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Polala Amavasya is mainly observed in Andhra Pradesh and in some parts of Karnataka and by some of the people in Tamilnadu. Polala Amavasya Devata, Goddess Poleramma, is Goddess of the diseases like Chicken-pox and Small pox. A similar festival called 'Sheetala Saptami' is celebrated in North India. Poleramma, an aspect of Goddess Parvati Devi, is very similar to the North Indian Goddess, Sheetala Mata. In Tamilnadu goddess Mariamman is worshipped in a similar way.

During this day mother prays to god mainly for their children. Children are given a head bath, they wear new dress too. The Polala Amavasya falls today 20-Aug-09. We do pooja and do prasadams like Thaligalu Paravannam(Rice flour noodles in rich coconut and cashew paste), Billalu with rice flour chapathi kind of thing which is not toasted in pan instead steamed and served with roasted urad dhal chutney.

Thaligalu Paramannam or Paala Thaligalu ( Rice flour Noodles in Coconut cashew sauce)


Rice flour - 1 cup
Water - 1 1/4 cup
salt - a pinch
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Poppy seeds - 1 tbsp
Cashews - 5 to 6
Jaggery - 1 1/4 cup grated  (If u need more sweet you can add 1/4  cup extra Jaggery ).
Milk - 1 1/4 cup and water - 1 cup
Cardamom - 2 powdered


1. Heat the water in a kadai or heavy vessel adding pinch of salt to it. When it boils, simmer the flame add the rice flour and mix quickly.
2. Now switch off the flame and keep covered for sometime.
3. Then knead the dough smoothly adding little warm water by applying oil in your hands. 4. Divide them into 2 equal balls. Now put one portion of the dough in the murkku maker squeeze it on a well greased plate.
5.Now steam it for 15 minutes.
6.Grind Coconut, cashew, poppy seeds and cardamom together into smooth paste and keep it aside.
7.In a vessel add the jaggery and  cup of water, heat until the jaggery is melted and filter it. 
8.Add the filtered one to the milk.  Let it come to boil.
9. Now add the ground paste and when it comes to boil add the steamed noodles.
9.Let it come to one boil and now put of the flame.
10. Prasad is ready... Serve hot with drizzle of fresh ghee on the top (Optional).  Tastes so good.

Note :

If it gets thickened while serving slightly dilute with hot water or hot milk.

Billalu (Steamed Rice flour chappathi)


Rice flour - 1 cup
Water - 1 1/4 cup
Moong dhal - 1/2 tbsp
Channa dhal - 1/2 tbsp
Coconut scrapped - 1 tbsp
Salt - for taste


1.Soak the moong dhal and Channa dhal in water for some time.
2.Heat the water in a kadai or heavy bottom vessel adding some salt to it.
3.When it boils, simmer the flame add dhals and coconut.  Now immediately add the rice flour and mix quickly. Close the lid and keep it aside. 
4. When the dough is warm enough to handle, knead it to a smooth dough by adding little warm water(if needed) by applying oil in your hands.
5.Now make small balls with the dough equally it can be to the 3/4th size of normal chappathi balls now press it using the chappathi maker using the greased plastic sheets by keeping the ball in the middle. If u do not have the maker just press with your hands to get the round flat shaped discs by applying oil in your hands. Above ones are made without chappathi maker.
6. Now keep them on a well greased plate or idli plates and steam for 15 minutes.
Apply some ghee on top while serving with roasted urad dhal chutney.

Urad dhal chutney


Urad dhal - 1 1/2 tbsp
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Red Chillies - 3 or 4 according to your spice level
Tamarind pulp - 1/2 tbsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt for taste
Mustard - 1 tsp and curry leaves for seasoning.


1. Heat oil in a pan roast the dhal and red chillies.
2. Now grind this with coconut and asafoetida to coarse paste.
3. Season with mustard and curry leaves.

You can serve this with above chappathi, rice roti, normal idli, dosa too.

Urmi  – (August 20, 2009 at 9:35 PM)  

Beautiful presentation. Wonderful recipe. This dish looks very very delicious.

chow and chatter  – (August 20, 2009 at 9:39 PM)  

wow beautiful presentation my Mum in law is impressed

Shri  – (August 20, 2009 at 10:14 PM)  

Beautiful!Are you from AP?The Billalu dish looks nice and I never heard of it!

Anonymous –   – (August 20, 2009 at 10:16 PM)  

பவி இந்த லிங்க்கிர்க்கு போய் பாருங்க.:)ஹ்த்ம்ல்


Pooja  – (August 20, 2009 at 10:33 PM)  

yummy n tasty ! we celebrate ammavasai too but for a different reason.. we cook many items and serve it in a banana leaf.. legend has it that are ancestors come for the its mainly for that purpose.. i liked the arrangement of the chilly flower ! very innovative !

Urmi  – (August 20, 2009 at 10:52 PM)  

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Anonymous –   – (August 20, 2009 at 11:30 PM)  

These dishes are new to me Pavithra..looks awesome..

Unknown  – (August 21, 2009 at 12:55 AM)  

Coconut cashew makes this rich and creamy I guess.

Uma  – (August 21, 2009 at 1:07 AM)  

authentic dishes and very useful info on the puja!! Thanks Pavithra :)

Anu  – (August 21, 2009 at 1:14 AM)  

Yummy and delicious recipe... Nice presentation....

lata raja  – (August 21, 2009 at 1:34 AM)  

I know of Seethala pooja, but never have known the method and neivedhyams. Lovely post with great info and very nice recipes. Will learn them whether for pooja or not.

priya  – (August 21, 2009 at 1:44 AM)  

Hi pavithra,

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Unknown  – (August 21, 2009 at 1:58 AM)  

nice info I know about the pooja but we won't celebrate the day.and palataligalu looks so creamy and very traditional Andhra sweet loosk so yum my all time that steamed rice rotis it's very new to me every thing looks yum beautuful presentation.

Shama Nagarajan  – (August 21, 2009 at 2:52 AM)  

lovely recipes....nice post about the festival

Sushma Mallya  – (August 21, 2009 at 2:57 AM)  

looks yum and lovely presentation as always...

Priya Suresh  – (August 21, 2009 at 3:28 AM)  

Delicious platter and awesome dishes Pavithra!

Lena Jayadev  – (August 21, 2009 at 3:40 AM)  

pavi...both dishes are new to me...that rice chappathy looks amazing dear...i just loved ur comment... :)

GEETHA ACHAL  – (August 21, 2009 at 4:39 AM)  

மிகவும் நல்ல ஒரு பதிவு...வாழ்த்துகள் பவித்ரா....

படங்கள் அருமை..Presentation அதனைவிட அருமை..

Subhie Arun  – (August 21, 2009 at 5:13 AM)  

wow..beautiful presentation yar...n thx for sharing the info regs amavasai pujai...

Parita  – (August 21, 2009 at 5:55 AM)  

Wow that looks so gorgeous pavithra, i have never had this before and wud surely love to have it right now!

Shabs..  – (August 21, 2009 at 6:22 AM)  

Thats a nice dish pavithra...loved the way u made rice noodles and the steamed rice appam....
thx for sharing.

Padma  – (August 21, 2009 at 6:36 AM)  

Nice post about the pooja and delicious dishes.

Indian Khana  – (August 21, 2009 at 7:25 AM)  

Oh mine Pavi..lovely post your kheer looks so delicious..

Unknown  – (August 21, 2009 at 8:54 AM)  

Lovely post, both the dishes are new to me and looks delicious. Very informative post also.

Angie's Recipes  – (August 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM)  

Steamed Rice flour chappathi are truly a piece of ART!

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Kalathil  – (August 21, 2009 at 10:06 AM)  

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Gita Jaishankar  – (August 21, 2009 at 10:59 AM)  

Lovely dishes Pavithra...looks awesome :)

nora@ffr  – (August 21, 2009 at 12:34 PM)  

yummm!!!! truly drool worthy!! yummm!!!

raaji  – (August 21, 2009 at 1:52 PM)  

steamed rice dish looks sooo cute with presentation...

Vikis Kitchen  – (August 21, 2009 at 3:17 PM)  

Very nice post dear. All the dishes are so neatly presented. Beautiful pictures.

Srilakshmi  – (August 21, 2009 at 4:26 PM)  

I haven't heard about this Pooja (although I'm a Telugu) - but must say the Goddess must have been pretty impressed with the feast laid before her :-) Lovely pics!

Bhawna  – (August 21, 2009 at 7:32 PM)  

As usual nice presentation and delicious recipes.

PriyaRaj  – (August 21, 2009 at 9:52 PM)  

pls collect ur award from my blog dear......

Shah cooks  – (August 22, 2009 at 7:21 AM)  

nice! this is like another version of firni.nice photos too.

Unknown  – (August 22, 2009 at 7:19 PM)  

Pls collect u'r award from my blog!!

Pravs  – (August 22, 2009 at 9:23 PM)  

Wow, nice recipes.. so new for me. Looks delicious.

Mansi  – (August 23, 2009 at 2:54 AM)  

Wow, this looks so good...and your blog is a treasure house of idly and dosa recipes..they look so delicious..I love your presentation style..will try your chapati noodles soon..

SnacksGiving  – (August 23, 2009 at 3:00 AM)  

OMG, these dishes look lovely! If only I could eat it straight off the screen!! Its breakfast time here, so that is making me even more

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (August 23, 2009 at 5:23 AM)  

Looks yummy and delicious. Nice presentaion

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (August 23, 2009 at 10:44 PM)  

Nice recipe. Looks yummy. Beautiful presentation.

Pavithra Elangovan  – (August 24, 2009 at 12:23 AM)  

Thanks everyone for you lovely comments and encouragement...

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