Friday, July 19, 2019

Nanda Vanathil oar Aandi.

நந்தவனத்தில் ஓர் ஆண்டீ
Nanda  Vanathil oar  Aandi.

(This  is a very  famous popular  verse  written by a Sidha   called  Kadu  veli  Sidha.The real meaning   of this verse  as per this great   Sidha  was very real   and different)   

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In Tamil script

நந்தவனத்தில் ஓர் ஆண்டீ
அவன் நாலாறு மாசமாய்
குயவனை வேண்டி
கொண்டு வந்தான் ஒரு தோண்டி
அதை கூத்தாடி கூத்தாடி

In English script

Nanda  Vanathil oar  AAndi.
Naalaru  Mathamai  Kuyavanai vendi,
Kondu vanthaan  oru  thondi-metha
Koothaadi koothadi   athai  Pottu  Udaithandi

Normal  meaning

A beggar   in the   garden,
Begged the potter    for    four  or six months ,
Brought   a pot  -
Dancing  and jumping   too much,
He   broke it  by dropping  on the floor.

Real meaning

In the  garden of life  , one soul,
Begged   the creator  for ten  months,
And brought   a body  for himself,
But   he   used this  body   in a wrong way,
And spent it by  needless  jumping  and dancing,
And   he lost the body  he got by embracing death 

Ravana the Brahmin priest Of Lord Rama

Ravana  the Brahmin  priest   Of Lord Rama

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Nala the  engineer  monkey   completed  the Sethu,
The first  ever sea  bridge  of the   world  , and,
All monkeys   were eager  to  cross  the bridge ,
And  reach  Lanka   to kill  the  hated  Ravana.

Lord Rama  called  Jabhavan, the  son of Lord Brahma,
And asked  his opinion   and within   a second  , he told,
“Before stepping on the bridge , we have   to perform,
A  Ganapathi  Homa   and Shiva pooja, in a proper  manner”

“For that  we need the assistance of a scholarly  Brahim priest”
All monkeys  blinked , not knowing   , where  to get a priest like that,
And when Rama  asked Jambhavan about it  , he smiled  and told,
“ there is no problem,  Ravana  who is a scholar and Shiva Bhaktha,
Is very much near   us and a better one cannot be found  anywhere else”

Lord Rama looked   as Anjaneya , who  jumped the ocean and reached,
The palace  of Ravana   and though All   other asuras   prevented him,
Ravana asked them to permit him    and Anjaneya   requested,
King Ravana   to do  Ganapathi    and Shiva Pooja to the bridge.”

Ravana willingly agreed and reached  the other shore   along with,
All the needed  material for the pooja but when he reached  there,
He told Rama, “This pooja   would not be effective   unless ,
Your wife  is by your   side  and gives  you permission   to do it”

“So I will bring Sita  here  with one condition that   she and you,.
Should not exchange   any words  and Sita was   brought,
And  with her permission  the pooja commenced   and ,
Was conducted  in a great manner  by Grand son of Brahma.

After wards  Ravana told Rama , “You may  be thinking   as to,
What Dakshina    you would like   to give me  but for  these poojas,
No dakshina    should be taken by a learned  Brahmin like me.
So  when  in the war  , I am about to die, come and bless me  as Lord Vishnu

With   tears  in his eye  Lord   Rama   agreed   and at  the end,
Of the battle   when Ravana was breathing   his last,
Rama went  near him and told , “Oh wise  and learned Ravana,
I  pardon you and as Lord Vishnu , I am giving   you Moksha(Salvation).”

The simple summary of all Vedas and puranas

The   simple  summary  of all  Vedas  and puranas

Rewritten in English

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Veda Vyasa,  edited and compiled the four Vedas  , 18 puranas  and not satisfied with them Maha Bhagawatha  Purana,
 Once many Hindu devotees   , met him and asked,
“Swami  most of  are   ignorant and though  we   want to read your great work,   we are  not able to read it . True some of us are  intelligent and wise  but     we do not get time to read   all the voluminous but   great work written by you  .So kindly tell us , a very short summary of your works  , knowing which, we  can know    your works.”
 Sage Vyasa  smiled and told

“Para peedanam paapam,
Paroupakaram  punyam”

Which means

“Troubling   others is  sin,
Helping  others is a blessed deed.”

                Please  follow  this great summary   and  become  knowledgable, great   and good”

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mundaka Kanni amman temple , Mylapore , Chennai

Mundaka  Kanni amman temple  , Mylapore  , Chennai

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   This is a famous temple in Chennai which is supposed to help us remove Naga Dosha as well as   grant women longevity  of married life.”Mundakam” in Tamil means lotus flower   and this Goddess is called  “One with the lotus eyes) .Though the  people consider  that it is an ancient temple,  no information about its history is available.Some people believe that  she is the form of Goddess  Saraswathi  and others the Goddess  Kothavai.

    In this temple  the Goddess  is Swayambhu(self made)    and the sanctum(Garbha graham)  is in in a thatched    shed. It seems devotees   several times try to move the Goddess  in to a  Building but every time , there was some problem. It is also believed that  the Goddess   has chosen to    stay in a shed so that   devotees    are saved from the heat of  summer

    Before the sanctum , there are two lady  Dwara palakis(  Guards) .The goddess is in the form of lotus   flower bud  of stone.There is a trident  in front   and back of the Goddess  and there is also  a lustrous unknown  light   behind her back,.The Goddess  is covered by silver armour .On the armour a picture of a five hooded   snake is drawn .On the back of the goddess  There is  a Kallala tree  behind her and  below it a  three feet high stone serpent.

On the left of the Goddess  Is the Ursavar( metal  idol which is   taken round during festivals)   and opposite to it is a huge neem tree  The Statue of Uthsavar is in a sitting position   having a peaceful face.  On her head there is a crown  and One hand holds a sword  , another shows   symbol of protection  and the back hands have Small drum and trident ,On the left side of the Uthsavar is the Saptha kanyas  Maheswari, Vaishnavo, Brahmi, Kaumari   , Indrani  , Chamundi    and Varahi and two sages   Parasurama  and Jamadhagni  sages made of Earth  are found sitting on their sides.

  From morning to noon   continuously Abhishekam is done to this Goddess using milk, curd , tender coconut water  , honey  , Panchamritham, lime   juices, sandal paste  , rose water   and so on .

   After this they make a ball of turmeric make it flat and paste it on the face of the goddess, on which eyes, nose mouth etc are made, dress   her  with neem leaves ,and make her wear flower garland.


 On Chithirai first  (April 14th or 15th)  there is a worship with 108 lamps.
On Aadi pooram day   !008 basket of flowers are   poured over the head of Goddess  and porridge  (kanji) is distributed
On aadi pooram  , Vijaya Dasami, last Friday of Thai month , Chithra pournami and Tamil new year day  , the mother sits on a silver throne and  goes round the streets
On Aippasi   POurnami day  Annabishekam is performed to Amman
On Sundays  , Tuesdays and Fridays and other festival days   they make the goddess  wear silver  face  , serpent ornaments as well   as crown.

The temple is open from
6 am to 12 non   and 4 pm to 9 pm

Contact  particulars

Arulmigu Mundagakanniamman Temple
Mylapore,Chennai-600 004.

From Paris corner   the temple is near by.The place can be reached by buses/taxis/auto as well as train   from   any part of madras.  gives various methods   to reach the temple  from various parts of the city.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Vethathiri Maharshi Talks on Family peace

Vethathiri Maharshi   Talks on Family peace

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(Yogiraj Shri Vethathiri Maharishi (14 August 1911 – 28 March 2006) was a spiritual leader, world peace activist, scientist , philosopher, Ayurvedic  and homeopathic practitioner, and founder-trustee of the World Community Service Center in 1958 in Chennai, India . His Theory of Universal Magnetism provides an alternative for the Big Bang  theory, and includes the concepts of the evolution of atoms and God particles. He provided 14 principles for World Peace. He presented a blueprint at United Nations  for World Peace.)

 Vethathri  Maharshi addressed  professors of Psychology once
He told  that  “You will have a great domestic life, provided if you
1.        Give up
2.       Obey
3.       And Tolerate

One Lady professor   asked , “Who should give up? Husband or wife”
The Maharshi said, “Giving up   would be done  ,by  the person

1. who loves better
2. who is wise.

He said further
The person  who loves would not be adamant and would be noble   and generous. The person   would be the power producer  of the family  and would be nearer to God .The person  can do penance easily and  can easily “Give up”
The Maharshi   further said  them   about  Ten commandments for a  peaceful family.
1.The  place   where  we have   to use  our wisdom, is our family.
2.No relation in the world is similar to that of husband and wife
3.Use wisdom to run the family and never the feeings
4.Always spend  less than you earn
5.Every one in the family  should have ability   to earn-It could be less or more
 For  Protecting  what we earn  , spending   and giving to others, every one   should have   equal    responsibility
6. Earring or spending   or saving   by  either the husband or wife   should be  with the knowledge of other
7.Sacrifice   and flexibility are most important   for both husband and wife
8.Not bothering too much of the  mistakes  of others and   forgetting it would lead to a good family
9.You should never think, and talk   about the partner   we did not get .
10.Good children would be born in good families. For crossing   the huge ocean of Samasara  peace in the family is essential.
                                   “Hail  this earth  , hail this earth  ,live  with prosperity”

Monday, July 15, 2019

Ashada or adi month-the good bad month of Indian calendar

Ashada  or adi month-the good bad  month of Indian calendar

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The month of Ashada(Chandra mana)  or Aadi (tamil)  or Karkidaga   is normally   considered   as inauspicious.It is the beginning of Southern Solstice  (Dakshinayana) comes.
     During Aadi/Ashada  month  , no auspicious functions are held , husband and wife(certain places  daughter in law   and mother  in law)   do not live together . This is strictly implemented on the first   year of marriage  as people believe that  if a lady conceives in Adi month  , she will get the child in the very hot summer   and this should be avoided.
    But this month is full of special days of penance and worship. On Tuesdays of the month , if women apply turmeric and take bath, their husbands would live very long. On  all Fridays   of the month, Goddess  Parvathy  is worshipped.On Adi Krithika day, Lord Muruga is worshipped, on Adi  pooram day   Goddess  AAndal is worshipped and  Aadi amavasya  is considered as very special   to worship oou dead   ancestors.The Vara Lakshmi Vrutha when Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped also comes in this month.
    There   is an interesting story about  Aadi month  in Tamil Nadu:-
It seems Aadi was   a deva maiden  and when once Goddess  Parvatrhi was not with her husband, she took the form of a serpent  , went near  God Shiva   and took the form of Goddess  Parvathi and sat near him.Shiva could immediately recognize that   she was not Parvathy   and attacked her with his trident.The fire sparks that flew from his trident   made her.But God Shiva cursed that   she should be born as a  bitter neem tree  in the world .When she  cried he told her that  People will worship as the Goddess and one of the months of the earth would be named after  her   and she would do all that is good to people of earth. It is also believed that  worship of Thulasi plant  in the Shukla paksha days  in Aadi   would bless them with prosperity.
   In Kerala it was being called  as “kalla Karkidagam(the Thief  Karkidaga”)  earlier because due to replanting of paddy  in the previous monthand incessant rains   during that month, no agricultural work  takes place  and no crops  yield(due to  shedding of flowers due to rain)  .But   for a long time  Keralaites considered  it as  most suitable   to read Ramayana   and read  “Adhyathma  Ramayana”   on all days.  It is also called  the Ayurvedic month   as it is believed that Ayurvedic treatment is most effective during this time.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

When will all my problems end?

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When will all  my problems end?

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One  saint  was  waiting  near the  river bank,
Without crossing the  river   and  one young man  asked him,
Sir   When are   you going   to  cross  the river and he said,
“Water  keeps on flowing   and I am waiting it  to be completely  empty.”

The Young man  laughed  loudly  and told  , “I  Thought  you are  wise,
But  now  I have changed  my opinion.” And the saint laughed and said,
“I see   many  of  the old  and supposed  to be wise  among you  ,
Were  waiting  their  responsibilies  to be over  . so that  they  can enjoy life”

“I am feeling  that the river  water   will get  over  by that time,
Their responsibilies  would get   completely   over  and at that time,
They will start enjoying  life  and I would  easily  go to the other shore”
The young man, said to the sage  “ I agree   that  you are  wise”

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tamil festivals 2019-20

MY friend , the learned  Srikanta Vadhyar  informs me  about list of Tamil festivals during this festival season

Festivel  Seasons are starting from mid of this month
Important festivals and dates for next six months are below.

17/07/2019  - Aadi maasam begins
Dakshinayana Punya kaalam

03/08/2019. - Adi 18

09/08/2019  - Varalakshmi viratham

15/08/2019. - Rig, Yajur upakarma

16/08/2019. - Gayathri Japam

23/08/2019. - Gokulashtami

02/09/2019. - Samaveda upakarma - Vinayaka chathurthi

14/09/2019. - Mahalayam begins

28/09/2019. - Mahalaya Amavasai

29/09/2019. - Navarathri begins

07/10/2019. - Saraswathi pooja

08/10/2019. - Vijayadasami

27/10/2019. - Deepavali

11/12/2019. - Karthigai Deepam

06/01/2020  - Vaikunta ekadasi

10/01/2020. - Arudhra darisanam

14/01/2020. - Boghi

15/01/2020. - Pongal

16/01/2020. - kanu

Monday, July 8, 2019

Moru Charu recipe

Moru Charu

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This is an instant recipe when you don’t have time and  have  nothing else except sour buttermilk. Here is the recipe. My  grand mother  used to fefer  it as  “Mulgayai  killi  Mora vidal”  . This is prepared   very rarely   , as it is considered   as a  very simple  , tasteless  main dish

1.Palakkad   iyer homes

1.Heat Oil , splutter mustard , red chillies, uzhuttam parippu and fenugreek(if needed  you can add split  green chillies also)
2.Pour buttermilk and add salt and turmeric powder
3.Remove from the stow  as soon as butter milk  becomes hot .

It has a taste  of its own  and people who need pungenzy   squeeze   the seasoned  red chillies/split  red chillies  in the butter milk.

2.Second recipe  in Kerala(with garlic   and onion)

.I never  knew  it was   a Kerala Dish   and I was surprised to see  the foillowing recipe given in a Malayali  web site

It is called   as Moru curry or  Moru Charu or  Kachiya  moru koottn

The iungredients are

1,Sour  buttermilk
2.Coconut oil
3.Mustard seeds
4.Fenugreek seeds
5.Cumin seeds
6.Red Chillies
6,Curry leaves
9.Small onions
10.Turmeeric powder

1.Heat oil , add mustard seeds  , fenugreek seed. Cumin seeds  , red chillies
2.After theysplutter  add  curry leaves , ginger  , garlic, greenchillies fry for  a few seconds
3.Add small onion  and fry till it turns brown
4.Add turmeric powder  ,.Sitch off the stove
5.Add   salt, butter milk  , heat  a few seconds  , switch off

Friday, July 5, 2019



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When king Marthanda Verma was  ruling over Travancore , He had a minister called  Ramayyan  Dalavai  , who was a  Tamil Brahmin from  Tinneveli  .There is a practice of conducting Laksha Dweepam and Mura  Japam in the Padmanabha  swamy temple   every 12 years.Very large number  of Brahmins are fed.Once after  the Mura japam  , large variety of vegetables   , none of which was  sufficient for any dish were  remaining  .Then Ramayyan Dalawai , from THirunelveli    invented Avial  .

   The recipe is very simple.Cut all vegetable in to thin long  pieces(In kerala potato is never used) .Boil  all of them together

A,To add  sour taste  three  methods  are in use

1.Add  Sour buttermilk   almost   at the end, just before seasoning,
2.Add  Raw cut mango along   with vegetables
3.Add thin   Tamarind extract(needs to be added  at the beginning) 

B.To add pungency   and thickness  , Ground  coconut   and green chillies

       1.In kerala avail is pungent   and is a main dish in Palakkad   iyer homes or it is a side dish to non pungent main dishes like Mulagootal.So it needs to be pungent. Red chillies   are not normally used  .The aroma  of avail  is due to  coconut oil  and green chilles

         2.In Tamil Nadu  it is a side dish   to pungent side dishes like Sambhar or  used instead of Chutney   to Ulundu adai.So very  little chillies are  added

c,  Seasoning
      1,Throughout Kerala raw   coconut oil  and curry leaves is used  for seasoning
      2,Raw  refined oil  can also   be used if coconut oil  is not available
     3.In Tamil Nadu  , Sometimes seasoning   with mustard , jeera   and oil   is mostly done.

My preferred  recipe

     1 Almost all vegetables  except potato  , onion, tomato , Pumpkin, Okra, , biter gourd  ,   and sweetpotato   are  used  in Kerala. The preferred  vegetables   are  Raw plantain, Yam(Chenai)  ash gourd  ,  drum  stick, snake gourd,and carrot   

2.I  understand   that   some of these  vegetables  are also used In tamil nadu and  the concept  of  preferred  vegetables   are  not very strict

I understand that the normal  recipe  In Kerala homes is

I.Recipe  in Kerala homes

Vegetables   -250 gm of vegetables
Turmeric powder 
Grated fresh coconut   1 ½  cups
Green chillies  5-8
Curds 3-4  teaspoons  (lightly sour/if not raw  mango pieces
Salt to taste
Curry leaves
Coconut oil
Cut vegetable in to thin pieces,Boil vegetables , till they are just cooked(Avoid overcooking) .
Grind coconut   and chillies  With very little water.
Add it to  cooked vegetables
If  raw mango is not there or idf tamarind extract is not added in the beginning, add sour curd and curry leaves.Season with coconut oil

II.Recipe  given by  Vinayaka caterers , cochin

Needed materials

1.Yam (Elephant foot yam) 15 gm
2.Snake gourd 5 gm
Cucumber 5 gm
Carrot 10 gm
Drum stick 10 gm
Cow pea (Payar) 5 gm
3.Cooking Banana ½
4.Raw mango little
5.Coconut oil three teaspoons
6.Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon+pepper powder 1 tea spoon, needed salt
7. ½ coconut grated + 1 teaspoon jeera seeds + 10 gm green chillies
8.Curry leaves
9 coconut oil 3 tea spoons


1.Cut yam in to thin 2 inch long pieces.Put them in water
2.Cut vegetables mentioned in 2 and 3 in to long thin pieces and put in water.Put Cucumber separately.
3.Cut raw mango in to thin pieces
4.Heat oil mentioned in a thick bottomed broad vessel and put all cut vegetables one , one and Yam at the top.
5.Over Yam , you can put cucumber
6.Over the vegetablesput powders mentioned in 6
7.Heat them, closing with a heavy lid over a low fire.When it comes to boil stir it.
8.Once every thing is coked well, Make a crator like hole in the centre. Whatever water oozes out from the sides,It has to be poured on vegetables stacked on sides.
9.When all water has died, grind items mentioned in 7 loosely , and mix it with the vegetable along with curry leaf. Switch off the stove
10.Add oil mentioned in9

(Comment: from P.R.Ramachander  The sourness to Avial can also be got through, raw mango, sour curd or tamarind or a combination of any of them. We have tried Amchoor (dry raw mango powder) instead of mango. Though it is not as good , it does indeed taste like avail. Depending on the availability many other vegetables like Chow chow, Avarakkai , capsicum etc can also be used. In Kerala potato is never used in avial. In our part of Kerala, pepper powder is not used in avial.)

III. When I went  to am Iyer  come  In Trivandrum , I tasted   a very strange avial

Keerai avial

Cut red keerai
Drumsticks 3
Raw mango (100 gm)
Jack fruit seeds(Chakka  Kottai)   100 gm
Turmeric powder
Grated coconut
Dried chillies
Coconut oil

Cut Keerai  and  mango in to long pieces, Add cut pieces  of Chakka kottai   and drum stick,After boiling , add   ground  coconut with fried red chillies  and jeera.Season with  coconut oil

( recently saw another recipe for Chakka kottai   avail   adding onion-
I also saw  a Jack fruit Avial, But  being in love with traditional  recipes  of Kerala , I did  not even read  them)

Monday, July 1, 2019

Ode to my Akka, the goddess of Concern

Ode   to my Akka, the goddess of Concern


Not long ago  , I had an elder sister,
Who was   not   born with me  ,
But came   as the greatest  gift,
Of  my marriage, along  with my wife.

She   was  the real good goddess  of concern ,
Always smiling   and always  bothered,
About  the needs  and comfort  of ,
All her family   and all  whom she met.

Her  view  of the  world  was  drenched,
In  affection and love and great  compassion.
She   was  an  amma  for   all her children.
But much, much  more  than their amma  for all her grand children.

I do not    find   words  to describe ,
Her  affection   drenched  with great concern,
To  all the  persons   whom she  met,
And to  the  great dishes  she rolled  out,  day in and day out.

With a pride  drenched  with worshipful  concern ,
She   would  say to me .”do you  know  ,Raja,
That I  am an  SSLC  but  your  co brother,
Had not  completed his  school  final.”

She   was  one  of the greatest  cooks I know ,
Possibly  Bhima  and Nala  would have bowed before her,
I remember  one day   she was very busy in the kitchen ,
And I went   in and asked  her “very busy , Akka?”

She said  that  the previous day  her son    had brought,
Amla morabba   and said  it was great and she was,
Trying to make  Amla  morabba  for him   without,
Knowing the recipe  as  “google search” was not there.

Whenever I happened   to go to Mumbai  those days,
My most  important  place  of visit   and stay  was,
With my  elder  sister   and just  before  Lunch  ,
She will  always  say “I have  made  something  special for you, Raja”

“No  I never  had  to  wait to know what   my  great  Akka  had made,
For I knew  that  On the   day of my first visit , she would,
Always fry, marathangali  Vettal,  for she knew  I liked it,
Akka , I  miss you  , your  mischievous  roll of eyes  and the  Vettal”

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Mezhukku Pe(u) ratti(Oil coated vegetables)

Mezhukku Pe(u) ratti(Oil  coated  vegetables)

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(this  is a typical kerala dish, which has been not modified  by  Palakkad  iyers. Boiling vegetable with salt and turmeric powder and coating it with heated oils  is the simple formula. The vegetable in the dish when cooked   should  merge  completely  .This  is done by adding  Plantains.)

This is another very simple side dish, which was extremely popular in Kerala Iyer homes. The method of preparation is: -

1.Cut into small pieces Plantains (cooking type banana) and chenai. (In places where Chenai is not available we have found that carrot can be used) Jack fruit seeds if available or Koorkan Kizhangu during seasons are also added
2.If available at cut pieces of jack fruit seed and/or Koorkan Kizhangu or green  payaru  or  kovaikka(coccinea)
3.Boil with salt and turmeric powder in pressure cooker.
4.Take coconut oil and heat it. When sufficiently hot, put the boiled vegetables and mix well.

Note 1
a.The  dish  tastes good even if other oils are used
b. Mezhukku  peratti can  be prepared  with   carrot   and Chowchow also or carrot   and beans

Recipe 2    Onam Mezhukku puratti  (recipe  Vinayaka  Caterers  Ernakulam)

Materials required

1.Yam (elephant foot yam) 30 gm
2,Green Nendra Banana 2
3.Cow pea 20 gm
4.Turmeric powder 1 tea spoon, salt as per need , Green chilles 6
5,Coconut oil -2 tea spoons


1. Cut Yam in to small sqayre pieces after removing the skin
2. Cut Raw nendran Banana in to small square pieces
3. Cut cow pea oin to one inch long pieces
4. Wash all vegetables and cook them in water along with what is mentioned in S.No.4
5. Try to add less water so that the water is absorbed comnpletly by the vegetables
6. Heat coconut oil , put the cooked vegetables and stir so so that the vegetables get evenly coated by the oil.

(Comment by P.R.Ramacander:Normal Mezhukku peratti is prepared using raw cooking Banana and not using raw nendran Banana. Koorkai adds a lot to the taste of Mezhukku peratti)