Friday, March 07, 2008

Shiva Rathri special- my favorites Part 1

Makkale..I searched for some of the fav. songs for so long on internet..could not find lyrics.. Finally, I decided to write them in tamil here so that people can get benefited in future! Forgive me if there are any mistakes in lyrics. Also, please correct me !

I really enjoy these songs so much.. deep from my heart.. Hope you guys listen to it !!

1. Aadik Kondar Andha Vedikai

My cousin brinda used to sing this when we go to houses during 'Kolu'. You feel like dancing while you are listening only. Sudha Ragunathan's will have extreme dynamism and you can't sit simply. Unnikrishnan's has awesome aalaapanai.
Muthuthandavar says beautifully how Lord Shiva dances in Chithambaram and what all moves when Lord Shiva dances. Listen while reading in parallel.

Sung by: Sudha Ragunathan/Unnikrishnan (Right click and open here)

Lyrics: Muthutthandavar (not available online till date)

Song in English:
Aadi kondaar andha vedikkai kaanak kan aayiram vendaamo!!
Naadith thudhippavar, Pangil uraibavar,
Nambar thiruchempon, ambalavaanar,
Aadi kondaar andha vedikkai kaanak kan aayiram vendaamo!!

Aara navamani maalaigal aada, aadum aravamum padam pidithaada,
saerani konrai malarthodai aada, chithambara ther aada
paerani vedhiyar thillai mooayiram perkalum poojithu kondaada
karani kali ethirthu ninraadha

Aadi kondaar andha vedikkai kaanak kan aayiram vendaamo!!

Tamil:
ஆடிக் கொண்டார் அந்த வேடிக்கை காணக் கண் ஆயிரம் வேண்டாமோ!!
நாடித் துதிப்பவர், பங்கில் உறைபவர்
நம்ப திருச் செம்பொன் அம்பலவாணர்
ஆடிக் கொண்டார் அந்த வேடிக்கை காணக் கண் ஆயிரம் வேண்டாமோ!!

ஆர நவமணி மாலைகளாட, ஆடும் அரவமும் படம் பிடித்தாட,
சீரணி கொன்றை மலர்த்தொடையாட, சிதம்பரத் தேராட
பேரணி வேதியர் தில்லை மூவாயிரம் பேர்களும் பூசித்து கொண்டாட
காரணி காளி எதிர்த்து நின்றாட, கனக சபை தனிலே!!

ஆடிக் கொண்டார் அந்த வேடிக்கை காணக் கண் ஆயிரம் வேண்டாமோ!!

2. Kanaka Sabapathiku Namaskaram (Right click and open here)

The song is composed in a way that somebody dances towards Lord Shiva and prays. Some sort of mettu like that. Its a small song ! Also sung by seerkazhi. The qualiy in music india online is not so good. I have heard this in Bombay sisters cassette. Listen while reading in parallel.

Sung by: Bombay Sisters Lyrics : Gopalakrishna Bharathiyar (available online)

I liked the stanza so much..You can really visualize where the girl goes:

"vIthi valam vanthu, mElai gOpura vAsal nuzainthu,kAthaludan sivakAmi kalikkum maNdapam vanthu,mAthavan gOpAlakirushNan vaNangkum ambalam adainthu,nAthanE unathadaikkalam ena nadai makiznthu, thalai kuninthu"


"வீதி வலம் வந்து, மேலே கோபுர வாசல் நுழைந்து, காதலுடன் சிவகாமி களிக்கும் மண்டபம் வந்து, மாதவன் கோபால கிருஷ்ணன் வணங்கும் அம்பலம் அடைந்து, நாதனே உனது அடைக்கலம் என நடை மகிழ்ந்து, தலை குனிந்து"

3. Pithan Enralum Avan Peyan Enralum (Right click and open here)

Wonderful song. The whole credit goes to Sudha Ragunathan. Her expressivesness plus clear pronounciation has made the song so lively. The meaning is clear!! It's also like a song for dance.

Sung by Sudha Ragunathan (and no body till date). Lyrics: Dont know who wrote this. (Not available online)

Song in english:
Pithan Endralum, avan peyan enralum,
Sitham ellam avan paal selluthamma!!

Thaththimithom enre siru nadanam puriyum
thaandavanai, thillai sithambara naadhanai,

Pithan Endralum, avan peyan enralum,
Sitham ellam avan paal selluthamma!!

Andangal nadungida, aninthavar avamaalai
Arithamum, muthumani udhira nadanamaadum,
Neelakandanai, mangai sivakaami manaalanai,
Kaamanaik kannaal eriththa maheswaranai,

Pithan Endralum, avan peyan enralum,
Sitham ellam avan paal selluthamma!!

பித்தன் என்றாலும் அவன் பேயன் என்றாலும்
சித்தம் எல்லாம் அவன்பால் செல்லுதம்மா!!

தத்திமிதோம் என்றே சிறு நடனம் புரியும்,
தாண்டவனை, தில்லை சிதம்பர நாதனை,

பித்தன் என்றாலும் அவன் பேயன் என்றாலும்,
சித்தம் எல்லாம் அவன்பால் செல்லுதம்மா!!

அண்டங்கள் நடுங்கிட அணிந்தவர் அவமாலை
அரிதமும் முத்துமணி உதிர நடனமாடும்
நீலகண்டனை, மங்கை சிவகாமி மணாளனை,
காமனை கண்ணால் எரித்த மகேஸ்வரனை,

பித்தன் என்றாலும் அவன் பேயன் என்றாலும்
சித்தம் எல்லாம் அவன்பால் செல்லுதம்மா!!


To be continued!!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Idli Burger..Idli Sandwich…Grrrrr…. finally, Rim Idli.

Makkale,
Since childhood, I am not somebody who is fond of idlies but I can eat few. After coming to U.S, occasionally, I longed for it. Two months ago, I got this feeling..”Why is this idli not ever modified? wait... there is a modification..Oh yeh.. kancheepuram idli.. Still, what else?? How come nothing more?” ..“What can I do about it?“ Then I gave it a thought “okay..if idlies will have something over it disturbing the white color, I won’t like it (I would never liked to have it when it was totally immersed in milagai podi during travel time(as how it was traditionally eaten)..Apart from mixing something and trying like kancheepuram idli, what else can be tried?”
“If I identify something, I will spread this around the indian-restaurants and make a difference among the not- so-fond idli eaters” – with this nenaps, I thought for a while. Then I came with this “Rim Idli. An idli whose rim alone will have some color and will taste different
Okay.. what can make the idli rim get a color..corriander chutney? tomato chutney? onion chutney?..

Try corriander chutney. I have the tradionally idli vessel where you pour the idli on a cloth wrapped plate(and not the cooker)

Trial 1 : Poured some idli maavu and get it half cooked. Over the half-idli, add a layer of C. chutney and fill the maavu over it.
Result: Ooops… it turned out like a burger… Idli Burger. The layer of chutney was like a patti in burger!! The taste was not any better. Rather horrible..

Idli Burger

Lessons learned: With the addition of small amount of idli maavu in the beginning, I expected to see a flat half idli to hold the chutney that I will add after. Arivu jeevi!! Of course, it formed a small convex-idli (full kutti idli) on both sides which made it look like a fat burger. And the corriander(which is dry in nature) has less taken all the water from idli and the whole idli was dry within. Next time, I will try with tomato (which contains water already) chutney. I will try to add less amount of maavu at the bottom.

Two weeks later…

Trial 2: Poured less amount of maavu at the bottom layer. Let it cook to an extent. Added the tomato chutney and layered maavu over it.
Result: Wow.. it looked much better than before!! But it was like a sandwich :) Idli sandwich. The bottom or top layer was thin than the other and the rim was not formed well with chutney. Taste was really good. If you make your chutney with some tamarind, it tastes awesome. But , why was it like a sandwich. Why not a rim?
Idli Sandwich

Lesson learned: The chutney should be thin enough to make a single layer. But mine was a regular chutney. So, next time, I will crush the tomato in a blender first and then make chutney and again, I will blend it. Also, I will try to use a spoon and press the half-cooked bottom layer to make it flat and then add the chutney.

4 weeks later..

Trial 3: Incorporated all the above-mentioned things
Result: Wow.. Rim Idli. It tasted awesome and looked fine. Look at the rim formed. (I started eating from other side of the plate before taking this pic..That's why you see chutney-spill over the plate..he hee)

Makkale.. try it out!!



Rim Idli