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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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