22 September 2017


Carrot Javvarisi payasam / sago kheer for Day 1 of Navaratri Pooja. Navaratri starting today, 13th October is a festival dedicated to the deity Ambal / Shakti. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti / Ambal are worshiped. Navratri is divided into sets of three days firstly to Goddess Durga, next 3 days to Goddess Lakshmi and the last three days for Goddess Saraswathi.

Few families in South India have the tradition of keeping Golu (display of dolls in steps). Women and children are invited to see the golu and are offered thambulam and sundal.

On all days different varieties of sundals and sweets are made for naivedyam. To start with sharing a simple and easy to make carrot javvarisi (sago) payasam and Kondakadalai sundal.
Carrot Javvarisi / Sago Payasam
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 people in a medium sized cup
Carrot - 1 no, skin peeled and grated
Javvarisi ( sago ) - 2 tbsp, washed thoroughly and soaked over night
Milk - 1/2 litre
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cashew - 3 nos
Cardamom powder / essence - a pinch / drop
Edible camphor - small pinch (size of a rice grain)
Ghee - 1 tbsp

How to make:
In a pressure pan / kadai heat ghee roast the cashews and set aside. In the same pan roast the grated carrot for a minute.
Pour milk to the pan and let the carrot cook in milk in simmer for about 7 minutes.
Add javvarisi,/ sago and let it cook for another 3 minutes.
Add sugar, cardamom powder / essence and bring to gentle boil in medium heat.
Once the kheer / payasam stage has reached approximately 4 minutes switch off the heat add cashews, edible camphor give a nice mix and remove.

Kondakadalai Sundal
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4 people 
KondaKadalai - 1 cup (soaked over night, water discarded and pressure cooked for 5 whistles)
Red chillies - 2 nos
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Salt as reqd
Oil - 1 tsp
How to make:
Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds, once it crackles add urad dal, saute well add red chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida and mix well.
Add the sundal, salt, freshly grated coconut give a nice mix and switch off the heat.
Day 1 - Navarathri Neivedyam carrot javvarisi payasam, thengai sadham and kondakadalai sundal.

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