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August 10, 2012

Varalakshmi Vratham


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Varalakshmi Vratam is an important pooja performed by married women in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and some parts of Tamil Nadu.

As the legend goes, this is a pooja that was pronounced by the Lord Parameswara himself .He wanted this to be performed by his consort Parvathi to seek prosperity and happiness for the family. Thus it came to be emulated by married women who sought boons (varam) for the health, wealth and knowledge for the entire family. In some cases, women prayed for being blessed with children. The prescribed day for the pooja is the Friday of the month of Sravan in the fortnight known as Sukla paksha, preceding the full moon day.

The first two years of  Vratam  , I was pretty excited celebrating the festival with amma and attayya(mother in law) together . This year being away from home….I have so much to do all by myself. So I’ve opted for some easy to make naivedyam recipes that are listed below :

Chalimidi & Vadapappu     (click on the link for the recipe)

Daddojanam          (click on the link for the recipe)

Garelu    (click on the link for the recipe)

Attisiree :              

Pressure cook 1/2 cup Rice with 2 to 3 tsp of Moong Dal (Pesarapappu).

Paramannam    (click on the link for the recipe)




August 2, 2012

Happy Raksha Bandhan Wishes – Besan Ke ladoo

Rakhi ….the celebration of the relationship between brothers and sisters. On this very special day, I’ve prepared Besan ke Ladoo which is a very popular sweet in India. Very easy to cook for beginners too. I’ve not used the amount of ghee I mentioned here…but adding more OR as per the mentioned measurements makes it taste and look more yumm.

Preparation Time: 6 to 7min

Cooking Time : 25 min.

Makes : 4 servings


1. Besan – 250 gm

2. Sugar powdered – 250 gm

3. ghee – 100 gm

4. almonds / pistachios (any of your choice) – 1 tsp

5. cardamom powder – 1 tsp


Take a kadai, add ghee bring it to boil then reduce the flame and add besan mix well till changes its colour.

Once the besan is done then add sugar mix well . Then, add cardomam powder mix well immediately switch off the flame and let it cool down then make small ladoos out of this .

Once the ladoos are ready dip one edge of ladoo in ghee and dip on pistachios mixture. (I’ve not used so much ghee, else the look of the ladoos would definitely seem as they should) and serve.

Sending this to JCO Rakhi- The thread of love Event

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