in such a way that each grains are separate. Let it cool 
    for sometime.
2. Spread the cooked rice in a wide bowl, add required amount of salt,
    turmeric powder , few curry leaves and 1table spoon oil and mix well.
3. Soak tamarind in water and extract thick juice from it. Discard the pulp.
4. Heat a pan with oil, add ground nuts and broken red chillies, let them 
    fry for few seconds, separate from oil and add to cooked rice.
5. To the same pan, add chana dal, urad dal,fry till they become golden 
     colour, then add  mustard seeds, curryleaves and fry
     for few minuites.Separate them from oil and add to cooked rice.
6. To the same pan, add thick tamarind juice, pinch of turmeric powder 
    and a pinch of powdered jaggery and pinch of red chilli powder to 
    balance more sourness of tamarind.
7. Now add chopped green chillies to tamarind juice.Let it cook on 
    low flame for few seconds, chillies become tangy at this mooment.
8. Now add this tamarind extract and green chillies to the cooked rice and
    mix well. 
9. Delicious, tangy and tasty Tamarind Rice is ready to be served.


Ingredients :
Urad dal                  :     2 cups
Green Chillies         : 10 -12 ( can adjust according to your spice levels)
Ginger                     : 3 inch pieces
Salt  to taste
Oil for deep frying.

Method :
1. Soak Urad dal for 3 hours with sufficient water.
2. Blend the soaked urad dal(blackgram) along with green chillies,ginger
    pieces and required amount of water with minimum water. Do not add
    too much water. The batter should be thick and mix the batter 
    vigorously with hand or spoon in one direction to get smooth vada.
3. Heat a wide thick bottomed kadai with sufficient oil for deep frying.
4. Now take small quantity(big lemon size)of ground paste(batter) and 
    spread this paste on a plastic sheet or any plantain leaf(arati aaku) by
    applying water to hand to each time. Make a small hole in middle.
    Gently drop it into the hot oil.
5. Fry the Garelu/ Vadas on low flame till they turn into golden brown
    colour. Continue the process with the remaining batter.
6. Hot hot Vada / Garelu is ready to serve :)
7. Serve it hot with Ginger chutney or Coconut chutney.

Hope you enjoyed both dishes "Tamarind Rice and Ginger Vada"!! Wishing you all Happy Durga Ashtami !! May Goddess Durga bless you and your loved ones on this auspicious day!!:)  Meet you tomorrow with another interesting recipe, till then bbye...



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