Navratri Recipes | Navaratri Recipes 2013 - Ezcookbook

Navaratri, Dussehra or Durga Pooja is the most important festival celebrated in India. This festival is celebrated for nine days during the month of October. It is celebrated almost all over India and people from each state celebrate in their own way. In my house at Chennai(TN) we used to celebrate the ayudha pooja and saraswati pooja which falls on the ninth day of the festival. Ayudha pooja is performed to all vehicles whereas saraswati pooja is performed to goddess of art. Books, office documents, instruments are kept for her blessings.
The make over of the entire home will be in full swing. Amma will clean and wash the whole unit, Dad use to wash his vehicles, our cycles and apply sandhan(sandhal wood) paste with kumkum and decorate with whole new look. Me and my sisters use to bring all our books and arrange neatly in a desk in front of pooja room. Aval, poori, vellam is offered as a main naivedhyam to goddess Saraswathi and distributed to all.
This  day is considered to be the most auspicious and all the new works will be commenced to result in good profit and to bring prosperity. I still cherish the memory of my school days where we children gather for choir to sing Saraswathi Slokam

Saraswathi Namastubhyam Varade Kamarupini
Vidyarambam Karishyami Siddhir Bhavatu Me Sada.

I think I almost made you to go back to your golden days.....

Navaratri, the first thing that comes to my mind is sundal(tempered legumes), all these nine days the Brahmin community people use to set up golu(arrange idols in nine steps) and prepare variety of sundals(one per day) with various legumes. Sundals and various prasadam are offered to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati for all these nine days.
Each of these sundal variety has a unique taste, though the procedure of making is similar -soak the legume previous day, cook  and temper with mustard, curry leaves, chilli and coconut. And it's almost available at every home for nine days.
Here we present some of the sundal, sweet, rice and snack recipes that is usually made for this festival.

Navratri Sundal Recipes:

Navratri Vada Recipes:

Navratri Rice Recipes:

Navratri Sweet Recipes:

Navratri Payasam Recipes:

Navratri Ladoo Recipes:

Also don't forget to check the Navratri fasting Recipes.

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