Happy Koodaravalli

Happy Koodaravalli!

Thanks to Appa and Amma for keeping track of all the little and big Indian festivals (too many of them!) and urging me to celebrate it with the boys.

It is a belief that each day of Marghazi month, Sri Andal Nachiar sang a verse of Thirupavai (totally 30 verses) in praise of Lord Narayana. While singing 27th verse “Koodaarai vellum seer Govinda…” Lord Narayana blessed Sri Andal with Thirukalyana Varam. Hence the 27th day of Margazhi month is celebrated as Koodaravalli.

On this day Lord Narayana blessed Sri Andal with marriage boon. Devotees go to temple, offer Ghee filled Akaravadisal to Lord Govinda and end Marghazhi Month Nonbu (fast).

I know. After reading all that I know what you are thinking.

“Ambal, let us cut to the chase. Where is my share of the akaravadisal?? Save some for me!”

Learning to appreciate how Logical Indian Food is

Cold, wet, windy, rainy day.
Hungry me.
Pepper Curry (Milagu Kuzhambu) + Pumpkin Dish (Poosanikai Kootu).
Happy me.

I am finally beginning to understand and appreciate how logical Indian food is. Pepper has many medicinal benefits. Milagu Kuzhambu is a staple in South India during winters because it helps prevent and cure the common cold. The dhal in Kottu has high protein. Protein in-take helps burn energy slowly during the cold winter days.