Thursday, October 18, 2007


This is my contribution to Viji's Tamil festival cuisine.


Sri Krishna Jayanti marks the celebration of the birth of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. Lord Sri Krishna was born on the 'Rohini' nakshatram (star) on Ashtami day. The festival Sri Krishna Jayanti is also known as Gokulashtami and Janmashtam. The actual day of celebration can be on two different days as the star 'Rohini' and Ashtami may not be on the same day. This occurs between August and September



Rava : 1cup
Sugar: 1cup(can increase or decrease based on your wish)
Ghee : 3/4cup
Cardamom: 4-5
Cashew and Raisin:few
Milk :1/4 cup


First fry in ghee Cashew and Raisin,remove it and fry rava in same ghee nicely.

Powder Cardamom and Sugar coarsely.

Now add this sugar mixture&fried nuts to rava,make into round balls.If you feel dry sprinkle some milk to get the shape...


I like to introduce everybody a new member of my kitchen.Yes this time when i went to India, i bought a easy press,which is doing alot of wonders now-a-days in my kitchen.It is just 215/-Rs only,but worth it.Along with press we get 15 stainless steel shades.


Ajwain/Omam) - finely powdered-2tsp
Gram flour - 1 cup
Rice flour- 1/2 cups
Red chilli powder - 1tablespoon
Asafetida powder/Hing - 1tsp
Salt - As reqd
Oil for frying

In a large bowl, mix together flours,chillipowder,salt,Hing,Omam together with little water.

Fill in press, once oil get hot,start squeezing in a circular mode.

When the omapodi turns golden in colour, remove from oil and allow it to drain on clean paper kitchen napkins.



Maida/all purpose flour- 2cups.
Urad dhal - 1/4 cup
Hing- 1/4tsp
Butter- 2tablespoon
Sesame seeds or cumin seeds- 3tsp
Salt- As Req
Oil for frying.

First fry urad dhal in pan without oil and grind into fine powder.

Mix flour,urad dhal powder,butter, Hing,Salt,cumin seeds(i used cumin)nicely,sprinkle very little water to get the consistency.

Fill in press, start squeezing on plastic cover ,drop the pressed murrukku in hot oil.
Remove from oil and allow it to drain on clean paper kitchen napkins.


Asha said...

Love the whole post Usha. Murukku specially, looks yum!:))

Kribha said...

You sure are so talented to make something like this by just observing. Lord Krishna painting looks so good. I love oma podi and murrukku. Ladoo looks great too. Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow usha....U are one talented girl dear........Loved the painting u did........and also all the items u made.....Murukku from maida...never tried with maida before...looks very crisp.....Nice one :-)

Mansi Desai said...

Hi usha,

I got here from one of the other blogs...I'm amazed at how many things you've prepared here! the laddoos look great!

nice to have found your blog..pls try to send in an entry to AFAM-Peach event on my blog if you have some time!

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,
That was really a quick response..thanks alot for your compliment.

USHA said...

Hi Kribha,

Thanks alot pa....than me now my mom preserve it with much care...I'm happy in some form i'm always at my home right?Do try and sure you will enjoy the recipes.

USHA said...

Hi Sirisha,

Thanks alot...i'l feeling very happy after reading your comment...I love painting alot,after coming here absolutely didn't touch for long time.I learnt fabric and nib painting in class.

Again do try the recipe, let me know.

USHA said...

Hi Mansi,
If i'm correct, i think this is your first visit...hey your visit gives me great pleasure...Do visit again...Surely will find any recipe if i can contribute...Thanks dear.

priar's, said...

Hi usha,
ur rava urundai is yummy...
Feel like getting it from ur place ...
Murukku good combination for laddu
Gr8 post dear:)

Cynthia said...

You are a natural-born artist! I hope you continue to create.

USHA said...

Hi Cynthia,
Thanks alot dear.....Yep as your wish.

USHA said...

Hi Ramya,
Thanks alot pa...I hope you remember the day you called me,i was busy with this maida murrukku only ma.

Anonymous said...

Hi Usha:

I just found your blog and am so happy to have found a food blog with a focus on south Indian recipes. Till now I've been using the cookbook "Healthy South Indian Cooking" by Alamelu Vairavan and Patricia Marquardt. But its nice to see some other of my favorite recipes featured here. I will be checking back again. Can't wait to make the vadais.


Vcuisine said...

Usha, they are so lovely and especially the murukuu - what a perfect shape. Very nice. I will include it in Krishanajayanthi. Thank you so much for the wonderful entries. You are so sweet. Viji

USHA said...

Hi Sam,

Its my pleasure.Really feeling very happy after reading such a sweet appreciation.Its really giving me more boosting to post more new and traditional recipes.Keep visiting.

USHA said...

Hi Viji,
Thanks alot..Actually this is very first time i tried murukku....with much care i was hit..even my hubby's collegues daily enjoys it during snacktime which i pack for him.

Puspha said...

Lovely spread. I´m gonna try out the rava laddu. Thanx for sharing, Usha.

USHA said...

Hi Puspha,
Thanks alot..Do try and let me know.
Do visit again.

Menu Today said...

Hi Usha,

Murukku looks perfect. Nice post. Thanks for sharing.

DEEPA said...

ohh my god ...this is awesome usha ...i love all of them ...i can have one ladoo ...pls pls ....mouth watering ...

USHA said...

Hi MT,
Thanks alot...a compliment from such a great expert is award for me.

Hi Deepa.
Sure Dear....Thanks alot.Felt really happy after your sweet comment.

Sharmi said...

the murukku and rava laddu look so nice. I am trying out ur laddu sometime. thanks to ur mom:)

USHA said...

Hi Sharmi,
Thanks alot dear.Surely i'l convey your thanks to my try and let me know

Jeena said...

Usha all these recipes look so great your pictures are delicious looking yummy. :)

Anonymous said...

Gosh, all your recipes look delicious!

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Sia said...

what a feast usha... and that glass painting is wonderful. have u done more of these after marriage? if not u should seriously consider doing it.

USHA said...

Hi Jeena,

Thanks dear.

Hi Jenni,
Thanks alot.

USHA said...

Hi Sups,
Thanks buddy...And yes i never did agian except once to gift for my in-laws.I have to start again...Thanks for your encourage.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

hi Usha, Lord Krishna wud be oooh so pleased with u for ur treat..luv rava ladoos

Asha said...

Usha, just came here to wish you "happy 3rd wedding anniversary" darling to both you. Enjoy the day and wish you a very happy life! Hugs and kisses!:))

USHA said...

HI Kitcheb Scientist,

Thanks alot for sweet comment...Do visit again.

USHA said...

Hi Asha,

Thanks alot for your lovely wishes...Surley will convey my hubby your wishes...Very happy to see your wishes.Thanks:))))

Rajani said...

Hi Usha,
Very nice recipes. This time when I went to my sister's place, she has this murukku press. I absolutely loved it. Planning to buy once I visit India. Like your rava laddu recipe, sounds interesting.


Menu Today said...

Hi Usha,
Happy anniversary wishes!!! May god bless with u full of happiness.

Richa said...

that is a lovely painting u did!
such a nice collection of goodies, like that omapodi a lot :)

USHA said...

Hi Rajani,

I think this is your first time,welcome...thanks alot for your valuable comment.

USHA said...

Hi MT,
Thanks alot for your wishes&blessing...very happy to recieve it.

Seema said...

Hope you are doing fine buddy. It has been long since i did and blogging or blog hopping. My in-laws were here and was busy with them. Hope all is well on your side. All the above dishes look mouth watering specially the chakly/murukku. Maida murukku is somethng that I have never tried. Thanks for the recipe buddy.
Happy Weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Usha,
Coming straight from Viji`s blog. I wish you and your husband , a Happy Wedding Anniversary!!!
Have a great day!!!
Take Care,

USHA said...

Hi Seema,

Very happy to see your comment and you after very long time buddy...Yep!by your long absence itself i get to know you should be very busy...Not a your presence once in a while dear.

USHA said...

Hi Vaidehi,

Thanks alot...Do visit again.

Sindhu said...

Nice blog you have got

USHA said...

Hi Sindhu,

Thanks alot.Do visit again.

Sia said...

its been ages since u have posted a usha, new recipe girl. hopeing to see ur diwali treats:)
hugs to u

Latha Narasimhan said...

Came to your blog from viji's!

swapna susarla said...

Hi usha
the murukku are looking awesome.
U know on murukku press is the same mom has send it to me last year.yes .i agree with is the easiest way to do the job.
Ravva laddoo is my all time favorite sweet.

sowmya said...

first time to your blog..looks nice..hey i liked the omapodi maker.. is it really simple making with that? i have never made omapodi etc..because i do not want to use the conventional and time consuming methods..this looks good.. should try if its is really good

Nandhini said...

mmm..muruku is my favourite snack !
For a long time i was searching for the muruku press in Indian stores..but finally I found Maruti Kitchen Press, on this web site

You need a right tool to make muruku. The job was done like a breeze, just with one hand ! It was so easy to press.
When compared to the conventional tool made out of wood or aluminium - you need two hand and have to press very hard and it becomes very difficult to make when the oil is hot :(

It also came with a Recipe book with lots of unique snack varieties ! For more info, go to

I hope this would be more useful link, for bloggers who are looking for to buy one !

supersamayal said...

I tried the maida muruku , it is real tasty and crunchy.

u rock !