Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Raita marcha & Red Chilli chutney

Happy Valentine Day to My all Blog Friend!!!

History & Traditions
The holiday of Valentine's Day probably derives its origins from the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia. In the early days of Rome, fierce wolves roamed the woods nearby. The Romans called upon one of their gods, Lupercus, to keep the wolves away. A festival held in honor of Lupercus was celebrated February 15th. The festival was celebrated as a spring festival. Their calendar was different at that time, with February falling in early springtime. One of the customs of the young people was name-drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man drew a slip. The girl whose name was chosen was to be his sweetheart for the year Legend has it that the holiday became Valentine's Day after a priest named Valentine. Valentine was a priest in Rome at the time Christianity was a new religion. The Emperor at that time, Claudius II, ordered the Roman soldiers NOT to marry or become engaged. Claudius believed that as married men, his soldiers would want to stay home with their families rather than fight his wars. Valentine defied the Emperor's decree and secretly married the young couples. He was eventually arrested, imprisoned, and put to death Valentine was beheaded on February 14th, the eve of the Roman holiday Lupercalia. After his death, Valentine was named a saint. As Rome became more Christian, the priests moved the spring holiday from the 15th of February to the 14th - Valentine's Day. Now the holiday honored Saint Valentine instead of Lupercus

History of Valentine's Day Roses'Oh, my love is a red, red rose' ~ Poets and scholars have likened the beauty of their sweethearts to that of roses. Rose, as the queen of flowers, symbolizes peace and war, love and forgiveness. Valentine's Day is a time to send flowers and gifts to your loved ones but beware! Some of these beautiful messengers may transmit wrong messages. Take the most common flowers, roses for instance. There are formal meanings of different coloured roses in some cultures. Each of these meanings is still used in society today, so choose your colour with care.
  • White roses are for true love and purity of the mind.
  • Red roses are for love and passion.
  • Yellow roses are for friendship.
  • Black roses mean farewell.
  • Pink roses mean friendship or sweetheart.
    History of Valentine's Day Cupid
    Cupid, the mischievous son of the Goddess of Love, Venus, is supposedly responsible for people falling in love. According to the myths, anyone being hit by Cupid's arrow falls in love with the first person he/she sees. His mischievous intentions have led to some entertaining situations in various legends. Cupid in the Roman mythology has Eros, the son of Aphrodite, as his counterpart in the Greek Myths. The names of both these Gods are used synonymously with the concept of love today.

    History Of Love Knot
    Young women in strict Muslim households used to send their pledges of love to young men through messages woven through the knots of a carpet in an Arab tradition. This tradition of sending messages through the knots gave birth to the concept of love knots that continues to this day.

    History Of Valentine's Hearts
    To a beloved, there is no symbol as important as the heart. To give someone one's heart means to give to him or her one's whole being, for the heart is at the center of one's existence. The heart stands for the most profound and noblest of human emotions- that of love. Through ages, it has inspired millions to rise above the mundane cares and to get lost in the thought of their beloved. Thus a heart, pierced by the cupid's arrow, has become the most famous of the valentine's symbols.

Spicy Achaar…………… I made this for my mom-dad who love this Pickle too much!!!

I am sending this as my entry for Pooja's theme of the week- Valentine's Day .:))

This is our traditional side dish of Gujarati. you can find this lovely and spicy dish in each home of gujarat , so this goes to Mathy who is hosting RCI- Gujarati this month.

This goes as well to Coffee for her JFI-Lemon this month.

Raita Marcha(Red chilli Pickle)

500gm red chillies

100gm mustard seed powder

7-tbsp lemon juice

2-tbsp haldi powder

4-tbsp oil

Salt to taste

Step 1: Wash the red chillies and cut off the tops.

Step 2: Remove the seeds of the red chillies and cut in to long thin pieces.

Step 3: Heat the oil till smoking; add the mustard seed powder and haldi powder in it. Turn off the flame.Step 4: Cool at room temperature and add lemon juice and salt to taste.Step 5: Then add chopped red chillies.Step 6: Mix well so that all chillies get coated with the mustard seeds masala.Step 7: Take clean glass jar and place the red chilli pickle in the jar.

Red Chilli Chutney


500gm fresh long thick green chillies

100gm sugar
Salt to taste
Step 1: Wash the red chillies and dry towel to absorb all the moisture. Cut these chillies in to long slices. Remove all the seeds very nicely.
Step 2: Crush the red chilli into mixer to make fine paste.Step 3: Place this mixer in to big vessel. Step 4: Add salt and sugar in it.
Step 5: Mix very well and place it for whole night.Step 6: In the second day morning cover the top with a muslin cloth and leave in the sun to dry for 2-3 days.Step 7: Take clean glass jar and place the chutney in the jar.Step 8: Close the lid of the jar and this should be remains as it is for one year.
I am sending this as my entry for Pooja's theme of the week- Valentine's Day .:))