This day is celebrated as Lord Rama's birthday throughout India. The grand Sita-Rama wedding ceremony that is performed on this day is a sight to be seen. This day reminds me of the simple yet delicious Panakam, Majjiga and Vadapappu. All these have a refreshing effect and act as great coolants during these sunny days! Naivedyam for today was typically Panakam, Majjiga and vadapappu along with some Tomato pappu and Potato-Bell Pepper curry.

Panakam (Jaggery syrup)

Ingredients -

2 Tbsps grated jaggery
2 cups Water
Pinch of dry ginger powder (Sonti)
Pinch of Cardamom (Elaichi) Powder

Method Of Preparation -

Add the grated jaggery to water in a vessel and let it dissolve completely.
Add the dry ginger powder and cardamom powder to it. Serve it chilled.

Majjiga (Spiced Buttermilk)

Ingredients -

3 cups Buttermilk
1 inch ginger
1 green chilli
Few curry leaves
2 sprigs Coriander leaves
Seasoning (Oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, methi seeds, jeera, hing and dry mirchi)

Grind the ginger, reen chilli, curry leaves and coriander leaves and add it to the buttermilk.

Add oil in a small pan and add the seasoning ingredients to it. When the mustard seeds splutter and the urad dal turns light brown, remove heat and cool it before adding it to the buttermilk mixture. Serve chilled and it is sure to refresh your body.

You could add a few drops of lemon too to this.

Posted by Jaya on Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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