RAVA APPALU

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Bombay rava – 1/2 cup

Grated jaggery – 1  1/2 cup

Water – 1 1/2 cup

Cow ghee – 1/2 tsp

Oil for deep frying

Appalu is the main neivedyam for lord hanuman. It has a crunchy outer layer and soft smooth inside.

METHOD

  • Heat a heavy bottom pan with 1 1/2 cups of water. Add grated jaggery and ghee, boil till the jaggery melts .
  • Add bombay rava slowly and keep stirring. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Open the lid, mix well and cook on low flame while stirring.
  • Turn off the flame and allow it to cool down. The flour mixture should not be too hard or too soft.
  • You should be able to make a round patty with the mixture. Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
  • Grease your palms with ghee, make small lemon sized balls and keep it side.
  • Once the oil is heated up, keep it in medium flame and shape the lemon size balls by pressing with palms into round shape patties..
  • Fry in oil till it becomes golden brown in colour. Fry equally on both sides .
  • Once the appalu are done, place them on a tissue paper. Serve as neivedyam.

SUGGESTIONS

Do not over crowd the pan as they tend to stick with each other and break .

PULAGAM (ATTESARU)

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Rice – 1/2 cup

Moong dal – 1/4 cup

Water – 2 1/2 cups

Turmeric powder – generous pinch

Salt to taste

Small jaggery pieces – 2

Cow ghee -1 tsp

Pulagam is an Indian traditional dish made with rice and dal. It is also prepared as naivedyam during every festival.

METHOD

  • Wash rice and moong dal together. Put rice and moong dal together in a small pan with 2 1/2 cups of water.
  • Bring it to boil, add salt and turmeric powder. Cook on low flame till the water is completely absorbed and rice is cooked.
  • Switch off the flame and add 1 tsp of ghee. Put jaggery pieces on top of the rice.
  • Serve as naivedyam to god.

 

PARAMANNAM ( RICE PAYASAM )

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Rice – 1/2 cup

Milk – 6 to 7 cups (cows milk if making naivedyam)

Grated jaggery – 1 cup

Cow ghee – 1tsp (cows ghee if making naivedyam)

Cashewnuts and raisins – optional

Ghee for frying nuts

METHOD

  • Wash rice several times and soak it in enough water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Drain and keep it aside. Pour milk to a rinsed heavy bottom pot.
  • Bring it to a boil on a medium flame. To the boiling milk, add drained rice and stir.
  • Stir once every few minutes. Cook the rice till it turns mushy and soft.
  • Adjust the consistency of the payasam by adding more milk. Let the rice and milk bubble up after adding milk.
  • Turn off the stove. Add grated Jaggery and 1 tsp of ghee mix well. Stir well until dissolved.
  • Heat ghee in another pan. Fry cashew nuts till they turn light golden in colour. Add raisins. Stir till they swell and pour this into the rice payasam.
  • Serve rice payasam warm or cold.

CHICKEN FRY WITH MASALA PASTE

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Chicken – 1 kg

FOR MASALA PASTE

Small onion – 1

Cloves – 25

Cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 1 1/2 inch piece

Poppy seeds – 1/2 tbsp

Ginger – 2 inch piece

Garlic – 12 or ginger garlic paste 1 1/2 tbsp

Star anise – 1

Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cashew nuts – 15

Grind all the above ingredients into a fine paste using little water.

Water – 1/2 cup

Red chilli powder – 4 tbsp

Salt to taste

A generous pinch of turmeric

TALIMPU

Oil – 1/2 cup

Crushed garlic – 8

Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp

Broken red chillies – 10

Curry leaves few

Finely chopped onions – 3

A pinch of salt

Green chillies – 6

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Finely chopped coriander leaves for garnishing

METHOD

  • Wash the chicken and put it in the pressure cooker. Grind all the masala ingredients to a fine paste using little water.
  • Transfer the masala paste into the chicken. Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and 1/2 cup of water. Mix well.
  • Pressure cook the chicken for 3 to 4 whistles and turn off the flame. Wait for the pressure to release naturally. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan. Add all the talimpu ingredients one by one. Fry till the curry leaves turn crisp and aromatic.
  • Add sliced onions, turmeric powder and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook on medium flame till the onions light golden brown.
  • Now add the cooked chicken along with any left over gravy and cook on high flame.
  • Let the water evaporate. Mix well and adjust seasoning. Roast the chicken on medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Scrape the sides and bottom of the pan now and then. When the chicken turns light brown in colour, add finely chopped coriander and mix throughly.
  • Fry for another 2 to 3 minutes. Check out the seasonings. Switch off the flame and serve hot.

 

PALALLO UNDRALLU (PALATALIKALU )

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FOR RICE FLOUR DOUGH

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Water – 1 1/2 cup

Grated jaggery – 1/4 cup

TO MAKE PALALLO UNDRALLU

Milk – 2 1/2 cups

Water – 1/2 cup for diluting dough

Grated jaggery – 3/4 cup to 1 cup

METHOD

  • In a pan, put 1 1/2 cups of water bring it to a boil. Add grated jaggery and 1/3 tsp of ghee.
  • Let the jaggery melt into water. Add rice flour and keep stirring until it forms a smooth dough.
  • Swicth off the flame. Keep it covered for 5 minutes. Let it cool. Open the lid and knead the dough until it forms a smooth dough.
  • Take half a portion of dough. Make very small balls with the dough by greasing your hands with some ghee.
  • Keep them aside. Dilute remaning dough with 1/2 cup of water and keep it aside.
  • Take 2 1/2 cups of milk in another pan and bring it to boil.  When the milk starts to boil, add the prepared rice balls slowly.
  • Give it a stir carefully with out crushing the undrallu. Let them cook with milk on low flame for about 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes you will notice that the balls are soft and floating on top. Add the diluted flour mix. Mix well.
  • Cook for 1 to 2 minutes and switch off the flame. Wait for a minute and add grated jaggery.
  • Gently mix it well until the jaggery is well combined. Transfer this into a bowl, offer this as naivedyam or prasadam to Lord Ganesha on Ganesh Chaturthi .

METHI RICE

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Basmathi rice  – 1 cup

Cloves – 3

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Star anise – 1

Garlic cloves – 8

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Finely chopped methi leaves – 1/2 cup

Finely chopped mint leaves – 1/4 cup

Finely chopped coriander leaves  – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp

Ghee – 1 1/2 tbsp

Water – 2  1/2 cups

METHOD

  • Wash basmati rice and soak in water for 20 minutes. Drain and keep it aside.
  • Wash all the finely chopped leafy vegetables and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil and 1 tbsp of ghee in a pan. Add garlic cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and star anise.
  • Fry for 1 to 2 minutes, add ginger garlic paste. Fry till the raw smell fades away.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups of water and salt. Let it boil. Add finely chopped methi leaves, mint leaves and coriander leaves. Mix well and let it boil again.
  • Add drained basmati rice. Mix well. Cook on medium flame. Make sure the rice is fully cooked.  Once cooked, keep it covered for 5-6 minutes.
  • Lastly, add the remaining ghee. Mix throughly and serve hot with any type of gravy curries.

SUGGESTIONS

Adjust the water quantity according to your wish.

 

PULIHORA

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Rice – 1cup

Water – 3 cups

Chana dal – 1 tbsp

Urad dal – 1/2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/3 tsp

Broken red chillies – 1/4 cup

Green chillies – 5 slited

Peanuts – 2 tbsp

Hand full of tamarind makes 1/4 cup juice

or tamarind paste – 2 tbsp (adjust to suit your taste)

Oil – 3 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/3 tsp

Crushed ginger – 1 inch pieces

Salt to taste

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp ( for powder )

METHOD

  • Wash and soak tamarind in hot water for some time. Squeeze and pass it through a filter, discard stones and pulp. Keep it aside .
  • Wash and cook rice with 3 cups of water. Do not make the rice mushy.
  • Cool the rice in a wide plate. In a motar pestle, crush mustard seeds into a powder.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add peanuts and fry for a minute. Add chana dal and urad dal. Fry till light golden colour.
  • Then add mustard seeds, broken red chillies, green chillies, crushed ginger and curry leaves.
  • Fry till the red chillies turn crisp. Add salt and tamarind juice or paste. If you are using tamarind paste add 2 to 3 tbsp of water and cook.
  • Cook till the mixture thickens other wise pulihora will be very moist. It will be a thick but flowing paste.
  • Remove from heat. Add the cooked tamarind mix and combine well such that its spread all over the rice.
  • Finally sprinkle mustard seeds powder. Mix well. Adjust salt.  Do not mix while the rice is hot.

SUGGESTIONS

  • Another version is to replace mustard powder with a 1 tsp of roasted sesame seeds powder.

ATUKULA PRASADAM FOR KRISHNASHTAMI

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Atukulu (poha) – 1 cup

Grated jaggery – 1/2 cup

Luke warm milk – 1 1/2 tbsp

METHOD

  • Wash the atukulu well and drain for 5 minutes.
  • Powder the jaggery with out lumps.
  • Take a bowl and mix the drained atukulu and jaggery.
  • Sprinkle 1 1/2 tsp of milk and mix well .
  • Remove to a serving bowl. Offer as neivedhyam for krishnashtami.

CHALIMIDI

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Rice flour – 1 cup

Grated Jaggery – 1/2 cup

Freshly grated coconut – 1/4 cup

Ghee – 1 tsp

METHOD

  • Grind jaggery in a mixer to a fine paste or powder.
  • Take a bowl, add all the ingredients. Mix well and roll it into a small round shaped ball. Repeat the same with the rest of the mixture.
  • Chalimidi is ready to be offered as naivedhyam to the diety.

SUGGESTIONS

To make home made rice flour, soak 1 cup of rice grains in water over night. Next day, drain water and dry the rice on a cloth for 20 to 30 minutes. Grind the rice to a fine powder. Use whenever required.