Vyas offered to don the role of Balarama this time and his little brother was Krishna. Wanted to make two nice crowns for the brothers but could not manage to put them together despite the raw materials being readily available at home:( Two silk towels (anga-vasthrams) served as bright colorful turbans with a peacock feather stuck in it. Vyas was coaxed into wearing the panchakajam and turban. How else will thambi be inspired to wear?! Varun was too happy to pose for the camera but was equally in a great hurry to pull down his tiny make-over. A bespectacled Balarama and kutti Krishna were quite a sight!
Sweets and savories for Shri Jayanthi is an elaborate affair at the V household. Paatti (my MIL), in the name of Krishna, made these:
Seedai (sweet and salt variety), Thattai, Mullu murukku (Maghizhampu or manooppu as some call it), Thaenkuzhal, Rava laddoo, Maa laddoo (Moong dhal flour and sugar), Navaneetham (butter with sugar and cardomom), Aval payasam, Appam and Vadai! Yours truly’s contribution was murukku, appam, vadai, and the simple kolam. Thatha contributed to the seedai while kollu paatti supervised the whole affair. Her only regret was that we did not make Kadalai urundai (peanuts burfi) and she is only 82. ‘Operation Kadalai-urundai’ has been ‘definitely’ deferred for this weekend!
PS: (For those interested)Tried a new recipe for appam and it came out well. Will post the recipe in the cookery blog next week!