As a kid I have always enjoyed ‘pillayar sadhurthi’. Dad and bro are talented enough to make clay idol of vinayagar at home itself. We take mud from our own backyard for this. And when it comes to decoration, that is painting it colourful, I used to help. I loved that part. When the day of celebration comes, we keep two black beads ready and after the ‘abishekam’ gets over, we insert that in the eye part, after which only vinayagar is officially born.
And not to forget the time when mom sends to gather ‘arugampul’ – a type of grass- for making a garland for vinayagar. Every day I gather it carefully (only three strands should be there in a sprig) freshly from the fields opposite to our house. Also we go a little far to gather the ‘erukkam poo’ to make malai, that stays good for few days. I use needle and thread and make that cute garland. We get only the purple variety near our area. But paati says white flower variety is more special for the festival.
I used to sit and watch eagerly what are all the things dad used for abishekam – lemon juice, honey, milk, curd, mashed banana,pure sandal (sandanam), turmeric etc and water in between each item… And not to miss the cute little mouse (moonjoor) also gets all these abishekams. My paati used to assist the whole thing. I feel now Aj misses all those things! In our in-laws house we celebrate the same way, but in a brief manner.
And we make kozhukattais all of us sitting together – mom, dad, bro, paati and me.. Afternoon, just for padayal we make 11 kozhukattai in each and finish the padayal and in the evening we start to make lots for dinner. And we enjoy hot, soft and delicious – it goes in without any counts. And not only the pillayar chadhurthi day, as long as the pillayar is kept at home before its dissolved. Every evening mom makes something to offer the idol. Sundal and appam will be mostly made. Since there will not be any rivers or ponds nearby, we dissolve the idol in a big tub of water kept in our garden and after it gets dissolved super fast (yes super fast as its homemade) we pour the water to the flowering plants that we have in our garden. Sweet memories!
Check the other Ganesh Chaturthi recipes
- Channa dal pooranam recipe
- Mothagam with channa dal pooranam
- Ellu poorana kozhukattai
- Sweet pidi kozhukattai
- Ulundu kozhukattai recipe
- Ammini kozhukattai recipe
- Easy ulundu pidi kozhukattai recipe
- Aval pidi kozhukattai recipe
- Samai pidi kozhukattai recipe
Refer How to shape a mothakam in the below video :
To read the mothagam recipe in Tamil, click here
Its so soft and delcious, that you can pop one kozhukattai per mouth and enjoy!