Today is Vara MahaLakshmi Pooja, a South Indian Festival, Dedicated to Goddess VaraLakshmi. This Pooja is performed by Married Women to seek blessing of Goddess Lakshmi for the over-all well-being of their husband, married life and family.
Also it is believed that, worshiping Goddess VaraLakshmi on this day is as equivalent to worshiping Goddess AshtaLakshmi.
Today different varieties of dishes are prepared as for offering during the pooja, among which Moong Dal Payasam is an main dish offered in many families.
Its easy and tastes delicious. Its one of my favorite dish. I am posting the recipe that my mother thought me.
Moong Dal 1 cup
Jaggery 1/4 cup
Coconut made into paste 1/2 cup
Milk 1/2 cup
Cashew Nuts few, chopped
Cardamon Powder 1 tsp
Ghee 1 tbsp
Wash and soak the moong dal in water for half an hour.
Pressure cook the soaked moong dal with 2 cups of water for 4 -5 whistles. Once cooled, open the cooker.
Next, heat ghee in a pan, roast the cashew nuts till light brown.
Add moong dal and raisins and give a stir.
Now add coconut paste, milk and jaggery cook for 8- 10 minutes.
Once its boiled and gets to thickened, add cardamom powder and cook for a minute.
Garnish with roasted cashew nuts.
Instead of soaking, you can even roast moong dal with 1 tbsp of ghee, and then pressure cook with 2 cups of water for 4 whistles.
Grated coconut or pieces of coconut can also be added instead of making the coconut paste.
Instead of coconut and milk, you can directly add coconut milk.
Jaggery can be added as per sweetness needed.