Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sankranthi Subhakankhalu and also the treat with Maida Jantikalu

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Sankranthi Subhakankshalu

Sankranthi is big festival for Andhra and also south Indian.Its 4 days of Festival.
1st day is Bhogi
2nd day is Makara Sankranthi
3rd day is Kanuma
4th day is Mukkanuma.

On bhogi

Bogi festival or Bhogi is the first day of Pongal and is celebrated in honor of Lord Indra, "the God of Clouds and Rains". Lord Indra is worshiped for the abundance of harvest, thereby bringing plenty and prosperity to the land. Thus, this day is also known as Indran. On Bhogi all people clean out their homes from top to bottom, and collect all unwanted goods. This day is meant for domestic activities and of being together with the family members.

All the houses from the richest to the humblest are thoroughly scrubbed and whitewashed. Homes are cleaned and decorated with "Kolam" - floor designs drawn in the white paste of newly harvested rice with outlines of red mud. Often pumpkin flowers are set into cow-dung balls and placed among the patterns. Fresh harvest of rice, turmeric and sugarcane is brought in from the field as preparation for the following day.

A special puja is performed on the first day of Pongal before the cutting of paddy. Farmers worship the sun and the earth by anointing their ploughs and sickles with sandalwood paste. It is with these consecrated tools that the newly-harvested rice is cut.

The Bonfire
Another ritual observed on this day is Bhogi Mantalu, when useless household articles are thrown into a fire made of wood and cow-dung cakes. Girls dance around the bonfire, singing songs in praise of the gods, the spring and the harvest. The significance of the bonfire, in which is burnt the agricultural wastes and firewood is to keep warm during the last lap of winter.
Bhogi Pallu:
“Bhogi Pandlu” is a special ritual to be performed on the day of Bhogi. On Bhogi, the children are dressed up with new dresses. They are given Aarti and Bhogi Pandlu (Bhogi Pallu – a special mixture of gooseberries, food material, sugarcane and rice) are showered on the heads of children to protect them from the evil forces.
The main reason of offering Bhogi Pallu to children is to get them better health and prosperity. It is a type of solution for Nara Drishti and Graha Peeda Nivarana.
Makara Sankranthi:
  1. According to the Puranas, on this day Surya(Sun) visits the house of his son Shani(Saturn), who is the lord of the Makar rashi(Zodiac Capricorn). Though the father and son duo did not get along well, the Surya made it a point to meet his son on this day. He, in fact, comes to his son’s house, for a month. This day thus symbolizes the importance of the special relationship between father and son.[1]
  2. From Makar Sankranti starts the ‘day’ of devatas(Gods), while dakshinayana (southward movement of the sun) is said to be the ‘night’ of devatas, so most of the auspicious things are done during this time. Uttarayana is also called as Devayana, and the dakshinayana' is called Pitrayana.[citation needed]

On the special day we cook  kind of sweet rice called Chakkara Pongali is prepared on Makara Sankranti day with the new crops and is offered to Lord Indira. And the married women of the house perform special prayers to Goddess Lakshmi by offering her newly made turmeric powder, kumkum powder, beetel leaves, beetel nut, one or two fruits including new sugarcane pieces and locally available berries which is known as taamboolam in local language. And after that it is a tradition to distribute taamboolam to other married women folk in their community.


Kanuma is observed on the third day of the Sankranthi festival in Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan hill to protect the people of Gokulam on this day. Mukkanuma is observed the day after Kanuma and is primarily a day of feasting and merry making.

In Hindu mythology, Kanuma is the day when Lord Krishna performed the miracle of lifting the Govardhan hill. Lord Krishna asked the people of Gokul to worship the Govardhan hill, which blocked the clouds and provided rain. This enraged Lord Indra, who until then was seen as the rain god, and to avenge this insult, Indra created thunderstorms and rain and flooded Gokul. To protect the people, cows and other animals, Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan hill. People found shelter under the hill. Soon Indra realized his folly and took refuge in Krishna.
Mukkanuma is the final day of Sankranti celebrations. On this day people arrange huge feasts, invite friends and relatives.
Mukkanuma 2012 date is January 17.In some places, on Mukkanuma bullock cart races and cock fightings are held. Mukkanuma is the final day of Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh and some parts of Karnataka.Here are some pics of Bhogi Pallu and also my rangoli.

Ok lets go to the recipe.On festival everybody come to house all like these types of snacks so i am posting this snack.


Maida-2 cups
Urad dal flour-1/2 cup
Roasted chana dal-5 tsp
Butter-1/2 cup
Jeera-1 tsp
Salt to taste
Chilli powder to taste
Sesame seeds-3 tsp
Water -Required to knead the dough
Oil for deep frying


1.Take the maida(All purpose flour) in the dry and clean bowl and cover it with lid and put in the pressure cooker and cook in steam for 15 minutes as shown in the pic.
After 15 minutes off the heat and wait until the maida gets completely cool down.

2.Now take the  roasted chana dal in the blender and blend to fine powder and keep it aside.

3.Take the butter in the microwave safe bowl and cook this for 20 seconds.Keep it aside.


First take the wide ,clean and dry bowl and add the maida,urad dal flour,roasted chana dal flour,sesame seeds,salt,chilli powder,jeera and whisk it well.
Now add the butter and mix it well.
finally add the water little by little and make the dough .
Take the oil in the deep frying pan and heat it.
Take the Jantikalu press and grease it with oil and place some dough in the press.
When the oil gets heat press the murukku press now thw jantikalu drop in the oil .
Cook this until it turns to golden brown.
Now take out from oil and place them on the paper which absorbs excess oil.
Do all the dough same as i said before.
Now the tasty and spicy Jantikalu ready to eat.


  1. Delicious..Awesome Recipe


  2. Jantikalu looks super crispy, love the way u described the festival, enjoyed reading.

  3. u r looking great in the saree.....jantiklu is gona be yummy ...great snack

  4. Happy New year dear,love this delicious snacks...thanks for sharing.

  5. Lovely celebration pictures dear. Happy Pongal. Delicious murukku.