The 9 days of Navratri were all spent with prayers/poojas. Enjoyed different prasadams and visited couple of golu (arrangement of idols as depicted below) ceremonies at friends. I really loved the different themes showcased in the arrangement. I learned that people collect idols over the year in preparation for this ceremony. This picture is from one of the friend’s house. Some of the things like mirror room, temple pond etc were all hand-made by them. I was so happy to see the devotion and love towards tradition.
Coconut rice is one of the prasadms I made during Navratri days. I added fresh black-eyed beans from local farmer’s market. Usually, green peas are used instead.
- Grated coconut – one-fourth cup
- Green chili paste – one tbsp
- Pink salt – to taste
- Oil – four tsp
- Jeera – one tsp
- Mustard seeds – one tsp
- Urad daal – one tsp
- Chana daal – one tsp
- Cashews – few
- Curry leaf – few
- Asafetida – a pinch
- Fresh black eye beans / alasandalu – half cup
- Cooked rice – three cups (i used sona masoori rice variety)
- Lime juice – one and a half tsp
- Chopped coriander – three tsp
In a hot pan, add oil, mustard seeds, jeera seeds, chana dal, urad daal, curry leafs, cashews, and asafetida. Fry them until they are light brown. Add black eye beans and fry them until they are cooked and soft. Add grated coconut and chili paste. Fry for a minute, then add rice, salt, and lime juice. Mix well. Turn off the heat.