About Tulsi Pooja
Tulsi is supposed to be very sacred for Hindus. At most of Hindu households people worship the Tulsi plant. It is placed in the eastern side of the house as per Vastu and people worship daily by watering and placing flowers and applying Haldi and kumkum . A diya is lit evey evening after sunset. 14 days from Deepavali is Uthar Dwadashi which is celebrated as Tulasi Pooja. It is called the Diwali month/Karthik maas. People celebrate it any day through out this month here in South Kanara district. Tulsi (holy basil) is Vishnu’s wife. No pooja among the Hindus is complete without offering tulsi to the lord. On this day we celebrate the pooja after sunset by planting a Tamarind and Aamla branch with the Tulsi . Sugarcane is also used for decoration with flowers and lamps made of clay lit around the Tulsi.
Tulsi decorated with flowers
The priest arrives and celebrates the wedding of Tulsi with Vishnu in the form of Saligrama . We offer coconuts, Banana and also prasaadam (in this case sweetened Beaten rice). It is called Panchakajjhaya. Pancha is five in konkani i.e. five ingredients to prepare the prasad. The recipe of panchakajhaya is here under and easy to prepare. Also called the Goad Povu (Sweet Poha) in konkani which means sweetened beaten rice. This is the prasad item for Gowri festival!!!!!!
What you need to have:
1. Thin beaten rice – 1 and 1/2 cups
2. Jaggery (mollasses) – 3/4 cup
3. Grated/Frozen fresh coconut – 1 cup
4. Pure ghee – 2 teaspoon
5. Cardamom – 8-10
6. Sesame seeds(white) – 1 Teaspoon
Ingredients of prasad/Panchakajhaya
What you do with what you have:
1. Clean and sieve Beaten rice to see if there is any powder or dirt in it.
2. Crush Mollasses and grate coconut and keep it aside.
3. Place a skillet on the flame and just dry roast sesame seeds in it till it sputters.
4. Place a wide bottomed vessel on the gas and add 2 teaspoons of ghee to it. On melting add jaggery along with 2 teaspoons of water.
4. When jaggery melts in, add grated coconut to it and stir for around 10 minutes on a low flame until a homogeneous mixture is formed.
5. Allow the mixture to cool. In the meantime, powder cardamom and keep aside.
6. When the mixture has cooled down add cleaned beaten rice to it and mix. (Mixing with your hand can help the mixture become more homogeneous.
7. Add the cardamom powder to it. Also add roasted sesame seeds to it.
What it looks like:
Prasadam (left), coconut and fruits offered to tulsi
Note: This dish should be soft to eat. Water which is added to the mollasses should be completely evaporated and should be like sweetened coconut. Don’t add water to this dish or to the poha. It will loose the originality of the dish.
How long it takes: 45 minutes
Number of servings : 8-10
Other Panchakajjaya recipes on this blog:
1. Bengalgram dal panchakajjaya
2. Hurikadle panchakajjaya (Janmashtami special)
3. Bengalgram panchakajjaya
4. Greengram panchakajjaya (Ganesh chathurthi special)