Shrikhand Puri and Gudi Padwa!!!

Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of the New Year to the Maharashtrians. The advent of a new year heralds new hopes, new dreams and greater chances of prosperity and wish fulfillment and so it is celebrated with a lot of joy and pompousness throughout Maharashtra.

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Every year my yearly festival celebrations begin with Gudi Padva :) This year I celebrated it with some Shrikhand Puri :)

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

History of the Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra

According to Hindu mythology, on the day of Gudi Padwa, Brahma created the universe. It is also believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed Bali. It is one of the three and a half days in the Hindu calendar when each and every moment of the day is auspicious.

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

The first month in the Marathi calendar is Chaitra and Gudi Padwa is observed on Chaitra 1 or the first day of Chaitra. The most important event on the day is the hoisting of the Gudi (Victory flags) in front of the homes.

Auspicious Day

Gudi Padva is one of the most auspicious days in the Marathi Hindu Calendar and is considered ideal for starting new ventures and investment. It is believed that every moment on the Gudhi Padwa day is auspicious. The day also heralds the arrival of the spring season.

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Farmers make it a point to plough the field on the Gudhi Padva day and they believe it will help in having a good harvest in the ensuing agricultural season.

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Gudi Hosting

The gudi, which is Brahma’s flag (Brahmadhvaj) is hoisted in every house as a symbolic representation of Rama’s victory and happiness on returning to Ayodhya, after slaying Ravan. Since a symbol of victory is always held high, so is the gudi (flag).

A Gudi is prepared by tying a bright green on yellow cloth with brocade to a long bamboo stick,along with sugar crystal(gaathi), Mango twig, neem leaves and a garland of red flowers. Over all this a copper or silver pot is placed in inverted position. A Gudi is normally hoisted outside the house or terrace or from a window for all to see.

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Each element/part of Gudi has its own importance or significance.

Kalash=Copper Pot=Yashshri=Ambitious

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Limbphata=Neem Leaves=Arogya=Health

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Pushpar haar=Garland of Flowers=Mangalay=Wellness

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Saakhar Gathi=Sugar Garland=Madhurya=Sweetness

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Jari Saree=Brocade Indian Attire=Vaibhav=Prosperity

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Velu Kathi=Bamboo=Samarthya=Strength

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Supari=Beetlenut=Sankalp=Wish

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Haldi Kunku= (turmeric) and kumkum (vermilion powder=Saubhagya=Yoyous state of wifehood/fortunateness

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Shreefal=Coconut=Siddhi=Fulfillment/Attainments

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Gudi Padwa Offerings

Offering made of neem leaves and neem flowers and jaggery is distributed on the day. The offering consists of neem leaves and neem flowers, soaked dal, cumin seeds, honey or jaggery and asafetida. The offering symbolically indicates that life is filled with joy and sorrow

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

It is believed that this prasad strengthens your immunity system and you can fight diseases better.

Rituals:

After waking up early in the morning, people clean their homes and decorate the floors with beautifully drawn rangolis. Some even prefer to keep a pot with coconuts, flowers and mango leaves just outside their home. People decorate the lintel of every door with a bunting of mango leaves and flowers. Red flowers are used because red colour indicates auspiciousness.

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

They clad themselves in new clothes as well. Tasteful sweet dishes like shrikhand and jalebis are savored by the people. The ardor and excitement of the people on the occasion of celebration of Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra is great.

Delicacies

The primary sweet dish for Gudi Padwa is shrikhand, served with hot puris

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Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Shrikhand Recipe

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

A dollop of gooey, creamy shrikhand laced with saffron and elaichi, topped with mixed nuts, and served with steaming hot puris – now, that’s something to yearn for!

Ingredients Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

1 1/2 cups full-fat curds

5 tbsp powdered sugar

1/2 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder

a few saffron (kesar) strands dissolved in 1 tbsp warm water

 

For The Garnish

1 tbsp almond (badam) slivers

1 tbsp pistachio slivers

Method

Place the curds in a muslin cloth. Squeeze the curds in the muslin cloth to remove all the excess water and discard it.

Transfer the hung curds into a deep bowl, add the powdered sugar and mix well using a whisk.

Add the cardamom powder and saffron mixture and again mix well using the whisk.

Pour the shrikhand into a serving bowl, garnish with almond and pistachio slivers and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Serve chilled.

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Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Puri Recipe

Puri is an indian bread made from wheat flour dough. Its generally accompanied with various indian vegetables and desserts.

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)

2 1/2 tbsp oil

a pinch of salt

oil for deep-frying

Method

Combine the whole wheat flour, 2 tbsp of oil and salt all and knead into a stiff dough using enough water.

Knead again with the remaining ½ tbsp of oil and cover and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll out each portion into a 75 mm. (3″) diameter round.

Heat the oil in a deep kadhai and deep-fry the puris a few at a time till they turn golden brown in colour from both the sides.

Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot.

  Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

 

  Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

  Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Batatachya Rassa Bhaji-Potato Gravy Recipe

Spicy Potato vegetable curry made with onions and tomatoes

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Ingredients Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

4 medium sized potatoes,

4 small/2 medium onions/1 big onion,

1/2 cup green peas fresh or frozen,(optional)

2 tomatoes,

4 green chilies or 2 tsp red chili powder,

2 tsp mustard seeds/cumin seeds,

garam masala or black Maharashtrian masala,

cilantro/coriander leaves for garnishing,

2 tbsp oil,

salt to taste,

1/4 tsp asafoetida,

1 tsp crushed ginger,

4/5 crushed garlic cloves,

Recipe

Wash potatoes and peel them. Chop them into 1/2″ thick pieces.

Chop onion and chilies finely. Chop tomatoes and cilantro.

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Heat a wok or a sauce pan. Add oil. When oil is heated, add mustard seeds or cumin seeds. As the seeds sizzle, add asafoetida and turmeric powder. After this, add 1/2 tsp chili powder in the tempering. This gives the gravy a nice deep red color. Also if you add chopped cilantro at this stage, it enhances the flavor of the curry.

Add chilies(if using), then chopped onions and fry until onions become light brown. Add chopped tomatoes and saute` until they soften, blend with the onion and oil separates from the mixture. Then add crushed ginger and garlic. Fry until just aromatic.

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

In goes peas and diced potatoes. Mix and add 2 cups hot water (hot water helps the vegetable cook faster). Cover and cook for 20 minutes.

Remove the lid and check if potatoes become tender. Add salt, masala and chili powder and mix. Let it simmer uncovered for 5 minutes to thicken the gravy.

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Garnish with cilantro and serve with puri and shrikhand

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Hope you all enjoyed this post..

A very Happy Gudi Padwa again:)

Gudi Padwa and Shrikhand Puri

Gudi Padva & Shrikhand Puri

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