August 13, 2013

Paramannam - Varalakshmi Vratha Recipe

Varalakshmi Vratam is a festival to propitiate the goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, one of the Hindu Trinity. Varalakshmi is one who grants boons (Varam). It is an important pooja performed by many women in the states of Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. The Hindu festival going by the name Vara Lakshmi Vrata is celebrated on the Second Friday or the Friday before full moon day - Poornima in the month of Sravanam, also called Sawan in Hindi, which corresponds to the English months of August.

  • 1 cup raw rice washed and drained
  • 1 cup sugar or grated jaggery
  • 2 ltr milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground green cardamom
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp cashew-nuts
  • 2 tbsp raisins

Making Process:-
  • Wash and soak rice in water for about fifteen minutes.
  • Heat a pan and bring milk to a boil.
  • Lower heat and add the rice to the milk.
  • Cook until the rice is soft and the mixture looks thick.
  • Add the sugar and mix well and keep stirring till it mixes well.
  • Add cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Take another vessel to heat ghee in a skillet and add cashew nuts.
  • Fry for 1-2 minutes till the cashew-nuts turn light brown.
  • Add raisins and stir for a few seconds.
  • Add this along with the remaining ghee to the cooked rice.
  • Turn off heat and keep covered for 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot or cool.