Thursday, February 26, 2009

Shivaratri - Auspicious Darkness

Maha Shivratri (also called Shivaratri), which means Night of Shiva, is an Hindu festival celebrated every year. The most significant practices on this day are offerings of Bheel (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, fasting and all night long vigil. The day starts by waking up early, take head bath, do Shiva Pooja and start the fast. After sunset, we go to the temple, do Shiva Abhisekam and break our fast with milk or coconut water, dates, fruits & boiled sweet potato. Meditating Shiva with Sivashtakam,Viswanathashtakam, Lingashtakam and other siva stotras is pious.

Sabudana Khicidi - Fasting Food on Shivaratri


2 cups sabudana or pearl sago

1 ¼ cup roasted peanut powder

4-5 green chillies (chopped)

1 medium sized potato (boiled and chopped)

3 tablespoons ghee

1 spring curry leaves

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Fresh coriander (chopped)


  • Wash sabudana well and then soak in some water overnight till the grains are separate and moist.
  • Heat some ghee in a pan and add curry leaves, cumin seeds and chopped green chillies.
  • When cumin seeds crackle add the potato cubes.
  • Mix well till the potato turns brown.
  • Add the sabudana and grounded peanuts, sauté for 4-5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle a little water and add salt and lime juice. Mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot and enjoy!!!.
Om Shivaya Namah!!

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