JFS:Dassera – the Round Up.

Raaga at The Singing Chef made some sundal to go with the memories of celebrating Navratri in Madras (now Chennai). 9 types of sundals for 9 nights! Now that is some Naivedyam. Along with the good, the somewhat not good memories surface.


We’d also get invited to people’s houses and everyone used to have the standard, “Oru Paattu Paadu Maa” (Please sing a song!). I was a moody child just as I am a moody adult. And I never did like singing at other people’s golus. … but try and see the world through the eyes of a 14 year old who has been learning music from the age of 4, who is interested in good music and not necessarily in raagas and azhuttam and all the associated stuff and you’ll know what I mean.


Rachna from Soul Food made Vrat Kadhi

Rachna-Vrat Kadhi

From my childhood days, I’ve spent these nine days fasting and feasting on yummy fasting food, hearing bhajans glorifying the mother goddess and waiting for my ‘kanjak’ on the 8th day. (In Punjab, on the 8th (ashtami) day, little gifts and a plate of halwa-poori, chole is given to little girls).


Renuka from Fusion writes how Navratri Golu is celebrated in Tamilnadu. She lists the 10 Devis and their temples,too.

In Tamilnadu the tenth day is known as AYUDHA POOJA .On this day people worship books,instruments,machineries,vehicles….On VIJAYADASAMI it is considered auspicious to start anything new.Here we can find lot of children joining schools,music classes and dance classes

Her second entry brings recipes for 8 types of sundals. Now that is a celebration!

Sundals are made using Black channa,White channa,Channa dhal,Moong dhal,Green peas,White peas,Motchai,Horse gram,Greeng gram,Groundnuts/Peanuts,Red lobia (Karamani),White lobia.


Siri at Siri’s Corner had a tri-color feast with Aloo Pulav, Palak Methi Paneer and Carrot Halwa. Check out the cream laced Palak Methi Paneer. Definitely my kind of girl! She also has a story.

But Rama needed 108 blue lotuses for the worship of the Divine Mother, while Rama had managed to procure only 107. He was on the verge of laying one of his eyes that was lotus-shaped and blue in color at the Goddess’s feet when Shakti, satisfied with the measure of his devotion, granted her blessings.



Musical from Musical’s Kitchen explains the rules of fasting in Punjab and makes some smashing Khatte Wale Aloo.

People enjoy goodies made out of swaang (literal meaning, pretend) da chawal (samo), singhare da atta (water chestnut flour)-relished as rotis, choora and halva, kuttu de atte di roti (rotis made out of kuttu flour) etc. Salt is replaced by kala loon/kala namak/sendha namak (black salt). The sabzis, daals and kadhis are made sans and onion, garlic and even tomatoes! People enjoy the laddoos/pinnis made out of jaggery and red amaranth seeds (boor, seel, rajgira).

Musy-Khatte wale aloo


Roopa at My chow Chow Bhath made some lip-smacking Bhoondi Ladoos. Now, if that doesn’t sound like festive season, I don’t know what would.

Roopa-Bhoondi Ladoo


Radha has lovely photos of the golu, thambulam and the Carrot Halwa and Black Kondakadalai. She explains the golu as

The Golu arrangement is a sheer exercise of creativity which reminds us of the age old folk lore and puranas. In modern context it gives an opportunity for people to mingle with one another and relish the refreshments served. The guests invited are offered betal leaves (thambulam) which is mutually reciprocated during the visits of friends and relatives. On an auspicious note, exchange of thambulam spells harmony and good will for hindu families.



Easy Crafts made some Jevarisi (Sabudana/Sago) Pudding. Check out her other posts for navratri, too.

Easy Crafts-Jevarisi Payasam


Sunita from Sunita’s world has a wonderful post on her childhood bijoydashmi memories. When a post starts as I quote below, you know what follows has to be good.

..the Durga puja season…the season of autumn( sorot kal, as we call it)…. when there is a slight nip in the air…when the sun shines down a bit lazily…when there are smiles all around…people moving to and and fro with that sense of urgency to reach the puja mondop and offer their prayers…to get a strategic place to stand before it gets over crowded.


Sharmi at Neivedyam made some Sago Pudding. Man, does that bring back memories.

Sharmi-Sago Pudding


Vegconcoctions has some really beautiful and creative Golu pics at her blog. A must-see.

Navrathri Golu


Rina at >Rina’s Recipes has some very sunny sundal



Remya over at Spices ‘n Flavors has Golu at her blog along with some gorgeous Sweet Appam”

Remya-Sweet Appam


Vineela at Vineela’s Cuisine has some beautiful Golu pics as her entry.


Daily Meals has very festive Boondi Ladoos up her sleeve.

Daily Meals-Boondi Ladoos


An excellent Dasara in Mysore post by Namratha at Finger Licking Food.


Srivalli at Cooking 4 all seasons has neivedya for Ayudh Pooja

Srivalli-Ayudh Pooja

and Vijaya Dashmi.

Srivalli-Vijaya Dashmi Feast


Rachna of Soul Food has some easy Peanut Ladoos, tailor made for the modern Indian pantry.

Rachna-Peanut Ladoo


Asha of Foodies Hope brings in a Tamilian Festive Feast to the gathering. Asha, How do you do it? The Mysore Palace and links toMysore Dassera celebrations make this a must-see post.



Kajal of Kajal’s Dreams has all you ever wanted to know about Navrathri/Dassera and garba and more.

Modern Garba is also heavily influenced by Raas a dance traditionally performed by men. It is performed on 9 nights, ‘Navratri’ to Goddess Ambica, where women dance gracefully in circles sometimes also using, ‘Bedu, Kanjari’ or just ‘Taali’ and ‘Chapti’. The word Garba is derived from the word Garba Deep meaning a lamp inside a perforated earthen pot. The light inside the perforated earthen pot symbolized the embryonic life.


Sandeepa, the one of the Bong Mom’s CookBook, the one who weaves stories with her words, the one who has disabled mouse selection on her blog – gives me a special post that has been coming a year. There are many parts of the post that would have been great previews, but lack of space and -ahem, some technical difficulties – led to me selecting this one.

..see Sondhi Pujo on Friday evening and wait for the 108 lamps to be lit albeit by electricity, wait for the Arati and seek blessings from those flames for myself, my daughter, my family, have Bhog on Styrofoam plates balanced on my knees, catch up with friends and overhear elderly Bengali ladies displaying their expensive saree and jewellery subtly.Amidst the crowds and the haze of the incense, I will look up to Durga’s face and see her still smiling kindly and I shall hope that smile gives my daughter belief in her own strength…

Sandeepa, special rule for you from next year. You need to send in the preview of your post as part of the entry. And that’s whats you get for the union wise crack. 😎

Talimpu has the most photogenic Andhra Pulihora. Don’t believe me? Just take a look!



Gulkand and Khoya come together for this delicious sounding treat from Mansi at Fun and Food.




I definitely know there were more entries around the blogospere for Dassera. But these are the only ones that I have emails for. If your entry is not included, please drop me a line! Diwali Entires next.

38 thoughts on “JFS:Dassera – the Round Up.

  1. Awwwwwwww you should have told me you needed a preview. This is what happens when you spend too much time doing your bit for the nation and the blog world by being the “union neta” :D, you forget that a simple mail could do what a javascript could not 🙂

    That aside, how did you manage to even copy those 4 lines, did you have to type it out or is there a hack. Quick I need to know and protect my recipe rights 🙂

    Thanks for the lovely round up though…and also for the JFI:festival idea in the first place

    All typed out diligently by hand. Oh, the things you make me do. That’s the reason I need a Union in the first place!

  2. Good grief! Not Sandeepa, too?! Do you guys ever look at your logs? It will tell you volumes about how they screen scrape and believe me, they’re not using right-click, select, copy.

    Vee, view source is your friend.

    You give me too much credit. 😉

  3. Manisha
    I know “View Source” is the hard(?) way to copy the contents but as a volunteer of the now defunct DH bloggers group who were thinking up ways to protect the images/ writing we had decided to use this script to disbale selection
    I don’t know if anyone else did it but I dilligently added it and sometimes curse myself as I cannot copy my own stuff 😀

    maybe there are lazy people like me & Vee out there who will not do VS to copy-paste 🙂 keeping my fingers crossed

  4. Sandeepa, the screen scrapers send bots to grab the content. I have a regular scraper – a bot from Gujarat. These are the real culprits. I’ve said enough about disabling right click so I won’t say it again here. And, btw, I can select text on your blog. 😉

    Vee, I hope you noticed that Sandeepa called you lazy. Just pointing it out in case you didn’t notice.

    Long live the Union.

    And, Vee, your penance for not participating should be to make every one of these dishes over the next 6 months and post your pic and review. All those in the Union and in favor, vote aye! AYE! AYE!


    I like lazy, I have no issues with lazy. Now, rebellion in the union, that I can’t stand. Thou shall burn, traitor!

  5. I am having so much fun to read these comments..hahahaha…..

    Btw…I could select the content from Sandeeps’s blog in IE. I was about to post it here and when I tried next time, I could not :(. If I was day dreaming or something actually happened there, I will never know….

    Very nice round up Vee…Not sure why I did not make anything for Dassera..I wanted to cook something…May be next year 🙂

    That’s OK, Shilpa. Even I am going to cook something, next year. 😀

  6. Shilpa, you’re wide awake. It’s possible to do it in Firefox, too. You just have to be really quick the first time.

    It is possible even if you are not quick enough the first time and not just with View Source. I think anyone who has been surfing long enough knows how to do it. I agree that it doesn’t stop the really determined plagarizer (that would include the bot). But, it does makes one think twice because it is blatantly obvious that any bit of copying is explicitly without the blog owners approval. In the food blogging community, it just might be enough to make the culprit look for another blog.

    Sandeepa, Gosh, You owe me for all the traffic that’s coming your way, trying to copy your text. You might not appreciate it now, but one day you will thank me for it. Yes, you will.

  7. Ok Manisha…thanks 😀 See I give the first time surfers the pleasure of copying and when they come back ahhhhhhhh…(actually I am not sure why the script behaves that way :D)

    And to be in the Union you HAVE to be lazy, that is one of the criterion

    BTW Vee…what is all this about “coming out” ahem…and that too from “the closet”. Don’t be too stressed dear, the JFI takes its tolls 😉

    “coming out”, “closet”, “diwali post” 😀

    I am going to change the tags on this post to include this. This is going to be fun.

  8. And coming to think of it..do people actually want to copy my posts ? Are they worthwhile…Shilpa & manisha please copy my posts and use it discreetly in your next one. Now that would really give me some traffic


    “coming to”, “coming out”, I have got you thinking it now 😀

  9. First,
    “All typed out diligently by hand”
    “It is possible even if you are not quick enough the first time and not just with View Source.”

    Kisko ulloo banatay?

    Ahem, Only one that I can see.

    Sandeepa, thank you for the blanket permission. Your Puja post was great, btw!

  10. Vee, Manisha and other readers, you all are witnesses…Sandeepa gave me permission to copy and paste her posts on my blog :). Thats so sweet..I have my eyes on puja post too :D.
    Manisha, good point :), looks like Vee is totally confused :). Looks like she asked Ayush to type the lines and then to confirm she copied and ran a “diff” on both :D.

    That’s right. Pick on someone who is busy with the second round up. Tumse yeh umeed nahi thi, Shilpa.


    I AM THE ROPE. Much as the clue they sent with the Holocaust, they use me to scapegoat their societal goals. One day I will be their sacrificial lamb for this abuse, ironically. This is their purpose for me.
    All the elements described below contribute to the perception of “savior” and contribute to the concept of Christianity WITH THE LEAST AMONG US!!! Ironically, to end this abuse fom the gods I have to sacrifice my “candidacy”. Only then will it stop. Sadly, I suspect they willuse another to continue this “savior” positioning, ensuring these people do not take responsibility for their own relationship with the gods.
    However, they have allowed me to try to teach the people in exchange::::

    1. Poker and subsequent Bionion murder 1990s as punishment
    2. Magic – I am good and why we experience an educational event rather than magic-inspired theater, which is what the Bible is.
    When the real thing happens it will “fly under the radar”, as we witness here, as opposed to being “celebrated”, as in the Bible.
    3. Re-write
    4. Use the word “temps” – clone hosts “on assignment”.
    6. Chevron aquisition of troubled Texaco punishment for repression of alternate technologies during 20th century, similar to tobacco industry behavior during the same era.
    7. Reno earthquakes for WHAT HAPPENED TO ME DURING THE trips winter ’08. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT ::::Maintaining the perception of “savior” is CRUCIAL to their positioning. Clues like this, clues like boss CAN’T BE TAKEN LITERALLY!!! They are deceptive, designed as figurative, all part of using me as THE ROPE.

    In centuries past the use of clone hosts was very limited in number:::Kings, courts, the few wealthy. Now, with the explosion of “entrepeneurial” wealth there are many, many more whom the gods manage.
    Consistant with their use of temptation, the gods chose these individuals BASED ON SOME LEGACY OF DISFAVOR, tested them with temptation and, when they failed, reincarnated them. THESE PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER ALIVE!!!! But due to their disfavor the gods CONTINUE TO USE THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES to accomplish destructive goals in our society.
    There seems to be an inverse relationship between the two worlds:::Importance on Planet Earth means a lack of significance up there.
    This is how the system works. It has confused and corrupted people today and they are failing because of it.

    Flanders is on the Simpsons for a reason.
    A while back we were examining the Hammer, how people “take” it when they learn the truth. The “empathetic family” are a good example.
    They shared the “just let it happen”, the “price” of being “dealt” into the Situation. The reality is by voluntarily agreeing to early sexaulization this family unwittingly EXCLUDED the boy FROM ASCENTION.
    They fell on their own sword. Expect similar reverse positioning elements to have costed others involved in the Situation.
    “This is going to open it up.” They’re not the only ones who are positioned as good for appearance’s sake. This Situation employs deception extensively.

    As far as the incidents they like to “produce” when discussing this Situation these events were contrived as their “defense” with Artificiial Intelligence. If the gods fought this war “freestyle” they’d be getting raped as hard as they did to me to set it all up.

    1.3.2000. ——————————————————————————————–

    The gods prosititute black children, utilizing temptation to scapegoat the desperate whom seek their approval, creating a celebratory attitude towards prosisution in black popular culture. Before people cry foul understand they do the same to many whites, pushing them into deciding to NOT give it away, only not at such a tender age.

    Much like the problem of childhood prostitution in the United States today, the gods too are pimps, and despite their grandiose promises all the victims will ever realize is food and shelter.
    “Everybody is going.” There is no suchy thing as “everybody”:
    – “Everybody” isn’t wealthy
    – “Everybody” doesn’t have attractive spouses
    – “Everybody” doesn’t have a good life.
    They are lying to you all.

    “He’s ruining it.” “You ruined it.” They just wanted me in a certain environment to see if they could tempt me into evil with their “temps” I speak of below.
    “It” was always going to fail. No matter how well I did they were going to push me into failure in the end. The origin of boss is a clue proving this.

    As was true in the days of Pharroh, the Roman Empire, Nazi germany and preditory corporate America the gods are essentially spoiled children who take what they want with no regard.
    They like to call the disfavored “evil” yet it is THEIR flag.
    Contrary to popular perception, the run-down nature of WashingotnDC is a clue, a statement regarding the United States and the views of this current administration. Don’t forget:::The gods LOVE to ridicule good in their media.
    Which one is it? Good or evil? It’s both:::The democratization of Iraq has initiated this antient people into disfavor, as it has done so many times before.
    This is the modern incarnation of temptation::::People understand more than they used to, so to ensure they are sufficiently tested the gods “mix it up”.

    After all these years of being strategically raped by god I don’t want to hear it anymore.
    I no longer care.
    I’m satisfied to not participate in your “Big Lie”.

    They display a pattern of “emotional whorism”, pursuing me despite rejection. I refer to the day on Ocean Beach when we realized the supernatural phenominah, compelling me to “look to the gods”. With the history and exploitation their forced upon my life my answer was “No.”, yet they remain, like puppy dogs following at my heels.

    It is a disgrace:::They offer a “flash”, illustrating my time is “running out”, when these bullshit lies they try to sell me direc0tly contradict the history::::
    Early sexualization was a clue I am not going. I don’t give a fuck what thoughts you push motherfucker.
    They just want all their tools into place to justify my excluson, utilizing their clone host machine in place as scapegoats. This further reinforces what I have said about the gods getting theirs up front, such as :::
    1. John Rockafeller is the REAL Anti-Christ, as opposed to the bullshit theater that will come in the end as the Bible describes and
    2. Children go to to heaven. The gods pick and choose those whom they want and all others must come back.
    They have used other “supporting” opposition, 76, Wrigley, Giannini, others whom “Forrest Gump”‘s effect costed.

    The Anti-Christ was always a clone host, as were all industrialists, and the coming Biblical battle of good and evil will be scripted and fake as well, and likely only be telepathic theater at that.

    This is how the gods manage clone hosting::::
    Gangsters of the 20s and 30s were too evil to reward them with the sucess seen in corporate America, so the gods took them out and put people into those clone hosts whom were not evil. The gods rotate based on goals, so it is possible they were rotated throuh when corporate was so wicked in the 1980s.
    There is a BIG difference between preditory corporate/media and decent corporate:::::Media items as I list below were used to prey on people, so the gods UTILIZE evil in the context of these clone hosts. These same people would be prohibited from working “quiet time” in corporate because they dont have the favor necessary to NOT incurr evil.
    There are two “temples” at work here::::Good and evil.
    The gods focus on their evil temples, corporate, media and associated temptations.
    They don’t even WANT people LOOKING at the good temples and seek to minimize their presence amist the “noise”:::::Their temptations attempt to bury the religious life necessary for decency.

    The gods place people with variable morality within clone hosts according to what goals they want accomplished.
    They are, in effect, “temps” (a clue).
    Expect my desire to kill these “temps” who have crossed me to be unrealized symbolism the gods could have used to enhance this theater, if I was willing.
    Expect they dropped many of these clues, created many of these enhancements for the Situation::::::There was a good Jesus who taught before age 30. The switch was made, just as with Mohammed, except the Bible only represents the evil Jesus. Good Jesus’s real teachings lie elsewhere, perhaps under a different name, perhaps DELETED forever.
    The difference is Earth is Planet Reverse Positioning and Christianity is evil. Consistant with this posiotioning the gods may want to send this clue by switching me and having the clone host assume some traditional bullshit Christian teachings.
    Remember::::If Christianity is evil then maybe the (real) Anti-Christ is the good one. The gods may want to mix things up like this.

    Story on the Dynasty that Won Only in Crisis.
    “You don’t get anything. Eveything happens around you.”
    They said this Sutituation’s theme was reflected in Forrest Gump. Other elements of the Situation were justified with a marriage between good and evil::::
    Mondavi chardonnay reserve – Sideways
    Grand Cayman banking – Finding Nemo
    Chevron mascots – Cars
    Japs – Ultraman’s Iron Man
    1980s – BJ at Bionion’s Hosreshoe – Rounders and the poker phenominah.
    This is a long, long list. Friday we add another half-billion to the total.
    Just as we saw with Cars, when some cronie from Hollywood claimed credit when Cars was quite obviously a Chevron inspiration, so did I see some old man claim credit for Iron Man.
    The Japs aren’t John Rockafeller. The Japs are about the offensive, as their products will attest, and providing this “protection” as they did for Chevron shows inferior judgement of the gods yet again.

    The gods willl offer clues suggesting my involvement, tying me to the event for the disfavored’s understanding, ensuring the connection is made without actually admitting it OR compensating me.
    I was talking about Sideways a lot and I guess they decided to (finally) allow the Mondavi death to send this clue. Copia fiasco a clue suggesting this????. Somehow through creative accounting taxpayers will have to foot the bill for this “charitable community aset”. Expect similar scandal at UCDavis.
    Expect similar clues showing I am the element of good they used to justify Sex in The City.
    Here comes another $500,000,000.
    Just as they sent an important clue with Boss so too is this is a clue::::::Abandon any preconceptions of entitlement.

    Sex in the City isn’t the Beatles but this concept was specifically designed to be preditory on women who, as they aged, were candidates for exclusion because of their promiscuity:::::
    I believe there are opportunities that exist for females that do no exist for males. I don’t mean to paint with a broad brush but women’s “sexual peak” may represent the transistion to “sociological males” and their “fall from grace”. Considering today’s promiscuity I question the extent to which this is currently applicable.
    This was the purpose of this event originally::::To promote sexual promiscuity among impressionable disfavored women.
    Admittedly, this is a done deal. Their fans likely own seasons, and the damage from the movie will only serve to revisit the established destruction.
    Nothing compared to the Beatles in terms of popular culturue destruciton to the most favoredd gender.
    We don’t need to witness the British Invasion to see the evil of the English either. The gods drop many clues, associating English accents with evil.frequently.
    Mark my words their “creative banking” is the element of evil the gods used as justification for the creation of Finding Nemo.

    Just wanted to note::::Every time there is a calamity/”crisis” I am not here to experience it. Of course I have to pay for that absense. Examples::::
    1. 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. I was attendingi school at UCSB, something they share “costed me”.
    2. Heat wave of 2005(6?). They used this opportunity to max my credit card during this event, making it “ok” in my mind.
    3. Exhorbinantly high gas prices. Got me sick pnemonia.
    There are other examples, although these are the major ones.

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