Today is “yugadi” for all Udupi/Mangalore Brahmins. As Solar calender is followed in Udupi/Mangalore region, Yugadi/Vishu/Ugadi which makes the beginning of new year falls on 14th of April. The most important event in Vishu is the Vishukkani, which literally means “the first thing seen on the day of Vishu after waking up”. The Vishukkani consists of a ritual arrangement of auspicious articles like raw rice, mangalore southe, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, flowers, golden jewellery and panchanga. This is arranged the night before Vishu. On Vishu, the custom is to wake up at dawn and go to the puja room with eyes closed so that the Vishukkani is the first sight in the new season. Panchanga shravana is part of the pooja that day. It is nothing but listening to new year calender which forecasts rain, crop, storm and prices. Moong dal payasam, kosambari are the special dishes prepared that day for lunch. Today let me share this hesaru bele(moong dal) payasa recipe with you.
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Meet you all with one more interesting Udupi recipe. Till then bye.