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Saturday, July 19, 2008

TAMBITTU (RICE FLOUR BALLS MIXED WITH JAGGERY AND COCONUT)


This is a sweet offering that we prepare on the start of “Ashada Shukruvara” (Ashada means “A month in the calendar which is July” and Shukruvara means “Friday”). This month is totally dedicated to offering our prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and that’s the reason no marriages, or any other function is done during this month. 3rd Friday of the month is celebrated as the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi which is called Thiruvadipuram.

Any festival I celebrate reminds me of my grandmother who would celebrate it in a big way. She expected all the members of her family, children and grandchildren to be there at her place first thing in the morning and spend the rest of the day offering prayers and having a sumptuous lunch prepared by her! I truly miss those days with her. I am sure she will be proud of all her children and grandchildren who have kept her traditions intact and pass it on to the gen next!…..

A very simple one to make…but very tasty!

Rice flour - as required
Grated Jaggery - ½ cup
Cardamom – 3
Coconut – 3 tbl spns
Ghee – 1 tspn
1 tspn Cream of milk

First mix grated jaggery, cream, cardamom, ghee and coconut with your hands. Then add rice flour to it slowly and keep mixing it. The bowl in which you mix these ingredients should come clean. Till then keep adding the rice flour.

On this day, we divide the tambittu in to two portions as shown in the picture. One of them is slightly flattened to accommodate two cotton wicks dipped in ghee for lighting the lamp and performing aarti to the goddess.

16 comments:

vasudha said...

hi veda...

as a sis, i am so happy by the way ur blog is flourishing.....its really great...and i am very very proud of u....unbelievable ideas.....mouth watering recipes...all old traditions tapped....VERY VERY GOOD

Shreya said...

that is a very nice post.. i did not know that milk is also used in this preparation..nice:-)

Rashmi said...

i didnt know how to prepare this... (before) now have learnt the step by step procedure...

thanks a lot...

Priti said...

Oh dear ..it looks so nice and wonderful...I didn't knw the recipe before too..and can use that as lamp? wow thts something...gud Veda

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

My Tatha loves tambittu .. the pic has turned out to be lovely

Illatharasi said...

Very good one... we used to do this... reminded me of those days :)

shriya said...

Dish looks so lovely and mouthwatering. must have tasted good.

easycrafts said...

nice sweet dish..have made tambittu with wheat flour..have to try this out too

notyet100 said...

this looks so tasty,..

Divya said...

Tambittu looks delicious...and so pretty.This one's new to me and I have never heard of this dish before.We make something similar-Kozhukatta-rice flour balls with coconut-jaggery filling.Yummy entry Veda!!

Andhra Flavors said...

perfect tambittu. we are calling this in telugu chalimidi.

Cooking Station said...

Tambittu arathi bahala chennagi kanthaide vedavre..nimagondu award ide nanna blognalli..

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Veda, these look too delicious..
Lovely recipe!!

Veda Murthy said...

Hey all...thank u soooo much!!!!!!

Mythreyee said...

We do this thembittu, but we don't add coconut. We also do thembittu deepa.

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