Friday, 15 August 2008

Sukhadi ~ Godpapdi





Sukhadi
is a traditional Gujarati dessert. Sukhadi is known as Godpapdi or Gurpapdi in Maharashtra. Sukhadi is prepared in every Gujarati house during any religious / festival occassions. In Mahudi Jain Temple at Mehsana, Gujarat, Sukhadi is offered as a prasad. Sukhadi is made up of wheat flour and gud / gurr hence it is known as godpapdi / gudpapdi in Maharashtra.
My mother always made Sukhadi during Rakshabandhan for us, so I thought let me continue the tradition of making Sukhadi on Rakshabandhan.
Rakshabandhan or Rakhi is a special emotional Hindu Festival between brother and sister. ''Raksha'' means protection, ''bandhan'' means bound or binding.
This is celebrated by tying a 'rakhi' or a 'holy thread' on the brother's wrist by the sister and both pray for each others' well being followed by a promise from the brother to take care of his sister under all circumstances and the brother has to give a gift to his sister in return. In many traditions Rakhi is not only tied by sister to brothers, but they are even tied to bhabhis (Sister in law) in a form of a ''Lumbha''. Rakshabandhan is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal.
The strong bond represented by Rakhi has resulted in innumerable political ties among kingdoms and princely states. The pages of Indian history testify that the Rajput and Maratha queens have sent Rakhis even to Mughal kings who, despite their differences, have assuaged their Rakhi-sisters by offering help and protection at critical moments and honoured the fraternal bond. Even matrimonial alliances have been established between kingdoms through the exchange of Rakhis. History has it that the great Hindu King Porus refrained from striking Alexander, the Great because the latter's wife had approached Alexander and tied a Rakhi on his hand, prior to the battle, urging him not to hurt her husband.
The ritual is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan. It is also known as Nariyali / Narali Purnima.
In South India, Raksha Bandhan is called Avani Avittam, when the sacred thread is ceremoniously changed.
I am the only girl child in my family and surrounded by brothers. Rakhi has always being close to my heart as all my cousin brothers, uncles and aunts visit my place. We being Gujarati brahmins, early in the morning my father, uncles and my brothers change their Janoi / Janai ~ Sacred Thread by chanting Gayatri Mantra. Then after regular pooja I tie Rakhi, send by my Bua (Aunt) to my father and uncles. Then comes the turn of my brothers. First I tie Rakhi to my real younger brother, the ritual is to apply a kumkum tilak on his forehead, then tie Rakhi on his wrists, and then lit the diya and pray for his well being and then offer him yummy Sukhadi, prepared by my mother to eat. Then, I tie Rakhi to my other cousins and in return they all give me gift. Since its not a public holiday on that day, we go to respective work, school and colleges and at night we enjoy delicious feast prepared by my mother and my aunts. My brother wears Rakhi for the entire year and changes only on the next Rakshabandhan.
Last year I had unique Rakhshabandhan, I got engaged and my hubby was in UK and me in India. At my hubby's place they have a similar tradition, all of them meet up on this day. My sister in laws, in absence of my hubby invited me. They all tied me Rakhi / Lumbha on my wrists and my hand was full of colourful Lumbhas.

Lumbha
Lumba for Bhabhi

This is the first Rakhshabandhan, I am away from my house, and I am missing my brother a lot. This time I made Rakhi by myself along with a simple greeting card. One Rakhi I made with beads used for making jewellary and the other Rakhi is an edible one. I have used materials used for decorating cakes. I have made a simple Rakhi as my brother wears it for the whole year.





Here's my entry for my dear Friend Priti's Rakhi ~ Thread of Love event Handmade Rakhi, Card and Sukhadi

Ingredients:
1 Cup Wheat flour
1 Cup Ghee
1 Cup Grated gud/gurr (Jaggery)
2 Tablespoon of Cardamom powder
1 Tablespoon of Nutmeg powder
2 Tablespoon of Milk
1 Tablespoon of Khus Khus (Poppy seeds)
2 Tablespoon of finely chopped Nuts




Method:
1. In a vessel heat the ghee, let the ghee melt completely
2. Now add wheat flour and roast the flour till it turns golden brown on a low flame.
3. When it turns golden brown, add grated gud, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. Let the gud melt by mixing it well with the wheat flour by adding very little milk on a very low flame or by removing the vessel from the gas.



4. Grease a steel thali with ghee, when the gud is melted transfer the hot wheat batter on the greased thali and spread the batter evenly on the thali.
5. Sprinkle khus khus and finely chopped nuts on the batter and cut the batter in a diamond shape.



6. Let the batter cool and then remove the diamonds and serve.


28 comments:

Ramya Bala 15 August 2008 at 22:42  

Its a New Sweet dear..N the card n rakhi looks so cute...I am sure ur brthr is gonna luv it... And thank u so much for the award n sryy for the late acknowledgement

notyet100 16 August 2008 at 02:38  

wow,,wht a post..SUKHADI IS TOTALLY NEW TO ME,..LOOKS QUIET AUTHENTIC,.ENJOYED READING ABOUT RAKHI,,HAPPY RAKSHABANDHAN TO U TOO,..I PREPARED MALAI LADDO FOR THE FESTIVAL WILL BE POSTING SOON...UR RAKHIS ARE VERY ELEGANT CAN SEND THEM FOR VANIS EVENT TOO..SHE IS HOSTING HANDMADE RAKHI EVENT....LINK IS TERE IN MY TSHRT BLOG,..LONDON MELA MUS BE GOOD,..GOOD TO KNW U WERE THINKIN ABOUT ME,..RES ALL FINE...WIL CATCH YA LATER..TC,..ND HAPPY BLOGGIN...

Priti 16 August 2008 at 05:18  

Lovely dear...nice writeup and detail method of making Sukhadi...I'll try soon...this all reminds me my school days..love the Lumbha too..my frds use to tie to me ;)..missing all tht :(..and Rakhi is so elegant and beautiful..ur bro sure going to love this...Happy Rakhi..enjoy the day.

Yasmeen 16 August 2008 at 12:32  

Have a very happy Rakshabandhan purva, the sweet looks very rich.

Sukanya 16 August 2008 at 12:38  

I love Godpapdi. Lovely post. The Rakhis are creative, the card looks so elegant and the Godpapdi with a picture of the array of ingredients is simply mindblowing....Wish you a Happy Raksha Bandhan

Kitchen Flavours 16 August 2008 at 14:20  

Something new and looks awesome. Gonna try it soon. Happy Rakhi to u.

Dershana 16 August 2008 at 16:50  

Looks really yummy purva. posting the beautiful award u passed me on the blog. sorry about the delay. was a little vexed due to dealing with someone poaching and plagiarising a community I run on a social networking site.

Suma Rajesh 16 August 2008 at 17:41  

sukhadi and greetings looks yummy and beautiul...ur brother will surly love this and also to have loving sis like u...i know how much u miss ur brother same as me...

VEGETABLE PLATTER 16 August 2008 at 17:47  

Godpapdi looks nice .. i had it a loong time ago in one of my gujju friend's house

Paru ... 16 August 2008 at 19:48  

Sukhadi looks delicious..This is a very new dish to me..thanks for the wonderful recipe..

Happy Rakshabandhan to all you friends..

Paru
www.brindavanrecipes.blogspot.com

ANJALI J. 16 August 2008 at 20:37  

aahh.. another interesting recipe blog.. 1st time here.. u have a gud collection of recipes..

sowmya 17 August 2008 at 02:15  

beautiful post..sukadi has come out really nice..and how sweet of you to make a rakhi ..your brother will be so glad!!

Anisheetu 17 August 2008 at 03:17  

Wow God papdi is looking very nice... and the Rakhi and card are really cute... very good work Purva... Happy Rakhi to u n ur brother...

Myviews 17 August 2008 at 06:10  

Wow! Nice post about Raksha bandan.Your Rakhis looks very nice.Sukhadi is quiet new to me...looks yummy &delicious.Happy Rakshabandhan to you & to your family..

srikars kitchen 17 August 2008 at 08:50  

Hi Dear...
Fantastic Entry... looks nice & Amazing... Nice click...

LG 18 August 2008 at 06:34  

I love this sweet! We also make it in Karnataka under the name of gulpavate and we use wheat dalia for making it against wheat flour used in your recipe. I simply adore this!

Nidhi 18 August 2008 at 07:11  

Nice post...Cute that you could make the Rakhis urself for them. Godpapdi...have tried this once. It tastes realy gud!

Shreya 18 August 2008 at 10:49  

hi Purva, such a lovely sweet and a great post. I will try to make this myself for sure. Have bookmarked this:-) Nice that you made the card yourself.

Madhavi 18 August 2008 at 19:32  

Oh mane ane hubby ne pan godpapdi sakhat bhave chhe, awesome entry dear!!!

Rajani 19 August 2008 at 13:49  

Hi purva what a lovely post about rakhi, its been a couple of years now since I've celebrated rakhi. but yes! childhood memories are ones to treasure.

Ramya Bala 20 August 2008 at 15:25  

dear..have sent my entry to priti..

Usha 20 August 2008 at 17:54  

Your sweet looks awesome and tempting....let me see just today I was craving a sweet and here you present me with the perfect recipe, love it.....enjoyed reading your post too...your rakhis look very nice and it is so sweet that you are making handmade rakhi for your brother :)

Usha 20 August 2008 at 20:28  

Just added you to my blogroll so that I can visit often :)

notyet100 21 August 2008 at 02:18  

HI PURVA,..EVEN WE WERE ON WITH SAWAN ,..BUT THE ONE WE FOLLOW ENDS ON RAKHI DAY,,,WHN WILL SHRAVAN EMONTH END FOR U ,..WE EAT JUST CHICKEN EGG AND FISH ,..LAMB CURRY I DONLIKE MUCH,..:-),..IAM ON FOR THE NEXT THEME,,,AND YA WAITIN FOR ROUND UP TOO,..TK CARE CEEYA...

Sunshinemom 21 August 2008 at 13:15  

I don't think I have been here before but I think your daawat is ekdum khaas! Nice recipe - I love this when my friends bring it to office - yet to try!

Divya 21 August 2008 at 18:01  

Hey Purva, this is my first time in ur blog. Very beautiful I must say!
Sukhadi looks amazing... I am south Indian, and am hearing about it for the first time.
I will try it when I have guests over.

romaspace 21 August 2008 at 18:02  

I LOVE this barfi! I have bookmarked it to try.
Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe.

Kitchen Flavours 21 August 2008 at 18:49  

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