Kadabu and panchgajaya on Ganesh chaturti Event

Normal menu at my native usually consists of 21 different variety of sweets and savory items along with 2 kosumbaris, 2 types of palya(vegetable fry), 2 types of Hasi/pachadi with coconut and yogurt base, gojju/kayirasa, tilisaru, thambli, huli(sambhar), majjige huli, masala bhath, bhajjis/vadas, 2 types of kadabu and lot more. I restricted our food to one of each and even skipped some of them as the effort is baseless when we cannot afford to eat so many items.

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My Banana leaf consists of from 3 colums, the first left column carrot kosumbari, beans palya, ginger-coriander chutney
The Second column goes with karikadabu, Karji kayi, modak, panchgajaya, potato/plaitain bajji (fritters),Chakli, Rave undde, followed by Pumpkin and cucumber kadabu, rice Sambhar and Thili saaru.

I will share some of the recipes


kari kadale/Brown Chick peas – 1 cup
jaggery – 1/2 cup
Seaseme seeds – 1 tbsp
coconut grated – 1 tbsp


  • Wash the peas well and dry it well
  • Roast the seaseme seeds until golden brown
  • Dry roast the peas until fragrant and powder to a coarsely in a blender
  • Heat jaggery in 1 tbsp of water strain to remove impurities
  • Continue to boil with coconut grating until is sticky and add the powdered peas mix well
  • add the seseme seeds and mix well.

For a dry version make it with Channa Dhall/Kadale Bhele

Pumpkin kadabu

Raw Rice – 1 cup soaked for 2 hrs
pumpkin grated – 1/2 cup
jaggery – 1/4 cup or more
coconut grated – 1/4 cup
cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp


  • mix grated pumpkin and jaggery in a seperate vessel
  • Drain the water from rice and grind it coarsely with the jaggery liquid from 1
  • Mix in all the other ingredients to the paste along with the grated pumpkin
  • if the mixture feels very thin heat the mixture in a thick bottom vessel until it forms a batter of texture like rava iddili batter
  • Take a tumeric leaf spread the a small amount of dough with required thickness on one half of the leaf fold it, continue for the rest or if the leaf is too small use 2 leaves crossed add the batter in the center and fold it from four sides tightly.
  • Steam the iddlis in a steamer for 15-20 mins. The leaves must change color or wilt for the flavour to build in the iddilies

For cucumber just follow the same way leave the jaggery and cardamom powder. Serve with chutney of your desired choice.

Sorry I could not take picture of iddlies/kadabu exclusively. I will try to post it next time.

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Ready for Steaming iddilies in turmeric leaf



Kadabu at the left most on banana leaf

This goes to my contribution to Latha’s yum blog for the Ganesh chaturti event


34 Comments Add yours

  1. musy says:

    Lovely spread, Roopa. May i please join for some food :).


    Thanks Musy just comeon in it would be lovely 🙂

  2. ramya says:

    Wow u make 21 sweets well i was wondering place in ur tummy for all this. but nice to know about this. And ur spread is also looking full,i was already full seeing this.Hope u had a nice feast on Ganesh Chathurthi.

    NO no ramya i can’t make so many items i just made one of each. This is year had a good time 🙂

  3. TheCooker says:

    That is a some spread!
    Surely you followed that with a long siesta 🙂

    Thanks dear not at all st time it does depend on my mood 🙂

  4. sra says:

    How do you have the patience to do all this roopa? Many times, I plan three dishes for the day and by the end of the first dish, abandon plans for the rest, at least for the third.

    Sra, i too am like that but being a feast and that too saturday all my energy rose to make the same though my hubby gave a helping hand else it is not possible with my son to prepare these dishes 🙂

  5. Priya says:

    hi roopa..nice spread…have to try kadubu…

    Thanks Priya do try it dear it is very fragrant with turmeric leaves 🙂

  6. timepass says:

    Wow, 21 items..It must be so nice to taste all those… I remember being served idlis in leaves just as in ur pic in Maddur Tiffanys on the Bangalore Mysore highway.

    thanks TP, yeah is it … thats wonderfull i know there are lot outlets selling kotte iddilis but have not seen in turmeric leaf 🙂

  7. Suganya says:

    Idlis steamed in turmeric leaves? Do they get the turmeric flavour?

    Yes suganya they get quite a strong flavour of turmeric leaves!For the first timer it may seem real strong subsequently one will love the flavours

  8. Padma says:

    I loved the description of the 3 parts of banana leaf that you serve the food in…wow 21 items on one platter is really incredible! NIce post Roopa and bkmkd it for future reference.


    Thanks padma!Yeah its just amazing i never will be able to make one :).

  9. lakshmi says:

    Such a wonderful spread and narrative – thanks for the entry!!

    Thanks and Most welcome lakshmi 🙂

  10. kajal says:

    You just invite me my dear………..So I taste of this wonderful dish. Panchgajaya is very nice and delicious recipe………with original style. I never made any item from Pumpkin in my life and never taste it but I this I miss so many taste. Nice entry for Lath’s event.:)

    Never had pumpkin woo but some do not like due to the sweet flavour too but for a sweet like kadabu it gives an uplift 🙂

  11. Asha says:

    WHOA!!! That banana leaf itself itself is making me happy!!:))
    So many goodies to eat! Latha will be thrilled I am sure!:))

    Thanks Asha 🙂 he he i wanted to deliberately participate in the event so waited for it to trype the recipe after quite which one is unique decided on kadabu 🙂

  12. Richa says:

    wow! such a lovely spread and all unique dishes, loved it!
    can i join u for lunch 🙂
    i get powdered black chana here, can i just roast it & use for panchkajaya? tx

    Thanks richa most welcome dear i would have loved if someone would be happy to comeover 🙂 wow you get powdered black chana great never saw hear ! well for this recipe if you are using powdered may be you could roll them into laddus while still hot for panchgajaya usually it is coarse texture so try it 🙂

  13. Thanks a ton for such an authentic entry roopa!:)) Hugs dear!! The main purpose of event is fulfilled by such nice posts!:))

    Thanks dear 🙂 i was wating so much to participate at last i made it for this event its my pleasure to participate 🙂

  14. Namratha says:

    Fabulous feast Roopa, oh my..you’ve made me sooo hungry now!! Awesome! 🙂

    Thanks Namrata 🙂 have to check out yours its long time that i visited !

  15. bee says:

    beautiful. i admire your patience, talent and dedicaton, roopa.

    Thanks Bee! its all the support i get from my family too 🙂

  16. Tee says:

    wow! You have a wonderful spread there…everything looks delicious!

    Thanks Tee:)

  17. ruchii says:

    Baleale reminds me of My mom’s place, did you make this all alone by yourself on ganesha habba ? Very nice spread
    Really admire your patience. Thanks for the Habbada adige.

    Madhu i do get help from my hubby illandre time nalli mugisokke agola 🙂

  18. sunita says:

    Wow!!!What a lovely spread…

    Thanks Suni, sorry i could not participate in your event thi stimee too 🙂

  19. sharmi says:

    mouthwatering feast!! can I come over? you must have truly enjoyed esp on the banana leaf.

    thanks Sharmi ! he but your feast isee is always on the banana leaf dear 🙂

  20. Puspha says:

    Great spread!!!

    Thanks Pushpa and welcome to my blogosphere:) hope to see you again!

  21. kumudha says:

    The festive feast is superb!
    I will be visiting your blog regularly for delicious recipes from Karnataka.

    Thanks kumuda :)! and welcome to my blog!

  22. Nags says:

    wow! thats quite a spread!

    Thanks Nags!

  23. Grihini says:

    Baaleyele oota..sakkath aagi ide. Nange? 🙂

    Thanks kanri 🙂 anytime….bani..

  24. shivapriya says:

    Wow, what a delicious spread. I miss festivals in India.:(

    thanks and me too miss them :0

  25. Your festival food looks just beautiful, Roopa! 🙂


    Thanks a lot Linda !

  26. seena says:

    yummmmmmy..love to get some from that delicious spread..

    Comeover he he 🙂

  27. Happy cook says:

    Hey i am always free to comeover to your place for dinner when u have a festival next time. All that delicious looking dishes yum

    HC just drop by anytime !

  28. sreelu says:

    Roopa what a spread,hey turmeric leaves never seen them before. must have tasted heavenly

    Sreelu turmeric leaves gives a very unique flavour to the iddilies!

  29. sandeepa says:

    What can I say…except WOW…maybe a bigger WOWWWWWWW

    Thanks Sandu 🙂

  30. Bharathy says:

    me too with a great wwwoooow for that great effort for divine ganesha!!:)

    Thanks dear 🙂

  31. Suma Gandlur says:

    Do you really live in singapore? :))
    You are making me jealous with all those bale and tuemeric leaves.
    Great festive platter.

    Suma here Banana leaves and turmeric is even made use by chinese and malays so it is easily available 🙂

  32. kribha says:

    That is truly wonderful. Absolutely beautiful platter. Just the sight of it makes me happy. Thanks for sharing it.

    Welcome kribha thanks for dropping by! hope to see you again 🙂

  33. Nice traditional spread Roopa……..Loved your thali dear 🙂

    Welcome Sirisha :)! thanks for the compliments !

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