Today is Krishna Janmashtami

September 4, 2007

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The days preceding Janmashtami is really difficult for a foodie like me. I see various thindi/ dishes being fried and baked and I can only smell the aroma emanating from them. I am no way allowed to even stand in front of them. It is really tough to control myself from tasting those yummy smelling Chakkuli, Kodubale, Kajjaya, Mucchore, Thengolu, Rave Unde, Laadu, Kobbari Mitaayi, Puri Unde…the list is endless.

To divert myself, I go out for a walk unable to control myself from tasting the thindi being made at home. But that is of no use as I get the Kodubale or Thengolu smell from many other houses. I visit the market place and see banners announcing ‘Gokulashtami thindi Sold Here’. I visit a temple nearby and see stalls have sprung up selling Gokulashtami thindi. So where ever I go during this festival, I’m only tempted more and more to have a go at the thindi before the festival. But I cannot, as they have to be tasted first by lord Krishna, not Ramakrishna.

When I was a kid, the Iyengar Maami opposite our house used to bring a basket full of these (and many more) thindis to my house the day after Janmashtami and pamper me to taste them in front of her asking, “Rave Unde hengidyo? Thengolu ruchi nodo… Kobbari Mitaayi ninge yeshtu ishta, thagolo”. (How is Rave Unde, Taste Thengolu… you love Kobbari Mitaayi so much…taste it too.) I would finish the delicious stuff in a few hours. The lady made these, and many more items that were simply too good to miss. I cannot stop remembering her today. (They shifted recently).

But actually I will not miss her, because my mother-in-law will be pampering me and all the family members and friends with delicious Gokulashtami Thindi today evening.

Happy Janmashtami!

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15 Responses to “Today is Krishna Janmashtami”

  1. Anand Balaji Says:

    Happy Janmashtami to one and all!

  2. praneshachar Says:

    Happy Janmashtami! to all
    tindipothar gumpige bayalli niru barisuva hage madiddira bellur
    ivattu enjoy madi ella tindi


  3. Dear rk,

    Wish you happy JanmAshTami.

  4. Sathya Says:

    Aa kaala aagihoyitu. Manege karedu thinDi koDuva, manege hogi thinDi koDuva buddhi iigiiga thumba kaDime aagide. Modalaneyadaagi maneyalli thinDi maaDuvudakke janave illa, yeraDaneyadaagi maaDida thinDi thinnalu jana illa, purusottu illa. Yella ready made siguvaaga kashTa yaake paDabeku antha ondu bhavaane. Iyengaar maamigaLu badalaagalebekalla…yeno, nalage thaNisalu svalpa kuruku thinDi…oppuvudu svalpa kashTa aadare..

  5. neela Says:

    aiyyo nanna Iyengar friend dooarada Chennai nallidaLalla..
    bari ghama ghama vaasane..tindige ? moorunaama III

  6. rk Says:

    anand, praneshachar, balu,
    thank you folks!

    sathya,
    saar, ninne, namma atthe manege hode sanje. gokulashtami thindi maneli maadi poojege ani maadtha idru. naanu mele barediruva post sullu maadakko eno (no, she doesn’t read my blog), poojege munchene nanage thindi kododaa? nange ondh kade santhosha innondhu kade naachike (santhosha coz i was really eager to eat the lovely dishes she had made (she cooks very well); naachike coz i knew the naivedhya was not done – it was contrary to what i had expected. god’s ways are truly mysterious!!

    anyway, thindi sakattagi thinde (nippattu, kodubale, chakkuli, mucchore, thengolu, kobbari mitaayi, sajjappa, mysore paak etc. etc)

    devara alankaara namma srimathiyavara sevartha. hoovu hannu baalegone alankara allade, maadida thindigalellavannu kattirodu nodode ondhu santasa.

    pooje aadmele, manege bandha nentarigella thindi kottru. in the next 2-3 days, innu bekaadashtu manege thindi ravaane aagatte.

    nange bekaada kelavaru ninne gokulashtami prayuktha poojeli paalgollodakke aamantrana neediddadru, naanu namma atthe manege hode.

    so, aa kaala innu aagilla saar! and to an extent, iyengar maamigalu kooda badalaagilla. maneyalli thindi maadalu janagaloo iddare, nammanthavaru thinnaloo ever ready yaagu iddare!

    neela,
    ninne namma iyengar snehitarobbaranna kelide: “yenu gokulashtami joraa?” antha. avaru svathaha maneyalli maadida thindi nange ondhu packet kondu baruvudaagi heliddu keli khushi aaythu.

  7. Arun Says:

    “..Chakkuli, Kodubale, Kajjaya, Mucchore, Thengolu, Rave Unde, Laadu, Kobbari Mitaayi, Puri Unde..”

    Ah.. Now I am left in longing.. 🙂

  8. Prasanna Sastry Says:

    Belluravare AliyaNa seve chennagi naDithu anni. manegu kaLisikoTTirabekalve aLiya office ninda susthagi bandre thinnodikke aguthe antha.

    Namma manelu puje agiruthe adare nanu ganeshana habba barothanaka thinDi iruttha antha gothilla.

  9. neela Says:

    nimage jhoraage sikkide tindi.
    nanage jhoraagi biddide naama

  10. Sathya Says:

    RK, nimma atte anthavara santhati saaviravaagali, daivathva annuvudu manushyanalli irabeke horatu maDi, aachaaradalli all yendu nambiruvavanu naanu. HoTTeyannu thumba kaayisi, maiyannu danDisi hasivella muchi hoda mele tinnuvudaadaroo yeke…allave, yeshTo sala idu magu aththoo aththoo sustaagi nidde hodante aagiruttade. IshTaagi nema niyama irabeku yennuvudu sahaja. Mysorinalli paristhithi thumba badalaagide, adu channagi thiLiyuttade, prayaha nimma atte anthavaru irvavaregoo neevu nanna maathannu sampoorNa oppadirabahudu. Kaalaaya thasmai namaha
    Neela aavare yelliayavarege neevu haNe kaalibiTTiruttiro alliyavarege naama haakuttale iruttaare, hushaar. Ade irabekallave haNebaraha yembudu.

  11. P Naik Says:

    Yaak saar heege nammannu hottey ursthira……….living here in the US with no access to any gokulashtami tindi….just remembering the old times. The write-ups on good old Vidyarthi Bhavan is just wonderful….


  12. Happy Janmashtami 2008 !!!

  13. Veena Says:

    ee salanu Atte mane visit ittaa beLLur? tindi ella swalpa devrigu itraa hege?

  14. rk Says:

    veena,
    atte maneli ivatthu krishna jayanthi. nimma krishna yenanthane?

  15. praneshachar Says:

    atte mane athithya aito rama+krishna avarige you can eat on behalf of two avataras atte avarige idakkintha bere beke jothge narayana aha!!!! yenappa idu maye


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