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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Peerkangai/Ridgegourd/Beerakaya/Turai curry

I am reposting this recipe after seven years. I started my blogspot in 2009, when I knew very little about the technology. I used to post all the favourite recipes of my family. Each dish had some sweet memories to be shared. It was nice to recall the school/college days and the food we used to share among friends. I try to learn from them and prepare at home to impress my co-borns.One such dish is this. A simple and very easy to make curry, but has yummy taste. It was shared by my telugu speaking friend. An Andhra special dish. I prepared this today and clicked some pictures. There was no photo uploaded in my previous post as I did not learn how to do. Earlier I shared this in my blogspot , as we siblings were in different places and it was nice recollecting the childhood memories. Today I shared the picture with my friend who ate this at our place 40 years back.


Ridge gourd/peerkangai
500 gms
Cumin / jeera powder
2 tsp
Red chili powder
2 tsp
To taste

 Peel and cut the ridge gourd into cubes. Do not use if it is bitter after tasting a piece. Make powder of jeera and red chilli after slightly dry roasting them to get a smooth powder. Add salt to this and keep.Heat oil in a pan and add the ridgegourd pieces. Cook covered till done. Add the cumin,chili and
alt powder made, to the pan and mix well. Cook on low flame till the moisture is absorbed. Tastes very good with hot rice and even as side dish for roti.
 Note: Tender ridgegourd is preferred. The quantity when cooked reduces, as the vegetable tends to shrink. Since the gourd has a mild sweetness it is better to use less chili powder.

Monday, September 12, 2016


It feels good to look forward for the tamil month Purattaasi each year, for the nine day celebrations NAVRATHIRI, the most significant of all festivals which is performed to receive spiritual cleansing and protection from GODDESS DURGA. This year Navrathiri pujai/Golu starts from 1st October (saturday). 30th September is Mahalaya Amavasya. Kalasa sthapana or arranging golu can be done kion this day, during auspicious time (by avoiding Rahu kalam 10.30 to 12.00 and Yema gandam 3.00 to 4.30pm). The Navrathiri pujai begins on 1/10/16, being Prathami thithi. This year we have an extra day to celebrate as Chaturthi thithi is for two days (4th and 5th October) hence Maha Navami is on 10th day (10/10/16). Vijaya Dasami is on 11/10/16.

MAHADEVYAICHA VIDMAHE SARVASAKTHYAICHA THEEMAHI THANNO DEVI PRACHODAYATH Please click the below link to open and view the 10 day chart in a spread sheet. It gives in a tabular form the nine different ways to adore THE MOTHER in nine forms of SHAKTHI.

Worship in a simple way by offering a rice type prasadam each day,if one is not able to follow chart and perform elaborately (please refer my post of Sept'2013 giving details of rice items to be prepared on each day). I wish all my friends and relatives a Happy Navrathiri. May MAA DURGA illuminate your life with happiness and Fortune.

Durga Ashtami Kanya Pujai (9-10-2016)

Maha Navami- Saraswathi Pujai (10-10-2016)
Dasami-Mahalaxmi Pujai (11-10-2016)