Maha Ashtami – Durga Puja

Ziddi Tamana

Today us Durga Ashtami. It is one of the most celebrated festivals for Hindus. The Goddess is bathed and dressed for the battle, where she kills the buffalo-demon, Mahishasur. It is believed that in the old days, a buffalo was offered as sacrifice to the goddess. These days bananas, pumpkins and cucumbers replaced the animal.

Devotees celebrated the day yesterday with elaborate rituals since early morning across the India and the world.

D and celebrated by making channay and halwa and by doing aarti first thing in the morning.

Here’s a quick recipe to make kalay channay (black chickpeas):

1. Soak chickpeas over night in water
2. In the morning, in a steel pot heat ghee (butter) and jeera (cumin)
3. Once the jeera begins sizzling and turns golden brown, add salt, pepper, curry powder, green chili, red chili powder and haldi (turmeric)
4. Let all ingredients cook for a…

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