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VARALAKSHMI VRATAM

Varalakshimi vratam is an important pooja performed by many womans in the states of Karnataka, AndhraNadu. It is celebrated on the last friday of the bright fortnight known as sukhla paksha preceding the full moon day in the month of Ashada also called " Adi " which falls on the month of July- August. and Tamil





As the Legend goes this is the pooja that was pronounced by Lord shiva(parameswara) to be performed by his consort to seek prosperity, happiness for the family. So was emulated by the married woman who wish boons (Varam) for the health, wealth and knowledge for the entire family.





So on this day they do different types of sweets, vada , puliyogare depends on their traditions they follow and offer to Lakshmi devi as prasadam. This is one of the prasad we do on that day... Moong Dhal Paravannampayasam). Recipe goes here... (









Ingredients :


Moong dhal - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup (melted by adding water and strained to avoid mud)
Cashews broken - 10
Coconut - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Cardamom - 1 pod powdered
Milk - 1/2 cup





Method :


1. Cook moong dhal in the pressure cooker. Then add the melted jaggery to it .
2. Dilute with little water and milk if it is so thick.
3. Add the cardamom powder.
4. Heat ghee in the pan add the cashew and coconut fry till golden brown.
5. Add this to the moong dhal mixture. Serve hot. Even cold is fine.


Note :


Adjust the sweet according to your taste.

You can also decorate like this

This is actually I did for Garuda Panchami 














Sailaja Damodaran  – (July 31, 2009 at 5:57 PM)  

Nice one.....Happy Varalakshmi vratam

Vani  – (July 31, 2009 at 6:21 PM)  

Your pooja pictures are beautiful, Pavithra.

Ann  – (July 31, 2009 at 6:35 PM)  

Hey dear, you did a beautiful alangaram.. happy Vratham to you too.

Pooja  – (July 31, 2009 at 6:52 PM)  

Nice post Pavithra! Frankly I came to know about this pooja today from my friend who invited me to her house for doing the pooja. Feels happy to know more info. Wishing you and your family a life of prosperity and well being!

Vijitha Shyam  – (July 31, 2009 at 7:27 PM)  

Wow! gr8 that u celebrated he pooja. I have it in my mom's side but my inlaws dont do it. Nice pics!

Sushma  – (July 31, 2009 at 8:25 PM)  

Happy VaraLakshmi Vratam pavitra...
Ur pooja pic's re superb *_*

Prathibha  – (July 31, 2009 at 10:10 PM)  

Nice pooja arrangements dear..yummy payasam too

Srilakshmi  – (July 31, 2009 at 10:16 PM)  

Nice Arrangements and beautiful pics.. Reminds me of the days I used to do this Pooja along with my Mom

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine  – (July 31, 2009 at 10:32 PM)  

Nice pictures Pavithra. Your photos are making me walk through my sweet memories when i used to Pooja with my Mom back home.

Hema  – (July 31, 2009 at 10:37 PM)  

Lovely photos of thaayar.. The payasam looks yummy... please pick your award from my blog

RAKS KITCHEN  – (July 31, 2009 at 11:08 PM)  

Looks divinely! Hope u had a nice time!

Abhilash Pillai  – (July 31, 2009 at 11:21 PM)  

Pavithra Small suggestion...
Keep it in fridge for a day and try eating it... It will taste awsome...

Thanks for the dish... I am fond of payasam and so this recipe...

If you could put a bit of dry ginger(chucku) while you pour the melted jaggery into the coocked moong dal, you will notice a seperate sweet taste.

That makes the payasam more delicious...

Anyway thanks for the recipe and moreoevr knowledge on Varalaskshmi Vartam..

jayasree  – (July 31, 2009 at 11:27 PM)  

Nice to read about the Vratham. Pics look divine.. Payasam looks delicious.

Babli  – (August 1, 2009 at 1:08 AM)  

I have nominated u for the Kreativ blogger award. Please visit my blog and accept it.
http://khanamasala.blogspot.com

Smitha  – (August 1, 2009 at 3:25 AM)  

A friend of mine too celbrated it here and had a pooja. I liked ur decor and recipe.

Shama Nagarajan  – (August 1, 2009 at 3:40 AM)  

beautiful arrangement and lovely payasam

lata raja  – (August 1, 2009 at 5:32 AM)  

Nicely written Pavithra.Lovely pictures of the amman. I will post mine soon too.Have a long list of write ups for the dishes. So It is delayed.

Vrinda  – (August 1, 2009 at 7:16 AM)  

In payasams i like only this mong daal kheer.yumm,enjoy the festival...

Padma  – (August 1, 2009 at 8:52 AM)  

Nice pooja pictures Pavithra.....

rekhas kitchen  – (August 1, 2009 at 9:07 AM)  

beautiful pic. s pavithra wish you and your family prosperty and happyness

sangi  – (August 1, 2009 at 9:29 AM)  

Beautiful pics!tnx for sharing.
Wow!payasam !i can't control...

Red Chillies  – (August 1, 2009 at 2:37 PM)  

The decoration for Lakshmi are so tasteful. I did not know the reason for the vratam. Liked the payasam too.

Rashmi  – (August 1, 2009 at 7:12 PM)  

happy varalakshmi vratham...

Shri  – (August 1, 2009 at 11:30 PM)  

Lovely pics!My inlaws' side use the face of goddess to do puja where as my mom's side, we use the goddess made out of turmeric...Ammavaru looks so nice though in your pics

Rekha shoban  – (August 2, 2009 at 1:45 AM)  

Happy varalakshmi vratam..nice arrangements

arti agarwal  – (August 2, 2009 at 3:43 AM)  

I have nominated you for a award for it visit my blog:
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Priya  – (August 2, 2009 at 11:58 AM)  

Wow Pavi!! thats a beautiful and divine post! wat a delicious way to celebrate the varalakshmi vratam!

kittymatti  – (August 2, 2009 at 4:36 PM)  

wow! the pics look so good! great job!

Priyameena  – (August 2, 2009 at 7:37 PM)  

Looks so divine...Payasam looks soo good..

Dhanya Nambirajan  – (August 2, 2009 at 8:45 PM)  

Wow..what a lovely alangaram you have done. payasam looks delicious:).

Valarmathi  – (August 3, 2009 at 12:16 AM)  

Nice pooja arrangements. Looks wonderful. Payasam looks so yummy.

sree  – (August 3, 2009 at 8:41 AM)  

Ammavaru is looking gorgeous...must be pleased with u r delicious offering..:)

Viki's Kitchen  – (August 3, 2009 at 9:50 AM)  

very nice post dear. Amman alangaram is so nice. Payasam and the whole picture seems very delighting.

Jennifer  – (August 3, 2009 at 10:46 AM)  

Your puja set up is beautiful.
One thing that I noticed was how close it was to the electrical outlet! You are a brave person and Devi is smiling upon you! :)

The recipe you shared is a nice one. I will have to try it.

Parita  – (August 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM)  

this is something new to me, happy vratam to you too dear :)

Rekha shoban  – (August 6, 2009 at 1:54 AM)  

Hi Pavithra, i have nominated u for three awards & a tag...pls do visit my blog & accept it

GentleLavender  – (August 11, 2009 at 2:25 AM)  

The pooja pictures are so beautiful. God bless.

kamalabhoopathy  – (August 16, 2009 at 12:31 PM)  

The pooja shots are very good. The decorations also nice

SIRISHA  – (August 21, 2009 at 9:01 AM)  

Wow! I just love the way you decorated the goddess.... full of life.... Lovely picturizations of the dishes as well :)

samputi2009  – (October 30, 2009 at 2:14 AM)  

HI,
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The Specific Link is
http://www.samputi.com/launch.php?m=pooja&l=te&key=16.
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thanks
-rao

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