Today marks the last day of the Navaratri Pooja. The last 9 days have been such an exciting experience for me, in terms of cooking new neivedyams for Maa Durga. We don't keep the Golu but have been performing special poojas on all 9 days, followed by Vijayadasami.
This year we had two "Thithi" coming on one day, which caused lot of confusion and making it appear like only 8 days of Navaratri. Some families in Tamil Nadu started Navaratri 2011 started on 28 Sep and ends on 5th Oct, with 6th being the Vijayadasami. We celebrated Ayudha Pooja yesterday and Vijaya Dasami today. Along with this, we also did the 9th day special pooja.
Akravadisil, a traditional Iyangar Festival food, is mostly cooked during Pongal or special festival day. Reading through the recipe I realised it's very much a ven pongal converted into a rich sweet. The taste is unparalleled though. Lathamma said this is traditionally prepared in a vengalapanai, though as expected I resorted to pressure cooking. Then though it is supposed to be roasted in ghee, I simply added it directly and pressure cooked it. I must say this itself made it so rich and dense, I am sure roasting the rice and dal must make it even more rich. But I do suggest you must try that when you make it yourself.
Apart from this sweet dish, I prepared Dhal Poori, Mixed Vegetable Korma, Maddur Vada, Lemon Rice. I had eyed some festival cooking by Priyanka, but couldn't find what I was looking for. So settled with this. I had also wanted to make Aparna's Neiappam, which I had plans to make during the T&T, however I find I couldn't make it.
Though I have been posting all the recipes on the same day, I think I need a break with so many new dishes for today. Plus as I know I need to give special attention to each of these delicious dishes. It's like a big examination. Even though I don't normally taste during cooking, when it's not allowed you fear and wonder if the dish has come out well.
I have been so happy knowing that each dish I made for the first time during these celebrations, really turned out so well. I almost rush to office and everybody eats the food either after I leave or for lunch. So I have been very curious and restless until then.
So it delighted me no end to know that all the dishes today passed through the test, each dish got good reviews..:).. I was planning to make Dal Stuffed Poori, so had to make some Kurma. I remember Siri making a vegetable Kurma for the Dussehra celebrations. The recipe sounded so good, I tweaked it for our style. The dish came out so well and delicious. I am so glad we celebrated today virtually by cooking dishes from my blogger
Step by Step picture Recipe for making Akkaravadisal or Akkaravadesil
Time : 30 mins
Makes - 1 & 1/2 litre payasam
Rice – 1/2 cup (little less)
Moong dal – 1/4 cup
Ghee – 2 - 3 tsp
Milk – 1 litres
Jaggery – 1 cup (powdered)
Cardamom a pinch
Dry grapes handful
How to make Akkaravadisal | Rice Moong Dal porridge
Wash and soak the rice and dal together.
Take this mixture in a pressure cooker, add 1 cup water and 3 cups boiled milk. Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Once the pressure falls down, add the remaining milk and cook on low flame, mash the cooked rice and dal.
Melt the jaggary with water and remove impurities if any.
Add 1 cup water and cook the jaggary to a syrup.
Heat another pan with ghee, roast the cashew nuts and raisins. When the raisins baloons up, pour this on the simmering pasayam.
Cooking this in pressure cooker, made this an easy task. I don't think I compromised on taste much, though cooking directly always makes a difference
Will be updating the other recipes in the following posts.