Sri Rama Navami falls on the ninth day of Hindu lunar year. Navami means the ninth day in the hindu calendar. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Rama. This day also marks the end of the nine day festival called Vasanthothsavam. Vasantham means Spring, Vasanthothsavam means festival of spring. This day starts with Ugadi (Telugu new year). On the 9th day, it is celebrated as Rama Navami. The prasadam made on the day are normally those that are coolant in nature
I remember this day more clearly because of the wonderful Panakam we get to drink on this day. It is made only on this day and never after that. I really think we should include it as a regular one as Panakam is an excellent drink. Amma always celebrated this festival in a grand way.
On my part, I was really very happy that I finally made some of these today. I confirmed with Athamma if she makes anything special or specific on this day, she said I can go ahead with whatever my mom makes.
So I made Panakam, Majiga and Vadapappu.
The following are the traditional recipes prepared during Sri Rama Navami at my parents place.
Vadapappu is normally offered as just the dal. It is then seasoned and offered to everybody.
Panakam / Panaka Recipe
Powdered Jaggary – 1/2 cup / 100 gms
Water – 200 ml
Lemon – 1/2 of a big one
Cardamom – 2 pinches
Method to prepare:
Powder the jaggary well and mix in the water. Dissolve it well. Filter it in a muslin cloth or a filter.
Then add lemon juice and cardamom powder. Mix well and offer as neivedyam.
This is normally served chill, stored in earthen pots which makes it cool naturally. Else refrigerate to serve chill.
With the sun showing up very bright, this drink cools the body.
Vada pappu (Soaked Split yellow moong dal)
What you see in the picture is how it is offered to God, I couldn’t take the salad picture.
Split Yellow Moong dal – 1/2 cup
Grated coconut – 2-3 tbsp
Finely chopped green chilies – 1
Finely chopped Mango pieces – 2 – 3 tsp
Finely chopped Cucumber – 2 -3 tsp
Salt to taste.
Fresh chopped cilantro to garnish.
Method to prepare:
Wash and soak the dal in water for half an hour. Then drain it.
After it was offered as prasadam, it is normally prepared as a salad.
To make the Salad, all other ingredients are added to the dal as such and combined well.
This dal is eaten raw and uncooked.
I hope everybody had a good festival celebrations, do share how your day was!