February 25, 2009

Shivaratri Thali: Togari Bele Obbattu, Kayi Payasa, Obbattina thili Saaru,Tenginakayi Saaru, Kadale bele Kosumbari, anna,Tuppa, Uppinakayi, Happala!

I know that above long title is all "Greek" to you if you don't speak Kannada but I wanted to keep it authentic, will explain it all below! ;D

I am sure
most of you all had
a wonderful time celebrating Shivaratri last Monday. We don't fast or do any religious rituals much in our home but do a quick "Namaste" to Shiva, will definitely cook up a pure vegetarian feast as you can see! I know! I know! We are a sorry excuse for a Lingayat/Shaiva family but hey! Something is better than nothing!! :D

What's Shivaratri? Navita's blog post has beautiful explanation and stories about Shivaratri festival, do read if you are interested! Here is another of my Shivaratri platter I posted before.

Anyway; for this year's Shivaratri, I decided to make my paternal Mysore grandmother's (sweet, quiet and kind lady whom I LOVED, who is no longer with us) style Tuar dal Obbattu (which most south Indians are familiar with of course) with coconut-Cashews Payasa/porridge/dip and Obbattu saaru which I haven't posted at all in my blogs until now and I also made an authentic Coconut saaru which my ajji used to make which I don't make often here. Chana dal-Cucumber Kosumbari/salad is another one of my ajji's recipe as well. I miss her always and this is my tribute to her. My kids were not thrilled to see yet another vegetarian thali but they were understanding and ate without a fuss because they know it's ShivaRatri day! :)

Here is my Shivaratri thali: (Habbada Oota!)
Obbattu (Kanaka/pastry stuffed with Hoorana/sweet Toor dal dumpling), Coconut-Cashews-Saffron Payasa (porridge/dip), Obbattina thili saaru (dal broth or Rasam), Coconut Saaru, Basmati rice, Chana dal-Cucumber-red onion Kosambari (salad), Happala/papad, Nimbe Uppinakayi/Lemon pickle and Tuppa/Ghee.
Obbattu with Coconut-Cashews-Saffron Payasa as a dip first:
To make the Kanaka/pastry covering:
1. Take 1 1/2 cup of plain flour, 1 tbsp sugar powder, 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder,1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 3 tbsp oil and enough water to make a firm non-sticky dough and knead well for 5 minutes. Brush the dough with oil and cover it to rest the dough for an hour. I use KitchenAid to make the dough and traditionally, lot of oil is the added to this dough which you don't need to but we never ever add flour to roll out Obbattus, always use a bit of oil if needed!!

I am sending this photo to Gayatri of "Just Urs" blog's "Magnificent click contest" event! Thanks for hosting Gayatri! :)

How to make Obbattu stuffing/Hoorana:

1. Cook 1 cup of Tuar dal with 3-4 cups water, 1/2 tsp oil in a pressure cooker until just cooked, dal should be soft, still somewhat whole but not mashed up or cook in the microwave for better control over how much to cook without getting the dal in a mush. Drain the cooked dal thru' a sieve and save all the water for making Rasam/thili saaru later, let the cooked dal cool.
2. Add 3/4 cup more Jaggary or dark brown sugar to dal, 1 tsp Cardamom powder and run thru' a blender without adding a drop of water, keep pushing the dal down until you get a sweet and aromatic mass of thick dal. In India, they pound or grind all these in a stone mortar and pestle called "Oralu Kallu" until they are thick and well mixed. Divide into equal (Golg ball) sized portions and keep aside.
3. Divide the dough into equal pasrts as well, roll out each to 4" circle (can use a bit of oil but NEVER use flour to roll!), place a sweet dumpling in the middle, cover as shown, flatten and roll out again gently to 5-6" circle.
4. Heat a tava/henchu,pan, cook these both sides until golden adding a bit oil again.

Serve hot or warm with plain ghee or coconut Payasa to dip.

Coconut and Cashews Payasa:
I made this traditional Payasa a bit thicker than the usual Payasa, so my kids can dip a piece of Obbattu in it to make it easy to eat since they don't or never learnt to eat with their hands like we Indians do. Traditionally, Payasa is thinner so we can pour some on the Obbattu to smother it and eat that literally finger licking good dessert! :)
This is how I made it:
1. Take 1/2 fresh coconut, separate the shell, scrape out the brown skin, cut the white flesh/pulp into small pieces about a cup or more, add it to blender (Sumeet makes the best smooth texture for Payasa) along with (as much as you like) Jaggary or dark brown sugar, 1 tsp Cardamom powder, 2 tsp rice grains, about 8-10 Cashewnuts. Blend all these to smooth paste with 1 cup (or more if you like thinner Payasa) of Milk.
2. Adjust the sugar and milk as sweet, thin or thick you want. Heat this mixture on low heat for 1/2 an hour. Coconut will split and separate if you cook it on a medium or high heat! I Microwaved it on 30% power for about 6-8 mins, got to be very careful. It thickens as it cooks and cools.
3. I just sprinkled some Saffron threads on top, it will dissolve in the heat. This Payasa should be white or creamish, so don't add too much Saffron, just few just for that festive aroma!

To make the rest of these thali dishes:


Obbattina thili saaru:
Title literally means "thin Dal broth", a Rasam as Tamilians would call it. After we drain the cooked dal, we save the nutritious broth and make a simple thin dal to top the rice it or to drink as it is in a cup.
Here is how:
1. Heat 1 tsp ghee in a pan, add 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, few curry leaves. 1 dry red chilly, pinch of Hing. Add 2-3 chopped garlic, stir it until soft.
2. Add 1/2 tsp thick Tamarind paste mixed with 1/2 cup water, 2 tsp any Saaru/Sambhar/Rasam powder you have at home, 1/4 tsp chilli pd, 2 tbsp chopped Cilantro, salt, 1 tbsp grated dry or fresh coconut, boil for 2 minutes. You can add 1/4 cup Tomato sauce to it, but it's optional.
3. Add dal water/broth, adjust the salt and heat, simmer for few minutes and it's ready!

Tenginakayi Saaru/spicy Coconut gravy:
This recipe comes straight from my ajji's home. Since my late grandparents and Uncles live in a coconut and Sugarcane farm few miles from Mysore, coconut and homemade sugarcane Jaggary is used almost everyday in every dish they cook. here I use the coconut, may be twice a week in dishes and I use Jaggary whenever I cook traditional Indian desserts which gives a unique taste, aroma and golden color to Indian desserts which always reminds me of home and Indian festivals! :)
You need:
1/2 fresh coconut, grated or cut into very small pieces, 1/4 onion, 1 garlic, 1/2 tsp turmeric, few curry leaves and few cilantro, 1/2 to 1 tsp thick tamarind paste, enough salt.
Roast each of these spices sepaarately without oil and cool before grinding:
2 or more red chillies, 1 tbsp Poppy seeds, 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 1 tbsp Cumin seeds, 2 tsp Chana dal, 2 tsp Urad dal, 1 tbsp yellow roasted chana/Dalia/chutney dal until they are all crisp and cool these.
To grind: Add these spices to a blender along with all the "you need" ingredients given above and grind to a very smooth paste adding enough water. You are making a thickish gravy, so you can always add more water later.
Temper to make the Saaru first:
1. Heat 1 tsp ghee and 2 tsp oil in a pan, add 1 tsp Mustard seeds, few curry leaves, 1-2 red chillies, let them get a some color. Add 1/2 cup minced onion, 2-3 garlic, minced, let it get some color.
2. Turn down the heat to simmer, add 1/2 cup cold water and then add the ground coconut masala. Simmer on low heat for 1/2 an hour, stirring often. Never let it boil on medium or high heat, it might separate.
3. Adjust the salt, tamarind and chilli pd to your taste. Once it's cooked, you will smell the aroma and you can reheat in the microwave easitly too. Tastes better the next day, you can make in a day advance and keep it in the fridge.

Chana dal-Cucumber-red onion Kosumbari:
I always loved this salad, it's simple to make and delicious to eat, not to mention nutritious too. You can replace the Chana dal with Moong dal, rest of the ingredients are the same.
1. Wash and soak 1/2 cup Chana dal for 4 hrs in hot water, drain all the water until dal is dry and add to a bowl. Peel and chop 1/2 a Cucumber into small cubes, chop 1/2 of small red onion to small cubes, add to dal.
2. Squeeze 2 tbsp or more fresh lemon juice, enough salt, 1 green chilly chopped roughly, 1 tbsp minced cilantro and mix well. over and keep it aside to marinate for an hour. It's ready to serve!

Another look!

Serve all the above with fragrant Basmati rice, South Indian style Lemon Pickle. Papad which we call Happala in Kannada and of course with Tuppa/ghee which makes everything tasty!! My son loves ghee in everything while my daughter will not touch it with barge pole! :P

That's all for this year's Shivaratri!
Last year, I completely forgot the Shivaratri date and didn't make anything for us or post here because it was too late by the time I realized it's Shivaratri day! This year, I marked it on the calender so I can remind myself!! :P

Now, I really really want to post a non-veg post after three vegetarian posts in a row!!!!! :D

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Tried and tasted from other blogs, thanks to all of you for posting these delicious dishes:

Kollu Rasam, from Indosungod.

Eggplant pickle, from Ranji.

Brinjal cooked shallot coconut sauce, from Nagu.


Movies I watched:
The visitor
Changeling
W.

Here is my post on ULTRA Grind and Pride if you are interested in buying one of those. YES!! I bought both, call me crazy! :D

Oh, one more thing before I go!
I am having a hard time commenting in few blogs, either because of too many widgets flashing which don't let me load properly or the "Word verification" words don't show up even after several attempts or some other reason! I keep trying, get frustrated and after sometime I just give up! Except on the weekends and holidays, I do want to say hello to you in your latest posts whenever I can! Help me comment easily and quickly in your blogs please or else you won't see me there in your blog homes and you can't blame me!!

Have a great weekend! :)

147 comments:

indosungod said...

Oh Asha, what an amazing array of dishes. I like the obbattu ofcourse with the kayi payasa. I am terribly hungry and craving for a big thali.

I am glad you tried the kollu rasam. It is the safest treatment for common cold :)

Dershana said...

I've been popping in and out of your blog to check if your shivaratri platter was posted! must say you now have one ardent follower now :-)

Love the platter, as always, especially the obbattu. We call it Boli and serve it paal payasam. yummy!

Malar Gandhi said...

Amazing Shivaratri feast. I could stay up all night...to have like this wonderful feast! The platter looks inviting...so do let me know, when can I drop in...ha ha(just kidding).

Soma said...

I could not read half of the title, but I am stunned seeing your display:-) U are a great cook!

Altoid said...

Wow! What a wonderful, authentic spread!

Sandhya said...

Wow, that should be the way to celebrate Shivratri! Your thali, as always, looks delish. You are a great cook and on that a hard working one too!

VIDYA VENKY said...

asha,
u rock..every time i log in almost everyday to ur blog...simply superb

Smitha said...

Habbada adige yestu joragide Ashakka!
Mind blowing... thats like a perfect kannada festival thali!

Pavani said...

My stomach is rumbling with hunger after looking at your yummy thali and its only 9:30AM..:D Everything on the plate loks great. I fasted for the first time this shiva rathri, so no cooking in my kitchen.

kalpana said...

Beautiful thali as always asha! your site is like an encyclopedia for me :).About the Coconut-Cashews-Saffron payasam ,can we substitute almonds for cashews??

Margie said...

It looks so yummy, Asha!
Thank you!

I hope you are not having trouble at my blog with the comments...are you?
As I always so enjoy your visits!

Take care, my friend!

Margie

sunita said...

Wow!Asha, you do rustle up quite a storm! What an inviting thali :-)

Madhumathi said...

OMG,Asha..this thali looks fabulous..Perfect shivratri thali...Good work!

easycrafts said...

Amazing spread..its really annoying when someone steals your content..

Priya said...

Just looking at ur post title..wow wat an awesome array of dishes, U r really a great cook Asha...sad to know that ur recipes have been copied, we r with u...Be strong dear, dont let them to continue:)

ms said...

hi asha,
lovely spread!!
best,
ms

Asha said...

Thank you all girls, enjoy! :)

Indo, kollu rasam was fabulous, enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the recipe! :)

Kalpana, you absolutely can use Almonds in Payasa, tastes even better than Cashews!

Margie, not your blog. If you can see me in your blog except on weekends, that's means I get there quite easily! :D

EC, there is nothing which makes me more angry than seeing my own post without my consent in other blog displaying as if they did the whole thing! Grr...!!

Sia said...

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i doono what to say! it's pure pleasure and torture for poor sould like us who visit ur site. not fair ashakka!!! what a spread. i remeber u saying u r gonna cook just few things for habba and i am wondering if this is 'few' what will be full spread! gosh, togari bele obbattu is popping out from that thali. oh! if only someone ~hints, hints~ would cook for that for me and serve me with big dollop of thuppa ;)

Sia said...

and another plagiarism? donno when will it all end :( and it's not just one pic but all from ur last yr's post! how dreadful...

Paru ... said...

Loved the Shivaratri Platter Asha..I love Obattu saaru, my ajji generally adds a handful of hoorna to this saaru too and this tastes delicious.

I am drooling over the Coconut-Cashew saffron payasa..

Boo on the person who stole contents from your blog, makes me feel sad..

Deepa Hari said...

Wow...Shivaratri feast looks wonderful Asha and very inviting....u r making me hungry now...Beautiful presentation dear.

ChrisB said...

I am always fascinated by all your wonderful dishes.

Maya said...

Wow Asha! Delicious..Just kept looking at that thali..I hope to cook like this atleast on one festival, an elaborate meal like you..Those obbattu are especially torturing me..

Mishmash ! said...

Oh myy that person has shamelessly lifted all ur materials...i can perfectly understand ur emotions now...as the effort u put for that one is very clear from that pics...hope he/she removes that post!

Btw, great looking thali....would have been nice if u were my neighbour :)

Chickoo said...

Nanu nim shivrathri thali ge kaitha idde, as usual bombatagide :)
Nanu obbattu thattodakke hedartheeni, nandu kallu tarha agutte, ee sarthi nim method try madtheeni.

Pavithra Kodical said...

Oh i am drooling here..Love everything in that plate.I was brought up in Mysore so i am familiar with all these.Hmm love coconut sarru, so simple and tastes great.I dream to become a perfect cook like you.Thanks a lot for this lovely spread.. You rock!!

Sandeepa said...

Aha, so the kids don't like a veggie thali :) They will die for this once they are out of your home

I went to the neighborhood temple Sunday morn , had forgotten Shivratri went just for a visit. This is a South Indian temple and I saw them stringing loads of veggies from brinjal to brussel sprouts to make a garland !! It was so beautiful, had never seen veggies offered in that manner. There were huge plans for celebrations there but I couldn't make it later in the evening.

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha,
such a delicious spread.how i wish i had all of those.

shalini

Srivalli said...

Thats simply awesome asha...you really a great cook!!!...and I can understand how you must have felt on your post being lifted, being a victim myself!

Bhawna said...

Oh Ashaji, I love ur platters. Food is always served so nicely that u can feel the love and warmth while cooking it.

Ashwini said...

wow what a big thali...I am feeling hungry already...

Ann said...

OMG - that utter stupid fool who stole your post - how cheap and disgusting, they even copied the words "this is my grandmothers recipe" - isn't that insane, I don't know how you can take it, after you did so much work and set up such a beautiful thali. Also, I noticed they "cleverly" deleted your comments. What a loser! There is a blogger called Ginger and Mango whoo wrote a very detailed post on how you can get a cheat blogger to cease and desist.

Cham said...

He/She didn't even feel shame to display someone's hard work! There are still people keep doing....Very heart breaking this kind of act...
The tenginakayi and obattu are calling me, sounds it is a Sivarathri feast. I believe with full stomach, the heart and mind can easily concentrate /pray GOD!

Vidya said...

Dear Asha,
I have been a silent reader of your blog till now :) Your blog is really superb!!!your creativity, passion and attention to detail is evident in all your posts!!Good job and keep it up:)

Regarding the plagiarism, I felt very bad that some one else has shamelessly copied your photo work. You can watermark your photos easily using photobucket. Its free and simple. here is a detailed explanation.Thought of sharing this with you. Watermark your pics
cheers,
Vidya

Asha said...

Chickoo, as you know traditional Obbattu maida pastry has lot of oil. Since we hold back the oil in Maida, it will become little hard, can't help it but you could add some veg shortening to the dough which might also help to get soft Obbattu! :)

Sandeepa, hope they miss it! :D
You probably missed a feast there in the temple, atleast you would have tasted some yummy dessert! :)

Ann, I will check that out, thanks! :)

Sia, he has skipped the first para and comments and has taken the whole post literally and pasted it!

Vidya, I do watermark the photos now, but didn't do it last year. I don't think it makes any difference to people who copy. They don't list email or contact, so they lift and post it anyway!Shameless people.

Ann said...

Wonderful and perfect Thali as always..!! Asha,i feel ashamed seeing your hard work often !! And the way you find time to encourage others (know that you are such a wonderful person ).All the items in the spread is new to me..puzzled from where to begin..Such a fabulous treat!!

Vani said...

The spread looks delicious, Ash! Obbattu and kayi payasa is classic. Loved the kayi saaru. We make a saaru with leftover hoorna. Haven't had that in a while now! The kids will be craving all these vegetarian dishes when they leave for college, I bet! :)

bee said...

you kannadigas are bad to the bone. it's not enough to eat obbattu, you need a payasa to dip it in? good stuff.

Asha said...

Thanks Ann! :)

Vani, I haven't made Obbattu or any of these in more than 15yrs, enjoyed it so much. Hope kids do miss, fingers crossed! ;D

LOL! Bee, torture is my second name! E-N-J-O-Y!!

Ann said...

Check these tips out
http://myinjimanga.blogspot.com/2008/07/steps-to-follow-for-copyright.html

Archy said...

Asha,Habbada oota chennagiede, nanu bartidde ootakke, tatte nodi aase aagtha untu :)!! Lunch time ega nange, barla ??

When ever i come here and see the thali and the yummy dishes, i cant imagine ur in US..had a wonderful shivaratri with this dishes.. Me by looking at the pics :D!!

Hey, now you can copy the award pic from my blog, Sorry for that.

Trupti said...

wow Asha what a lovely Thali !! Everything looks very mouthwatering .. feeling hungry

Asha said...

Thanks Ann, I appreciate the link! :)

Archy, fly over! Thanks girl!

Thanks T, hugs! :)

Superchef said...

WOW WOW!! What a spread!!! soo sorry about the plagiarism...you should not let them get away...pls inform wordpress and they will take down the blog..ive seen it happen before!!

yaa and you are right about the word verification thingy..ive been a lil frustrated too..

Glad you had a wonderful festival!!

Nandini Vishwanath said...

Reminds me of my Ajji! You can adopt just me, Asha. A can fend for himself :D

I'm sure he'll pay the legal fees to get rid of me :)

Is our blog giving you trouble?

Priya said...

Your Obbattu makes me go hungry now. Will make this Saturday coz I usually cook something on Saturdays for the god and ancestors.

Asha said...

SC, that's great idea to contact Wordpress, will try. May be he has a different domain, will see.

N, no, it's not your blog, you see me there often, don't you? If few blogs don't see my comments at all and wondering why, that's them! :D
Sure, when Tushar goes away, I will adopt you ASAP! hahaha!

Vaishali said...

Asha, gosh, what a feast! Everything looks so amazing, and I love the obbattu. Just gorgeous.

AnuSriram said...

Asha, when i was looking at your blog.. i got a comment from u in my blog.. What a coincidence? Thali looks lovely dear. Nice presentation! Hope you had a wonderful celebration.

Varsha Vipins said...

oh...what a feast..!!!! Hats off to you !!!..The title was indeed Arabi to me..:D..I loved everything..Esply those dal pastry thing..n I am still hooked on that rice bowl..I badly want an authentic one like that..Great job Asha..Thanks so much for the detailed post..:)
The word verification thingie is irritating me too..Shame on that guy who stole your post..:X

Ashwini said...

OMG..I am dizzy looking at the thali..Mouthwatering thali..I was fasting on Shivarathri day..For us next day is a feast..Prepared all native dishes and could not click my thali as I was very hungry, just had everything..:-))
Obbattu looks yummy and is making me nostalgic..

Aparna Inguva said...

Ash the platter looks amazing. Its been such a long tim since i had bobbatulu. Everything looks delicious!

Usha said...

Love love love your shivaratri thali, looks so very inviting and delicious. About the plagiarist how shameless, I second SC's idea of informing wordpress, it may work....and I have been having a lot of trouble with the word verification thingy these past few days too !

pooja said...

Your thali is looking mouthwatering......

Meera said...

What a splendid feast!!! I am drooling. Looks wonderful. it's so disturbing that people just take the photos and contents like that!!

Smita said...

That is shameless plagiarism!!! How do you find these copied blogs? I see that you started adding your bookmarks to the photos. How do you do that?
Lovely spread btw. You have so much patience to make the whole platter...I usually make one of the main dishes and stop there....Need to learn from you:)

Andhra Flavors said...

Wow Asha,
what long post. Plenty of amazing dishes.

Asha said...

Smita, one of readers left a comment in my blog telling me about this site who has my post, I was shocked to see that.
Picasa lets you do the writing on the photos, so I am doing that now but I don't think that will help, they still can copy and can alter the words!

LG said...

It is sad to see that pictures and posts are plagiarised. I hate such people.

Coming back to ootada thatte..ammaa...estodu adige maadiddeera..cool! nange eevaga ella thinbeku antha annistha ide Ashakka! Delicious looking Thali :)

TBC said...

You go all out, don't ya? Gorgeous thali. We had Kannadigas for neighbors for a long time (in Mumbai). Their food was always so tasty.:)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

the thali looks absolutely fabulous! though all the dishes and names are new to me.. i can say that they look yummy.

Sushma said...

wow!! Asha...
habbada aduge joragide.., nange obbattu thinno ase agtha ide, parcel madi please.

Also, it makes us extremely sad when we see people shamelessly copying our recipes & photos..
God knows, when we could find a solution for this :(

Ankita said...

Great series of dishes.Perfgect Shivaratri feast.

Namrata Kini said...

Mouth watering thali Asha. I was eagerly waiting for this post from you. Few of those Kannada words sound familiar but I cant understand much of it. My hubby is in a better position, he can read Kannada but not understand. Sad to know about your post being copied. I can understand what you must be going through.

aquadaze said...

OMG...what a wonderful array of food! Awesome Asha, what an effort this must've been!

Linda said...

I have learned to visit you while I have my supper, Asha, lest I jump right up and start cooking something from one of your fantabulous thalis at 11 pm!! ;) I tried guessing the names before I scrolled down -- got payasa and the saarus, and kosumbari, but had to read on to find out what kinds! Reading this, I know for sure one big thing missing in my Indian cooking is fresh coconut. Maybe I will tackle that this spring. Everything looks SO tasty!!

Sent you an email about the little blog thief :)

Maya said...

Sorry to hear abt ur entire posts being lifted, really shameful! I do hope it gets sorted out, but there seems to be not much option when they just don't reply, isn't it ?

Red Chillies said...

What a beautiful spread (as usual). I have learnt new recipes here like kaayi payasa and tenginakayo saar. I never knew that obbattu is eaten by dipping in a payasa. That is like double delight. The only delight for us was eating obbattu with tuppa :-))
I am sure Lord Shiva might have been very pleased with this :-))

Raaga said...

yummy feast... when someone asks me what I did... I hide under the garb of being an Iyengar :)

jayasree said...

Thanks for sharing an authentic kannadiga thali. Each and every dish is looking delicious.

With just looking at the photos, I could make out its urs. Becoz of the familiarity of the bowls and presentation. Has copied every word. Even the links you have given for previously blogged recipes is there. Comments on the contact page is closed.

Priti said...

Ummm that's an delicious looking thali....you so made Shavratri special:)...

sra said...

I thought Sivaratri was later and ended up eating chicken that day - usually don't eat meat on festival days as my gran wouldn't like us to! Trying to blog hop but can't, as I'm quite unwell, will come back when I can.

Prajusha said...

asha,
Sivarathri thali looks wonderful.
so sad to read abt the plagiarism thing..
btw,hope u r not having trouble in posting comments in my site.:)
thnks
prajusha
www.icookipost.com

Daily Meals said...

Great thali Asha! I like obbattu...

homecooked said...

Wow....Asha. What a delicious spread! Festival time at your home must be eagerly awaited na? This looks fit for a king! Yummy!

Alka said...

I can easily imagine the amount of hardwork gone in making this Splendid Thali,and i am damn sure that your family must be so very proud of you(i mean the elders of family) Keeping up the traditions in modern times of stress and works hovering around.....its so hard ...commendable job,and lovely picture too

SMN said...

Ashakka once aganin a huge treat for ur family wish i cud cm there and taste these looks so yummy...

has ur grinder arrived?hows it? hows d visitor?

jayasri said...

hi, asha i am a new blogger, what a great photographer u r, God the thali is so tempting, all the food in their is so nicely arranged...happy shivarathri better late than never...especially the obattu looks gorgeous

Divya Kudua said...

Wow..thats a Shivarathri thali to die for!!I loved the way you arranged the payasa on top of the layers of obbattu;-),btw I have a similar serving plate!!Great dishes..how long did you actually take to prepare all the dishes..??I've been waiting for this post ever since you said you were preparing for Shivrathri!!

Sad to know that people still shamelessly lift content and claim the work thier own.I agree with what you said,watermarked or not,it actually doesnt matter to these people.I wonder,if some people have no conscience at all!!

Rekha said...

habbadoota tumba temptingagi ide...nodta idrene my weighing scale is moving northwards!! :)

Sunshinemom said...

I saw cheater's blog - cheap imitation of course. It has none of the warmth your blog has, Asha!! Hats off to your traditional thali!! I have the same complaint as you about word verification and I have left blogs many times because I just can't waste that much time!!

notyet100 said...

wht a aspread,..i bet everyone must have enjoyed the emal,.wish i was there ,..:-)

Asha said...

smn, tried to leave a comment in your blog but couldn't, comment doesn't show up. Here is the post of ULTRA Grind, I forgot to add here.

http://aromahope.blogspot.com/2009/02/ultra-grind-and-softest-idlis.html

Visitor is slow movie, about a old widower who is bored with life finds a hobby of playing drums and falls in love with a illegal immigrant renter's mother who eventually moves out of US. Actor was nominated for Oscar, didn't win.

Namaratha Kini, same with your blog, couldn't comment y'day!

Linda, thanks. I will check my mail, hope it helps! :)

sra, get well soon and rest girl. You don't have blog at all, take it easy and feel well first, hugs! :)

kamala said...

Great feast Ashaji..Though I too not so much fond of veg thali..Urs is inviting..It is really shame of that person to steal ur content..

Vicky Xavier. said...

What a perfect Shivarathri thali. I am admiring and going through all the recipes.. I take a lot of time to finish reading ur post.. but love every bit of it.
Moreover I saw that Param's blog. He has stolen your post completely. I too commented there.. lets see what happens. Its very unfair to steal like this . Has he responded u?
Then regarding that widgets.. yes dear, I too feel the same way when I need to comment on some blogs.
It slows down the blog and I cant even comment for them.. then feel so sorry:(
Any way, I have to try ur dishes one by one... lovely post.

Asha said...

Kamala, a non-veg and a veg is coming next week, hold on girl! :D

Vicky, no! He has not responding at all but I have a sent abuse report to the web host which he is maintaining his site. Let's see what happens. Thanks for your words of support! :)

Sreelu said...

Asha, what a spread makes me drool, its awful to see your post stolen and published word for word. I hope you heard back from them

Laavanya said...

Everytime I see these beautiful food-filled thaalis of yours I can only think of what I need to do to become your neighbour! :) I'm sooo hungry right now and your obattu (polis for me) looks too good.. actually everything does. I love your enthusiasm &energy.

n33ma said...

Wow Asha this is a delicious spread.....I especially liked your all kannada title.Obbattu wow I have been craving for some from the time I got back.I'm coming to your place I wonder if you have any left though??

Asha said...

Sreelu, I just e mailed the host of that site, will let you all know if that helps! :)

Laavanya, sure! I will arrange for a huge tent city so you can all come and tent out! I do have to buy 100s of thalis though! ;D

Nothing left sweet Neema! I ate all the leftovers bit by bit for 3 days!! :D

Seena said...

OMG what am seeing! I thought you will invite me this time! :) Lovely spread!

MR said...

u never disappoint
lovely display too tempting
how do u get the time ?
this all wud be my week length food

veggie belly said...

I'm sorry to hear your pictures were stolen. I just recently read on rasamalaysia.com, that her photos were stolen too. I'm glad to see you have water marks now :) You always put out such a fabulous spread!

Nithya Praveen said...

Asha,this is a wonderful feast.Your family is really lucky,am thorougly counting on my India trip,will demand such food at home everyday:-P.Nanage Bengalooru nyapakabanthu:).Its very annoying to see pur pics in someone elses site,wish we cud sue such people.All in a matter of a week....thats atrocious!

Asha said...

Nithya, I have e mailed his web server today reporting abuse, let's see what happens.
Yeah, show this post and demand all of these dishes for you when in India, they surely curse me!! :D

Uj said...

Wow.. thats an amazing thali... Tgari bele Obbathu hosaddu.. Naavu usually kadale bele obbattu maadodo.. I still do not have the courage to make obbattu at home. Thili saaru tastes too good.. I only knew of obbattu being eaten with ghee or milk and sugar.. kayi payasa ottige tinnodu nange hosadu.. Missing home now..

Siri said...

I knew it was something authentic coming up just reading the post title Ashaji and I am so hungry right now!! Lovely platter.

and guess what, my first shivaratri fast went well. I am so bad in fasting Ashaji and am glad I did it this time. I stuck to my 'a week without shopping' resolution too. yeh yeh. just wanted to share this with u.

Siri

starry nights said...

A feast indeed for the eyes and the tummy.I loved the obbattu.wished I could have some.Thank you for the domestic awareness button.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

What a spread! We don't celebrate much like this,still we will fast for a day and wont sleep for that day...
Looks so inviting:)

Dalicia said...

hi asha....no violence!! :)

my gosh..i'm hungry now.....i should just come over to your place

Vcuisine said...

Lovely Thali Asha as usual. Just came back and had a great time. Ultra - it is my pet too. For the last 10 years i am using it. Take care. Viji

Asha said...

Hi Viji, so good to see you, glad you are back. Hope you enjoyed the trip to India. Thanks girl, I will see you later.Hugs to you! :))

Mojo said...

Oh you did warn me not to read this when I was hungry didn't you... One day I'll learn!

No, I don't speak Kannada (I have trouble enough with Hindi!) but some things are the same in any language.

Like "yum!"

Navita said...

great...ur thali is a treat for the maharajas...love ur enthu in the kitchen...n thanks for linking my post :)

Asha said...

Mojo! It's true! Some words and expressions are universal like "Burp!" ;D
Thanks, enjoy your weekend! :)

Navita, your beautiful post saved me some typing, it's wonderful to read those stories. Have a fun break, hugs to you! :)

Uma said...

Wow, wow, wow! What a thali! I don't know when do I get enthusiasm like you to cook so many yummy treats on a festival day!

so sorry to hear about the plagiarism Asha! Don't know when they learn a lesson!

Have a great weekend!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi asha
your blog always brings such nice thoughts..the thali that you made speaks of it....the array of kannada dishes that you made on the occassion are to be learned and made....i will do that....great reading back your posts.

Divya Vikram said...

You have great energy to cook up a meal like this! You really rock..

Shivapriya said...

Wow, mouthwatering thali, I love your presentation. Even my uncle kids like thicker version of paysam. I never understood the concept. Now I know it:). Lets see how Nis will turn:D

Sujatha said...

I usually don't celebrate shivaratri, but after seeing your fabulous thali.. I think I've made up mind to celebrate shivaratri.. he he.. :)

Jaya said...

Asha,
lovely plate for Shivratri ...
I feel so bad when people shamelessly lift others materials....
coming to the fast, we only had boiled potato and milk :(, howver hubby had a normal vegetarian meal.
thanks for posting these lovely dishes....
hugs and smiles

Smitha said...

Lovely blog Asha. i'm new to blogging n u have inspired me:)
Cheers!
smitha
saffronapron.blogspot.com

sowmya said...

i have never cooked such a beautiful thali..looks so colourful and wonderful..

Shella said...

Gosh that's an awesome looking thali my dear..

Gattina said...

they are certainly ones of the most treasurous treats!

Suparna said...

Hi Asha,

My first time here. You have a heavenly blog!! Yentha habbada oota ri! Royal :) obbattu looks yummy, vomme try madtene...iduvarge madilla..OH god!!! am drooling!! too good!! I'm sure to follow your blogs from now on!! Take care!!

Namratha said...

Ashaaaaa, this has got to be the best thali for Shivrathri...thumba chennagidhe!! :)

Reeta Skeeter said...

I can eat all that if someone cooks for me :D

Anali said...

Hi Asha,

I hope you're having a good weekend! I noticed the movies that you watched, were similar to my Blockbuster queue.

I rented "W" and couldn't watch the whole thing, because it made me so mad! With each scene, I kept thinking "if this hadn't happened, then our country wouldn't be in such a mess right now."

"Changeling" will be arriving soon and I'm looking forward to it. What did you think of these movies?

Asha said...

Hi Anali, we are expecting snow storm any moment now, staying warm inside with more movies, Wine and fire place lit!

W., was almost like a comedy! Can't believe he is so stupid but we are all stupider for electing him, TWICE, aren't we? :D

Changeling..scary to think as a mother and A. Jolie is fabulous in that, she should have won the Oscar but haven't seen "The Reader" yet.

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

here for the first time and Wow! you have a wonderful blog here! great recipes.. love this shivaratri thali! nice presentation and click!

Suma Rajesh said...

mouthwatering thali..hope u all had a nice shivaratri..

Sig said...

Hi Asha, I am really really late, but just wanted to drop in and say hello :) As usual, hats off to you for that thali! Enjoy the snow storm, while I am soaking up all the sun here in Kerala :)

Sukanya said...

What a lovely array of dishes...mouthwatering!!!!

Miri said...

Looks like a great spread! delicious!

this is the only day I fast the whole year and have been doing so since I was 15...no other rituals though. This year, I cooked a girlie lunch for my friends since I was on holiday and though they protested that I was fasting, they had a good time digging in!

SriLekha said...

wow! awesome and delicious the thali was! looks so inviting and delicious! soon going to shift my home next to ur doorsteps to have ur nice food!

Madhuram said...

I love obbattu very much, especially if somebody makes it for me. Amazing feast as usual.

I didn't know about the re-selection of idols. If Tatiana comes in again, then it surely confirms that this show is more about ratings than real talent. Somehow I didn't like anybody's performance last week too. To quote Simon, everybody sounded like karoke singers only. The "ah" factor was missing. Maybe they will all get trained and get better.

Asha said...

OH NO!! Madhu, I didn't think of Tatiana at all! Hope not! I will switch the channel if she comes back!

Ramya Bala said...

OMG,the thali looks fabulous...Its so very tempting...shouldnt show jsut a pic to a foodie like me :(

Illatharasi said...

What a spread..... simply superb!!!!

Keshi said...

Asha hun why dun u send me a Shivaratri thali as a goodbye treat for me? :) YUM!

Im off from blogs starting today..I'll see u when I see u next. TC, be well, be happy and TY for everything! *HUGZ* I'll miss ya :*(


Keshi.

Purnima said...

Asha, had a mini vacation! Hence late appearance! :D Wow..U SUPERWOMAN..that thali is truly scrumptious! Shame on the plagiarist! Seems to hv closed the comment section!
HOW ON THIS EARTH DO U MULTI-TASK? :D A closely guarded secret of SPEED N TIME MGT! :) Wish frm bottom of my heart that someday I shd b like u..tks for sharing Mysore Ajji's, decadent, recipes! Wd come again on the page to read detailed recipe one by one! :) HUGS! Enjoy March n Happy Women's Day(8th is far, yet! )

Make the Impossible...Possible said...

Hi Asha,

I just happened to stumble down at your site...What a food shop!!! The Thalli pictures are great!!! And was a scenic dish..great colors..spread out…I’m mouth watering at my desk…your family is very lucky to have you as mum and wife…making their hunger satisfy to the right proportion….In my place, Chennai, they call it Poli… Great food!!!

I wholeheartedly appreciate the effort and heart that you have put in to come up with this menu...I wonder how long it took you....

Sumy Sunil

Yasmeen said...

Another awesome thali,sure to satisfy hungry souls:)

Aparna said...

Finally made it here, Asha. :)
So this is what you were busy cooking for Sivarathri. Quite a spread.:)

I don't speak, but understand quite a bit of Kannada so I figured out most of the title, especially the "tuppa" that one of our friends cannot live without!

I always used to say one could manage without a grinder if you had a "mixie" till I bought an UltraGrind 4 years ago. Now can't do without it.
But what do you do with two? :D

Aparna said...

Me again. I just saw the last part of your post. I have been having the same problem on some blogger blogs and I thought it was my broadband connection!
It looks like this is only where the comment forms are embedded with word verification.

Vibaas said...

every thing looks so yummy. love the obbattu :) it's lunch time now and all i have is some left over food from dinner. Sigh!!

Asha said...

Thanks to all of you girls, we enjoyed the thali, almost time for something else now! :)

Purni, glad you enjoyed the mini break! :)

Aparna, I don't understand the need for word verification when you moderate the comments yourself anyway but some have it and we have to go thru' it! :)

ULTRA...large one is so heavy I had a shoulder ache after lifting it, so I bought the smaller one for the ease of it. I do like large one for large amount though! I know. me gone crazy! :D

Sharmi said...

lovely Thali Asha, btw how can a person steal a whole post??!! ridiculous!! I too feel so bad. did he respond?

Asha said...

Thanks Sharmi. Nope, he didn't respond at all and when I wrote to his website domain host, they sent me a email address of an attorney! :P

Meera said...

Asha,
Thanks for trying moong amti. That was quick...
Hey, guess what? I just finished reading Q & A. Though they have kept the original format of "who wants to be...", there are so many totally different experiences Jamal or Ram Mohd. Thomas faces in the book, right? anyways, just wanted to discuss that with you!!

Kalpana said...

hiiiii... wonderful combo...
hey, even men are getting tortured coz of women... hearing many... all these are happening due to basic loss of human values...

Akal's Saappadu said...

first time here, you've a lovely content full of color and taste and fragrance; If only my hands could reach them!!! the sivaratri thaali looks great as much as the other thaalis in your pages; I realize how rich is our Indian food with so many varieties and innumerable combination of the ingredients. you've got something here to be treasured!!!
and thanks for the visit, it's an honour to receive comments / remarks from bloggers like you!

Purnima said...

Asha, Ubbatti(in konkani) is what I hv seen only wt Chana daal stuffing..was soooo happy to c a tuvar daal filling here! Absolutely delicious n ur atta too is made in a different way! How I love this variation! I hv to make it sometime next week! Happy Holi (thats tom) n enjoy the Rangpanchami. Have a great week!

Asha said...

Happy Holi to you too Purnima. I had taken Trisha out today to order cakes etc, she will 18 on Monday! Just came home.
Yeah, there are 3 kinds of Obbattu, chana dal, Tuar dal and coconut filling. I love Tuar dal one, chana dal is yum too. Enjoy! :)

Anonymous said...

OMG Asha, you make me happy to bask in reflected glory, happy to be Kannada! Outstanding, as always! Smita

Asha said...

Thanks Smitha, not many Kannadiga bloggers here, so I enjoy bringing something authentic. Have fun! :)