I am back with full energy after some difficult time at home. Yes, my kids were not well and was held up with them since a few days. Now things were in place, started doing my favorite things. And whats the most favorite thing ? Ofcourse blogging 😉
Maavilaku is one of an important item in Tamil festivals. It is offered for Lord Muruga and Goddess Paarvathi in different occasions. But it is the key item during “Kaarthigai Deepam” a festival for Lord Muruga celebrated during the Kaarthigai month. We all love this maavu with fresh coconut slices.
1 cup raw rice soaked overnight
6 nos pepper
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup grated jaggery
1/2 cup water
2 pods of cardamom
4 T Ghee
a strand of cotton
Fresh coconut slices to serve
How to make it?
Drain the soaked rice and spread it in a cotton cloth and let it dry for half an hour. The rice grains should not be wet but still moist. Take the rice, pepper, salt and grind it to a fine powder in a mixie. Boil jaggery with water till all the jaggery is dissolved. Take the vessel from the stove and strain it in a colander to remove any dirt. Take the strained liquid in a thick bottom vessel and boil again in low flame. Every now and then dip a spoon into the boiling liquid and drop it in a plate filled with water. If the liquid stands as a ball without getting dissoved immediately take the vessel from the stove and add the rice mixture to it. Add the cardomom pods after powdering them to this mixture. Mix well and again place the vessel on the stove top and mix until the entire mass does not stick to the vessel. Now its done and switch off the stove. Let the mass cool thoroughly.
How is it offered ?
Shape the cooled dough like a bun and press a deep hole in the center half way through. It should resemble a big bowl. (as shown in the pciture). Melt the ghee and fill the hole. Make a wick out of the
cotton and place it in the hole. Lit the wick and place near the lamp in the pooja room.
How to eat it?
Make thin slices of fresh coconut. Take a big marble size of the
dough and stick it to the coconut slice.
You can do it on bite sized pieces of coconut too as shown in the pic. Start munching 😉 I contribute this for RCI Tamil Festival foods conducted by VCuisice fame Viji!