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Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Ragi mudde is a nutritious healthy ball made with ragi flour and water. It is a wholesome meal and staple food in Karnataka. It is also called as 'Ragi sangati' in Andhra and 'Ragi kaLi' in Tamilnadu. 'Ragi koozh' also known as 'Aadi koozh' is popular in TamilNadu. In the Tamil month of Aadi, 'ragi koozh' is offered and distributed as 'Prasadam' in Mariamman temples. There are several health benefits of Ragi. Ragi has high fibre content and rich in calcium. It helps in increasing HDL cholesterol and lowers triglycerides. But people who have thyroid disorder, refrain from having ragi frequently.

Traditional way: 

Mix a tablespoon of ragi flour in water to make a thin paste. Add water & salt into a heavy bottomed pan and when this boils add the thin paste, mix well add remaining ragi flour evenly on top of it, close the pan and cook in medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes without disturbing the flour. Then with a mudde kOlu, stir well until all the flour becomes a single mass. Switch off the flame. Cover and keep for a few minutes and when still hot, add ghee and take a portion of dough and shape into balls.

Now, to the easy way. 

This recipe is the easiest way of making Ragi mudde without a mess, useful for beginners.


Ragi flour - 1 cup.
Water - 1 3/4 to 2 cups.
Salt - to taste ( I used 1/3tsp.)
Ghee - 2 tablespoons


Combine ragi flour with water and mix well without any lumps to a batter consistency. Keep aside.

Grease a plate with little ghee. Keep ready.

In a thick bottomed kadai /non-stick kadai, boil 1 1/2 cup of water alongwith salt and a teaspoon of ghee. When water starts boiling, add the the ragi batter, mix well with a wooden ladle. (Traditionally, a stick called 'Mudde kOlu' is used to stir the mix). Stir continuously until thick. Add ghee and stir and until it forms a lump and leaves the sides. Cook further until the dough becomes shiny. Cook covered in low flame for a minute and switch off the flame.

When hand-bearable hot, transfer the ragi dough to the greased plate. Smear ghee on your hands and shape to balls/mudde (tennis ball size). If the dough is hot, dip your hand in water for each ball. Alternatively, you can grease a small bowl with ghee put the required quantity of ragi dough in the bowl and rotate it which forms round balls. Serve hot with sambar. Goes well with saaru and buttermilk too.

A note on how to eat?

And a small tip in eating these muddes; Mudde will be sticky and remain on your tooth if chewed. Ragi mudde is dipped in saaru/ sambar and swallowed. i.e, A small portion of ragi mudde is 'pinched', dipped in the sambar and simply swallowed. 😋 
And what if chewed? Taking it out of your teeth will be a horrible experience. Chew and find it 😉 OR pop it into your mouth, swallow, repeat. 😃


Thin ragi batter gives smooth and soft Ragi Mudde.
Use a thick wooden ladle or back of the wooden ladle for easy mixing.

Saturday, July 21, 2018


How to make Amritha kalasam
With green gram (No coconut)

With moong dhal (With grated coconut)
'Amrutha Kalasam' is a Prasadam offered to 'Sri Garudan' to seek His blessings. It is a special offering to 'Garuthman', popular in 'Tirukkannamangai' and almost all 'Garudaazhwar' in Perumal temples. During Aadi month Swathi star which is Garudan's avathara day, this delicacy is prepared and after offering the same to Him, it is consumed as His prasadam.

In 'Tirukkannamangai Bakthavatsala Perumal' temple, people worship 'Garudan' and offer 9 yards saree with checks and 'Amritha kalasam Prasadam' and seek His blessings. It is a belief that offering it to Him and consuming them as His Prasadam will get rid of Naga dosha, insect bites, skin problems, and also to get rid of fear. It is believed that childless couple will be blessed with children, also men and women whose marriages are getting delayed due to various reasons, will soon get married . This offering is made on all Thursdays,Sundays, Swathi stars and also on Aadi Swathi, the star of Garuda.

A quick note on 'Prasadam':

'Prasadam' is the food that is offered to God. It is the practice of Hindus to offer food to God before eating it. Everything you offer on your altar becomes prasadam, the grace of the God, and is called by various names Prasadam, Bhog and Naivedhyam. The offerings can be fruits, sweets, bakshanams or anything but doing it with love and devotion is important. Bhagavath Geetha says, “Krishna accepts the offering made to Him with love”. In Iyengar households, whatever we cook is offered to 'The Supreme Lord Narayana' and it is termed as 'Kandarula pannuthal'. 
How to make Amritha kalasam
Nandambakkam Ramar temple Garuda Vahanam

Now, to the recipe:


Green gram dhal / Moong dhal - 1 cup
Scraped coconut- 3 tablespoons (optional)
Crushed jaggery - 1 1/2 cup

Cardamom (powdered) - 2
Ghee - 1 tablespoon

How to make Amritha kalasam
Soak dhal for 2 hours. Drain water and grind to a coarse paste.

Dissolve jaggery in little water and filter to remove impurities.

Heat a kadai, pour in the dissolved jaggery and allow it to boil until it diffuses its raw smell. Now add scraped coconut, cardamom powder and ground dhal and mix well without any lumps. Add ghee and saute until it binds together. When warm, make small balls and shape like 'kalasam' (coconut/modakam shape). Arrange them in idli plate and steam cook for 7 to 8 minutes. Amirtha Kalasam is ready for offering to Garudaazhwar.

Friday, February 9, 2018


How-to-make-milk-halwa, How-to-make-paal-alwa
Pretty excited. My blog 'Shanthisthaligai' is Ten!! Special thanks to everyone from the bottom of my heart, for your continuous support and taking time to show your love by visiting my blog, reading, trying out recipes, mailing me and leaving comments. Love you all! 💕💕

Celebrating my blog's 10th anniversary with Paal Alwa!

Paal alwa / Milk Halwa is a simple, mouthwatering dessert/halwa. We can make it easily at home with minimum ingredients.  


Milk - 1 ltr.
Sugar - 2 cups
Saffron - few strands ( soak in a spoon of warm milk)
Sliced pistachios - optional
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp.
Curd - 1 tablespoon 
Ghee - 1/4 cup


Boil milk. Pour milk in a heavy bottomed pan and allow it to boil it reduces to 1/3rd. Stir in between. Now add sugar, stir well. When it thickens again, add curd and stir continuously. The mixture will thicken and become grainy. Adding curd gives the grainy texture for halwa. Stir well, add ghee, cardamom powder, sliced pista. Mix well. When ghee oozes from the sides, switch off the flame. Mix well and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with saffron.   

Friday, December 15, 2017


Madhangalil naan margazhi!! 
'mAsAnAm mArgasheershoham' - Lord Krishna.  

Lord Krishna says that HE is the month of Margazhi among the 12 months, from which one can imagine the sanctity of this month.

Perumal and Shiva temples celebrate all the 30 days of the Tamil month Margazhi with many rituals and food offerings. Godha/Sri Andal observed 'Paavai Nonbu', sang 30 paasurams named 'Thiruppavai' during these 30 days and finally merged with Sri Ranganatha (Sriman Narayana) Himself. It is said that Gopikas observed 'Paavai Nombu' to get Lord Krishna as their husband. In Tamil Nadu, men will go for 'Unjavrithi'. They go for 'nagara sankeertan' in which they sing praises of the Lord and practice devotion. Women draw big kolams in front of their homes. Margazhi Utsavam is celebrated in a grand manner in Srirangam, Tiruvallikeni, Kanchi and in all Divyadesams and Perumal temples. A twenty days festival called 'Pagal Pathu' (day time festival) and 'Ra Pathu'(night time festival) is celebrated in all Perumal temples during the month of Margazhi(December–January). The first day of Ra pathu is 'Vaikunta Ekadashi'. The ‘Paramapadha Vaasal’(the gate to the heaven) is opened on this day.  Lakhs and lakhs of devotees queue up to pass through this gate. 'Vratam' is observed on this day.

Lord Shiva worship on Tamil month Margazhi:
Thiruvathirai is the star of Lord Shiva and HE is worshipped in the full moon day of Margazhi month. Abhishekams and special poojas are performed in all Shiva Temples. Thiruvempavai which was sung by  Manickavasagar is recited in all Shiva temples.

In this Margazhi month unmarried girls sing/recite 'Thiruppavai' and 'Thiruvempavai'  daily and pray to get good husband for them. 

Let us pray and worship God in this auspicious month and get blessings from HIM. 
Happy Margazhi!!

I present here, a collection of 30 prasadam/offerings made during margazhi month.
Tirukoshtiyurtirumalaichamba AkkaravadisalKalkandubhath  Kadambasadham  Vadai
Dadhiyonnam Vennpongal Iyengarpuliyodharai pulikachal  Kadambam(Iyengar special) 
Payasam Sundal Ellorai Kuthiravalipanankalkandubhath Lentilskhichri Milagorai Melkotepuliyogare gojju Aama vadai Sakkarai pongal Mixed fruit panchamirtham Ulundhorai Bandi Tiruppullanipaalpayasam Coconutrice Lemonrice Kovilpuliyodharai Kesari Tiruvadhiraikali ezhukarikoottuthalagam


How-to-make-lemon-peel-thokku, Lemon-skin-thokku-recipe

I had lot of lemon peels left, after making green peppercorn pickle. Instead of wasting the lemon peels, I thought of making this thokku. This tasted great when mixed with hot steamed rice and ghee.

During my childhood days, while cleaning the avakkai or lime pickle jaadi (jar), my grandma used to put some cooked rice into the jar, mix well, put it in a vessel, and she used to serve on our hands with true love and affection. Who would not love this? Made me and my husband remember our childhood days.

Video on how to make lemon peel thokku


Key lime peels - from 12 Indian lemons
Tamarind- key lime size
Chopped ginger - 1/8 cup
Chilli powder - 4 tsp.
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp.
Roasted fenugreek powder - 1/2 tsp.
Jaggery - 1/8 cup
Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp.
Sea salt - 3 level tablespoons
Hing - turkey berry size

Juice of 3 key lime
Oil - 1/2 cup


Remove the seeds from the peels.  

How-to-make-lemon-peel-thokku, Lemon-skin-thokku-recipe
Roughly chop the peels. Add water to immerse the peels. Add ginger, hing, tamarind, a teaspoon of salt and turmeric powder to it. Pressure cook for 1 whistle. Once the pressure is down, take out, strain the water in a colander and allow it to cool a bit. Now, coarse grind this in a mixie alongwith remaining salt. 
How-to-make-lemon-peel-thokku, Lemon-skin-thokku-recipe
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadai, add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the coarsely ground mixture. Add chilli powder, jaggery. Mix well. Cook covered stirring in between. Cook in low flame until the mixture thickens and oil leaves from the sides. Add fenugreek powder and give a quick mix. Switch off the stove, add lemon juice and mix well. This thokku will be ready by the next day. When cool, store in an airtight container. Tastes great when mixed with hot rice or can be used as an accompaniment for curd rice.

TIP: As and when you get lemon peels, instead of throwing away, you can cut them, add little salt and store them in a glass/ceramic jar in the fridge. Once the jar is filled with lemon peels and layers of salt, you can prepare this thokku. If using like this, the lemon peels will be soft and you can skip the step of boiling the peels in water.

NOTE: Jaggery can be added depending on the bitterness of the peel.  
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