We Saraswats are very particular of sweets on every occasion....We prepare Shrikhand puri on hindu new year , Patoli for Nagpanchami , Dahi Vada and kheer on Gokulashtami, Modak and ghee ladoos for Ganapati, Lots of sweets on Diwali plus different kinds poha or also called beaten rice recipes, for holi its always puran poli ( sweetened indian bread).....and the list goes on. We live to eat...
Coming to Raksha Bandhan or Narli poornima . Steamed rice noodles (eggless) with sweetened coconut milk is prepared on this occasion.As am basically from costal line ( konkan), the full moon that falls on this day is called Narli poornima. Narla means coconut and poornima means full moon day. On this day in coastal line fisherman's do varun pooja that is pooja to the sea god and put coconut wrapped with scared thread in to the sea....So that year round he gets a good catch and his life in sea is safe....Well in olden day this may be way to tell fisherman's that the monsoon is gone and they can go for fish in deep sea.
Men's in Saraswat family change their scared day on this occasion. Rakhi is tied on brother wrist to get a good big gift from brothers. And my bhai gives it always, but its a kind of pledge from the brothers to the sister to protect her from all odds in her life.
Lets now start with the recipe....its very simple recipe.
Steamed rice noodle: Ingredients
Rice flour : 2 cups
Water : 3 cups.
Coconut milk : 1/2 cup
Salt : 1 /2 tsp
Coconut oil : 1tsp.
Bring water, coconut milk,salt and coconut oil to boil . When starts boiling add rice flour. Wet all the rice flour and mix well on medium flame till one get dough like consistency.
Knead when hot with little coconut oil applied to your palm till you get a soft dough .The more the dough soft the noodles are soft and continuous.
Now grease the mold with oil,spoon some kneaded dough in to mould close the lid and press on a greased banana leaf.
Steam the noddles in a steamer for 4-5 minutes...The steamed rice noodles or shevaya are ready.
Sweetened coconut milk:
Coconut milk : 2 cups
Powered Jaggery : 1 cup ( or more your preference).
Cardamom powder : 1tsp
Mix all the above ingredients ...Serve it with steamed coconut milk.
You can use canned coconut milk or make it at home. I prefer home made. Its very simple. One fresh coconut shredded . Grind it with little water in food processor or mixer. Then pass it through a mesh colander to get most coconut out.