Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

1993 Ganesh Chaturthi Puja:
20 years ago, Daddy completed Ganesh Chaturthi Puja at our house in Chennai. Then, we both took the bus to Tiruchy to start my under-grad journey. With a heavy heart, Daddy dropped me off at my under-grad school and waved good-bye. He had no long list of do’s and dont’s. He always treated me a friend. Then and now. He just said “Try your best. Make us proud”. I stayed strong until he boarded the bus back home. I even managed a fake “Don’t worry Daddy” smile. T

2013 Ganesh Chaturthi Puja:
Now, how much ever I dread making kozhukattai for fear it might be too soggy or too hard, I realize it is my duty as a mom to continue the tradition. So, I asked Kumar to help me mix the dough. He, as always, helped me with a happy face and an encouraging tone “I am sure it will be good. Let us try it.” We made the kozhukattais. We did the puja. We sung a few slokas with the kids.

How far my life has come?

Here is to your new beginnings!

P.S. Adi said “Amma, Super kozhukattai”. Made it all worthwhile.

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.

Karthikai Deepam

Karthikai Deepam or Karthikai vilakkidu is a Hindu specially Tamils Festival of Lights. The festival is observed in most Hindu homes and every temple, and falls in the month of Kārttikai (mid-November to mid-December) as per Tamil calendar.

Maa Vilakku (Rice Flour Lamp) is made during special occasions such as aadi velli,purattasi sani, thai month, karthigai deepam etc.

Maa Vilakku is a special lamp made with freshly ground rice flour and jaggery kneaded together as a dough with a dent in the middle where we pour ghee, place the wick(thiri) and lit the lamp.

Mavu Vilakku for Karthigi Deepam - 2 - Ambal Balakrishnan Mavu Vilakku for Karthigi Deepam - 1 - Ambal Balakrishnan