Thavala Vadai – A festive special fried food prepared with mixed lentils, rice and with coconut but without any onion or garlic. Honestly, we don’t need any occasion to make this recipe. Crispy on the outside and soft inside, this vadai an anytime perfect recipe. Today I am happy to share my mom’s Thavala vadai recipe. Read further to check the detailed recipe with stepwise pictures. Jump to Recipe
With Ugadi and Tamil year coming up I wanted to post some simple instant pot sweet recipes that can be offered as neivediyam on these auspicious days. I haven’t posted any instant pot dessert recipe after my Walnut Kheer. So here I am sharing a simple dessert prepared with rice and sugar candy or kalkandu.
Kheer or Payasam is one of the quintessential recipes, in particular, on the festive days. And the South Indian Thali is incomplete without the kheer or payasam. When I was browsing through my payasam archives, I realized that I hadn’t posted the sago kheer or javvarisi payasam as we say in Tamil. Sago Kheer is my go to neivediyam recipes on most of my Thursday pooja. Sago is the tapioca pearl, and it is one of the widely used food ingredients during fasting days. With Holi festival coming up, I thought of posting it sooner than later. :-)
I am wishing you all a very happy and a prosperous new year. Today I am going to share a sweet recipe prepared in my instant pot. It is the rice and walnut kheer or the Akhrot kheer. This is a super simple recipe with just 4 ingredients that can be whipped up pretty easily. It’s is rich and decadent kheer with the goodness of walnuts. Today I am sharing the instant pot method but please check the notes to see how it can be prepared on stove top too.
I always love quick and easy recipes, of course not compromising the taste though. So does everyone right? That’s the big motivation behind the Prep Once and Serve Twice series that I did for IMC. I always think, if a recipe/dish can be used in multiple ways. Again the credit goes to my mom for this kind of thought process. I need to post couple of her trademark recipes. Stay tuned for those but today’s recipe is going to be Prep once Serve Twice concept recipe or two in one recipe. By this time you might have guessed what it is from the recipe name – Adai batter Vadai.
As I mentioned in my yesterdays post this time I am planning to post only the pooranams or the fillings for kozhukattai. From last year we started the tradition of making play dough pillaiyar. We don’t get it perfect but it’s always fun making together. It’s a great family activity for us. Kiddo is always worried about the mooshaka – Ganesha’s vaahanam. Vaandu loves the mooshaka character very much. Here are our funny creations. I know it doesn’t match the original pillaiyar but our humble attempt.
So now back to the recipe, this pooranam is also a sweet pooranam and it is very simple to make. You don’t need to cook like for coconut filling. Just soak the black sesame seeds for sometime and dry roast it. Then grind it along with jaggery. That’s it the pooranam is done. We call this Yellu Chiguli in kannada. For all the gowri vrathams this chiguli and Thambittu (rice/wheat flour dumpling) is a must. These are standard neividiyams in our custom.
Here is the recipe,
- Black Sesame seeds – 1/4 cup
- Powdered Jaggery – 3 tbsps (The ratio of sesame seeds to jaggery is 1 : 1/2 )
- Water for soaking sesame seeds
- Elaichi / Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp or 1 whole elaichi
- Soak sesame seeds in water for 15 minutes.
- Now squeeze the water and dry roast till they splutter. Do add any oil.
- As they start to splutter turn off the heat and let it cool.
- Now dry grind it along with jaggery and elaichi.
That’s it the pooranam is ready. You can prepare this pooranam well ahead also and this stays unto 1 week when refridgerated. Now you can prepare the outer covering and fill this in and steam it.
I wanted to post this recipe during Ugadi/ Kannada-Telugu New Year itself. But something or the other comes up and I never got a chance to post. Finally this blogging marathon theme helped me bring this recipe out.
Bevu in kannada means neem flower and bella is jaggery. Quoting from Wikipedia, Bevu-Bella/ Ugadi Pachadi symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise), which should be accepted together and with equanimity through the New Year. The eating of a specific mixture of six tastes symbolizes the different experience.
The special mixture consists of:
- Dried Neem Flowers for bitterness signifying sadness
- Jaggery for sweetness signifying happiness
- Green chilly for its heat signifying anger
- Salt for saltiness signifying fear
- Tamarind paste/juice for its sourness signifying disgust
- Raw mango for its tang signifying surprise.
Usually we take 1/4 tsp of each and mix it with 1/4 cup of water and keep it for neivediyam and have a tbsp of it after the pooja.. Also we don’t use cut raw mangoes. We grind them and take 1/4 tsp of the grinded mixture.
Here is the Bevu Bella,
- Dried Neem Flowers - 1/4 tsp
- Jaggery - 1/4 tsp
- Green chilly - 1 slit into halves
- Salt- 1/4 tsp
- Tamarind paste/juice - 1/4 tsp or soak 1 inch piece in 1/4 of water and extract the juice
- Raw mango grated - 2 tbsp
- Dry roast the neem flowers.
- Grind the grated mango.
- Now mix all the ingredients in the tamarind water and make sure the jaggery and salt dissolves.
- Thats it the ugadi pachadi is ready.
- You can use the grated mango directly. We just grind them as that it dissolves well.
The last recipe as part of the festival recipe theme is the kosambari or kosamalli. In simple words, kosambari is a crunchy South Indian salad prepared with split green gram dal, grated vegetables like cucumbers and carrots and then tempered with mustard seeds. We usually make this for all the festivals, and it is mandatory during, Rama Navami and Ugadi along with bevu bella. To be honest, you can make this salad any time of the year irrespective of the festivals.
Happy Tamil New Year to all my readers. Today I am going to share a seasonal recipe and traditional recipe prepared on the New Years day – Mambazha Pachadi. The Mango season has started and can’t wait to post these yummy mango recipes. Mango by itself is sweet and if we further cook it with jaggery, needless to say about its taste. – Here comes the super sweet mango relish.
A simple no stove recipe that we usually do for Sri Rama Navami, Ugadi and Humanth Jayanthi. It is one of the easiest dish and at days when I am not able to make kheer I usually prepare this dish for prasadams. In our house hold this dish is a must for Ugadi.
- Crushed jaggery – 1/2 cup
- Water – 2 cups
- Dried ginger powder – 1 tsp
- Elaichi/Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
- Salt – a pinch
- Just mix all the above ingredients together.
- We are crushing the jaggery so that it dissolves well in the water. Sometimes it may take little longer, leave it for 5 minutes or so and paanagam is ready.