Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tambittu for Nagpanchami

Today is Nagpanchami, first festival of Shravan Mas. Nag Panchami is celebrated to worship snakes. It is a festival in the honour of the Snake God, Shesha Nag. People worship snakes by offering milk and Puja. Snakes are worshipped since Vedic eras as they protect crops from getting damaged by rats and other rodents. Snakes are also a part of the Puranas, they took part in 'Sagar Manthan', and is also worn by Lord Shiva around his neck. Nag Panchami is celebrated in the month of Shravan according to the Hindu calendar. The victory of Krishna over the Kaliya snake is also remembered on this day. For this reason, Krishna is known as 'Kaliya Mardan'. The festival celebrates during the rainy months. It is believed that the festival is to counter the increased possibility of snakebite during this time. People visit temples specially dedicated to snakes. Shiva temples are also crowded during this festival, as snakes are considered dear to him.
We do puja of snake made with rangoli at our home and offer him milk. On this day, at my father's place they make laddus of roasted chana dal as prasad. These laddus are called Tambittu. My father's elder sister, My Shanta aatya gives me these Tambittus every year. So the picture and recipe of tambittu given here is of my shanta aatya.


Roasted chana dal - 1 cup
Rice -1/2 cup
Roasted peanut powder - 1/2 cup
Grated dry coconut - 1cup
Sesame seeds - 1 tablespoon
Poppy seeds - 1teaspoon
Jaggery - 1 cup
Cardamom powder -1/2 teaspoon

Roast rice in kadai without oil or ghee till it turns slightly brown. Cool it. Now take rice, roasted chana dal and make a powder in mixer. Dissolve jaggery with 1/2 cup of water . Heat it for 2-3 minutes. Mix all ingredients in warm syrup. Cool it. Make laddus of it.

1 comment:

Sunshinemom said...

This should taste so good. I haven't heard of it but the ingredients promise a great taste!

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