Wish you all a very happy Ganesh chaturthi.
Read about how Gauri tadige/Vayna pooja and Ganesh chaturthi is celebrated in Konkani homes(I am very specific to how it is celebrated at my home, every one has their own method of celebrating it, which is going on from generations). This festival is one of the very popular festivals of Hindu calendar year. From the day we came to US, we terribly miss all the festivities here. So I try to celebrate few of the important festivals in a small way here.
The Ganesha idols are kept in only few homes who are following the traditions for generations now. At my parents’ home, we don’t have this tradition, but we follow Vayna pooja. At my in-laws’ home, we bring home the Ganesha idol, but we don’t follow Vayna pooja.
The Ganesha festival would start with the loud speakers playing all Ganesha songs on these days. Every place we could see the festivities going on. The songs, the procession in which idol was brought home, the pooja bells, the fire crackers going on would make these days very special. We all kids would enjoy going to see the idols and always had a competition going on to see who saw more idols :).
Anyway, this year, I made a simple spread, where I picked up few very important dishes that are cooked at my in-laws’ place. I wanted to create a small festival environment at home. I picked these because for my husband, these dishes are a part of the festival. Then we did a small pooja, we played sukhakarta dukhaharta song in the background.
The above picture shows, rice(with the tulsi/holy basil leaves), mooga mole randayi, rice-chana dal paays, dali thoy, modak, nevri, idlis. Traditionally, khotte or hittu– idlis cooked in jackfruit leaves are served on this day. Along with these idlis, fresh scraped coconut mixed with asafoetida water, coconut oil, ginger, green chilies, salt is served. While eating, these tasty coconut scrapings are mixed with powdered idli and savored by dipping it in the mooga mole randayi.
I am sending this to Lakshmi’s Ganesh festival event.
1 cup maida
Oil for deep frying
3/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup jaggery
1/2 tea spn cardamom powder
1 tea spn sesame seeds(til)
Heat 2 tbl spns of oil and add it to maida. Mix it very well till all the maida gets the oil. Add salt and water to make it a very stiff dough. Keep aside the dough for around 1/2 an hour.
Roast the sesame seeds lightly. Heat jaggery and coconut together till jaggery melts and forms a uniform mixture with coconut. Mix sesame seeds. Remove from fire and add cardamom powder. Mix well.
Take small balls of the dough, roll it into rounds (do not make the covering too thick). On the left side, keep the stuffing as shown.
Fold the right side, and press down the edges.
Heat oil and deep fry the nevris.
For those who are interested to listen to the aarti songs and bring back those memories,
Sukhakarta dukhaharta(Jai dev Jai dev) aarti
Sukhakarta dukhaharta song(Jai dev Jai dev)
Following are links to Ganesha chaturthi songs which I remember vividly from childhood. They are closely associated with this festival.
- Gajamukhane and other songs (Kannada) – Real player format
- Ganesh chaturthi and other devotional songs – Windows media streaming