ವರಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ ಹಬ್ಬ/Varalakshmi festival

 This post had to be posted long ago took so long to appear. It was busy month visiting my friends houses in the evenings and sweets and sweets and kara with all the yummy frieds crisp vadas. Basically every other day we ended up with lot of yummy food.

Here comes my lakshmi pooje. Usually it is celebrated on the 2nd friday of shravana. This year I celebrated on the 3rd friday due to time constraint. I had decided to take photos at each step but failed to get everything in time. The previous day I make ready with the cleaning the pooja room and get ready with all the items. My day started at 5 in the morning. By the time I started my son is wide awake thinking his mum is gonna leave him to work asking her to come to bed and pat him with the cosy cosy look …. oh no so i carry him on my waist try to make him sleep he is not happy try various ways this went on until 6.45. Well finally got him to wake up and start with the day with oil bath and sent him for an hour to play now got time. Just rushed and prepared kadale haigreeva, kesari and kadale usuli. Made ready to fry Ammanavra Vade. By then gang is back is back amma i am here. Washed him up sit for the pooja along with him.

Varalakshmi pooja is given in various websites. This custom I follow as given in the book Varakshmi pooje book. Pooja starts with kalsha stapane,ganapati pooje, chanting strotras on lakshmi and finally naivedyam. For naivedyam panchgajaya, panchamruta, kadale maddi/haigreeva, usuli and amman vade is considered auspicious and most liked by lakshmi. The kalasha is decorated stapane made on a bed of rice. This year I failed to buy banana leaves on which the plate of rice is placed.  My son was a playfull and let me continue with the pooja. At last when I bought the items for naivedyam one by one vada and usuli started to dissapear  who else our little krishna Anku was all the while eyeing it and gulped as it was placed 🙂 In the evening i had invited my friends around my place and was really tiring day. For the evening I prepared vangibhath, rava iddilis and ginger-coriander chutney, rave kesari bhath and fried vadas so was like a full day work. It so happened i expected guests even before planned I could not take a photo too :0.


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Haigreeva/kaddale maddi



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All you need
channa dhall – 1 cup
toor dhall – 2 tbsp
jaggery – 1.5 to 2 cups
cashew/almonds/raisins – handfull
cardomom powder – 1 tsp


  • Wash channa dhall and toor dhall pressure cook until soft but still in shape
  • Mean while in another bowl mix jaggery with 1/4 cup water boil until jaggery dissolves strain to remove any impurities
  • Return the jaggery mixture to heat again until slightly sticky mix in dhall mixture and let it simmer until all liquid evaporates
  • Fry cashew/almonds/raisins in Ghee until golden brown and add to the dhall mixture
  • mix in cardamon powder add a tbsp of ghee and mix.


Ammavara vade( most recommended to try)


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This is one of most flavoured urad vada and only vadas made during lakshmi festives with a hole  at my home. my son ate the maximum vadas and in no time I started to feel whether it would be enough for my friends coming over. Luckily it was just nice since some of my friends were not able to make it too This is my entry for RCI hosted by one ofmy favorite blogger Asha from foodieshope!




All you need
urad dhall – 1 cup
chiroti rava/semolina – 1.5 to 2 cups
rice flour – 1/4 cup
coconut grated – 1/2 cup
dry chilles – 4-5
coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
jeera seeds – 1 tsp
Methi seeds – 1 tsp
mustard seeds – 1 tsp
tamarind paste – 1 tsp
jaggery – 1 tbsp
curry leaves – cut finely
ajwain – 1 tbsp


  • soak urad dhall in water for 1 hour
  • grind coconut and masala like chillies, coriander,jeera,methi, mustard to a fine powder
  • Grind  urad dhall along with the fine powder, tamarind salt and jaggery to a fine paste using minumum water
  • Mix rice flour and Rava to the urad dhall paste . i did not measure rava i added as much to make the paste thick like for vadas
  • mix ajwain and curry leaves (very important) to the paste
  • Deep fry the vadas until golden brown. make sure you make it slightly thick with a hole in the centre else the taste will be raw and will not fry well.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice recipes for the festival pooja! hayagriva is nice!

    Thanks lata, sorry could not post earlier….

  2. Vani says:

    Nice post there! The hayagreeva looks yum! Did you enter that for the RCI Karnataka?

    Thanks Vani, looks you are first time here welcome! Will soon link to RCI !

  3. Asha says:

    Roopa, Hayagreeva is the first ever entry sent to RCI K from Mytheyee!I can have Ammavara Vade for RCI K, can I?:))
    Both look yum and Uddin vade is Arvind’s favorite too with Rasam but this is little different.I will take note. Pooja place looks great.

    Hmm sure Asha!Thanks kanri,i will try to post more authentic dishes more common from my native!

  4. Rajitha says:

    i really understand why ur son ate the most vadas..they look yummy

    Thanks rajitha!

  5. ramya says:

    roopa the pooja place is very good and the mala with jasmine i am missing them.nice uddin vade as we call them gaarelu are tempting ……yummy. all are looking nice.

    hmm so gaarelu the name in telugu i amlearning new names too..:) Thanks dear

  6. indosungod says:

    Hayagreeva looks really tasty, I have never tasted this sweet before, looks good and very simple too. The Urad dal vadais are an all time favorite but this is different from the ones I usually make.

    Do try them ISG esp the vada, its tastes great sweet and spicy you don’t need any chutneys too 🙂

  7. Padma says:

    From where did u get those flowers/kajra’s I miss them here in US…I love having that mogra gajara….Nice VLvratam photos, even I did it, check my blog

    Here we can find all types of malas, which we are very fortunate too. Will check out yours soon dear 🙂

  8. Richa says:

    hey the sweet and vada look so delicious. want to try the vada sometime soon, it is a very different kind of vada 🙂

    Thanks Richa, to try it is quite different and unique in taste.

  9. Bharathy says:

    Love Kalasam (lakshmi atop the coconut)..Love the vade too Roopa!next is vinayaga chathurthi.. we have to get set!!:)

    Thanks girl:)! yeah this weekend atleast is on saturday i do not have to apply leave ha ha. Have not started to list done things yet !

  10. TheCooker says:

    The vadas look interesting. No wonder your son couldn’t resist them.

    you are right TC, it was really fun watching him with every visitor he would want one !i was holding my heart thinking hope he can disgest it looks like the ajwain helped him too 🙂

  11. hi, first visit to ur blog…nice one..

    Thanks and hope you keep visiting 🙂

  12. sandeepa says:

    I attended this pooja at a neighbour’s place but sadly there wasn’t any yummy stuff to eat as the poor girl had a small baby and I guess couldn’t prepare anything.

    Wish I had a food blogger neighbour 🙂

    oh dear 🙂 yeah its tough with a small baby, i remember when anku was just few months i just made payasa and usuli. oh yeah if a blogger is the next door imagine oh my its would be so lovely !

  13. Hi roopa
    devi looks so beautifull!!!

    Thanks swapna 🙂

  14. Musical says:

    Roopa, i am inviting myself over :). i love the ammavare vade!! i want them now :-D. and also some hayagreeva maddi :).

    Ha ha ! come on and grab it 🙂 dear !

  15. Cynthia says:

    I missed you.

    oh dear! i also missed a lot each day would think only if i had some more time 🙂

  16. viji says:

    Looks divine as usual Roopa. Lovely authentic recipes. Viji

    Thanks viji, yeah a lot more to come hope the time gives me way 🙂

  17. Savithri says:

    Love the jasmine flowers you have decorated your ambal with! Those vada look yummy:) Hope you had a good Varalakshmi!

    Thnks again yes we had a gret day 🙂 saw your too you are so lucky your mom is with you 🙂

  18. Kanchana says:

    Wow! Looks fantastic. Varalakshmi looks beautiful.
    Also loved your RCI post! So many cool dishes.


    Thanks kanchana, we had a great day and dishes its been a while only cooking authentic food since the festives 🙂

  19. sanju says:

    ur chow chow bath ws looking very delicious.

  20. Mrs.Menaka says:

    nice recipe for varalakshmi habba i will try menaka

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