Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Mosaravalakki

Experience cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting; they come and go. Bear them patiently. This is what Shree Krishna says as per the Bhagavad Gita. It is believed that God gives pain more to those whom He believes to be the strongest. I wish all my readers a very happy Krishna Janmashtami and may the coming year be a blessed one. My offerings to God today were very simple yet I believe that God will give me enough strength to overcome all the difficulties that come in my path. I offered Mosaravalakki, Maida burfi and Kodubale to Shree Krishna today. The reason behind Mosaravalakki is a small story that relates ShreeKrishna and Sudama, his best friend.

The short story of Shree Krishna and Sudama is as below.
Sudama was from a poor family. His father's name is Matuka and His mother is Rocana-devi. Krishna was from the royal family. But this difference in social status did not come in the way of their friendship. They lost contact over the years and while Krishna became a military leader and King of great repute at Dwaraka, Sudama stayed as a humble and somewhat impoverished villager.
Some time later when Sudama was going through some bad times, not even having enough money to feed his children, his wife Susheela reminded him of his friendship with Krishna.
Though initially reluctant to go to his friend for help, Sudama finally agrees to go. He leaves with nothing but some beaten rice tied in a cloth as a present. He remembers that beaten rice (Avalakki in Kannada, avil in Tamil and Malayalam, poha/chewda in Hindi, pohe in Marathi and atukulu in Telugu) is Krishna's favorite and decided to give this as a gift to the Lord.
 
Krishna is greatly pleased to see his old friend. He treats him royally and with much love. Overwhelmed by all this Sudama forgets to ask for what he actually came for. But the Lord realizes what His friend needs, and the Lord's consort Rukmini, incarnation of Lakshmi, gifts him with his desires. On his return journey, Sudama ponders his circumstances and is thankful for the great friend he has in Lord Krishna. When Sudama finally returns to his home, he finds a palatial mansion instead of the hut he had left. He also finds his family dressed in extremely nice garb and waiting for him. He lives an austere life after that, always thankful to the Lord.
 
Source:Wikipedia

So mosaravalakki is something which is Krishna's favourite. Just a combination of curd/yogurt with beaten rice flakes was something Krishna liked.  But sometimes seasonings are added to it and make it more delicious. Here I share Mosaravalakki recipe. Very soon will share maida burfi and kodubale recipes. Stay tuned. Maida burfi and kodubale recipes already shared. Check out Maida Burfi and Kodubale recipes.

Ingredients:
Thick Poha/Thick Beaten Rice flakes-2 cups
Thick yogurt-2 cups
Water-1/2 cup
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Urad dal/Split skinned black gram-1 1/2tsp
Ginger gratings-1/2 tsp
Green chillies-1 slit lengthwise
Coriander leaves/Cilantro-2 sprigs
Curry leaves-1 sprig
Oil-2 tsp
Salt to taste

Recipe:
  1. Take beaten rice flakes in a bowl
  2. Clean them with running water and drain completely.
  3. Prepare seasoning by taking oil in pan, when hot add mustard seeds, urad dal. As they crackle add green chillies, ginger gartings, curry leaves, coriander leaves and sauté. Remove it off the flame.
  4. To the drained beaten rice kept aside, add yogurt, water, salt to taste and mix well.
  5. Add the seasoning prepared on top.
  6. Give a mix and garnish with cilantro.
 




 
Enjoy the dish! n don't forget Eat and Eat little MORE.. :)