The day typically started hearing Konda hurrying out to see the Bogi Manta! Even before getting up, I was washed away by memories of many Bogi early mornings spent either doing the Bogi, then later with a disdain look at the things that happen on a Bogi morning. Years back, I remember the wee hours being always so foggy, never sure whether it was because of the fog or the Bonfire. Later the fascination turned to disdain because we polluted the air. Still we can't deny the kids their joy right.
Bogi always meant bonfire, where we burnt all our old things and done with them. It symbolizes a new beginning, both inside and surrounding us. As kids we used to save lot of unwanted stuff to burn on this day. Over the years the traditions stopped, we no longer do this custom nor hope we will take it up for our kids. Back then we were given four days off for school. Now kids have school and they no longer have much fixation for Bogi.
Remembering the Bogi in Parents home, I called up to ask Amma if she made her traditional Dosa with Mutton Pulusu and Vada. Yes at home, on the Bogi day Amma makes non veg for breakfast and on Sankranthi it is all vegetarian food and offered to God. While it was the custom in parents place, my in laws strictly follow vegetarian food on all days. And moreover Athamma makes Poli for all festivals.
On the day of Bogi, Amma used to make Dosa with Andhra Mutton Pulusu / Chicken Pulusu.
Coconut Chutney and Groundnut Chutney for Vegetarians
Meddu Vada/ Masala Vada
Afternoon Lunch used to be
Endumirapakaya Pappu ~ Dal with Red Chilli with Kesari Bhath
On the day of Sankranthi,
The menu was this, which was also offered to God
Bellamannam or Sakarai Pongal
Pachimirapakaya Pappu ~ Dal with Green Chilli,
Vazhakai Bajji ~ Plaintain or Banana fritters,
Traditional curd Rice ~ Bagala Bath
While since marriage, I have been making
Vankai Uurulagadda Kura
Chitranmma ~ Lemon Rice
Rest of the two days was more of what we wanted to make.
Vankai Pappu ~ Dal with Brinjal
Mirapakaya Bajji ~ Chilli Bajji
Senega Pappu Payasam
Will be back with a tempting gravy, meanwhile do share how you are celebrating your pongal?