As I mentioned in my earlier post From Gudipadava our new year is started. First month of Marathi calendar is called "Chaitra". In this month we celebrate "Chaitra Gauri Haldi kumkum".This is a "New Years" spring celebration that women celebrate at home. It is a girls and ladies special function. We display dolls, make different types of snacks, specially made from Raw Mango and lentils (Kairichi Dal), some sweets and sour raw mango juice (Panha). We invite gals and ladies staying nearby to visit house to enjoy the program and have a get together. Spring is a magical season offering hope and beauty. May each and every one of you be blessed by goddess Gauri.
Chana Dal - 2 cups
Grated raw mango (Kairi) - 1/4 to 1/2 cup (depends on how sour the mango is)
Green chilies - 6-7
Grated Coconut - 3 table spoon
Chopped coriander - For garnishing
Salt and sugar as per taste
Oil - 1 table spoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Asafetida - 1/4 tea spoon
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tea spoon
Soak chana dal for 4-5 hours. Drain the water completely from dal. Coarsely grind the dal with green chilies. Now Take a big bowl and mix dal, grated raw mango, grated coconut, salt & sugar. You can substitute raw mango with lemon juice. Make a tempering of the tadka ingredients. Pour it on the mixture and mix well. Serve it with garnishing of coconut and coriander.