All good things come to an end. The nine days of feasting, fasting, fun and festivities is done for the year.
……..The last day is very special for there is a grand send off planned for the goddess. I see my mum putting on the white sari with red border, arranging a beautiful plate with sweets, flower, betel leaf, bangles and other things which I am not sure of. “Hurry up, or we shall be late” she reminds me.
Not sure what this all meant, but not ready to forgo the fun either I loose no time in putting on my dress. Later I see My mum with her friends touch the sweets to the goddess’s mouth, as if feeding her, then apply Sindur ( red powder, the married women apply on their hair parting ).
We had so much sweets, then amidst loud uluation and blowing of the conch shell the beautiful goddess and her family were taken away to be immersed in the river.
I must have been sulking the later part of the day, realizing that the fun was over and it would soon be time to get serious with the school work. “Mon kharap lagche?” Are you sad, my mum checks on me. “She ain’t gone anywhere, she is in your heart!” she reassures me. You should have seen my scrunched up face, “What, in my heart?”, as if saying to her, you know nothing, Ma!
………. Today when I think back, I realize how powerful those words were. ‘She is in your heart’. Yes , of course.
Recipe: Made 26 pieces
Unsweetened fine grated coconut 1 cup
Khoa ( milk solids ) 1 cup
Patali gur ( Jaggery ) 3/4 cup
Granulated sugar 1/4 cup
Milk 1/3 cup
Milk powder 1/3 cup
Cardamom powder 1/4 tsp
Ghee 2 tbsps
Raisins and cashew pieces to garnish
Mix the grated coconut with the milk and set aside.
Take a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat, add the ghee, wait for it to melt and crank the heat down to medium low. Now add the coconut mixture, khoa, sugar, milk powder, cardamom powder and jaggery. Give it a nice stir. Keep stirring often, to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan, till it forms dough about 30 minutes.
Turn the gas off. Let it stand for about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a plate , Take about 3/4 th tbsp of this mixture to form about 26 balls. If you have molds, grease them, put a raisin and some cashew pieces, press the ball into it making sure it is flowing evenly and carefully remove them. If you do not have the molds you can shape them like half moon with your hand and decorate.