Recipes Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena
Cuisine : South Indian Telugu Cuisine
Makara Sankranthi is the biggest festival celebrated for 4 days across South India .This might be mentioned as the harvest festival for farmers which is celebrated with great cheer and joy. The 4 days are Bhogi, Sankranthi, Kanuma and Mukkanuma. Makara Sankranti refers both to a specific solar day in the Hindu calendar and a Hindu festival in reference to deity Surya (sun) that is observed in January every year.
On the first day , Bhogi, people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation. At dawn, people light a bonfire with logs of wood, other solid-fuels and wooden furniture at home that are no longer useful.It represents realisation, transformation and purification of the soul by imbibing and inculcating various divine virtues.
I still remember the most memorable festive sankranthi muggulu ,bhogi mantalu ,bhogi pallu ,gobbemmalu , gangireddulu ,bommala koluvu during my childhood in Vijayawada,South India. Even now like many telugu speaking people, I do follow all these rituals during Sankranthi while I imbibe the same culture and traditions to my children.
This is one of the vindu bhojanam (festive lunch platter) I cooked as nayivedyam (offering to God) during the festive season of Bhogi,Sankranthi,Kanuma.
This is a typical Telugu Inti Shakhahaara Vindhu Bhojanam / Telugu style Vegetarian Festive Lunch Platter which we generally prepare during our festivals. (Telugu is the language spoken in two of the Southern States of India)
You can see my other Festive Platters here⇒ Vindhu Bhojanam / Festive Lunch
This thali / platter has : [Please click on each link for the detailed recipe]
- Brinjal-Tomato Curry / Vankaya-Tomato Koora
- Muddha Pappu / Dal / Plain LentilStew
- Mukkala Pulusu/ Dhappalam / Indian Vegetable Soup
- Potato Mash Curry /Aloo Tadka / Bangaladumpa Koora
- Gadda Perugu / Homemade Curd / Yogurt
- Courgettes Chutney / Zucchini Chutney / Nethi-Beerakaya Pachchadi
- CherryTomato Ooragaya / CherryTomato Pickle
- Annam neyyi tho / White Rice topped with homemade ghee or butter
- Chinthapandu Pulihora / Tamarind Rice
- Ragi-Nuvvula Laddu / Millets-Sesame Sweet Balls / Bhakri-Til Laddu
- Semiya Payasam / Kheer / Vermicelli-Milk Pudding
- Chakkera Pongali / Sweetened Rice
For the menu details see above and please click on each link for the detailed recipe.
You can see my other Festive recipes here⇒ Vindhu Bhojanam / Festive Lunch
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