July 28, 2009

Recipes of Maa-vilakku Neivedyam

In my previous post, I have written the pooja to be done for the maa vilakku. Here I am giving the recipes of the dishes made for neivedyam.

Pachha Maavu - Dough to make the lamp

Raw rice/Pacharisi - 2 1/2 cups
Powdered jaggery - 1 cup + 3 tblspn

Wash and soak rice in water for 2-3 hrs. Drain and spread on a towel to dry. Powder in the mixer grinder and sieve the ground powder to get fine rice flour. Grind the coarse rice again and continue until few tablespoons of coarse rice is left.

Grind the powdered jaggery and fine rice flour together. Transfer the rice flour and jaggery mix to a bowl. Keep mixing them by your hand and you should be able to make a ball of it. It might look as thought you cannot hold the flour together. Don't add jaggery since it will not end up in a stiff dough later. Its by the warmth of the hand that the flour and jaggery will come together. It requires some 20 minutes of constant kneading. If you are making the dough just for eating then more of jaggery will not be a problem. But since we need to light the lamp in it, it should be a stiff one else after few hours of burning the lamp, the jaggery in the dough will start melting and the lamp will lose the shape. We have the custom of placing two lamps. So divided the dough into two ball and shaped it well. While eating the maavu, its had along with coconut pieces.

Vella Kozhukaatai

Rice flour - 1 1/2 Cups
Powdered jaggery - 3/4 Cup
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Coconut chopped into tiny pieces - few

Mix jaggery in 1 1/2 cups of water in a bowl and heat it. When the jaggery is fully melt, strain to remove any dirt. Bring the jaggery syrup to a boil. Stir in the coconut pieces and a tablespoon of ghee. Slowly stir in the rice flour. Keep mixing to avoid lumps. Continue to cook till it is not sticky to touch and the dough will have shiny coat to it. Leave it to cool. Make small marble sized balls. Steam it for 10 minutes using an idly steamer or any steamer of your choice.

Paal Pongal

Raw rice - 3/4 cup
Roasted moong dal - 1/2 Cup
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Coconut milk extracted from one coconut.
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tspn

Extract two sets of milk from the coconut. To extract milk, grind the fresh, grated coconut with 1 cup of water. Squeeze to extract the milk. This is the first milk. Repeat grinding with another cup of water and extract the thinner second milk. Instead of coconut milk, ordinary milk can also be used.

Pressure cook rice and moong dal in 3 cups of water. It must have cooked mushy.
Make jaggery syrup by boiling water and jaggery. Bring the syrup to rolling boil. Slowly stir in the cooked rice+ dal mix to the boiling jaggery syrup. Keep stirring. It will start thickening. Add the second milk and continue to cook till the rice + dal absorbs the flavors. Stir in the thick first milk and cardamom powder. Remove from fire.

Pachharisi Idli - Idli with raw rice and urad dal
Raw rice - 1 cup
Urad dal - 1/2 cup

Usually idli is prepared by grinding soaked boiled rice/puzhungalarisi. When ever any bhakshanam is made for nivedyam, its customary to use raw rice. So since idli is offered as nivedyam, its made using raw rice.

Soak 1 cup of raw rice and urad dal separately, for 3 hrs. Drain and spread on a towel to dry. Powder the rice coarsely like rava. Grind urad dal into a smooth batter. Mix the rice rava and urad dal batter. Add salt and adjust the consistency by adding water. Leave it to ferment overnight. Scoop the batter into greased idli moulds and steam cook for 10-12 minutes. If rice is ground to a smooth batter, idlis will not turn soft and fluffy. For that reason, coarse rice is used.

The steamed goodies - Kozhukkattai and Idly are being part of the Steamed Treats organized by Shruti


  1. Nice post,thanks for the sweet kozhukkatai recipe I really wanted it:) And Pacharisi idly is new to me:)

  2. Like I said before, I love eating the vilakku mavu.......wish I could reach out and take some.

  3. All dishes looks yummy jayashree. Love the diyas

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  4. yummy good neivedyam recipes....delicious

  5. All the dishes look yummy... my fav is pacha maavu( vilakku maavu) :)

  6. Nice Informative post jayasree..This is new to me that you make this much of ritual recipes for the festival..all looks yum..!!

  7. I love this Maav Vilaku Maavu, after pooja my Mom adds grated coconut and gives it to us. Your post is kindling sweet memories, i feel like going back home.

  8. Such goodies transform me into a saapaturaami so I avoid making too many goodies at one time:). Let me tell you that you are not being fair to me. I am drooling over all those yummy items and coming closer to the screen and staring is doing me any good:(

    The vella kozhukottai is a little different. Is this how you make it for maavilakku day or usually? I love rice flour andjaggery combo!

  9. Hi I made the maa vilakku also on the first Aadi friday. But you have made it look yummier, I mean well moulded and all.I am trying the vella kozhukkattai from you week after next. Have bookmarked.And the paal pongal is soooo...delicious.

  10. So many goodies Jayasree..I esp loved the pal pongal..yummy!!

  11. Hi jayasree, My first visit to your blog and I am already longing or those soft idlis. You live too far away for me to eat those.
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  12. Thank you all for your lovely comments :)

    Harini, this kozhukkattai is maavilaku special. Come home anytime, I shall make all this for you.

    Lata, I would like to know your feedback

    Pari, Welcome to my space. Hope u enjoyed ur stay here.

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  14. Wow, so many authentic festive treats. Looks so mouth-watering Jaya!!

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  15. The mavalakku recipe ringed a bell!My mom makes them in a different way.She used plain rice flour and mixes powdered jaggery and adds few spoons of ghee which gives it a powdery texture.....they are so amazing.Yours look so perfect....with the lamp kinda look makes it very appealing.

  16. Nice festive feast..Love to enjoy those delicacies..

  17. Love eating maavilakku. :)
    I also happen to like pachcha arisi idli very much. In fact, before I got my grinder, I used to make it a lot as raw rice would grind well in my mixer/ blender.

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