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Thursday, August 29, 2013


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Krishna Jayanthi Celebrations:
 Gokulashtami, Krishna Jayanthi is celebrated with the utmost devotion and love all over the world by Indians. 
In my home, celebrating Krishna’s birthday involved welcoming him into our house with beautiful kolams and little feet drawn in the floor as if to show little Krishna coming into our house, and performed pooja with flowers and neivedyams ( varieties of sweets & savories ) in the late evening.
Here comes some of the Pooja cliks..:)
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013


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Sri Krishna Jayanthi:
Wish you all a very happy  Krishna Jayanthi / Janmashtami :) Hope everybody is celebrating this festival with lots of pomp and grandeur at your home. 
It’s the celebration of the birth of Lord Sri Krishna. This day occurs on Ashtami or 8th moon phase that coincides with the Rohini star in the Avani month. 
The pooja is done after 6 pm. During this day, we draw big kolam in front of our house and draw small footsteps throughout the house till the pooja room. This is to welcome Lord Krishna into the house. Then we decorate the idol of Lord Krishna with flowers and place it in swing. 
We lit the lamp and spread many sumptuous food dishes, in particular seedai, murukku, thattai, kheer, fruits, milk, curd, ghee, butter, aval and sweets are prepared for the Neivedyam. 
I had posted the festival special recipes earlier.  Refer to the recipes here. 

We once again wish all our readers a very happy Krishna Jayanthi..!

Monday, August 26, 2013

How to make Thenkuzhal Murukku ? / Butter Murukku / Krishna Jayanthi Special Recipes / Easy Snacks Recipes:

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Krishna  Jayanthi  festival  is around the corner and I’m sure most of us are busy preparing yummy sweets & savories for the festival.  Thenkuzhal / Butter Murukku is an authentic recipe,  made in bulk for Gokulashtami and Diwali festivals. 
This popular snack is prepared with rice flour and urad dal flour. It tastes crispy, crunchy and addictive with a slight hint of cumin. Whatever snack we buy outside, can’t compromise the homemade flavor and delicious taste. The butter added to this murukku dough, gives additional crispness along with richness. 
It pairs up perfect with hot cup of evening coffee or tea..!
Check out the Diwali Sweets & Savories recipes here.
·           Rice flour                -  2 cups
·           Urad dal flour           - ½ cup
·           Hing / Asafetida        - ¼ tsp
·           Cumin seeds            - 2 tsp
·           Butter                       - 1 ½ tbsp
·           Salt to taste
·           Oil to deep fry
1.      Dry roast the urad dal in a pan for 2 to 3 mins in low flame, until it is heated through. ( take care not to allow the urad dal change color )
2.      Allow to cool and grind it in a mixer to fine pwd.
3.      Sieve and add rice flour, urad dal flour, hing, salt, cumin seeds and butter in a mixing bowl.

4.      Add warm water and knead it to smooth and soft dough.

5.      Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan / kadai.
6.      Grease the ladle with oil and keep it ready.
7.      Stuff one handful of dough in the murukku / thenkuzhal mould. ( keep the dough covered with damp cloth to avoid drying of dough )
8.      Press the mould and squeeze the dough to circles in the ladle.
9.      Once the oil is hot, ( you can check by adding a small piece of dough to the oil, if the dough raises immediately, then the oil is ready for frying ) drop the murukku from the ladle gently.
10.    Fry the murukkus in batches and take care not to overcrowd the oil.
11.    Keep the flame in medium and fry the murukkus to crisp and golden brown.
12.    Drain and place it in kitchen tissue to remove excess oil.
13.    Allow to cool completely.
14.    Store it in an air tight container. ( my kid can't stop herself from tasting one, before I finish my clik..:)
15.    Crispy, crunchy traditional  Thenkuzhal Murukku  is ready to enjoy.
16. It pairs perfect with hot cuppa tea or coffee on rainy days, get-together or any time..:)
You can check the other delicious festival special Snacks & Savories recipes here..!
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