Thalipeet powder (Bhajani)

There is an earlier post I have put up for Sathu Maavu Ganji Recipe (Multi-cereal Health Mix porridge). This post is related to that…. After I started making this porridge powder for my son, I realized that I was getting some things into my pantry like Jowar, Bajra etc which I would not normally use otherwise. The issue is that I do not get very small quantities of this at my grocery store and I land up with a lot of it being left over after I prepare the porridge powder.

So I decided to start making a very healthy Thalipeet powder. Thalipeet is a popular Maharashtrian dish and is made out of a flour called Bhajani which is a multi-grain powder.

Similar to what I did with the Ganji powder, I decided to sprout the cereals in this recipe too. It is extremely nutritious, flavourful and tasty too!

Ingredients

  • Red rice – 1 kg
  • Channa Dal – 2.5 cups
  • Urad dal – 1 cup
  • Sprouted Moong dal (green gram) – 1.5 cup
  • Sprouted Jowar – 1.5 cup
  • Sprouted Bajra – 1.5 cup
  • Sprouted Ragi – 1.5 cup
  • Corn – ½ cup
  • Wheat – 2 handful
  • Poha – 2 handful
  • Dhania – 1 handful
  • Jeera – 1 handful
  • Cinamon – 1 handful
  • Black pepper -1 handful
  • Cloves – 1 handful

Procedure –

– Out of the above ingredients

  • Raagi, Bajra, Jowar – Wash each separately in water and soak for 2 days and tie in muslin cloth for 2 days in a dark place for sprouting. Then dry in shade till completely dry.
  • Green gram(Moong) – Wash in water and soak for 1 days and tie in muslin cloth for 1 days in a dark place for sprouting. Then dry in shade till completely dry.
  • Red rice, Wheat – wash and dry in shade till completely dry.

Rest of the ingredients use as-is.

– Mildly Dry roast all of the above ingredients one by one.

– Mix all the ingredients and blend into a fine powder – if you are in India, you can do this in the flour mill.

Once powdered, your Bhajani powder is ready. If stored in an airtight container in a dry place, this can be kept for 3 months.

Thalipeet Recipe

 

Thalipeet

 

Thalipeet can be prepared with this flour –

– Take a cup of flour in a mixing bowl

– Add chopped onions, coriander, finely chopped green chillies

– Add a tablespoon of cooking oil

– Salt to taste

– Pour water little by little and knead into a soft dough

– Divide the dough into small balls (like you do for chappathis).

-Place this on a banana leaf/plastic sheet/butter paper smeared with some oil.

– Using your hand, pat it to make round flat breads (use water so that it does not stick to your hand). This is similar to what you would do for Akki roti/raagi roti.

– Transfer this to a heated tava and roast on both sides with a little oil. (If you try to skip the oil, it would be too dry.). The thinner you have made it the crispier it will be!

Tips :

1) Note that these will not be easy to roll and transfer like the chappathi dough as the dough will not be too elastic. You can use some wheat flour for dusting.

2) To make the dough easier to work with, you can add some wheat flour while kneading it.

3) This Bhajani flour can also be mixed with dosa batter.

4) Serve it with some yoghurt, pickle, chutney or any other side dish of your choice.

5) You can add vegetables (grated carrots, mooli, boiled mashed potatoes) as required like you do for parathas.

IMPORTANT – Keeping the Bhajani flour for too long gives it a bitter taste!

Eat it hot as it is best-tasting directly out of the tava 🙂 Great for a nice heavy breakfast/sunday brunch!

Thalipeet Dosa style

Try this and let me know how it turns out….

Til Gul (Ellu Bella) Recipe

This is not really a recipe as there is no cooking involved in this but I am just listing the ingredients that go into Til Gul (Ellu Bella).Til is Sesame seed and Gul is Jaggery.

This is traditionally made on the occasion of Sankranthi. Til Gul is distributed to all saying ‘Til Gul Gya Goda Goda Bol’ – meaning, ‘Have Til Gul and Speak sweetly’!

Let me quickly jump to the ingredients that go into this. (I am also mentioning some rough quantities but ideally you can chose the proportion that works for you)

Ingredients –

Til (Sesame seeds) – 3/4 cup

Cut Jaggery – 1/2 cup

Cut Copra (dried coconut) – 1/2 cup

Fried gram (Pottu Kadalai) – 1 cup

Peanuts – 1 cup

Sugar coated jeera (cumin seeds) – a handful (makes it colorful too)

Mishri – 2-3 tsp

Procedure-

– Dry roast the Til/sesame seeds

– Chop copra and jaggery into fine small pieces

– Dry roast the groundnuts and remove the skin after cooling. Also split them. (If you are using roasted and de-skinned peanuts, then you can skip this step)

-You can also optionally dry roast the fried gram

– Mix all the above along with the copra pieces, sugar coated jeera and mishri.

(You can leave out the sugar coated jeera and mishri if it is not readily available. These are just optional)

Til Gul ready!

Til Gul is ready for Sankaranthi. You can put them in covers/small boxes for distribution.

I will put the details of the Sankranthi function in another post very soon 🙂

Til Gul ready for distribution with some Sakaricha Achha 🙂

DIY Easy Plastic Bag Dispenser

Do you try to  minimize the plastic bags at home and go green but always accumulate so many of them at home? Well, I have the same problem at home!

I feel if we cannot totally get rid of them, One way to go green is to at least reuse them.

So I made a plastic bag dispenser for myself about a year back – a simple one by up-cycling a bag that someone had given me. I use it regularly and I have found it really useful. So this year for Navarathri, I decided to make a few of these for the return gift with the Thamboolam (Usually when people visit for Golu, we give beetel leaf, coconut, along with a small gift). It is very common for people to give articles like plastic boxes or small steel bowls or baskets but nowadays people are innovative and thing of different kind of useful items to give as gifts.

Here is how I made the Plastic bag Dispensers –

I got some bags like these below (these are nowadays used instead of plastic in many places – it is not fully cloth but some other kind of material which is quite sturdy and can be reused)

I paired the bags and for each pair – From one bag, cut the top portion (handle) and bottom portion – Bag A. From the other bag, cut the bottom portion alone – Bag B.

Then I stitched some decorative lace on the one with the bottom portion cut (on Bag B). For Bag B, I ,made a small cut in the center of one side, folded the bottom end and stitched it. Put an elastic through this – the cut is to allow the elastic to go through.

Then stitched the two pieces together as shown – Bag B in the top and Bag A in the bottom.

Tips –

  • Since the bags I used were reversible, I reversed it before using it as I did not like the seam showing outside.
  • When you dump the covers inside it, fold/or just squeeze like a ball so that it does not get entangled with other plastic covers

Hang this using a S-hook wherever you need and manage the plastic cover mess in your house :)!

What are your tricks for handling the plastic cover issue at home? Do share them 🙂

Uttana Dwadasi (Tulasi Vivaaha Pooja)

With Uttana Dwadasi around the corner, I thought it is a good time to post the details of this pooja (with pictures from last year) as it might be helpful to some of you.

Tulasi Pooja

Significance

Karthika shukla paksha dwadasi is known as Uttana dwadasi. ‘Uttana’ means getting up from sleep. It is believed that God sleeps for 4 months during Chaturmasa and is getting up on Uttana Dwadasi day. This generally falls in Oct/Nov.Uttana Dwadasi is celebrated as the Tulasi Vivaaha day – The day when Tulasi got married to Lord Krishna (Vishnu). Tulasi (Basil) plant is considered very sacred and is also known for its medicinal properties. It can be found in almost all the households and ladies water and do pooja for the Tulasi plant daily. This Pooja is a very important festival for Madhwas and is celebrated in a grand manner.

Significance of the Amla plant – In Karthika Month, it is believed that God Vishnu exists in the Amla plant in the name of Damodara. Hence this is used in this function.

Preparation

  • Rangoli powder (Kola maavu) and Gheru (Semman)
  • Paat (Plank)
  • Tulsi plant (in Tulsi vrindavan or any other pot)
  • Twig from Amla (gooseberry) plant preferably with some Amlas in it
  • 5 Amla (gooseberry) fruits for aarathi (or Silver Amla lamps)
  • Fruits, Flowers and Cocunut
  • Beetel leaves and Supari
  • Haldi, Kumkum, Mantarakshata, Vasthra
  • Lamps/Diyas for lighting, Aligarathi
  • Tulsi/Goddess face with a small black beads mangalsutra – if you have this.
  • Picture or idol of Krishna to place along with Tulasi.
  • Crackers/Fireworks (if you have saved some from Diwali!)

Procedure –

1) This Utwan Dwadasi pooja is usually done in the evenings (I love that it is in the evenings – morning poojas before office is really stressful :)!).

2) You can place the Tulasi plant in the house where you want to do the pooja after putting a small rangoli and also keep a twig from the Amla plant in it.

3) Decorate the Tulasi plant as you like and keep a picture or idol of Krishna along with Tulasi.

4) Light lamps and agarbathi (incense stick) for the Goddess.

5) On a aarathi plate, place the Amla/Gooseberries and put wicks (Phool vaath) on them. I also use silver gooseberry lamps that my mom got for me for this purpose (please see the picture below – these are available in India). It might look a bit tricky to make the gooseberries stand on the plate. Usually some turmeric mixed with water is used under each amla to form a steady base. (I have not done that in this picture as my amlas were seated fine without it)

6) Put Haldi, Kumkum, Mantarakshatha, Vastra, flowers and do Pooja. You can tell Tulasi slokas if you know this. I have included Tulasi Archana Sloka below. The archana can be done with flowers or with kumkum.

7) Light the amla lamps and do aarathi for Tulasi and Krishna.

8) Do Neivaidhya of fruits, laddoos and other items (please scroll down for details on the neivaidya items)

9) Do Namaskara and pray to Tulasi for a good life!

10) Many more lamps can also be lit outside and around the house. Kids also enjoy fireworks on this day.

11)Vida/Thamboolam can be given to Sumangalis along with Kosambari and Laddoos.

The bride all dressed up 🙂

Amla aarathi.

Menu/Neivaidya items –

Apart from preparing the typical festival food, for Uttana Dwadasi specifically Laddoos are made with different items like Pori (puffed rice), Pottu kadalai (fried gram), groundnuts etc.

  • 5 different types of laddoos
  • Fruits
  • Yellow Moong Kosambari
  • Coconut
  • Kheer

Neivaidhya items

Tulasi Archana  

(The Archana can be done with kumkum or flowers)

Tulase Namaha
Vishnupatne Namaha
Agaantaryai Namaha
Loka Vandithayai Namaha
Ramborve Namaha
Pithambara Dharanyai Namaha
Ksheerambdi Tanayayai Namaha
Loka Jananyai namaha
Damodara priyayai Namaha
Kumbasthanyai Namaha
Sakalasura Poojithayai Namaha
Sarvabharana Bhooshitayai Namaha
Sumukhayai Namaha
Bimboshtyai Namaha
Sunaasikayai Namaha
Utpalakshai Namaha
Taadanga Dharinyai Namaha
Ramaayai Namaha
Indusurdaryai Namaha
Tulasyai Namaha II

Sathu Maavu Ganji Recipe (Multi-cereal Health Mix porridge)

In this post I am writing the recipe for a healthy Multi-cereal porridge. I try to give this to my son on a daily basis but this can be consumed by adults as well.

There are a lot of ready-made versions of this available in stores (in India) but as far as I have noticed none of them contain as many ingredients as I like to include in it. You  also  have the flexibility to omit a few ingredients if you prepare this at home.

I also like to sprout most of the cereals/pulses as I feel it makes it healthier – this is also not done in most of the store-bought ones.

So here goes my recipe –

Ingredients

Cereals

Raagi (Finger Millet) – 2 cups

Red rice – 1 cup

Parboiled rice (white)/Puzhungal arisi – 1 cup

Bajra (Pearl millet) – 1/2 cup

Jowar (Sorghum) – 1/2 cup

Wheat – 1/2 cup

Oats – 1/4 cup

Sabudana (Javarisi/Sago) – 1/4 cup

Corn – 1/4 cup

Barley – 1/4 cup

Pulses

Green gram (Full moong) – 1/2 cup

Soyabean – 1/4 cup

Chickpeas (Chana kabuli) – 1/4 cup

Fried gram (pottu kadalai) – 1/4 cup

Nuts

Groundnut – 1/8 cup

Cashew – 1/8 cup

Almonds – 1/8 cup

Cardomom – 1 handful

Flax seeds – 1 handful

Procedure

– Out of the above ingredients

  • Raagi, Bajra, Jowar – Wash each separately in water and soak for 2 days and tie in muslin cloth for 2 days in a dark place for sprouting. Then dry in shade till completely dry.
  • Green gram(Moong), Soyabean, Channa – Wash each separately in water and soak for 1 days and tie in muslin cloth for 1 days in a dark place for sprouting. Then dry in shade till completely dry.
  • Red rice, Boiled rice (puzhungal arisi), Wheat – wash and dry in shade till completely dry.
  • Rest of the ingredients use as is.

– Mildly Dry roast all of the above ingredients one by one.

– Mix all the ingredients and blend into a fine powder – if you are in India, you can do this in the flour mill.

Once powdered, your Sathu Maavu Ganji powder is ready. If stored in an airtight container in a dry place, this can be kept for 3 months.

Porridge Recipe

The porridge can be made by dissolving 2 tbsp of this powder in some water. Then add to this glass of milk/water and cook on low flame stirring continuously. Depending on how thick you want your porridge you can vary the amount of porridge mix and the water/milk. Sugar can be added to taste and you can even add a few raisins if you like.

If you would like to have a salty version of the porridge cook the porridge as mentioned above in water, cool it and then add some buttermilk, salt, asafoetida (hing). However for this you might want to leave out the cardamom from the powder as it might not suit the salty version.

Nutritious Ganji Ready!

The process is pretty long but the end product is so nutritious and wholesome that the effort is justified 🙂

Tips :

– Do not get overwhelmed by the ingredients listing – you can leave out whatever is not available

– The quantities I have mentioned will yield a lot of powder – so if you are not going to make it regularly please reduce the quantities proportionately.

– I started making this for my son from when he was 2 years old but if you want to give it to younger kids, check with your doctor first.

– If you plan on making the salty version, leave out the cardamom.

– Vegans can replace the milk with soya milk or any other suitable milk

Rocking Bookshelf – DIY – Reuse

This is a short post… Its been a while since I have updated the blog, so just wanted to share this.

During Navarthri, I had to use his shelf for the Golu steps (Check my earlier post for more details on it). So I had to remove all his toys and books from it. There was a wooden rocking horse that his grandfather gifted him for his 1st birthday and now he has outgrown it. But it is so cute that I have not had the heart to dispose it. When I had to move his toys and books, I suddenly had an idea that I could use it as a bookshelf temporarily.

Easy Bookshelf for Kids room 🙂

Now I am continuing to use it as a bookshelf for my son in his room and he loves it :)!

Rocking Bookshelf – Reuse DIY

Isn’t it rocking indeed ?!

DIY Kid-friendly Dandiya Sticks

With Dusshera around the corner, I know a lot of you will be busy with Dandiya 🙂 In my son’s daycare they had a Dandiya event last weekend and as part of it, they had asked us to bring Kid-friendly Dandiya Sticks.

Knowing how these kids suddenly forget the dancing and start fighting, the regular sticks could be an issue. So the idea given was to use paper for making the dandiya sticks and decorate it without using glitter/stones etc.

I decided to make the sticks with some packing material foam which was lying around in my craft cupboard (Being a reuse person, I accumulate a lot of such junk). I just wrapped that to form 2 sticks and put sellotape around it. (See pic below)

Packing material foam rolled as sticks with sellotape

Then I found an old drawstring bag which was made out of velvet cloth – I thought it would be nice to cover the sticks with it. So I cut it and hand-stitched 2 pouches to put as covers for the sticks. Before covering it, I also put a small pencil through each of the foam sticks so that the middle portion would get some stability.

Old Velvet drawstring bag

Dandiya sticks ready for decoration!

Used some simple lace to decorate along with some regular fabric paint dots – I would have loved to use some kundan stones but as this was not allowed, I did not use it!

Here is the final outcome.  It was so soft that even if you tried to hurt someone with it, you could not 🙂 ! There was a competition for the best dandiya sticks – though we did not win that, I was kind of happy that I made this absolutely kid-friendly and by reusing stuff I had at home. Let me know what you think!

Decorated Dandiya sticks – Ready to dance 🙂

Reuse Golu stand – To a Storage Rack for Kids room

With Navarathri just a week away, I thought I will post this little project I did… What do you all do with your Golu stand after you are done using it for 10 days? Usually it lies in the loft in all our houses.

(For those of you who are wondering what I am talking about…Google out “Navarathri Golu” or check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golu to know more about this. Normally we use slotted angle Golu stands for this purpose)

Some people assemble it as a regular Storage Rack and use it to store books etc but my problem with that has always been that it looks very dull and unappealing.

I decided to get over this issue of appearance of the Steel rack by painting it and use it in my son’s room. I am constantly challenged with Space issues for storing my son’s books and toys. He is just 3 years old and I cannot believe how much stuff we have accumulated – I don’t even remember buying most of this stuff. I guess friends and family have been very generous with their gifts 🙂

Every time I think my son has outgrown some of the toys and I try to put it aside, he starts playing with those!

I just painted the rack with the colours I thought would go well with my son’s room. (Anyway for the actual Golu we will be covering this with a white cloth, so the painted rack should not matter). I have used Enamel Gloss paint colours which I picked up at the hardware store.

Kids room storage rack

Painted and ready to be used!

From a different angle

Pros –

1) It can hold quite a lot of stuff.

2) You can fix it as you need – if you need shelves with more spacing and some with less, you can fix it the way you want.

3) It is open and kids can see and pick what they need for playing – Well, this also leads to a mess sometimes 😉

4) You can expand the storage by adding hooks wherever you need and hang some stuff – the options are endless!

Cons –

1) It is a open shelf – so attract dust and you have to keep cleaning it!

Tip : It would also be a good idea to put a couple of nails in the wall to fasten this to the wall, to avoid it from toppling if you have naughty kids who might climb on it!

Hope you like this idea!

It was super easy and did not cost much. Do share your comments 🙂

Close-up shot of the design…

Filled with toys, puzzles, books…

DIY Earring holder – Reuse and Recycle

If you have a lot of earrings and you do not get time to search for which one to wear when you are stepping out of home everyday, this could be the simplest solution for you!

I have always had the problem of how to store my earrings in such a way that I can easily pick from it in the crazy morning rush. And of course the other issue I always have is I don’t seem to find the pairs!

DIY earring hanger

I have a earrings holder now to hold all the danglers (the ones with hooks). I have just reused an old Duppatta that I had (you could use an old stole or a scarf too) for this.

All you need is a hanger and the duppatta/scarf. Use a command center hook (sticker hook) that can be stuck to the inside of the wardrobe door. The hanger can hang from this – so you save a lot of space and can see exactly what all earrings you have and you will not need to search for the matching earring to make a pair!

This works best for danglers; You could even put studs in these but if you have a lot of studs , I think it is better to store them somewhere else.

Don’t you just love this! Share your feedback and also other ideas you might have for this.

I know what you are thinking now…Too much empty space on this – I need to go shopping today 😉 !

DIY Earring holder on the wardrobe door – Space saver!

Naga Chaturthi and Naga Panchami

Naga Chaturthi and Naga Panchami are very auspicious days in the Madhwa calendar. On these days we worship the Serpent God – Naga.

Naga Chaturthi is observed by Ladies who pray for the welfare of their children and Naga Panchami is performed by all. Naga Panchami is also a day when women pray for the welfare of their brothers.

Naga Chaturthi (Nagaachautha)

Significance

Nagaachauth, a festival to worship Nag Devatas (Serpent Gods), is mainly a women festival. It is observed by married women for their wellbeing of their children.It is also believed that praying to Naaga will keep one away from skin disorders and ear problems.

Note: I know that people say that Snakes don’t drink milk or any of the things that are offered as part of the ritual mentioned below. However I think the ritual might have been started to encourage people to live in harmony with Nature. Apart from this, by offering this to the Termite mount, we might be feeding and supporting a lot of other insects and organisms around it.

Preparation

  • Unboiled milk
  • Ghee
  • Flowers
  • Rock Salt
  • Pepper
  • Rice flour
  • Jaggery and Til (ground in mixie)
  • Thambit (Rice flour, Jaggery, Til and Coconut)
  • Green moong (lightly roasted)
  • Full channa (lightly roasted)
  • Nel Pori
  • Cotton
  • Rangoli powder (Kola maavu)
  • Paat (Plank)
  • Diva/Lamps for lighting
  • Fruits, Flowers and Cocunut
  • Haldi
  • Mantarakshata, Vasthra – Both Yellow for Naga chaturthi (no kumkum)
  • Silver Naag (for pooja)

Items for Pooja

Procedure –

1) Make a rangoli outside the house with 2 Nags (Usually there is always a big Nag and  small child Nag drawn in all the places). A similar one is done near the stove in the kitchen and on the Paat on which the Naag is going to be kept for the pooja.

2) Draw Naag outside the house on the wall with turmeric water – 2 Naags are to be drawn. (If you live in an apartment and dont want to draw it on the wall, you can do it on paper and stick it outside). Put Vastra for this Naag also.

3) Keep the Silver Naag for Pooja in a plate or small bowl. Keep this on a Paat.

4) With a silver Udharani, put 3 spoons of water, then put 3 spoons of unboiled milk, Ghee and then again water.

5) Put little of each of the following (or whatever is available) – Salt, Black pepper, cotton, Rice flour, Channa, Full moong, Jaggery and til paste, Nel Pori.

6) Put Haldi, yellow Mantarakshata (made with only turmeric), Vastra (made only with turmeric).

7) Light the lamps, Put flowers and pray to Naag for the well being of children and all others in the family.

8) Do Mangalaarathi and namaskara.

9) Saanje (Sojji or Rava Kesari) is made as Neivaidhya. Offer the same to God. Also offer coconut and other fruits as Neivaidhya.

10) Usually women with children do Palahara once – This depends on family tradition also, so please check and follow accordingly.

11) If possible go to the temple (puthu – Termite mount) and offer all the items that you offered to the Naag at home.

12) There is also  practice of tying Daava (a thread like Raakhi) to small children below 5 years. The Daava is tied on the right hand above the elbow.

Nagas drawn outside

Naga chaturthi Pooja

Naga Panchami

On Naga Panchami day, all the people in the house should do pooja in a similar way as mentioned above. You can also include Kumkum, Red mantrakakshata and Red Vastra on this day.

We also make a Putthu like object using Clay and keep a few Naagas on it and do Pooja (Forgot to take a picture of this).

This is a festival and so festival food is prepared and eaten.

Tips –

1) You can get a few things like all the items for Pooja a day earlier.  Keep 3 portions of this – one set for the Nagachaturthi pooja, one set for Naga Panchami pooja and one set for the temple pooja.

2) Palahara items for Naga Chautha are usually Uppit, Sojji, Sadudhana Bakala bath had along with Vadaya (Papad).

3) I have mentioned almost an exhaustive list for what all needs to be put on the Naaga for the pooja. However it is all optional and you can use whatever is easily available.