Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Naralachi Vadi for Rakshabandhan

The full moon day of the month of Shravan is celebrated in different parts of Maharashtra and is known variously as Narali Pournima, Shravani Pournima, Rakhi Pournima or Raksha Bandhan. 'Naral' means 'coconut', and Narali Pournmia is thus called because offerings of coconuts are made by people to the sea-god on this day. Narali Pournima also marks the advent of the new fishing season and fishermen appease the sea-god before sailing out in their decorated boats. The festival is a day of singing and dancing. Raksha Bandhan is also observed on this day. Sisters tie 'rakhis' on their brothers' wrists. The ritual renews the bond of affection between siblings and signifies the brother's responsibility of protecting his sister all her life. We prepare Naralachi vadi that means Coconut burfi on this day and give this to our brother while tying the Rakhi.


Scrapped fresh coconut - 2 cups
Sugar - 1,1/2 Cups
Milk - 1/2 cup (preferably with cream)
Pure Ghee -1 tablespoon
Cardamom powder - 1/4 teaspoon


Mix scrapped coconut, sugar, milk and ghee in a thick vessel and place it on low flame.Stir the mixture while cooking. After 5-10 minutes ad cardamom powder and stir in between. When sugar is melted and coconut starts binding then take out from the flame. Grease one plate with pure ghee. Now spread coconut mixture on greased plate. flatten with a greased flat bottom bowl (katori/vati).When it get slightly cool, cut it into square or diamond shape. Store it in airtight container.

My post for Priti's Festive Food~Raksha Bandhan event.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sabudana Thalipith

As promise in my post of Danyachi Amti, I am posting one more recipe for fast. After sabudana khichadi, sabudana vada is very famous among everybody. But it's very oily, I prefer to make sabudana thalipith instead of vadas. This thalipith tastes good with coconut chutney or sweet mango or lime pickle.


Sabudana - 1 cup
Boiled and mashed potatoes - 1 cup
Danyacha Kut (Roasted peanut powder) - 1/2 cup
Jeera (Cumin seeds) - 1/2 teaspoon
Red chili powder - 1, 1/2 teaspoons or chopped green chilies - 3-4
Chopped coriander leaves - 2-3 tablespoons
Sugar - 1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice - 1 tablespoon
Pure ghee - 3-4 tablespoons
Salt to taste


Wash Sabudana 2 to 3 times. Soak the sabudana in water . Water level should be just above the sabudana level. Soak sabudana for 3-4 hours. Now add all the ingredients except ghee in sabudana. Mix all and form a dough of this mixture. Make equal balls of this dough. Spread 1 table spoon ghee on the surface of flat frying pan. Keep one of the dough ball in the centre of the pan. Using your palm and fingers flatten the dough into a round even roti. Make 2-3 holes with the your finger. Add 1-2 drops of ghee in each of these holes. Cover the lid and cook for 2 min. Turn the side and roast other side. Serve with coconut chutney, curd or sweet pickle.
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