6 Million All Times Hits to Kalpavriksha Kamadhenu – Thank You


I had never imagined having so many visitors visit this blog even in my wildest dreams. I had posted about 5 Million just in late December, and within a few months to have another million is just unimaginable.

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Just last month as you can see in the image, the blog had more than 200,000 visitors. It was just humbling to know that this blog has raised so much interest and enthusiasm about our food, festival and culture. Doesn’t matter where in the world you are, which remote part of the world you are, we have seen time and again that ” Where there is a WILL, there is a WAY. Where there is no WILL, there is a HILL”.

The comments I read here, and many of you have sent and have been constantly sending emails each and every time I post something which interests you, is truly the inspiration for this blog. I have met many of you personally, while in temples or any other place, when you come and ask ” Are you the same Meera of this blog”, I feel such joy which cannot be expressed in words. THANKS!

This blog has also taught me to be humble, honest, a good and compassionate person. The comments and emails which several of you share about your own experiences good and bad, happy and sad have completely changed my perspective about life.

The several comments each one of you share about you own miracles of our Beloved Rayaru have made me even more staunch devotee.

Where there is good, there is bad. Where there is sweet there is sour. Where there is Light there is also darkness. Where there is Happiness, there soon follows some sadness. Where there is birth, in the near future it is followed by death. Similarly, there are good comments and sometimes not so good. The bad and irrelevant make me sad just a tiny bit, and immediately follows a good one by the many who reply.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. Let us keep our culture alive, spread our customs and traditions in a good way and above all spread tolerance and patience.

None of this would have been possible without the blessings of Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru.


Order of Food Items Served on Banana Leaf

Last week during Sree Krishnajanmasthami my daughter asked to be served food on Plantain leaf. We have 4 big pots which have the plants, and they are getting quite big now. So, we offered all the prasada to Lord Krishna in the leaf, and also used a few additional ones for us as well.

There were a few emails from my extended family who asked me to share the order of food items to be served during festivals and other occasions. The two images shown below are for two different occasions. The first one is served during festivals and the second one during Shradda and Paksha masa when you are performing the annual rituals for the departed souls. The food items prepared differ but the order remains the same.

If you click on the images displayed below, you can see the order of food items in English.

Below is the items listed to be served from left to right. Also remember the plantain leaf the narrow edge comes to the left hand side, and the broad ones towards your right hand side. For festivals, marriages and happy occasions draw rangoli in front of the leaf.

  1. Start with salt at the left most corner.
  2. If you are serving Chatni or pickle, it comes next. See second image.
  3. All the way at the top left after salt, Channa Dal Kosambari
  4. Next, Moong Dal Kosambari
  5. After Kosambari, First Dry Vegetable Palya.
  6. Than comes Second Dry Vegetable Palya.
  7. Just below this is any sweet dish you have prepared like Laddu, Hayagreeva so on
  8. Right bottom towards where you are sitting, any payasa you prepare like Shavige or Vermicilli.
  9. Above that Thove. Both images have them shown.
  10. All the way left bottom, Chitranna, Veg bath or lemon rice.
  11. Next to the Chitranna, Papad or any fried item.
  12. At the very center, White Rice.
  13. Ghee on top of white rice and Payasa.
  14. Once ghee is served and the priest finished giving hastodaka, start eating the food starting from Payasa.
  15. Next, the Sambar or Kootu is served. Along with any fried items like papad, ambode, vada so on.
  16. Once we finish eating sambar, any vegetable rice prepared such as lemon rice, Vangibath, Puliyogre is served.
  17. Next, the payasa is served.
  18. Following this is Rasam with Rice and ghee again
  19. You ask for second servings of any vegetables and kosambari
  20. The Sweet dish prepared such as Laddu, Hayagreeva, Chiroti is served.
  21. Finally, Rice and yogurt.
  22. Once you are done, make sure you put a few drops of water on the salt.
  23. Close the leaf from top towards you so any leftover food items are covered.
  24. If you serve me on a plantain leaf, my leaf will be clean. I never waste anything served. Seriously. :)

Enjoy a great tradition in our Hindu religion which is Eco friendly, less work since you don’t have to wash the plates and hygienic since you have no clue when and how those plates would have been cleaned.


Gowri Ganesha Festival Preparation & Recipes


This year Gowri Ganesha Festival is celebrated on September 16th Wednesday and 17th Thursday. For those of you in India, it is a national holiday. However, for all of us in different parts of the world, both are working days and in the middle of the week.

Some of you have both festivals, a few of you like me have just the Ganesha festival. Since it is the second biggest festival and lots of rituals to follow, I have taken a day off myself.

So, this post is to help all of you prep for this festival and get the blessings of Gowri and Ganesha.

Gowri Habba Preparation:


  • Prep for all the pooja items like Haldi, Kumkum, Mantrakshate, Gejje Vastra.
  • Make sure you have Rangoli, if you don’t have the dry powder, use Kundan Rangoli, a chalk and draw. If even that is not available, take some printouts and use them. I have used a combination of all of them as seen below. Draw small feet of Lord Krishna from the front door.
  • Make sure you have camphor, Agarbathi and also soaked for Mangalaruthi.
  • Buy all the ingredients required for the Maradha Bhagina. The  two posts which have already been published are linked below:
  • Buy fruits, Coconut, Banana leaves, Mango leaves, Betel leaves and nuts.
  • Buy plenty of flowers.
  • If you are performing Panchamruta abhisheka, buy all items required for that.
  • A list of all food items which can be prepared is added at the end of this post.

Ganesha Habba Preparation:

  • All pooja items as listed in Gowri Habba.
  • In addition to all fruits, flowers get lots of garike and leaves for Lord Ganesha.
  • The key food items made are 21 Modaka, 21 Kadabu and 21 Chakkali. Recipes listed all the way at the end.
  • Offer Gejje Vastra. Usually fancy ones are offered here. 16 strings or some times 21 strings.

Food Items for Gowri Ganesha Festival:

Typical Madhwa Lunch

Kosambari ಕೋಸಂಬರಿ

  1. Cucumber Kosambari

  2. ಕಡಲೆ ಬೇಳೆ ಕೊಸಂಬರಿ – Channa Dal Kosambari

ಚಟ್ನಿ Chutney

  1. Channa Dal or Kadale Bele Chutney

  2. Coconut Chutney

  3. Pudina or Mint Chutney

  4. Mint Mango Chutney – ಫುದಿನಾ ಮಾವಿನಕಾಯಿ ಚಟ್ನಿ

Bonda – ಬೋಂಡ ಭಜ್ಜಿ Bhajji


  1. Heerekayi Bonda

  2. Red and Green Capsicum Bonda or Fritters

  3. Aloo Methi Pakoda

  4. Ambode

  5. Bombai (Aloo) Bonda

  6. Sabhudani Vada – Gluten Free

ಸಿಹಿ ತಿಂಡಿಗಳು- Sweet Dishses


  1. Badam Poori

  2. Kayi Kadabu

  3. Dry Coconut kadabu

  4. Coconut Burfi

  5. Mango Rasayana or seekarane

  6. Pineapple Kesaribath

ಪಾಯಸ – Payasa – Kheer


  1. ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer

  2. Evaporated MilkyWay ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer

  3. Gasgase or Poppy seeds Payasa

ಸಾರು ಹುಳಿ ಕೂಟು – Rasam Sambar Kootu

  1. Hesaru Bele Thove

  2. Ridegourd Thove

  3. Sweet or Sihi Kootu

  4. Sandige Huli Recipe

  5. ರಾಯರ  ಕೂಟು – Spicy Kootu Made in Sree Raghavendra Swamy Mutt

ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಮೊಸರು ಅಡಿಗೆಗಳು – Yogurt Based Dishes

  1. Majjige Huli

  2. ಹಸಿ ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಹುಳಿ – Hasi Majjige Huli

  3. ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಹುಳಿ  – Winter Melon Majjige Huli

ಗೊಜ್ಜು – Gojju

  1. Gojju

  2. Cucumber Gojju

Steamed Modaka – ಮೋದಕ Recipe


So many of you had asked for the recipe for Modaka – ಮೋದಕ prepared during Ganesha Festival. I had not prepared this one in a long long time. Last year I tried the same and it came out just delicious. We ate it with a dollop of Ghee. Yes, you heard it right, Ghee for a change.

So, here is what you require for preparing this.

Ingredients for the Coconut Filling:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups freshly grated coconut
  • 2 and 1/2 cups Brown Sugar, or Powdered Jaggery
  • 5 Cardamom
  • 2 tsp Poppy Seeds, Gasgase fried in Ghee (optional)


  • In a heavy bottomed pan , mix both the Coconut and Jaggery as shown below.

  • Keep stirring the mixture and make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn.
  • After, 10-15 minutes, the mixture will change its color to dark brown
  • If it is too think, just add 2-3 drops of water.
  • Once it becomes thick, add the ground Cardamom, and Poppy seeds.

Ingredients for the Dough:

* 1 cup rice flour
* 3/4 cup water – be judicious here
* pinch of salt
* 2 tsp oil


  • Boil water in a pan. When it is boiling add salt, oil.
  • Slowly mix the rice flour and keep stirring.Turn off the stove.
  • When it is easy to handle and still hot, keep kneading the dough.
  • When the dough is well kneaded, take a small ball in your palm, flatten the edges, keep the filling and close it.
  • When you have completed all of them, place in a pan and steam it in a cooker.I used the Idli stand, steamed 4 at a time.
  • Place it in a plantain leaf and offer to Lord Ganesha.


Update: Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – September 10th 2015



The common interpretation of Pushyaarka Yoga is the combination of Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday or Sunday.This common interpretation is when moon entering Pushya nakshatra on Thursday  or Sunday is PushyArka yoga .

Raghavendra Mutta says “On this Holy day one should Recite or Chant Guru Stotra ( Raghavendra Stotra)s, Singing songs will bring happiness and prosperity in your life.”

The significance of this day is also mentioned in Rayara Stotra – 27th Stanza.

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Anyone who recites this holy Sri Raghavendra Stotram 108 times with intense devotion, on the occasion of solar/lunar eclipse or the combination of Sunday with the star Pushya, will be relieved of all evil influence, e.g., haunting etc. (27)

You can find more details about this great day below in the link:

To find lyrics on Rayaru, please visit this page:

The Raghavendra Stotra to be recited is posted here:

Shri Raghavendra Stotra or Shri Poornabhodha Stotra Lyrics/

Sree Krishna Janmasthami Pictures – 2015

Hope you all had a wonderful Sree Krishna Janmasthami and celebrated the birth of our Almight Lord Krishna. We were planning to have this festival quite simple, and when our Daughter called and told us she would be joining us for the Festival, things changes completely. It was quite hectic, but at the end of the pooje so satisfying.  After the pooje when you sit back and look at the festivities, all your strain and pain just vanishes.

The Mango leaves and the plantain leaves were from our Garden!

The menu items I prepared were:

  • Moong Dal Kosambari
  • Chana Dal Kosambari
  • Upma
  • Kesari Bath
  • Sweet Avalakki
  • Khara Avalakki
  • Majjige Avalakki
  • Thengolu
  • Ompudi
  • Shankar Poli
  • Kodubale

So, here are some pictures from my home.

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Sree Krishna Janmasthami Recipes


Links for all Sree Krishna Janmasthami Recipes. These food items will have no onion and garlic. And these items and recipes can be prepared and offered to the Lord Krishna. No rice items.

The shopping items to be purchased are listed in this link:

Kosambari ಕೋಸಂಬರಿ

Hesaru Bele Kosambari

  1. Cucumber Kosambari

  2. ಕಡಲೆ ಬೇಳೆ ಕೊಸಂಬರಿ – Channa Dal Kosambari

ಚಟ್ನಿ Chutney

  1. Channa Dal or Kadale Bele Chutney

  2. Coconut Chutney

  3. Pudina or Mint Chutney

  4. Mint Mango Chutney – ಫುದಿನಾ ಮಾವಿನಕಾಯಿ ಚಟ್ನಿ

Bonda – ಬೋಂಡ ಭಜ್ಜಿ Bhajji


  1. Heerekayi Bonda

  2. Red and Green Capsicum Bonda or Fritters

  3. Aloo Methi Pakoda

  4. Ambode

  5. Bombai (Aloo) Bonda

  6. Sabhudani Vada – Gluten Free

ಸಿಹಿ ತಿಂಡಿಗಳು- Sweet Dishses


  1. Badam Poori

  2. Kayi Kadabu

  3. Dry Coconut kadabu

  4. Coconut Burfi

  5. Thambittu or ತಂಬಿಟ್ಟು

  6. Mango Rasayana or seekarane

  7. Pineapple Kesaribath

  8. Besan Unde or Laddoo

  9. Rave Unde or Laddoo

ಪಾಯಸ – Payasa – Kheer


  1. Broken Wheat Payasa

  2. ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer

  3. Evaporated MilkyWay ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer

  4. ಹೆಸರು ಬೇಳೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Moong Dal Payasa

  5. Gasgase or Poppy seeds Payasa

  6. ಸೀಮೆಅಕ್ಕಿ ಪಾಯಸ – Sabhudana Kheer

  7. ಹೆಸರು ಬೇಳೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Moong Dal Payasa – Variation 2

ತಿಂಡಿಗಳು – Breakfast


  1. Mixed Vegetables Upma or Uppittu

  2. Gojju Avalakki

  3. Avalakki / Poha Bisibele Bath

  4. Red Capsicum Upma – ಕೆಂಪು ದೊಣ್ಣೆ ಮೆಣಸಿನಕಾಯಿ ಉಪಿಟ್ಟು

  5. ಅಕ್ಕಿತರಿ ಉಪ್ಪಿಟ್ಟು – RiceRava Upma

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  1. Thengolu

  2. Chakalli

  3. Ompudi

  4. Shankarpoli

  5. Kobbari Mittai

  6. Rave Unde or Laddoo

  7. Besan Unde or Laddoo

  8. Kodubale

  9. Poori


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