Shri Satya Narayan Puja is one of the most popular puja done in many Hindu homes on an annual or a special occasion basis. We have three types of prasad that we offer for this puja.
A mixture of some dry fruits and nuts
A banana and a couple
1 or 2 seasonal fruits(optional)
Siro or sweet porridge
Here is making of the Prasad (Offering to God) Siro or sweet porridge for this occasion.
1 and a half cup cream of wheat (or wheat flour- in some parts of the country)
1 cup of sugar 1 cup of ghee
1 to 1 1/2 cup of milk
some chopped/sliced almonds
1 teaspoon of cardammom powder
1 teaspoon of charoli(charodi)
1 teaspoon of cardammom seeds
some pistachio nuts
pinch of saffron if available (optional)
These are all the ingredients needed to prepare the siro. Most importantly, you can always work with less nuts and dry fruits . As long as you have the basic cream or wheat, sugar, milk and ghee you are good.
Heat the ghee in a large pan and then Roast the cream of wheat in it till you smell roasted and it starts to turn slightly golden brown. Now add some milk and stir well as you cook some more. Milk starts evaporating. Add some more if you feel the need , Normally one cup should work just fine but it depends on the quality of cream of whet you have. Once the milk is all absorbed, add the sugar about one cup or a little less if fine. Stir well and cover it on medium heat to mix simmer and cook well. In a three to four minutes stir again and add most of the dry nuts and spice powder. Mix well.Cover and let it simmer for one minute. Now remove from the stove and spread it on a large plate or bowl (stainless steel preferred) and garnish with the remaining nuts.
Allow it to cool before offering it in front of god for prasad. Remember to put a tulsi leaf on top before offering. Place the plate with the fruits/nuts Your prasad for the puja is ready for offering. After the puja, all members attending the puja take a small portion as as prasad from god for blessing and good luck
So, today as I woke up this morning, I thought of how we used to gt up early in the morning and cook fasting recipes for the day. We also used to cook for the members of the family who did not fat so we did two set of cooking on that day. Fun right? Yup. Actually it was. Then, once all the kitchen was taken care of, we used to go to Shiva temple. Any temple close to home works just fine.So many times I was also very lucky to be a tour guide at the famous Elephanta caves in Mumbai on the day of shivratri. I loved it so much.
I still do my temple visits here even in NJ. We are lucky to find Shiva temples in our area that do the special Pujas and follow the Hindu calendar days to perform the Puja.
Really it doesn’t matter if you follow the physical visit to the temple social /cultural/religious set of customs or if you can just take some time for yourself in introspection and try to reach your inner self, to find that YOU within your self, and /or try to tap into the higher authority that makes the universe and beyond go around. Take a few minutes for yourself and just be at peace with yourself. Meditate and do some pranayam. Do some Shiva chants/shlokas, prayers , aartis, what ever works for you but do something. So here are my this morning’s fasting recipes: cooking recipes all ready to enjoy and share. This morning I made
Moriya ni khichdi
Bhinda nu shaak
Rajagra ni Bhakhri
and Moriya ni kadhi
Let me know how your day goes today.
and yes fruits
Happy shivratri everyone, and if you are not fasting you can still eat these recipes