Showing posts with label Sri Rama Navami. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sri Rama Navami. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Majjige Neeru | Spiced ButterMilk | Masala Majjige


"Majjige Neeru" or "Spiced Buttermilk" is a traditional beverage made during festivals especially for Sri Rama Navami festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama. It is also a summer refreshing drink. It helps to cool off body on a hot sunny day.

I learnt this recipe at my maternal grandparents house where I spent my summer vacations here. Me and my cousins used to help our mothers in kitchen in making lemonade and buttermilk in mid mornings. We learnt how to make butter and buttermilk in traditional way using rope and a butter churner tied to a pole. I miss those days, just leave behind our memories. 

The recipe is simple and very easy.


Ingredients

1 cup yogurt
2 cups water
1 Green Chili, minced
1 sprig of Curry leaves
1 sprig of Cilantro
1 small piece of Ginger, grated
1/2 tsp Salt

Method

Method 1 -
  • In a pot , mix water and yogurt. Use a butter churner to churn. Churn for 2- 5 minutes
  • Crush green chili, curry leaves, cilantro, & ginger. Add it to the buttle milk. Adjust salt as per taste and mix well
  • Strain the butter milk and discard if any thing is left in strainer
  • Refrigerated for 1 hour. Serve chilled
or

Method 2-
  • In a blender, add water, yogurt, green chili, curry leaves, cilantro, ginger, cumin seeds and salt. Blend for 1 or 2 pulses
  • Strain the butter milk and discard if any thing is left in strainer
  • Refrigerated for 1 hour. Serve chilled

Panaka | Panakam | Panangam


"Panaka | Panakam | Panangam" is a sweet drink prepared on Sri Rama Navami festival. Sri Rama Navami is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Rama. This festival is celebrated on 9th day of Chaitra month according to Hindu calendar. 

 It is also a summer beverage made with jaggery, pepper, cardamom and lemon.



Ingredients

3 cups water
6 tsp Jaggery | Gur | Brown sugar
1/4 tsp Cardamon
Pinch of pepper powder (optional)
3 Lemons
1/4 tsp Ginger Powder

Method

  • In a pot, mix water, jaggery, cardamom, pepper powder, ginger and juice of 3 lemons. Stir until jaggery completely dissolves
  • Refrigerate for 1/2 hour and serve cold

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Carrot-Cucumber Kosambari

"Carrot-Cucumber Kosambari" is a South-Indian style salad made from cucumber, carrot and seasoned with red chilies, mustard, and asafoetida. 

I have posted recipe for "Kosambari' before. But I did not add seasoning in previous recipe. 


Ingredients

3/4 cup Moong dal, soaked for 3-4 hours
1 Cucumber, finely chopped
2 Carrots, shredded
2 Green Chilies, finely chopped
2 sprig of cilantro
Salt

For seasoning-
2 tsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
2 Red Chilies
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
1 sprig of Curry leaves

Method

  • Soak moong dal in water for 3-4 hours. Drain excess water and wash it in cold water for 2-3 times 
  • In a mixing bowl, mix moong dal, cucumber, carrot, chilies, cilantro and adjust salt as per taste
  • In a pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds, red chilies, asafoetida and curry leaves. When mustard seeds starts to splutter, pour the seasoning to cucumber and carrots
  • Mix well and serve it as a salad or side dish
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Kosambari

A traditional South Indian salad made with legumes and fresh vegetables. Apart from being prepared quite often at homes, this recipe is always on the menu during festivals or any auspicious functions. 




Ingredients

1 cup of Moong Dal, soaked for 3 to 4 hours
1 Cucumber, finely chopped
1 Green Chili, minced
1 tsp Lemon Juice
Small bunch of Cilantro, finely chopped
Salt

Method

  • Wash  soaked moong dal 2 to 3 times before preparing salad. 

  • In a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients and adjust salt as per taste
  • Serve immediately 

Tip:
  • This salad can be seasoned with mustard, red chili and freshly grated coconut
  • Do not add salt, if you don't plan to serve immediately. And also, refrigerate so that it keeps them fresh. Because salt with leave excess water from vegetables