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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Happy Ganesh Chathurthi !

Happy Ganesh Chathurthi to All !!

Ganesha is the God of wisdom and prosperity and is invoked before the beginning of any auspicious work. Known by varied names,he has an elephant face and human body. Ganesh Chathurthi falls on the 4th day after no-moon in the month of Shraavana (lunar Hindu calendar).The festival usually falls in the month of Aug/Sep.

As with any other festival, this is celebrated with a grand naivedhyam,a Sanskrit word meaning 'to offer' to God. One can see kozhukattai (Modakam is Sanskrit) in every household in varied forms. One other main side snack found in all Kannadiga household for every occassion and festival is 'Ambode'. Being prepared on special occassion, ambode will be devoid of onions.

The recipe for Ambode is:


RedGram Dal(Thur Dal) - 1 Cup
Broken black gram - 1/2 Cup
Bengal Gram(Channa Dal) - 1/2 Cup
Red Chillies - 3/4
Curry leaves
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying


1. Soak thurdal & broken balck gram together. Separately soak Channadal. Let it stand for 1/2 hour.
2. Drain the water out of the soaked dals.
3. Grind these dals together with asofoetida, salt and red chillies into a coarse paste. Use little water if required. Add the curry leaves.
4. Make small balls of the dough and flatten it with a mild press.
5. Heat the oil in a pan and fry both sides until golden brown.

Note: The dough should hold together.It should neither be watery nor too hard.



  • At 3:00 AM, Blogger Menu Today said…

    Hi Jayashree,
    Happy Ganesh Chathurthi!!!
    We call this dish as "Ama Vadai".
    Thanks for sharing.

  • At 3:58 PM, Blogger Cooking Memoir said…

    Hi Jayshree,

    Happy Vinayaka Chathuri.
    As menu today says, we call it "ama vadai". But for vinayaka chathuri, we make the other vadai urad dal vadai.

  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger Prema Sundar said…

    Hi jayashree,
    Happy vinayaka chaturthi.( a little late). I make urad dal vadai and masal vadai(I use only channa dal for this). I have heard of Ama vadai but never made it. will try sometime. thanks for the recipe.

  • At 10:13 AM, Anonymous jayshree said…

    MT, Thnx for dropping by.

    I thought this is called 'Paruppu vadai' in Tamil.

    Prema, let me knw if you liked it.


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