Saturday, September 11, 2010


I have noticed a drastic change in the way we celebrate festivals today compared to my years of growing up. Or is it that I am growing older by the day and am looking at things from a different perspective. Whatever the case, but festivals have become just another date in the calendar for me.
I no more wake up at dawn and go out with my group of friends and cousins to pluck flowers from the neighborhood and make garlands out of them. Neither am I excited about wearing anything new and going 'Pandal hopping'. Preparing and eating 'prasad' has become just another thing.The sweet shop at the street corner sells ready made prasad items. And meeting relatives on festivals is out of scope.
Instead I just go to the florist, spend some money and buy flowers. I shop impulsively almost on every weekend when I am at the mall. I no longer wait for festivals to buy clothes.I rather buy clothes for parties and outings and to be in fashion.
Everything has become so convenient and I am living a life of luxury ...... but it doesn't make me feel any better.I do have the answers when I sit and introspect. But am I ready to give up the comfort and do things like before ? That's the question which puzzles me. I am not sure of it ..... but I always miss the warm welcoming atmosphere in almost every festival.

I am posting another recipe from Sangeeta's kitchen. You might be amused reading the name of this dish ..... But just to let you know, this is a traditional dish from Odisha. It is prepared in every household during festive occasions.

I just hope that all of you celebrate these festivals with grandeur. Wish all of my readers and friends a very happy Vinayak Chaturthi.

Preparation Time - 60 minutes
Serves - 4
Moong Daal - 2 cups
Cardamom - 15
Sugar - 1 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1/3 cup
Method of Preparation
1 Soak Moong Daal for 3 hours. Grind finely.
2 Put a wide open pan on flame and add the finely ground moong daal to it.
3 Add sugar and salt and oil and stirr continuously till the moong daal become light yellow in color.
4 Ground the cardamom and add to the moong daal.
5 Remove to another dish and spread uniformly.
6 When cool, cut into desired shapes.
7 Heat oil in a kadhai and deep fry till golden brown.
8 Remove to a paper towel.
Serving Tips
Serve at room temperature
Keep stirring the moong daal continuously else it may form lumps.
You may choose to add sugar per taste.
Other Names
Cardamom - Elaichi


Sulagna Mukherjee Basu said...

Great recipe..We have a similar sweet dish,sort of Pithe..Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family too !!

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

This is a new sweet to me. Looks delicious and a Nice post !! Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi to you too !!

Sayantani said...

Happy vinayaka Chaturthi Satrupa. these sweets look great. I love fried sweets like this and am craving some right now. said...

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.Lovely dish.

Priya (elaichii) said...

Happy ganesh chaturthi to you and your family! Chnadrakanthi looks awesome!

Sushma Mallya said...

Happy ganesh chaturti,dish name sounds interesting and it looks really yum

Kairali sisters said...

Satrupa..Happy Ganesh Chathurthi to u dear..I have heard about this dish form a Odisha family who lived next door but never tasted them or seen them.Looks so so good and Bookk marked...

Akila said...

hi dish looks superb and what you said and how we celebrate the festivals as a normal day is absolutely correct... but i think still if we go back to India we can feel the festival celebration in our mind and soul with full of relatives and young children around us.....

anyhow... happy vinayaka chathurthi to you and ur family...

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Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Happy vinayagar chathurthi dear,love this sweet.very innovative.Tempting pics.

aipi said...

Happy Vinayak chaturthi to you and your family dear..I just love fried sweets and these look awesome!!

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Deepi's World said...

I agree things are way different now but I feel our prespective has also change as we grow.But festivals do bring the warmth, cheerfulness and yummilicious food for sure.

Malar Gandhi said...

Exactly...I share the same sentiments as you...when it comes to warm sensational atmosphere...something is really missing now a days. There is no excitement about festivals:(

Lovely sweet, very interesting recipe..wanna try this real soon.

Thanks for all those lovely words at my blog, dear. I am on couldnt respond to you promptly...happy cooking:)

An Open Book said...

a new dish to me...from the ingredients used, it looks pretty interesting

Suja Sugathan said...

Happy Ganesh Chathurthi to u dear...this is totally new to me..but it sounds delicious and clicks are inviting

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Happy Ganesh Chathurthi to you too! No idea about this dish... looks wonderful though....

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

I liked the way you began talking about how we celebrate festivals today. U r absolutely right. Nice recipe too, very different.

Satya said...

wow those chandrakathis looks so tempting these little desserts always


Satrupa said...

Thanks everyone for your wishes and for dropping by.

Anonymous said...

These look so lovely!!!!!!

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