Vinayaka Chavithi / Ganesh Chaturthi , is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. Vinayaka Chavithi is celebrated as it is the birthday of Lord Ganesha worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. It is celebrated on the Suddha Chavithi day (the fourth day after the no-moon day) of the lunar month Bhadrapada maasam (August/September). The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi.
This is a special festival which evokes my childhood memories that are very dear to me. Vinayaka Chavithi is one of my favorite festivals I always looked forward to during my childhood. We would go shopping the earlier day with our parents and buy all the pooja material, clay idol of Lord Ganesha .
We would wake up very early and get prepared for pooja and place the clay idol of Lord Ganesha and place our school books before the idol, along with fruits and naivedyam as its believed that the Lord would help us do well in our studies and overcome all obstacles in life and bless us.
Amma would prepare the naivedyam and after that my parents would read the life story of Lord Ganesha (which explains the significance of performing the pooja) and chant the mantras while we would sprinkle akshantalu (raw rice mixed in turmeric pwd), patri (leaves) ,durva and flowers.
Lord Vinayaka is said to be fond of “Undrallu” which is mainly prepared from rice flour. Different varieties of undrallu both savory and sweet ones “Kudumulu” are prepared and offered as naivedyam / prasadam to Lord Vinayaka.

Undrallu:-

Undrallu are savory rice balls made from rice rava and bengal gram dal. Very simple to prepare and absolutely healthy as its steamed. Click for recipe Here.





Simple Offerings: Paramannam,Undrallu, Modakam,Kudumulu, Rice, Spinach Dal,Tomato Rasam ,Mirchi bajji



Kudumulu Recipe:-

Kudumulu

Ingredients :
  • Rice Flour - 2 cups
  • Water - 1 Cup
  • Salt - a pinch
Filling :
  • Jaggery - 1 Cup (grated)
  • Sesame seeds -1 Cup ( Dry roast and grind to coarse powder)
  • Fresh coconut - ½ cup (grated)
  • Cardamom Powder – ¼ tsp
Method :
Boil water with a pinch of salt and add rice flour to it. Remove from fire and keep it closed for few minutes. Dry Roast sesame seeds and let it cool completely. Grind sesame seeds in mixie to a coarse powder. Add grated jaggery and coconut and cardamom powder and grind in mixie once only so that all mixes together well. Take small portions of cooked rice in your pam, make a depression in the centre, fill it with the mixture and close it. Steam these in a rice cooker using an idli plate/stand.

Vinayaka Chavithi Subhakankshalu !!!!
Wishing all a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!!!!

This is my contribution for Krishna - Ganesh Chaturthi Event hosted by Purva

23 Comments:

  1. Vidhya said...
    Vinayaka looks divine and all the naivedyam looks yummy.
    Divya Vikram said...
    Great platter!
    Usha said...
    Happy Ganesh chathurthi to you..your neivedyam looks yummy..I liked the sweet one where you used sesame and coconut with jaggery,we normally use only coconut and jaggery..will try it your way next time :)
    Laavanya said...
    I did a simple neivedhyam this time since my husband and daughter were sick - will make the kozhukattais this weekend or next. Looks like you had a delicious celebration :)
    Cham said...
    This is a wonderful celebration ! I made undrallu may be different shape! I am eying on ur mirchi bajji! Beautiful spread for Ganesha
    SriLekha said...
    happy vinayaka chathurthi! neivedyam is looking so nice!
    SriLekha said...
    u have an award in my blog!
    Uma said...
    Looks like you had a wonderful Ganesh chaturthi. Beautiful decor and mouth-watering delicacies.
    sowmya said...
    nice decoration..and naivedyam looks good too!!
    Shillu said...
    Naivedyam looks awesome! and this is making me miss home! Lovely post
    Myviews said...
    Nice decoration..Neivedyam looks yummy.
    srikars kitchen said...
    Vinayakar mandir looks divine & Fantatic... All the naivedyam looks nice & Great click..
    Purva Desai said...
    wow Naivedyam thali looks really tempting and Undrallu and Kudumulu looks really delicious.
    Ganesh pooja looks really authentic.
    Thank you for the lovely entry.

    Seeking your permission to use Ganesh Pooja and Naivedyam thali pictire for the round up
    raaji said...
    Thanks sireesha for dropping by....Made a lot of things.
    VEGETABLE PLATTER said...
    lovely spread of neivedyams sireesha .. hope u had a great festival
    Vaishali said...
    These look lovely, Sireesha. I remember my Dad's side of the family, which is from Karnataka, making the undrallu. We also made another dish called patoli which used a filling similar to the one you describe for the kudumulu, but it was steamed in turmeric leaves. The flavor was unbelievable!
    Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
    Sukanya said...
    Lord Ganesha has had a feast in your house...We make something like Undrallu also...the savoury Kozhakattai
    Suma Rajesh said...
    looks divine...i lov the decoration of ganesha....andthe plate just out of the world...superb..
    LG said...
    Kudumulu chaala baaga kanipisthunayi..a very yummy platter of neivedyam
    Sireesha said...
    Thanks all for lovely comments
    Priti said...
    That's a feast dear..real way of celebrating festive...Thanks for the wonderful entry :)
    Shri said...
    Nice feast.Great Celebrations!!
    Pearlsofeast said...
    It is interesting to know that we also make something very similiar to Kudumulu,I love it.Nice recipes.

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