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How to Celebrate Aadi Perukku Festival | Padinettam Perukku

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AADI PERUKKU: 
Aadi is the Tamil month in which the Avatar of Bhoomi Devi is believed to have taken place.
Goddess Parvathi wished to see the effulgent form of both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu together. So Goddess Parvathi deeply meditated upon Lord Shiva to fulfill her wish.  
Lord Shiva pleased by Her meditation, appeared as Lord Shankara Narayana on the day of Aadi Perukku. Lord Shankara Narayana is a combined deity form of Shiva (Shankara) on the right with Nandi and Vishnu (Narayana)  on the left with Garuda.
Another version is that it is on this day, Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam, as a Brother,  visits His sister Cauvery, at Amma Mantapam (Trichy) and offers  Gifts (Turmeric powder, bangles, kumkum, and new saree) which are kept in a Muram  (used for sifting impurities in grain) and carried by the temple elephant with great pomp and splendor from Srirangam Ranganathur temple.
In Treta Yuga, at the time of the epic war between Ravana and Rama, Rama was mentally disturbed after killing t…

Homemade Ghee Recipe | How to make ghee from butter | Indian style

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Hi friends, Today we will learn how to make ghee from butter! Ghee is simple to make at home and takes only 40 minutes to prepare. Ghee is also known as clarified butter. It is an essential ingredient in every Indian kitchen and my cooking will never be completed without adding ghee on roti, dal rice, rasam, sambar, subzi's. I love to consume a spoonful of ghee for my lunch and dinner. I even apply ghee on my hair to get a soft and glossy look😄. Back then, my Ammama (grandma) used to prepare ghee from the scratch. The homemade butter used to be fresh and rich in taste. From that delicious butter, she prepares ghee. I still remember and loved the way she churns butter and makes ghee out of it. Awww...I'm feeling nostalgic.



After moving to the US, I used to buy ghee from an Indian grocery store. Most of the store-bought ghee lacks in aroma, taste, and flavor. In fact, I have tried all the popular brands right from the organic to non-organic ones, sadly not a single brand was up …

Thalagam Kuzhambu Recipe | Ezhukari Kootu Recipe

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Hi folks, I'm back with another festival recipe "Thalagam Kuzhambu / Ezhukari Kootu". This dish is prepared on Thiruvathirai. Thiruvadirai in Tamil denotes the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva in the form of golden red flame. Lord Shiva is supposed to be incarnated in the form of Lord Nataraja during the Arudra Darshan day. It takes place on the full moon of the Tamil month of Margazhi. It is celebrated in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in India. Lord Shiva is praised in Tamil by many names, one of them is Athiraiyan (Thiru + Athirai). In Chidambaram temple, Lord Nataraja idol and His consort Shivagami idol are taken out on grand procession. It is one of the major events in almost all the Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu. In Chennai, Mylapore Kapaleeswarar temple celebrates the Arudra Darshan day.
Thalagam Kuzhambu comprises of mixed seasonal vegetables. The number of vegetables used for Thalagam is usually in odd numbers. This Kali with Thalagam Kuzhambhu is a special dish off…

Thiruvathirai Kali Recipe | Ezhukari Kootu Recipe | Story

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Thiruvathirai Kali Recipe | Thiruvadhirai Story



Hi folks, I'm back with another festival recipe "Thiruvathirai Kali". Thiruvadirai Kali recipe | Thiruvadhirai Kali recipe is a delicious dish made out of jaggery. Thiruvadirai in Tamil denotes the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva in the form of golden-red flame. Lord Shiva is supposed to be incarnated in the form of Lord Nataraja during the Arudra Darshan day. It takes place on the full moon of the Tamil month of Margazhi. It is celebrated in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in India. Lord Shiva is praised in Tamil by many names, one of them is Athiraiyan (Thiru + Athirai).



In Chidambaram temple, Lord Nataraja idol and His consort Shivagami idol are taken out on grand procession. It is one of the major events in almost all the Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu. In Chennai, Mylapore Kapaleeswarar temple celebrates the Arudra Darshan day. The neivedhiyam for God are "Kali" and "Ezhukari Kootu" or "Thalagam Kuzh…

Tindora Curry Recipe | Kovakkai Poriyal | Thondekayi Palya

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Hi folks, I'm here with another stir fry recipe "Tindora Curry or Kovvakai Poriyal". Tindora is a tropical plant hailing from the pumpkin family. It is a crunchy spicy side dish and it goes well with sambar rice, rasam rice, mor kuzhambu, chappathi, etc. Tindora is also known as Ivy Gourd and Scarlet Gourd in English, Kovakkai in Tamil, Thondekayi in Kannada, Dondakaaya in Telugu, and Tendli in Marathi.



Ingredients: (Serves - 2)


1. Tindora - 300 grams
2. Cilantro - 4 sprigs
3. Red chili powder - 1 tsp
4. Coriander powder - 1 tsp
5. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
6. Salt - As per taste


For Seasoning:


1. Oil - 1 to 2 tbsp
2.Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
3. Urad dal - 1 tsp
4. Curry leaves - 2 tbsp chopped
5. Asafoetida / hing - 2 pinches.



Procedure:


1. Wash and chop tindora into a lengthwise or round shape as per your preference.



2. Keep a heavy-bottomed pan on a medium flame and pour oil.



3. Once the oil is hot, put mustard seeds and let it crackle.



4. Put urad dal, fry for a minute. Then add curry lea…

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