ಶ್ರಾವಣ ಮಾಸದ ಶುಭ ಆರಂಭ/Shravana ……starts with holige

The month of Shravana is considered the most auspisicious month of the Hindu calendar. The star shravana is said to rule the sky. This month becomes a busy for ladies especially on tuesdays and fridays who call  married ladies for sumangali pooje or Arisina kunkum. As kids we would enjoy going along with our mom to visit other houses eating the sweets and sundals/kadale vogarne. So every tuesday and fridays we would have sweet dishes and vadas of different kinds. Every day is Shravana is considered auspicious for different dieties. Newly married ladies are advised to perform gowri pooje on tuesdays during shravana.

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Naga-panchami is the first festival falls on the 5th day of sharavana which is worshipped in honour of snakes or nagas. To know more about nag-panchami check out here.

The Below is from here
Each day in the month of Shravana has a special significance .
Monday: is the day of Lord Shiva worship. 
Tuesday: Gauri is worshipped in every home, by women for the good health of their family. Additionally ladies perform kumkum pooja too
Wednesday: are dedicated to Vithala, a form of Vishnu or Krishna. 
Thursday: are also days for worshipping Buddh and Guru.
Friday: every home worships Lakshmi and Tulsi, also perform sumangali pooje.
Saturday: are for Saturn (Shani). It is also known as Shravan Saturdays, with the object of object of obtaining wealth. These days are known as Sampat Sanivara (wealth Saturdays). i remember in shravan the temples would be full of yell deepa( black seseme tied in black cloth deepa offered to Shani God to obtain peace and harmony)
Sundays: are meant worshipping the Sun god. Sun worship was general in the Vedic period and even now it is so. Especially in Shravan, every Sunday the Sun is worshipped without fail. 

As for me I do enjoy celebrating these festivals and even my neightbourhood friends make me active in involving in these celebrations. But wholly i celebrate the festives with great pleasure when it is on weekend else I  atleast make sure the kids know the importance of the day and why is it celebrated. I myself was not aware of many festivals until I got married when i explored to find out more about them. Living far from your own culture sure makes us more to explore the roots of our culture.

This year Shravan Maasa started for me with a sweet dish Holige though usually I make of Channa dhall this year I made of Coconut.

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All you need
for Dough
Plain flour – 1 cup
wheat flour – 1/4 cup
oil – 1/2 cup
pinch of tumeric(optional)
salt to taste

Hoorna- filling

grated coconut – 1 cup
jaggery – 1cup
rice flour – 1/4 cup
cardamom – 1/2 tsp
poppy seeds (optional)



  • Make the dough mixing all the ingredients to form a smooth dough just like for parathas and let it soak for 2 hrs or more
  • make a fine paste of grated coconut and keep aside
  • Boil jaggery with around 2 tbsp until it dissolves, strain the soln and heat again until it is slightly sticky
  • now add the grated coconut and rice flour stiring continuously at times the qnantity may not hold well add more rice flour/coconut if it is too watery
  • Stir until it forms a mass add cardamom stir and let it cool
  • Check the dough take a small amount of it and spread on covering your palm using a little oil it is easily spreads without breakage then the dough is right
  • Make small balls out of the hoorna and keep aside
  • Spread the dough well covering your left palm keep a small lemon sized ball and cover the dough
  • Take either a alluminium foil/waxed paper  to roll the holige
  • If the dough the hoorna are well done you can make very thin holiges this goes with practise
  • Heat on a non stick tava and fry until golden brown
  • Allow to cool and refrigerate and use for 1 week.

The slide is showing the very first holige as you try the next few will be very thin and crisp.the outer covering as you roll must be like a transparent film. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right for the first time trial and error are part of learning phase.  I did not have time to take the rest of the snaps of hoorna and dough which have been provided in various sites do check them out at Shilpa’s version here.

Sweet and lovely Manisha from Indian Food Rocks has awarded me this The Power of Schmooze award. I am very greatfull to her and really not sure whether i deserve it . Thanks Manisha it has given me an additional boost with hectic routine.


The Power of Schmooze Award is for bloggers who “effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello – all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.”

I would like to pass this on to

Cute Sia from SpiceCorner my passionate inspirer thinks that i rock and given me this Rocking Blogger Award. . Thanks dear for the rocking award.


I would like to pass on to all the rocking bloggers
I would like to add a thanks note to all my family, friends, the wonderfull blogger buddies whose coment always means an inspiration an award itself when i first started to blog, visitors who leave a note once a while and also the ghost readers who some might not feel free to comment and some who would not want to comment who have less idea of what a comment would mean to us bloggers too who have made me go along with blogging so long. Thanks a lot it means a lot to me to continue…..

Thanks a lot for all my friends who kept a note and messages enquiring about my well being. Last week i was down with infection along with the work load I might be on and off with blogging from this month. I will try to visit your blogs when I find some time. Do continue visiting and blogging 🙂


55 Comments Add yours

  1. coffee says:

    Beautifully written Roopa! Good info on shravana…… I didn’t know a lot of things!

    Hope you doing fine now. 🙂

    Thanks dear 🙂 i am doing better now the the infection passed to my throat ha ha its lot better than at the ear :0.

  2. Lakshmi says:

    I made toor dal holige too besides chigli and tambittu. I love coconut holige too. They look yumm. Mundina shukravara varamahalakshmi habba! I love celebrating festivals.

    Great girl 🙂 blog madi. i will make time sometime next week . lakshmi poooje hhmm nanu 31st madthini this week will not be able to apply leave.

  3. musical says:

    Coconut holige is the best! and i love that pictorial slide show!

    Great shravana post, Roopa!

    Thanks Musical 🙂 yeah coconut the best i love it too. This is holige that finishes chakachak at my place.

  4. shilpa says:

    Ohh..thanks for such a lovely post dear. Shravana used to be very auspicious for Konkani women too. Every Sunday we used to do a small pooja at home. It used to be so much fun. I don’t have any energy left in me to celebrate it myself here, but I am extremely happy to read about it. Thanks dear.

    Shilpa great to hear from you. Hmm yeah i understand all of us might not be lucky enough to celebrate. But girl this time panchami fell on Saturday which was great and even chouthi is gonna be weekend.

  5. Aparna says:

    Holige really looks delicious, Roopa and thanks for sharing all that information.

    Most welcome Aparna 🙂

  6. Nice hoolige roopa! Please do post your puja method also of varalakshmi viratha. I could’nt get in touch with my kannadiga friend who said she will give me details of how they celebrate this festival. I am really happy to know so many food bloggers!

  7. Useful information on Shravana month! All these festivals make our life colourful!

    Yeah you are right latha, i will try to post the varalakshmi pooje vidhana !

  8. viji says:

    We feel so delighted to read about our festivals and rituals Roopa. Nice write up. The polis are perfect. Hope you are back to normal now. Take care. Viji

    Yeah it makes me so happy once shravana starts 🙂 thanks viji i am getting better now.

  9. Lakshmi says:

    Btw Thanks for passing the award dear. That made my day.

    You deserve it dear 🙂 and many more to come !

  10. sia says:

    good write up roopa. i like to celebrate festivals. i am eyeing for that kai holige. hats off to u to make this at home. i know its not a easy task to prepare kai holige at home:)
    hope u feeling better now.

    Thanks kane :)! kai holige yella kali kane. when you get time try madi nodu its basically the kanaka must be set well i too used to think its way out of my hand. Yeah i am getting better now .

  11. Aarti says:

    lovely wrie up for someone like me who truly believes in god 🙂
    and holige look so nice.. its similr to our puran poli wfere we have chana dal filling.. coconut filling is a nice twist..
    will surely try this as my husband doesnt like the chana dal version! thx for sharing!

    Thanks Aarti! yeah right like poli we make different type of filling there is a long list 🙂

  12. prajusha says:

    hi roopa,
    Good Info.
    holige looks delicious.thanks

    Thanks prajusha!

  13. indosungod says:

    Roopa, Congratulations on the awards and the info about the month Sharavana, sure being away from it all makes us appreciate tradition more. holige looks really delicious.

    Thanks ISG!

  14. Padma says:

    Good info on Shravana masam pujas and its importance of Hindus, we also do shravana masa poojas like Varalakshmi vratam and gauri pooja. Thanks for the info on this holy month. and Holige looks divine..

    Thanks dear!

  15. sharmi says:

    delicious looking holige. That was a very informative post. If i were in India I could have done more on sravana masam but all of them coming in weekdays make me brief the procedure.

    Yeah Sharmi you are very right! i miss them truely luckily some days are falling on weekends so am happy with it 🙂 happy festive season 🙂

  16. Aruna says:

    Roopa, Holige/obbattu is a festive treat, I am planning to prepare it on Varalaskmi Habba… 🙂


    Hi Aruna, nice to see you gal yeah would be great this time i am postponing on the week after next to celebrate the same ;0

  17. kajal says:

    It is very nice information for sharavan month.

    WOW……………great sweet feeling…….Fully puff .:)
    You definitely deserve it my dear…………..Also nice entry for RCI.Keep it up.:)))

    Thanks dear its giving me additional inspiration 🙂

  18. sandeepa says:

    Hey Roopa, Congrats for both the awards. You sure Rock and you are one lovely blogger.
    Very nice post on Shravana Maasa and also your recipe is delicious

    Thanks Sandeepa! he he 🙂

  19. mamatha says:

    Hi Roopa,
    Good info abt shravana masa,
    Even I like this festive month. Iga habbagala salu shuruvaguthade alva,
    Nanu bele holige madutini, never tried kai holige(Only tasted)
    Lakshmi habba or deepavali ge madutene :))

    Thanks mamatha, howdu but E thingalindane rajane irolla illi.

  20. Athika says:

    Hi Roopa, Thanks for the award. But I am not the right person as I am new to this blogging world its been only 2 month . But I really appreciate for giving me the Rocking Girl award. I am happy that everyone likes my recipe.


    Athika you sure rock girl 🙂 its nothing to do how long you are blogging for !

  21. Laavanya says:

    Roopa, it was good to learn more about how this special month is celebrated. Your Holige looks excellent and I love the coconut+jaggery filling. I always have a tough time rolling them out so only made them once before… yours are perfect.

    Lavanya did i say i made only once before i will check it out 🙂 no gal i make holige every year since 4 years its so can count around 5-6 times i guess. thanks for the compliments mainly both must be of same texture and your covering must be very expandable and soft.

  22. TBC says:

    Hoolige looks very nice. I had not even heard of these before your post.So is this similar to Pooran polis?

    Thanks TBC, yeah just like poli basically we add different fillings 🙂

  23. Richa says:

    that’s a very informative article on shravana.
    holige looks YUM, details in that slide help a lot.

    Thanks Richa do try them 🙂

  24. Suma Gandlur says:

    Hope you are feeling good now. Thanks for the award Roopa, you made my day.
    Kayi holige is one of my favorite habbadha sihi. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks dear i am fine now 🙂 namanelu yellarigu thumba ista!

  25. Bharathy says:

    LOL…Roopa,I just posted my JFI-post with both the awards passed to you!!!..and I see one of the awards passed to me as well!!!Hugs to you dear girl!!Please accept mine too ok??(both)
    Oh haaa..I almost missed to appreciate your religious based post!!Good info abt shravana!!:)Thanx for sharing!!

    Thanks gal 🙂 i will checkout later today my internet connection is having problems again :0

  26. Suganya says:

    First of all, I have never made filling or pooranam as we call it, with rice flour. And your polis puff up so well. Lovely!

    Suganya adding rice flour helps to bind the coconut well and in turn the holige will turn out crisp. Main reason i add it so that i can make more and the amount of coconut is really a lot if you consider making only with coconut.thanks for the compliments !

  27. Sreelu says:

    Roopa, nice update on sravana masam. I do love the festival and will be doing this coming friday.polis looks lovely

    Its so great we have oppurtunity to share all our festive on the web right 🙂

  28. prema says:

    Congrats for the 2 awards Roopa. u sure deserve it.
    Nice info abt the sravana maasam…..
    we call holige as polisand its one amg my fav sweets..infact I have posted it one in my blog too… .

    Thanks Prema. I think this is sweet common in south right 🙂

  29. SeeC says:

    Congrats Roopa !!! It is really motivating isnt’ it.
    Very useful info on Shravana.
    Will try this recipe sometime.

    Thanks for passing on the award. I am privileged.
    Take care.

    Thanks dear 🙂 sure gal you deserve it 🙂

  30. kum says:

    Great pictures of gods and puran polis!

    Welcome kum to my blogosphere :). Thanks for visiting hope to see you again

  31. ruchii says:

    Hi Roopa,
    Happy festival season….If you start the season with holige I wonder what will you make for gauri-ganesha habba. Can’t wait to see….
    You seem to know lots of things about food. I have a question for you, by any chance if you know what we call in kannada as “hucca ellu”(its not balck seasame seeds). Please let me know the english name for it.
    Thanks Roopa.

    Thanks and wish you the same madhu, gowri -ganesha enu vichara madila. i am not sure of english name i will try to find out!

  32. Cynthia says:

    Roopa, I was just saying on Sharmi’s blog how much I have learnt from your post and the same goes for yours. It is a pleasure to learn these things.

    Thanks Cynthia, we shd really thank the blogs which has helped us to explore into other cultures too else i had no knowledge even of other cooking like what i learn from you 🙂

  33. priyanka says:

    An interesting post Roopa. We call the holige- Gulachi Poli- meaning Jaggery chapati in marathi- usually made on Sankranti. Havent had it in the past 5 years. You brought back some good old memories. And thanks for passing on the award. Its very gracious of you.

    Welcome priyanka really i am so happy to have so many friends and its really makes my day with these wonderfull notes which brings back our memories 🙂

  34. mandira says:

    interesting post roopa, thanks for all the info on shravana. The holige looks delicious.

    i wanted to add more info esp when I came to singapore i never knew anything of what and how and why we shd celebrate it. This will add some light to the girls who are new atleast 🙂

  35. archana says:

    Festivities have started in Maharashtra too. Nice info on the shravana month. Holige looks nice 🙂

    Thanks Archana!

  36. Asha says:

    Roopa, obbattu looks great. I am not home yet but I am drooling already!:))
    See you tomorrow, announcing RCI!

    Great Asha! you hopped here even at the beach! Checked yours but blogger gave error will check later:0

  37. Tee says:

    great info Roopa! I remember Sharavan maasa would be one eventful month with so many traditional meals and sweets! I miss it here…:)

    Hmm i am trying to refresh too girl:) its one of those memories which our kids are not even having a glimpse of it which is really sad!

  38. Grihini says:

    Roopa, Kaayi holige… wow. U are really make me miss home 😦 and especially this festival season.
    And thankyou for passing on the award..I just read it 🙂

    happy festival’s and happy cooking !

    Miss it yeah me too! but we can live with the memories right 🙂 enjoy madi

  39. Mishmash! says:

    hey….holige is same as poli or is it different? sorry, if I am wrong….get confused with all the names 🙂

    Mishmash yeah in karnataka we call it holige for thin ones and some in call it obbattu which are slightly thick made of dhall. in Maharastra these are called polis 🙂 so many names from different states and you might as well call it meeta parota 🙂

  40. sukanya says:

    Hi Roopa…Nice information……Holige is looking great……I love any sweet made form jaggery….

    Thanks dear me too love sweets of jaggery 🙂

  41. Jyothsna says:

    Fun to cook for festivities right! 🙂

    yeah jyo! happy festive season for you too…

  42. Kanchana says:

    Very informative. I totally agree, living far away from the cultural hub makes one go the extra mile somehow. Is this also called poornam poli? My mom loves this, and we usually have it at the puja’s done by our Kannadiga friends.


    Thanks kanchana, really only because i live so far i started to explore the traditions and culture. yes this is also called pooran poli.

  43. Tee says:

    Some more awards for you, check out my blog 🙂

    Thanks Tee, will check out soon.

  44. Ashwini says:

    They look delish…let the celebrations begin!!

    Glad to see you here Ashwini! its celebrations all around 🙂

  45. TheCooker says:

    Great post.
    The holige look simply delicious.

    Thanks Tc! 🙂

  46. sandeepa says:

    Hey you have an award waiting at my place

  47. viji says:

    Roopa, how are you doing. It’s long time! Take care. With love, viji

  48. Hi Roopa
    The hollige looks awesome.Congrats on the awards!!!

  49. roopa says:

    Hi Roopa, Liked all the recipes listed here:) they look so yummy 🙂 could you send me some through email as an attachment? 🙂 just kidding:)) …good going!

  50. Bharathy says:

    Still busy??hope you are fine!!:)..

    Hi Bharathy, thanks dear i am doing fine 🙂

  51. sharmi says:

    seems like you had a great celebration. you get jasmine there?!!! thats so good. congrats on the awards.

    Yeah usually from shravana month until deepavali its all celebrations all round. Now i have lot of kannadiga friends near my place so its makes very happy to celebrate each festival. here we get all types of flowers we have a mini chennai here so no probs getting flowers and veges…

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  54. Mrs.Menaka says:

    nice recipe i will try menaka

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