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Gudi Padwa: The Maharashtrian New Year

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Wishes for Gudi Padwa
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In the hindu lunar calendar, Chaitra is the first month and the first day of it marks the beginning of a New Year for many Indian states. The month begins with a new moon day around March or April, which turns new year for many hindu households. States like Tamil Nadu call this New Year as Chaitrai Vishu or Puthandu while the same is Ugadi in Karnataka or Sansar Padwa in Goa. In case of the state of Maharashtra, this New Year that marks the beginning of spring is referred to as Gudi Padwa.

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Gudi Padwa celebrations
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An important and significant day of celebration for Maharashtrians, this day involves certain set of rituals and ceremonies that Maharashtrians perform as part of their culture.

Abhyangasnan, or the holy bath

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Ingredients of Abhyangasnan
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The Gudi Padwa day usually starts with an extensive oil bath followed by a dip in a nearby river. Though now, the bath happens at home only but necessarily ends with a distinct dress code for both men and women. Men on this day, stick to traditional attire like kurta, pajama and turban. Maharshtrian women wear a nine yard saree tucked to their back, more popular as kastha or nauvari.

Rangoli, or decorating the house

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A Gudi Padwa Rangoli
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Cleaning the house is important in Gudi Padwa. Cow dung is use to sweep the courtyard, followed by colorful floral decorations by the doorstep. This is called rangoli, and the same is also done in many other hindu festivals. Vermillion, rice powder and turmeric are mandatorily used in this rangoli. In modern times, some add flowers and candles to the same to highlight the decoration.

The Gudi, or the flag hoisting

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Women decorating the ‘gudi’
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On Gudi Padwa, every Maharashtrian household hoists an upside down new kalash made of silver, copper or bronze covered in a red, yellow or saffron cloth. The same contains a gathi (a type of sweet), neem leaves, coconuts, mango leaves and marigold flowers that signify a rich harvest. After hoisting it’s positioned to the right side of main entrance of the house so that passerby or neighbours can see it from a distance. Many call this as ‘the flag of Brahma’ (Brahmadhvaj) as on the same day, Lord Brahma is believed to have created the universe. Those who hoist the saffron flag, is believed to commemorate the victories of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Puja, or spiritual worship

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Yagna being performed
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While offering to Lord Brahma on the day of Gudi Padwa, one necessarily needs to offer davna (a fragrant plant). This is followed by a sacrificial fire called as ‘hom’, ‘havan’ or ‘yagna’. This fire ritual is common in many other hindu celebrations and denotes welcome of wealth, health and perish of evil from the family.

Neem, a part of the prasadam

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The neem prasadam
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No hindu festival is complete without a delicious food chart. In Gudi Padwa, the finger licking dishes are pooran poli, soonth panak, chana and shrikhand. Also, neem is a mandatory in this day’s menu. Tender leaves and flowers of neem is mixed with soaked split gram lentil (dal) or soaked gram, honey, cummin seeds, jaggery and asafoetida to make it a tasty item in the menu.

Best Homemade Tan Removal Recipes

We often come to know about simple homemade techniques to fight certain persisting skin and beauty issues from our elders that are quite effective and saves us a lot of money from being spent on trials and errors! Isn’t it? Here are a couple of best recipes for fighting tan issues and removing excessive sun tan.

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How to remove sun tan?
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Sandalwood is known to have unique beneficial properties of its own like helping in curing pimples, acne, prickly heat, itching and skin whitening and more. Turmeric is also yet another multi-faceted ingredient. Both of these are known to improve the complexion and quality of skin in a magical way when applied regularly, combined with boiled and then cooled milk! (2 tsp Sandalwood powder + 1 tsp turmeric paste + 3-4 tsp milk or as required to meet the desired consistency)

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Turmeric…
An essential ingredient for improving the skin and in both face pack recipes mentioned.
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Another similar recipe is to use besan or gram flour instead of sandalwood and the rest remains the same as before. So that will be 2 tsp Gram flour + 1 tsp turmeric paste + 3-4 tsp milk or as required.

When you mix cucumber, lemon juice and rose water, you basically put together a natural bleach to fight tan and pimples along with cooling and repairing agents. This is yet another refreshing choice to fight tan.

Face mask made of Aloe vera, Masoor dal and Tomatoes to fight sun tan.

Face mask made of Aloe vera, Masoor dal and Tomatoes to fight sun tan.

Did you know that ‘masoor daal’ (red lentils) helps in improving even the worst cases of extreme tanning? When you mix a masoor daal paste with aloe vera and tomatoes, you are making one of the best balancing face packs ever. The acidic properties of tomatoes will attack all the pimples and acnes while aloe vera’s healing touch will rejuvenate the skin, make it nourished and you will look healthier and at least 2-3 shades fairer almost instantly! (2 tsp masoor daal paste + 2 tsp tomato paste + 2 tsp aloe vera/gel or extract)

But after you look all happy and pretty, where would you go?

You are welcome to comb through BYT and enjoy yourself!!

Pork Vindaloo

Hearing the name for the first time? Well pork lovers must be aware of it, especially if they have been to Goa. Fans of Goanese food also love the dish. The preparation can be guessed of the terminology ‘vindaloo’ is disseminated. The Portugese term Vindaloo, has two parts – ‘vin’ refers to vinegar while ‘aloo’ means garlic in Portugese. So to brief, this mostly mispronounced dish vindaloois a a stew dominated with garlic.

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Pork Vindaloo
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Bursting with flavours and aromas, Pork Vindaloo is the Indianised name of the dish. Some claim the actual name of the dish was Pork Vindahlo.

The original authentic Pork Vindaloo that is prepared in the Portugese style is dominated with wine and garlic. The Goans, added Indian flavors to it and made it more tangy and appealing. The Indian version of it has some more ingredients like chillies, tamarind, black pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom. In India, though the term Vindaloo asserts potatoes as an integral part of the dish (since aloo means potatoes) but this stands untrue.

Vindaloo is also served with chicken or lamb or vegetables.

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Chicken Vindaloo
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The nearest Indian curry to which Vindaloo can be compared is Korma. It too has thick gravy with meat in it.

Now by this time, when you are all set to try Vindaloo, with chicken, pork or vegetables, it might not be that you have a trip scheduled to Goa or Portugese to try this exotic delicacy. How to satisfy your taste buds with the Vindaloo touch in that case. Well, you yourself can make it at home with Bookyourtable providing you the recipe of the dish:

Toss pork, vinegar, and salt in a bowl. Cook cumin and poppy seeds, peppercorns, chillies, and cloves in for 1–2 minutes, until they pop.Grind the ingredients to powder and add to pork. Add Purée tamarind paste, turmeric, peeled garlic, red chilies, and ginger and make a paste.

Toss and cover the pork or meat with these spices for 4 hours.

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Tossing meat with spices
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In oil, cook mustard seeds and cinnamon until seeds pop, 1–2 minutes. Add chopped garlic, green chiles, and onion; cook until slightly caramelized, 8–10 minutes. Stir in pork and its marinate; cook until paste begins to brown, 5–7 minutes. Add salt and 1¼ cups water; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered and stirring occasionally, until pork is tender, about 1 hour. Stir in jaggery; cook until thickened, 8–10 minutes.

Pork Vindaloo is all set to be served hot and spicy.