Saturday, July 25, 2009

Naga Chathurthi - Festive Sweet Balls


Naga Chaurthi Upvas is dedicated to Nagas or Snakes and is observed on the fourth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of Shravan. The day after Naga Chaturthi is Naga Panchami/Garuda Panchami, one of the most popular festivals dedicated to Nagas(Snake god). Special pujas and rituals are held on the day. In 2009, the date of Naga Chaturthi is July 25 which is today.

Naga Chaturthi is of great importance in parts of Maharashtra, Karnataka and in the Telegana region of Andhra Pradesh. Since I am a telugu girl living in Tamil Nadu, i celebrate this festival too. :)

Some people fast from morning to evening and only consume a single meal on the day. Special Naga pujas are held on the day. Some Hindu communities fast during the daytime and eat food only after sunset. Some people avoid salt and deep fried on the day.

It must be noted that Naga Chaurthi is held in the Kartik month in some regions.

We serve sweet balls as neivithiyam(Prasadam) to snake god along with fruits, milk, sprouts etc.

Here I am going to put down the recipe for three kinds of sweet balls which can be had as all time snacks. :)





Sesame Sweet Balls

Ingredients:

Sesame seeds - 1 cup

Jaggery - 1 cup

Method:

Powder sesame seeds in mixie. Add finely grated jaggery to it and once again powder it together. Once done roll balls with the powder. The balls look glossy due to the oil that sesame oozes out when ground. These balls are easy to make, yummy to eat and at the same time healthy too. :) Sesame is a rich resource of vitamin B, E and Iron.



Roasted Gram Sweet Balls

Ingredients:

Roasted gram - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Ghee - 1/4 cup

Method:

Powder the roasted gram and sugar separately. Seive it finely. In a pan take the ghee and once it is slightly warm pour the powders and mix well for 5 min in low flame. Remove from fire and once again run it in the mixie. This is to avoid uneven mixing of the ghee. Once done immediately make balls when it is hot.

These are simple to make and extremely yummy. :)



Peanut Sweet Balls

Ingredients:

Roasted Peanuts - 1 cup
Jaggery - 3/4 cup

Method:

Powder the peanuts coarsely. Add finely grated jaggery to it and run once in the mixie again. Make balls with the powder.

Peanuts are rich source of proteins so you can royally call it protein balls. :) Happy making.




Festivals make life interesting and for sure one of the biggest reason is such sweets and savories :) :) :) Happy Naga Chathurthi to all. :)


Written by: Nithya
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26 comments:

Anuradha said...

Happy Naga chathurthi!! Nice pics!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

looks yummy....nice post

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Sesame balls looks delicious. Luved your shrine. Didn't know about the Naga chaturthi. Thank you so much for the Informations:).

Divya Vikram said...

I remember my aunt making these. Looks too good.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

nice ladoos....

Sushma Mallya said...

beautiful pictures .....happy naga chaturthi...

Shri said...

Nice balls!Happy Naga Chaturdhi

Rekha shoban said...

Nice balls nithya

Divya Kudua said...

Hi Nithya...I am so happy to see a post on Naga Chathurthi/Panchami.Guess what,I have a post due for today and while searching for trivia on the same I did not get one decent link to link and I was so upset.You have written very clearly about the traditions and I'll be only happy to link to your post in mine.

Sesame laddoo looks delicious,we have a tradition of making a rice-coconut dumpling.

Hari Chandana said...

Happy Naga Chathurdi...
Yummy laddoos.. looks soo tempting n delicious.. :)

Padma said...

Nice details and pics... sweet balls look too good :)

Ramya said...

Though we dont celebrate Nag Panchami,It was informative reading u'r article..
All the festive spls look yummy

Valarmathi said...

Happy Naga Chathurdi. Looks so yummy. Nice click.

Parita said...

Happy Naga Chaturthi to you dear, lovely sweets, hey i hope u have checked my blog, i have passed Kreativ Blogger award to u :)

Chef Jeena said...

I love these recipes so much.

When it comes to sweets I really enjoy food like this it all looks so delicious. :-)

Gita said...

Nice photos Nithya :)

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Nice post on naga chathurthie. The laddoos look very tempting. And your shrine looks beautiful.

Khaugiri said...

We make laddos with combination of these three and called as Tambittu... Yesterday I have also posted the same recipe....

K said...

Very nice and informative post Nithya. Felt very good reading through and seeing the pictures.
The laddoos look so tempting!

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Hi am first time here, you have a nice blog. Nice Yellu urudai...

Doloncookbook said...

Happy Naga Chaturdhi .... The balls looks great ..we can store these balls ?

Nithya said...

Thanks to all.. :)

Doloncookbook: Its a very valid question. you can store the roasted gram balls and peanut balls for a week or so. But its better to finish off the sesame balls asap because its wet.

Pavithra said...

Hi nithi .. I was not able to do chuthurthi this time but i felt as if I did seeing the pictures nithi..

Hema said...

happy naga Chaturthi.. Those ladoos look delicious

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