Sunday, January 4, 2015

Pournami avial

Starting 2006, a Dec 18, got me addicted to thiruvanamalai girivalam on pournamis, so much so that, i would dread onsite opportunities. My dear Baroda friend fasts the whole full moon day and visits temple travelling 3-4 hours one way. Now, most full moon nights, i lay awake on the PG terrace tracing the path of the moon on the sky along with stars. PanchAng said, sarvashAk nivedhan. Hence avial. Not all, at least some veggies.

My Hyderabad friend offers a minimum of 60 vegetables to shAkambari devi. Out of 100, after removing prohibited vegetables, at least 75 or so remain, he says. Interesting customs.

Shop quoted 20 Rs for one tiny mango, so mom didn't buy it. There were couple of mangoes hanging up on the terrace even in dhanur mAs. So asked mom to  pluck the smaller one.

Yellow pumpkin, mochai kottai, chow chow, mango, senai kilangu, vAzhai kAi; Payir, Kothavaranga, beans, carrot, avarakkai

Aviyal - Moon is the master of all herbs, everything unto him
Sunday hence - Wheat Milk jaggery ellaichi pudding, Aviyal soup, SAmbhar, Curd
Recipe for Wheat Pudding
Stir fry normal wheat flour (1-2 spoons for two people) in lots of ghee
Slowly add milk, stirring constantly, so that lumps are not formed
When wheat is cooked, add jaggery, ellaichi towards end and mix well
Add fried badam, cashew or raisins

Recipe for Avial
Chop your choice of vegetables
Boil them in turmeric, salt water
Grind a quarter coconut, 1 table spoon cumin seed to a smooth paste
Heat coconut oil in kadai, splutter mustard seeds and curry leaves
Add the boiled vegetables, mix well with coconut paste and take off the flame

With the water left after boiling vegetables, add lots of freshly ground pepper and drink as soup.

The joy of simple things - kept gazing at the roses and jyoti and finally clicked. Wonder what is there in mango leaves! After months after instruction, at last plucked one leaf for RAghavendra swAmy

Mom would sweep, while, i would wrap the kolam, just as milk cooker starts whistling
Wonder how that period would have been, when women actually drew rice flour kolams for ants and smaller creatures! Life has changed after guruji. Dhanur mAs is a refreshing month. Nothing can rejuvenate better than pre-dawn magic. No matter when you go to sleep, get up early, offer pongal to God before sunrise. Only early morning temple visits in PG; at home, cleaning, kolams, neivdhyam, everything before sunrise. His path is difficult, am just trying with all my lacunae. Trust some day, am there. Amazing! this whole movement of sun and sky above! There is freedom in absolute surrender and obedience. When colleagues, question, how many rules, i now i realize, it is just being in tune. Wasting a full moon ardra, so back to work.

Aviyal for my future sister in law:
Manathakkali keerai kootu, vaazhai thandhu more kootu, potato roast, avial, beans paruppu usili, cauliflower peas fry, pineapple kesari, akaaravadisal

1 comment:

Lalitha Mani said...

hi can you please give me the recipes of Wheat pudding, soup and aviyal