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'Shitla Satam' & eating meals,cooked before a day.

Being at 'RedRoom' is always pleasant and exciting experience for me. I regret for not spending much time here like before. Today I want to share with you a small but very 'grass rooted' festival of Indian common popularization. Today is the 21st day of tenth Hindu month Shravana.The next coming 22nd day is Shitala Satam.


Shitala(शीतला śītalā) is a Hindu goddess being worshiped  to secure safety from skin disease.She is the Goddess of sores, ghouls, pustules and pox.Shitala literally means smallpox in Sanskrit.  Śītalā is more often called mā or āmmā (‘mother’) and is worshiped by Hindus, Buddhists and tribal communities. In some traditions she is identified as Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.

Apart from the mythological points, there are tradition and beliefs of common people.Influenced by a  folk tale of this goddess,people believes that 'Shitala' comes to all houses on Shitala Satam and takes rest in stove or oven. She may also check about the cleanliness of the place & kitchen. To provide her safety & comfort no one will light a stove or use fire of any kind for cooking tomorrow.So today they are cooking  all the food for lunch and dinner,to be consumed tomorrow. Dear Mary Wilkinson,you know that my wife is a dedicated  cook like you. She single handedly cooked  these dishes spending entire day in the kitchen.Have a look at it.All the recipes are cooked in a way to remain fresh for two days. Thepla, Vada, Puri, Handvo [Indian pancakes], Sprouted Mung, Farsi Puri & 'Sweet-Kheer' all vegetarian items.


Mars on many occasions I talked with her about your mastery of cooking and writing. So I invite you with family and all my redroom friends to join us for a treat.

Happy 'Shitla Satam' and may goddess  bless and protect you from all skin problems.

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Dear Jitu,

Happy 'Shitla Satam'! What a wonderful blog and I am deeply touched

by your kind invitation to join you in this delicious feast. The food


absolutely divine. I am drooling at the prospect of eating it. I love the 

story of  Shitala coming into the house to check the cleanliness of the

kitchen and that no stove is lit on that day. Your wife's dress is

stunning, she is very beautiful and I note that (her dress) is close to

being the same


as the dress in the illustration of Shitala. You look well, Jitu. Life must

be good for you. Thanks again for your warm and interesting post.

Mars x


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Thank you Mary for

Thank you Mary for complements,reading and noticing minute details from the picture. We have just consumed Lunch part of the food,and I visualized you at the table, being with us, eating home made food and asking questions about it.You might have noticed that how nicely our ancients had clubbed environment protection,health and hygiene with religious thing. This kind of fable encourages people  to respect the nature in humble way.

I am fine as I have reduced 12 kg from my body, by walking and strict low fat diet.Usha says Hello to you. We hope you are at the best.    Jitu

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Imagine that, Jitu. Dining at

Imagine that, Jitu. Dining at your generous table would be something amazing. Have a beautiful day. mx

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p.s. Jitu, would it be

p.s. Jitu, would it be incredibly bold of me to request at least one recipe from the stunning array of food on this blog? I could try to make it and then blog about it and share with you a report on how it worked out and even post a photograph. Please ask Usha for me! mars x

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Thepla 4 piece.

Ingredients: 150 gram Wheat Flour
2 crushed Green Chillies
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Haldi (turmeric)
1 tbsp Ginger & Garlic paste
1/2 tsp Ajwain or oregano

1 pinch Hing [asaphoetada powder]
50 gram fresh fenugreel leaves [or 10 gram dried leaaves]
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Cumin Seeds powder

25 gram home made sour curd.

2 tbsp suger.

Salt to taste
Oil as needed

  • Put wheat flour in a flat vessel bowl.
  • Mix all the ingredients into it including the fenugreek leaves and curd
  • Add 1 tsp oil and knead it and make a dough. Let it stay for 15 minutes.
  • Then make even size small balls of the dough.
  • Roll them separately with a rolling pin into a round shape.
  • Heat the griddle and roast each of the rolled out theplas one by one using oil.
  • First roast one side,turn it upside down.
  • Then put 1/2 tsp oil on the turned side and roast.
  • Repeat the same with the other side.
  • When evenly roasted remove it from griddle.
  • Repeat this for all the balls.
  • Serve them hot with butter or chutney or curd.
  • Note:- You can use 'grated sweet gourd' in place of  'fenugreek leaves' for differnt taste. youtube Link will help you. You can make sutable changes.                                                 All The Best.... Usha.


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Dear Usha,

Thank you so much for the fascinating recipe. I think - I hope that I can get all the ingredients here and I will let you know how it all works out! 

Best wishes,


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Do it Mars, we are sure that

Do it Mars, we are sure that you will make it perfect.       Usha & Jitu.

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It all looks delicious, Jitu.

It all looks delicious, Jitu. I always enjoy reading and learning about your culture.

Many blessings to you and your family.

p.s. There is a local Indian restaurant that I have grown very fond of. I'm not sure if the food prepared is from a different part of India. One of my favorite dishes, besides Chicken Tikka Masala, is Chicken Korma. And, of course, I love the naan bread. It reminds me of my grandmother's tortillas.

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Thank you Rebb. Indian

Thank you Rebb. Indian vegetarian recipes  are delicious and has full of nutrition value. Right now it is 12 midnight, similar time on this day Lord Krishna was born some 4000 years back. People are celebrating his birth, there is loud noises of chanting Hare Krishna Hare Rama out side.Temples are full of devotees. National holiday today.Hope you are fine.

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Jitu, thanks for inviting us

Jitu, thanks for inviting us to share in the holiday, and thank Usha for that recipe!  I can get all the ingredients here as California many Indian stores to support all the Indian immigrants.  How is your daughter doing?


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Thank you for inviting us to join you, Jitu. What a delicious, delectable feast! 

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Susan Brown.

Thank you Susan. Let us know the experience of making this recipe. My daughter is in her last year of IT graduation. I am happy that you have shared your views,thanks for that.

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Thanks Eva for your comment,yes it was very delicious feast.