Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival and celebrated in India in reverence of the God Shiva. It is believed to be the day shiva was born to save the universe by drinking "haalaahala" and Gaaja the poison and drug that emerged from the churning of the ocean (samudra manthana).Shivaratri is celebrated during the night by keeping a night-long vigil as its believed that Lord Shiva saved the universe from darkness and ignorance. This day is also believed to be the day that Shiva was married to the Goddess Parvati. The Maha Shivaratri festival, also popularly known as 'Shivaratri'-'Great Night of Shiva', marks the convergence of Shiva and Shakti.
People fast on this day, many have fruits and falahari food which is had on the fasting day.
Today being Maha Shivarati I have made
Sabudana Tikki and Aloo ki Kheer....
Sabudana Tikki (Sago Tikki)
1 cup Sago washed and soaked overnight
2 medium sized Potatoes boiled
Few Curry leaves
2 Green chillies chopped
Few Coriander leaves chopped
1/2 cup Peanuts coarsely ground
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
Pinch of Asafoetida
1 tbsp Ghee
Salt to taste
Oil for shallow frying
Take 1 Potato and cut into small cubes. Take a pan, add ghee. Let it heat. Add cumin seeds, chillies and curry leaves. Let the cumin seeds crackle. Add the asafoetida and stir for few seconds. Add the chopped potato and stir fry till light brown in colour. Add the sago, stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add salt and peanuts. Stir and mix well. Add coriander leaves. Let it cool. Mash the remaining potatoe and mix it well. Divide the dough into equal big lemon size portions. Flatten it. Take a pan and add oil. Let it heat. Shallow fry the Tikkis till brown in colour on both the sides. Serve hot with green coriander chutney.
Aloo ki Kheer
2 medium sized Potatoes boiled, peeled and grated
2 cup Milk
2 tbsp Mawa crumbs
1/4 cup Sugar or as per taste
Pinch of Salt
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
Pinch of Saffron
1 tsp Almond and Pistacho flakes
Heat milk in a pot and let is simmer for 2 minutes. Add salt, sugar, saffron and mava to the milk. Stir it. Let the milk reduce a bit. Add the potatoe and cardomom powder. Stir and cook for 3 minutes more. Garnish with Almond and pistachio flakes. Serve with pooris.