Platter placement n cooking tips for shraddha days(pitrupaksha)

Just a simple basic video of some tips for following the days of shraddha /poonam and amavasya shraddha,and platter placement for the panch maha bhoot (the birds/animals etc) for our ancestors. This video includes some small snips of a couple recipes I use for my platter but the main purpose of this video is to show the placement of the recipes for the shraddha platter. So the recipes are not in detail. Those videos will follow later in the posts. Please follow your family customs if you have/know them. Follow this video if you are looking to learn or do not know or remember your family customs for he shraddha platter.

 

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Platter placement n cooking tips for  shraddha days(pitrupaksha)

Just a simple basic video of some tips for following the days of shraddha /poonam and amavasya shraddha,and platter placement for the panch maha bhoot (the birds/animals etc) for our ancestors.   This video includes some small snips of a couple recipes I use for my platter but the main purpose of this video is to show the placement of the recipes for the shraddha platter. So the recipes are not in detail. Those videos will follow later in the posts.  Please follow your family customs if you have/know them. Follow this video if you are looking to learn or do not know or remember your family customs for he shraddha platter.

Hope this helps.

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Khuskhus kopra na ladoo(Ganpati Prasad Laadoo)

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Everyone

 

Always remember if you are short on time and cannot make this recipe a small piece of gud(Gor) or jaggery will serve just as well for ganpati prasad.

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Khuskhus kopra na ladoo(Ganpati Prasad Laadoo)

Ghaun naa laadoo(Wheat flour ladoos)

Khuskhus is – poppy seeds
Kopra- dry shredded coconut.
Ladoo- is sweet round balls (dessert) gujrati- લાડૂ

Typical traditional Indian Gujrati families always like and make wheat flour laddoos (sweet dish). This recipe takes some time to make but is very tasty. Yes it is very rich due to ghee/olive oil and a generous amount of gud (Gor) or jaggery. Yet, it is so worth it to be enjoyed on special occasion such as Ganesh Chaturthi. Laddoos are considered to be the most favorite sweets of Lord Ganesh and we also use this as an excuse to feed our own sweet tooth. Make sure to put the ladoos for prasad first.

So here is how we make it. There is a longer traditional version but I am trying to follow a much healthier and shorter version to make these Laddoos.

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Janmashtami- Lord Krishna’s Birthday

Janmashtami- Birth of Lord KrishnaJanmashtami- Lord Krishna’s Birthday is celebrated and rejoiced all over India and around the world every year. This year in USA it falls on Wed 8/28/13.

The birth of Lord Krishna started with a lot of miracles around and too many hardships. Although the beauty of the child’s birth is miraculous, amazing and captivating stories the lessons are taught at each step of his life. starting from birth. Krishna’s childhood is what we typically celebrate on this day as it signifies that the almighty decided to take a human form to tackle the overgrowing evil- Evilness in the earth. One of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu takes birth in human form and the domination of good over evil is once again proclaimed.

Baal Krishna( Gopal Krishna)
Baal Krishna( Gopal Krishna)

Pray as many chants songs and happy childhood poems you remember as you can on this day and be happy. The most childhood innocent prank stories of lord krishna as a child are how he and his buddies broke into village homes of neighbouring cowherds- and stole the fresh made butter and butter milk and distributed among the friends while the women folks were away at the river banks doing their daily chores like filling up water and doing laundry etc. Each story has a morale which signifies to share the good with all and not just to keep it to yourself. To see good in even the worst of things and situations, to make sure that your own homes, families, communites are fully satisfied and fully fed healthy meals before selling or giving it out for profits.  HOW VERY true even in today’s world. Most of all, that our ego is always kept in check in some way or another and humility  rules.  So much learning and wisdom in such small 2 and 3 minutes folk songs

Some of these are incorporporated in these two short small folk songs. I remember two small poems from my childhood that my grandma used to sit and sing on the swing at sunset times. Both are in gujrati. Simple small family bhajan folk songs from my family to yours.   I am posting it here enjoy if you wish and teach it to your young children or grand children if you like.  Poems themselves are less than 2 minutes each.

  • Daakor no thaakor (lord krishna)
  • Alyaa Kanha (Krishna as a child) taney ek vaata kahu..    My children and myself used to sing it on the deck swing when thery were much younger as well.   Hope you pass it on to your younger ones.
Baal Krishna( Gopal Krishna)
Baal Krishna( Gopal Krishna)

On a more grown up note here is

Shri Krishnashtakum     and  

shri purushasuktum   I am posting it here enjoy if you wish

Bhagwad gita chapters 3, 12 and 15 are here 

Enjoy, Like, Share, Teach and  pass it on to the next generation.