How to make Rava Laddu

Today we will see how to make Rava Laddu.

Ingredients for Rava Laddu :

  • Rava
  • Sugar
  • Ghee
  • Dry Coconut
  • Dry Fruits (Almond, Kaju, Anjeer)
  • Cardomom (Elaichi)
Grate Dry Coconut
Roast Rava in Ghee
Add Cardomom seeds once the rava is roasted to light brown
Prepare Sugar Solution in another bowl and heat until a consistent solution is formed.
Grind the grated coconut to fine
This will help in mixing the coconut powder in roasted rava well
Mix the coconut powder with rava
Mix the hot sugar syrup into the roasted rava. Its all about timing now. You have to be quick.
Mix the solution well until you get the consistency good enough to make laddu.
Use a plastic sheet or foil to make the laddu. It may burn your skin as the sugar syrup is directly taken off from the stove.
Make round laddu. Use some ghee in your palm if it helps.
Make many more and you have to be quick enough as the sugar syrup will start to harden the rava after which it will become difficult to shape the laddu.

We made this laddu for Navratri Celebrations. Please try yourself and let me know how it turned out at your end. Happy Festive Season.

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Hanuman Jayanti 2016

Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on Chaitra Poonam (full-moon day) as per the Lunar Calendar, which falls on April 22, in 2016. Hanuman was born on this day to Anjana and Kesari. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman.

Hanuman was a follower of Lord Rama and is worshipped for his strength, chastity and devotion. Hanuman is said to be able to assume any form at will and grow or reduce in size. There are many stories related to Hanuman in the story of Ramayana. In his childhood, he is said to have consumed the Sun. Hanuman was the first to fly across the strait from Rameswaram to Lanka. He was primarily responsible for the fire in Lanka and caused a devastation there. He is considered to be an avatar of Shiva and Rama to be an avatar of Vishnu, likewise.

From early morning, devotees flock Hanuman temples to worship him. They apply tilak of sindoor to their foreheads from Hanuman’s idol as Hanuman himself is of that color. Devotees observe Hanuman Jayanti during different time of the year according to their regional beliefs and the type of calendar being followed.

Hanuman
Hanuman holding a Gada (mace) in his hand. Picture credit Google.

I have not celebrated it ever and never seen anyone in my close network to have celebrated it so profoundly. However, in the recent development of my understanding with mythology and Indian ancient history, I have come to a different understanding about the stories in Epics and the celebration related to the characters in the Epic. They teach us virtues and values. They teach us of the events in life.

I learn the value of friendship from the stories of Hanuman. I learn that it is very important to have physical fitness in life. Also there is always immense amount of energy, strength and power within all of us, we just need to discover that or be motivated about it. Sometimes, when the situation demands everything within us comes out profoundly. The chastity maintained by Hanuman, teaches me of the discipline and self-control in life. It teaches of the selflessness and helping attitude towards life.

I believe the celebrations were a motto to spread this knowledge with the common people, during the times when there was no literature, no media and no means of press. We need to understand that we may not celebrate them now, but we should not forget the lessons imbibed in our mythological stories.


The story of Hanuman, consuming the Sun, is mentioned in Hanuman Chalisa ( 40 hymns/verses about Hanuman). This particular verse contains the information about the distance of Sun from the Earth. Isn’t that amazing ?

Devanagari  जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानू। लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू॥ १८ ॥

Read as juga sahasra jojana para bhānū। līlyo tāhi madhura phala jānū॥ 18 ॥

The Surya, sun situated {1 Yug = 12,000 years, 1 Sahastra = 1000, 1 Yojan = 8 Miles, (Yug x Sahastra x Yojan) = 12,000×1,000×8 miles = 96,000,000 miles (1 mile = 1.6 km) 96,000,000 miles = 96,000,000×1.6 km = 153,600,000 km} 153,600,000 km from the earth, was swallowed by you after you assumed him to be a sweet fruit.


This post is a part of series in Discovering the Cultural Significance of various rituals and festivals in India.

 

Ugadi – Telugu New Year (India)

Early in the morning ladies of the house buy a new pot and decorate it with various natural colours like turmeric and kumkum. This pot is used to prepare Ugadi Pachchadi. Pachchadi is made with Jaggery, Mango, coconut, neem flowers, fruits, tamarind. It is a special beverage prepared for this occasion only. Since it contains various ingredients having strong flavours in sourness, bitterness, sweetness and salty, which symbolises that the year is going to be made of ups and downs, yet you will drink it will pleasure and cherish it to the end.

 

Also I find it very interesting that even though the core ingredients remain the same, Pachchadi tastes different in every home. It signifies the nature of a woman and family. It shows that every home has its own flavour and however alike we all are, life will taste different to us. It is in the skillful effort the person preparing the Pachchadi that it is appreciated by the visitors. Pachchadi is prepared differently in AP as compared to Telangana. This is my general observation and doesn’t extend to comprise everyone in the region, the Pachchadi is prepared in liquid form in Telangana while in the Rayalaseema it is prepared more of like a eatable containing all dry ingredients with no liquid.

Along with the Pachchadi another very famous dish enjoyed on this day is Pollelu. It is a stuffed roti with jaggery and gram dal  crushed very fine. It tastes awesome with Pachchadi and sweet ladoos. After enjoying the initial celebration, a huge feast is observed with all the family members present.

This day is equally celebrated as new year in Karnataka as Yugadi and Maharashtra as Gudi Padwa. It is amazing mix of culture, celebration, science and tradition blended into a single very simple occasion.

I believe this all started to channelise people and refresh them with seasons. As this festival coincides with the onset of summer using a new pot for this occasion and then later on use for drinking water over the entire year, which keeps the water very cool. It is a very ingenious and thoughtful idea proposed.

It must be understood that the culture and tradition carries lot of knowledge and wisdom of the previous generations and the celebrations or festivals have in depth reasoning behind them. With time and trends we are losing such valuable learnings and the generation Y considers this as superstitions. In the last one decade I have seen that the celebration has reduced very much.


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