Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ganesh Chaturthi and RCI-Karnataka!

What happens when you apparently fall asleep? What happens when you wake up, but just gaze dreamily at the ceiling, thinking of nothing particular? What happens is..... a good friend comes along and nudges you out of the semi- comatose state!!
I was a bit lazy ... okay... okay, going in reverse gear, where blogging was concerned.. but so much was happening.. we are moving to a new apartment this weekend, so in a fit of high enthusiasm M and I packed stuff last weekend and in that very fit, I dunno what I did, but messed up my right thumb, which to date, is throbbing!

But, keeping in mind the RCI-Karnataka event, hosted this month by our very own superwoman, ASHA .I decided to make 'Kadabu'. My memories of Karnataka cuisine are linked to the small village of Badami in Karnataka. We would go to the Banshankari Temple (Kuldevi) and would stay there for a couple of days. My Mother's friend is of the Pujari family and so we always had a very pleasant time there (along with the privilege of sometimes helping in the kitchen! but the rules were SUPER orthodox and I always lived in the fear of royally messing up the whole thing and thereby incurring the wrath of the Goddess and the pujari family!)Thursday was the day of the Goddess and as usual there was a GRAND feast prepared and the rows and rows of devotees would await their turn to enter the great hall and feast!

Kadabu ( or simply put, puran - karanji) was a regular along with Chitranna, Holgi (puran poli) , Palya ( vegetable) , kousambri, and buttermilk. Thus satiated everyone would feel very happy and content and friendly with the world!! The evenings (after the sumptuous food) was my favourite time of the day, way back when I visited the temple, there was no electricity inside the Temple (they had everything in their homes) but the temple would glow in the soft light of the oil lamps. The wonderful smell of camphor, flowers would linger in the air and a flock of the womenfolk would gather in the space and sit making tiny packets of 'haldi-kumkum' and singing songs glorifying the Goddess and other dieties. These would be sung in Kannada (which I only partially understand) and full of devotion which would stir the heart and make even the most restless person feel at peace and one with the Almighty!

So this time for Ganesh Chaturthi, I decided to make Kadabu along with 'Ukadiche Modak' , Sheera and Pal payasam.

Kadabu Recipe

For the filling:

1 cup chana daal

1 cup Jaggery (or 1/2 cup jaggery & 1/2 cup sugar)

1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder

For the cover:

1 cup Wheat flour (atta)

1 tbsp oil

Water to bind the dough

OIL to deep fry the kadabu

Bind the dough for the cover, like roti dough, just a little stiff.
Wash the daal in 2-3 changes of water and put it to boil with about 3 cups water.
Cook the daal until it is soft. Drain and reserve the water, this can be used to make Katachi aamti
In a heavy bottom pan combine the daal and the jaggery and cook till it becomes a homogenous mixture. leave it to cool ,then add the cardamom powder. If you want to make the stuffing amooth, run it through the blender, I left it chunky as I do not have what is called as the 'puran yantra.Take a small lemon size ball of the dough and roll it out like a puri. Spoon 1-2 tbsp. (depending upon the size of the puri) of the filling and fold it over, pressing the edges together to seal it. Heat oil in a kadhai and deep fry the kadabu till golden brown.When serving, add a dollop of pure ghee and serve.

Ukadiche Modak :

For the filing

1 cup fresh grated coconut

1 cup jaggery

1 cardamom powdered

1 tbsp Poppy seeds (khus-khus) (optional)

For the Cover:

1 cup rice flour

1 cup +3-4 tbsp Water

2 pinches salt

2 tbsp Oil

In a kadhai, add the coconut and jaggery and cook till it is a homogenous mixture. Take care not to overcook.

Boil water in a saucepan, add the salt and oil to it. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add the rice flour and mix well so that there are no major lumps. Cover and cook for a minute. Remove cover and mix again, cover and switch off the heat/ flame.

After a while (2-3 mins) take out the mixture and knead it into a soft pliable dough. Divide into lemon size balls and carefully using palms and fingers flatten the dough into a puri like shape, spoon the coconut-jaggery mixture into the rice dough . Carefully squeeze the sides to form petals and bring them together at the top. Do this for all of the rice dough. Cover the ready modak by a damp cloth to prevent drying. The modak now need to be steamed. I used the regular pressure cooker (without the weight/whistle)

Arrange the modak carefully and steam them for approx 15 mins.

When serving serve with a dolop of pure ghee! YUM!!

Pal Payasam (I made limited quantity)

4 tbsp Basmati Rice

2 cups Milk

5 tbsp Brown Sugar ( add extra sugar if u like it sweet)

A few threads saffron

1 cardamom powdered

1 tsp ghee

Few Raisins, Almonds and Cahews

Wash the rice and drain all water, set it aside

Heat ghee in a saucepan, lightly fry the almond and cashews, add the rice and then the raisins and saffron ( I usually add raisins at this stage for the simple reason that on a few occasions they were burnt beyond recognition and I had to chuck the whole thing) Once all the rice grains are well coated with ghee and the raisins are plump, add the milk.

Here you have 2 options, the quick way to make Pal Payasam is to put it in the pressure cooker and cook for 3-4 whistles of let it slow cook in the stove till rice is completely cooked. I used the pressure cooker. After removing the vessel from the pressure cooker, add sugar and bring to a boil, let it thicken a little, lastly add the cardamom powder.

I made Sheera like I always do , but one thing is for sure, Sheera made for prasad tastes a whole lot tastier than the regular sheera!! Don't ask me how!! It just does!!

My prasad thali


1 cup rice

1 tsp Urad Daal

1tsp chana daal

1 green Chilli

1 Dry red chilli

Few curry leaves

1-2 tbsp Oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

2-3 tbsp. Roasated peanuts

1/4 tsp Asafetida

1/2 tsp Turmeric

Salt to taste

Juice of one med. size Lemon

1/2 tsp sugar (optional)

5-6 cashews (optional)

Cilantro (minced) to Garnish
Wash rice in 3-4 changes of water and keep aside for 20 mins. Cook rice. Once rice is cooked, spread it ona plate and allow it to cool.

Heat oil in a kadhai. Add chana and urad daal and let them turn a light brown, add mustard seeds, once they pop, add the asafetida, green and red chilli ,curry leaves, turmeric and peanuts. Saute a while.

Add the Rice, mix thoroughtly, cover and cook for 2 mins. on medium flame. Uncover add salt and sugar, mix and cove and cook for another 3-4 mins. Afte r the heat is turned off, add the lemon juice. Garnish with Cilantro before serving.

We now come to one amazing Fruitzi the Pineapple Kairas! The unusual combination of pineapple chunks with spices creating an explosion of taste in every mouthful is difficult for me to describe!! Every year during the month of Shravan, the Kannada Community in Navi Mumbai (or New Bombay as I call it) have the Raghavendra Swami Ashtotarra and SatyaNarayan pooja. They have this caterer ( who was also caters to most of our family functions) who makes the MOST AMAZING Food and his pineapple kairas is to die for, so are the Jalebis, and the sambar and the rasam and ... (stop calling me a greedy p**, what I am stating is the absolute Truth!!)

So since I have missed the food for 2 years in a row, I mean the pooja .. pooja... ahem.. yes.... I got my Mom to somehow procure the recipe... which she did from her friend, Mrs. B !

Pineapple Kairas

1 cup Pineapple chunks ( I used a can of chunks)

1 lump Jaggery

Marble size Tamarind Pulp

Salt to taste


1 tsp White sesame seeds/ til

1/4 tsp Fenugreek/ Methi seeds

1/2 tsp Urid dal

1 spoon Corriander seeds/ Dhane

2-3 Bedagi chilli

1/2 cup fresh coconut grated

Few Curryleaves

1 tbsp oil for frying masala

Heat a kadhai , add the sesame to it and dry roast till they turn a light brown.Remove and keep it aside.

Heat 1 tsp oil, add the urad daal and methi seeds and saute for about 20 seconds. Add the corriander seeds, saute. Add the Byedgi chilly and curry leaves, by now the urid daal has turned light brown, add the grated coconut and mix and cook for acouple of mins.

Grind to a paste in the blender/ chutney attachment 9 do not add too much water0

In the same kadhai, add the Pineapple pieces , tamarind pulp, jaggery and salt. Mix these 4 items together and cook for a minute Mix the masala paste in the cooked pineapple mixture and boil for 2 minutes or till the pineapple softens (time may vary if you use fresh pineapple).Your pineapple kairas is ready to serve.

If ALL that ain't enough, finish off your meal with soothing Yogurt Rice!

You need: (no measures for this!! I just did this mechanically! So used to it since my childhood!)

Cooked rice

Fresh yogurt


Salt to taste

For tempering

2 tsp oil

1 spn mustard seeds

1/4 tsp pinches asafetida

Some grated ginger (1/2 tsp, if you like ginger)

1/2 spoon chana daal + urad daal

5 curry leaves

1 dry red chilli broken into 2-3 pieces / 1 green chilly chopped

Fresh chopped cilantro (optional)

Mix the yogurt and milk in the rice, add salt .. mix well Heat oil, add chana and urad daal, mustard seeds, once the daal is nice and brown (by this time the mustard will crackle) add asafetida, ginger, chilly and curry leaves. Add the tempering to the yogurt rice, garnish with cilantro if u wish….and complete your meal!

Thank you Asha for being our hostess for RCI this month!!

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Padma said...

WOW Manasi, looks like Ganesha had a treat at ur place. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! Ganapati Bappa Morya!

Jyothi said...

Hi Manasi! looks like had a lovely celebrations of ganesha festival. Great spread of neivedyam. Looks great and lovely entry.

Siri said...

Hey Manasi.. Very nice and colorful spread and such a lively post.. took me to my small village in Andhra Pradesh.. where we had our own Hanuman temple and the way we used to spend time over there..:D Thanks dear.. and Belated Ganesh Chaturthi wishes to you and your family.. and take care of ur thumb gurl..

TBC said...

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! It is at times like these that I really miss Bombay. Not that we celebrate it, but just being in the midst of all the festivities is very exciting.

Richa said...

so many goodies........:)
love that karanji, just the filling itself brings smile to my face heh!heh!

Roopa said...

Manasi thats an elegant spread! looks delish seeing pineapple kairas my mouth is watring... one of my favorites :)

Rajitha said...

manasi..what a spread fantastic!!...and how is that thumb doing??

Laavanya said...

What a whole lot of wonderful dishes Manasi - am sure it was a lot of effort but the results show.

Sig said...

Looks like you guys had a great ganesh chaturthi... food looks yummy... Good luck with your move... packing, moving, unpacking...ah sooo painful :)

sra said...

Nice post, Manasi, enjoyed reading it!

bee said...

festival greetings and enjoy your new home, manasi.

Raaga said...

Wow... Ganpati sure went back so much happier from your place :-)

Hugs girl

Unknown said...

What a delicious spread!!! Looks like you had a great festival!!

Sia said...

aha...i was right, u surely needed some gentle nudge;)
good luck with the move manasi and hope ur right thumb is healed well.
and is that all u made for ganesh chaturthi? ;) each and every dish looks absolutely wonderful. i agree with u, the payasam which we make for god always tastes better than the regular ones. beautiful thali of neivedaym...

Sia said...

oh by the way pineaplle kairas looks delish...

Nupur said...

What a feast, Manasi! The pineapple kairas is something new to me, and looks so delicious. I'll have to try it soon.

FH said...

WOW!! You came out with force Manasi!:))
Thanks for taking time to post these,wonderful.Kadabus, we call then Karjikai too, love them.They all good.I would love to post the whole Thali for ya with the link, looks yum.

Mishmash ! said...

Belated Greetings Manasi and looks like you and your family had a real treat :) Only this year, I learnt that our kozhukkattai and your modaks are the same, thanks to blogging :)


TheCooker said...

After making so many things...jara vishranti ghe & take care of the angtha :)
The (now bookmarked)pineapple kairas is new to me.

Sharmi said...

lovely treat to Ganesha. he must have had a great time:))

Cynthia said...

Ah ha, I see how these priorities are set :) despite the hectic schedule, moving, injuring your thumb etc. You still make the time and effort for a food-blog event :D

Bindiya said...

wow manasi, what a great spread, delicious looking recipes too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Manasi,

The Naivedyam Thali is too good. Lord Ganesha must have felt very happy and must have surely Blessed you.
How is your right thumb?


SeeC said...

Manasi, Thats a great spread.
Liked your Kadubu. Will give it a try sometime.

Soulkadi said...

You are soo true about prasad sheera..I have noticed the same thing always tastes better than regular sheera!!

Timepass said...

The thali looks lovely.

Manasi said...

Hi ALL, Thank u so much for all ur lovely comments!! We have successfully moved in our new apartment!! YAY!! and the thumb! ah well, the wretched thing is hurting again! I did some hauling etc. when arranging the furniture, and wham!! back to square one!!

Priyanka said...

Wow...thats quite some celebration...tempting to say the least. will try out the pal payasam some time:)

Roopa (KitchenAromas) said...

Oyi! I don't know why I keep missing your posts! :(

Awesome entries for RCI. This is an interesting take on Kadubu. I make it (yeah, right) with the filling as coconut+jaggery and the outer layer is made primarily with chiroti rava (fine rava). I have to try your version!
Hope your move went well!

Tee said...

Wow, you are on a roll! mala kadabu khup aavadtat...kiti divas jhale mi khalle nahi :( everythings looks just delish!!!!

musical said...

This is such a fiesta, Manasi. Kadubus and kairas are on my list now! Yummy Yummy! and hope your move went on fine! and that your thumb has recovered! You really are great that you managed to post so much despite the move and an injured thumb!


Viji said...

Manasi, as usual your prasads are looking great with varieties. RCI Tamil festival is on. Check out my blog when you have time. Send me your entries without fail. Any sweet will do - will include it in Diwali sweets :) OK? Viji

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

hi mansi..great platter!!!..U wud be just one amongst GANESHA'S favourite list!

remya said...

wow!!!! belated wishes manasi...all dishes looks delicious.looks like ganesha had a wongerful neivedyam....

sunita said...

Manasi, I hope your thumb has stopped throbbing by now...are you in your new home now...

btw, The recipes do sound very nice indeed...I say sound, because I can't seem to be able to see the pics :(

Manasi said...

Thank U all once again! The move went smoothly (Thank God!!) we are all set in the new apartment!! And the thumb is much better!

Count me in Viji!!!

Sunita, I have rereshed the pics.. pl do check if u can see them now...

Kajal said...

WOW...lots of recipe my dear....hard work for that. I really miss these entire recipes. Plz send some pieces of each recipe my dear....



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