|0.5 cup Raw rice|
|1.5 cups Jaggery|
|2.5 cups Milk|
|0.5 cup Water|
|0.25 tsp Cardamom Powder|
|1 tbsp Ghee|
Rathasaptami is a festival dedicated to lord Surya, also known as Graharaja. He is said to ride a chariot with 7 horses and a single wheel and Aruna being his charioteer. You can read more about this HERE.
On Rathasaptami day we worship lord Surya to bless us all with good health and peace. Rathasaptami is observed on the 7th day of Sukla Paksha according to the hindu Lunar calendar.This generally marks the beginning of the change of season from winter to summer. This day is celebrated with great significance in Karnataka, Orissa, Tamilnadu and Maharastra. We recite Aditya Hrudayam, Surya Ashtakam and do surya Namaskar as well on this day. Neivedyam or Prasad that are generally offered to the lord is Sakkarai Pongal, Payasam or Paramannam
Wash the rice well. Transfer it to a 2 lt pressure cooker. (You can also cook in an open pan). Add the milk, close the lid, keep it on high flame, put on the weight and cook upto 5 whistles. Let it cool completely
Meanwhile grate the jaggery. Add water, heat it in medium flame for 2 minutes till the jaggery dissolves completely. Filter it to remove any residue dust and keep aside.
Now open the cooker, mash well, add the solution of jaggery and water to this, mix well and cook on medium flame.
Add cardamom powder and continue to cook till the water evaporates and everything comes together.
Heat the ghee in a small pan, add the cashew, once it starts to brown, add the raisins fry for 1 minutes in low flame. Switch off the fire.
Pour this on the prepared Paramannam and serve!!
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