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Monday, December 28, 2009


"Vaikunta Ekadashi" is an important festival of Hindus. Lord Vishnu says in 'Padma Purana' that whoever worships HIM on this day will reach His abode 'VAIKUNTAM'. People fast on 'Vaikunta Ekadashi' day and have 'Dwadashi Paranai' (special food or thali) on the next day which levels the acidity and the menu by itself is fantastically medicated. We don't use tamarind for this thaligai(samayal). The menu is as under:
1. Rice

2. More kozhambu

3. Agathi keerai kariamudhu (poriyal)

4. Poricha kootu
5. Poricha sathumudhu(Poricha rasam)

6. Nellikkai pachadi or Nellikai thogayal

7. Akkaraadisil or any kannamudhu (payasam)

8. Sundakkai vathal fried in ghee

9. Curd


Tomatoes - 3

Green chilli - 1

Salt - as per taste

Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp.

Jeera - 1 tsp.

Toor dhal - 1 tsp.

Pepper - 1/4 tsp.

Coconut scraped - 1 tsp.

Dry red chilly - 1

Ghee - 2 tsp.

Asafoetida - 1 pinch

Coriander leaves - few


Roast, toor dhal, pepper, jeera, red chilli& hing in a spoon of ghee and grind it in a mixie alongwith scraped coconut to a powder or paste.

In a vessel, add 1 cup of water, salt, slit green chilli, and finely cut tomatoes. Allow it to boil for sometime. Add the ground powder and 1 more cup of water and bring it to a boil.
Garnish with coriander leaves and season it with mustard seeds.

You can add rasam powder instead of dry roasted powder.


  1. Name sounds interesting....Well presented

  2. wow thats a lovely bowl of rasam,perfect with hot hot rice...

  3. Lovely presentation, congrats on your first anniversary. You sure are an all rounder. Great going and wishes for many more to come.

  4. yummy recipe..please do check this link : http://easy2cookrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-party-09-at-easy2cookrecipes.html

  5. The moment I saw the dishe's name, I knew you are an Iyengar, that is what brought me here. My mom used to make all these when my grandfather was alive. Now, it is very rare that we do all of the menu. I loved the way you have spelled our dish names.

  6. Real comforting food, lovely name.

  7. Think I shall try this out for dinner today. A nice healthy comfort food.

  8. I love poricha saathamdu very much, i keep making them now and then as kids love to.., very authentic isn't it ?, wishing a very happy new year to you and your family, let the Lord bless you with whtever you wish for

  9. Your recipe list makes me hungry,good one

  10. This is a delicious rasam Shanthi ji. I'm bookmarking it!

  11. Hello Shanthiji,
    Your efforts are really commendable. The sathumudu details are really very useful and good for health.
    Other blogs are also very informative and useful.
    Please keep it up.
    Vijaya and Charry

  12. Perfect ekadesi menu! I'm waiting for your post on akkara vadasal next. The Rasam looks tempting. A hot cup of this would do good always!

  13. I use ultam parupu or urad dal instead of thoor dal
    ....try tis variation....tht also tastes yummy...will surely try ur menu 2....thanks 4 ur
    Wonderful posts:):):)

  14. this is true iyengari style!so proud to be one (although don't really follow)!!!


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