Thursday, April 08, 2010

Vishu 2010- Vishu Kanji/Vishu Katta Kerala Traditional style

Here i am sharing the recipe of our traditional Vishu kanji …Some people call it as Vishu kanji and some parts of Kerala as Vishu katta…Malayalee can’t celebrate vishu without vishu kanji and vishu kani…In the day of vishu after seeing the vishu kani early in the morning we used to have vishu katta as breakfast ….So Enjoy a great vishu
Raw Rice -2 1/2cup( unakkalari,the rice which we used to make palpayasam) if u don’t get unakkalari u can use raw rice (pacha ari which we used to make idly)

Grated Coconut-4
Salt-to taste
cumin seeds-1/2tsp
Cooking Time-1/2hour
Take a blender and grind the grated coconut along with water …. Extract coconut milk(thick onnam palu) and filter it (3 cup).
Take the cumin seeds in hand and just rub the seeds with the fingers and add this to the coconut milk d keep it aside …Now add some more water and grind again and extract thin coconut milk(6 1/2cup).
Wash the rice properly and keep it aside..Heat the uruli or big thick bottomed vessel(if u have nonstick kadai its best) ….Then add the 2nd coconut milk and bring it to boil.Stir occasionally for not to curdling the milk .
When it began to boil, pour the rice into it,close the vessel with a lid and cook well.
When its 1/2 cooked add the salt …Don`t forget to stir occasionally. ..So when the rice is 3/4th cooked then add the 1st extract of milk with cumin seeds.
..Stir continuously till the rice is cooked and become a thick gravy .Stir carefully coz the water in the milk began to crackle .By this time the oil is begin to come out from vishu katta So when its done take it from the kadai or uruli and pour into steel plate or banana leaves and fill it fully (if u have banana leaves use that only ..(the vishu katta will be more tastier )…With a banana leaf or a spatula wipe the top portion and make it even...When cool cut into pieces..Serve with jaggery syrup(sharkara paani)

Vishu 2010 -Vishu Traditions and Customs

Vishukani or Kani Kanal is the most popular tradition followed by people of Kerela. As per the popular belief, year's prosperity depends upon the type of the first object viewed in the morning. There is a list which tells about various auspicious items to be seen on Vishu morning. Ladies keep all the prescribed items ready a night before the Vishu. A Cadian leaf book, gold ornaments, a new white cloth, raw rice, yellow cucumber, betel leaves, flowers of the Konna tree, halved jack fruits, holy grantha and coconut are kept in a bell metal vessel called 'uruli'. Behind the vessel is kept a bell metal mirror and a Lord Krishna deity. Two lighted oil lamp called Nilavilakku is also placed alongside. The head of the family is the first person to see the holy things. Children are brought blindfold. Special care is taken that family members do not see any other thing except Vishukani. Later, Vishukani is offered to God and distributed amongst poor. Children and other young members of the family get a small gift on this day and this tradition of gift-giving is called Vishu Kaineetam.

Vishu 2010 - New year of Kerala

Vishu is the New Year of Malayalis – it is the astronomical or zodiac New Year in Kerala and is observed on the first day of the Malayalam month of ‘medam.’ In 2010, the date of Vishu is April 15. Historically the festival is closely associated with the agrarian economy of Kerala – a state is the southern part of India. The highlight of the festival is Vishukani, Vishukaineetam and Vishubhalam.
Please note that in 2010, Medam 1 is marked on April 14 but Vishu is celebrated on April 15. This is because the Surya Sankramana takes place late on April 14.
The Vishu day celebrations begin with the ‘Vishukani.’ ‘Vishu Kani’ is the first auspicious thing that people see on the day and this takes place during the Brahma Muhurta or ideally between 0400 hrs and 0600 hrs.
The ‘Vishukani’ is usually prepared on the night before the Vishu day. Immediately on awakening from sleep, people close their eyes and proceed towards the place where Vishukani is placed. This is known as Kani Kanal – kani means ‘that which is seen first.’
Vishukani consists of rice, kasavu mundu (traditional cloth of Kerala), gold, silver, coins, mirror (usually Aranmula Kannadi or mirror with a tail), cucumber, mango, jackfruit, coconut, banana, and Kanikonna (yellow flower known as Indian Laburnum). The Vishukani is exhibited in an ‘urali’ – a traditional vessel of Kerala. It is placed in front of an idol or portrait of Lord Krishna. Traditional Kerala lamp is lit near it.
Then, the eldest member in the family gives ‘Vishukaineetam’ to the family members. The Vishukaineetam is usually coins but nowadays people also prefer other expensive gifts. Hindus then worship at nearby Sri Krishna temples.
Vegetarian food, consisting of traditional Kerala fare, is prepared on the day and includes the mouthwatering ‘payasam.’
From an astrological point of view, Vishu is of immense significance. The day and night are of equal duration on the Vishu day (12 hours). ‘Vishubhalam’ or the predictions for the next year is read on the day.
The preparation for next agricultural season begins on the Vishu day. Earlier, farmers used to plough the land on this day and it was referred as ‘Vishupootu.’
It must be noted that Vishu is not the first day in the regional solar calendar followed in Kerala. The Malayalam Calendar begins in Chingam (August).