Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ayudha Pooja Celebration :)

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Ayudha Puja is an integral part of the Dasara festival, a Hindu festival which is traditionally celebrated in India. In simple terms, it means “Worship of Implements”. The festival falls on the ninth day or Navami of the bright half of Moon's cycle of 15 days in the month of September/October, and is popularly a part of the Dasara or Navaratri or Durga Puja or Golu festival. On the ninth day of the Dasara festival, weapons and tools are worshiped.

The principal goddesses worshiped during the Ayudha puja are Saraswathi(the Goddess of wisdom, arts and literature), Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) and Parvathi (the divine mother), apart from various types of equipment; it is on this occasion when weapons are worshipped by soldiers and tools are revered by artisans. The Puja is considered a meaningful custom, which focuses specific attention to one’s profession and its related tools and connotes that a divine force is working behind it to perform well and for getting the proper reward.

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Top half: Dad's tax book, my music book, kitchen knife, scissors, my color pencils and so on are part of my worship. :)
Bottom half: Veneration of vehicles at home as part of Ayudha Puja!

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Celebration does not end at home. The streets are busy selling pooja articles which include color papers to decorate the vehicles, thoranam for home, fruits, puffed rice etc :)

Now coming to my favorite part, the prasadam. :) We made two dishes as offerings for the god.
One being a sweet - Sogusa Boli (Semolina stuffed pancake/Rava boli/Soogi boli) and the other one is Cabbage vada. :)

I am not sure if God liked it, but I just loved it :) :)

Sogusa Boli (Semolina stuffed pancake)

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For the wrapper:
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Salt - a pinch
Cooking soda - a pinch

Cooking oil - 1/2 cup

For filling:

Semolina/rava - 1 cup
Coconut scrappings - 1 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 1/2 cup
Milk - 1 1/2 cup


For Wrapper:
Mix all purpose flour, salt and cooking soda together. Add adequate water to roll it into a soft dough. Finally add oil and kneed well to make the dough smooth. Roll the dough into a ball and coat it heavily with oil and leave it alone for 3 hours.

For Filling:
In a heavy bottomed pan, take semolina, coconut scrappings, sugar and milk together. In a medium flame keep stirring it until the semolina gets cooked and the contents roll out without sticking to the sides(Kesari consistancy) . Once done, leave it to cool.

To make boli:
Take a plastic sheet or kitchen foil and grease it with oil. Take a chunk of the wrapper dough, press it out to about 2-3 inches in diameter using your hands. Place a dollop of the semolina filing in the centre and fold it from all sides, proceed to seal at the top. Now press it on all sides with your hand to make a boli of 3 inches wide. Carefully remove it from the sheet and toast it on a pan. Flip and toast on both the sides by applying some ghee over it.

Sogusa Boli is ready to eat :) Serve it hot. Enjoy eating :)

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Cabbage Vada

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Thoor Dhall - 1 cup
Urad dhall - 1/2 cup
Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Green chilly - 2
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Cabbage - 100 gms

Salt - for taste


Soak thoor dhall and urad dhall in water for 2 hours. Grind both the dhalls with pepper, cumin, green chilly, ginger and salt into a coarse mixture by adding very little water. Dice cabbage into fine pieces and add it to the ground mixture.

Now roll them into small balls and deep fry in oil.

Crispy cabbage vada is ready to eat :) You can make it interesting by putting them it in curd or rasam :)

Happy Ayudha pooja to all! :) :) :)

I am sending my Sogusa boli to the festive treats event of Simple Indian Food blog along with Krishnajayanthi Sweet poha and Polala ammavasya Thaligalu paravannam.

Written by: Nithya
post your queries to fourthsensesamayal@gmail.com


Preeti Kashyap said...

i love both the recipes. Clicks look awesome! the vadais look crispy and nice- looks like a combi of cabbage pakoda and paruppu vadai. Loved your alter too. happy dusshera to u and ur family!

Sushma Mallya said...

That was a beautiful pic of god..was nice to read it nithya...

Chitra said...

Hope u had a gr8 celebration..Poli looks yumm.. Feel like grabbing it ;)

Unknown said...

Happy dasara to you and your family Nithya nice pic. sojjappalu looks awesome my fav. to and cabbage vada looks crisp and yum.

Sarah Naveen said...

Nice post and fabulous recipes!!!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

As usual excellent decoration.I love the prasadam.Very tempting....

Unknown said...

Boli and cabbage vadas...what a combo! Havent tasted these pancakes.....looks so gud!!

Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

That's a delicious treat for Ayudha Pooja..perfectly shaped boli with crisp cabbage vadai..superb decoration again Nithya

Priya Suresh said...

Poli and vada looks great, Happy ayudha pooja Nithya...such a divine post dear..

Menaga Sathia said...

Boli and cabbage vadas super nithya!!

Rohini said...

If those Poli and vada are treat to our palates, your pics are treat to our eyes! :)
Had been to your blog before from Pavithra's and was thinking I should announce myself sometime, but you bet me to it! You sure have a great space.
Keep visiting and I am following you too :)

Raje said...

Wow both the dishes look so delicious...

Unknown said...

Both the dishes looks so good. Very nice photographs, reminds me of those sweet days back home.

Sanghi said...

Wow.. excellent pooja photos.. The poli and vada is a real lovely combo..! Yummmy!

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

both the recipes looks yummy. when i was reading ur post my hubby told me it was nice and told me to make the sweet this weekend.will try it.Thanks for sharing the recipe.Absolutely nice click.

Tina said...

Dear nits, Pan cake looks sooooo cute and tempting.....superb presenation and pics.....

Cynthia said...

Thanks for sharing the culture.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Happy Ayudha pooja to you nithi !!! Everything looks great. Bobatlu and vada looks so good and Anna love this bobatlu that too especially from his mom.

Abhilash Pillai said...

Nithya.. thanks for the information and sharing it...

Thanks for reminding me about ayudha pooja... as per your suggestion I gave a bath to the Bike and did a slight... paet pooja.. :)

Atleast washed it ...

Boli and vada,...aa... these are your days, living with parents... enjoy.

the recipe too looks good and simple.

Anonymous said...

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Aps Kitchen said...

Hey the first recipe is new to me.......nd its a beautiful pic...nd y wont god love it??

Kanchan said...

The Pancakes are new to me ! Looks neat and beautiful !

Gita Jaishankar said...

Awesome pictures and neiveidyams Nithya :)

Unknown said...

Feel like visiting India after seeing your post.Love the festivities on the streets.Sogusa boli looks so tempting nithya

Anu Nandu said...

The polis look perfect - I mean perfect! Wondeful! And the cabbage vadai can all be eaten in one sitting.

Your gods are very pleased with you!

Shri said...

I am sure GOD would have thoroughly enjoyed them..Great looking dishes and the best of all, loved all the pics of the the events,Nithya!

Parita said...

Wow what a feast my dear, sorry for the late comment :(

EC said...

Very attractive photos and delicious food for the festival..thanks for participating

chef and her kitchen said...

sajjobbattu is one of my favorite ones which we often prepare @ mm's place and still I never attempted on my ow..dono how I missed this post...yummy vadas tooo..

Sunitha said...

Your photos are crisp as the murukulu!

Shabs.. said...

heyt nithya...that murukku looks sooo good and the variation u made are excellent....ur clicks are great too....I loved the look of that semolina stuffed pancakes and vada....they are new to me...

Jen Kumar said...

Hi! I am here a bit late, great post!
I have a question regarding the photo with the implements, have rose or flower petals been put on it? It seemed like something is coming off a bit, not like the sandalpaste/kumkum dots I remember seeing. What is the big knife at the right side?
When I lived in Chennai- two years was not enough to see and understand this festival as I do now. I long to go there again during this time and stay with a family to experience it again...it's not the same here.

Unknown said...

Hi nithya.....

recently came to know about your blog...every category is amazing... you are too good in all the things you do.. may it be art, cookery, crafts.... everything....
becoming a fan of yours... the first swami photo has white and red color garland. did you do it by yourself.. its very nice.. can you teach us.. plZZZZZZZZZ.

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