The main offering was that of milk.The abhishekam was of tender coconut water.Hundreds of coconuts were readied-all the green part taken of,it used to be all white.Just a cut and it was ready to be poured for the abhishekam.
Strange-when I searched for Trivia on Nagapanchami,instead of finding anything useful,I came across this link.Honestly,if we look down upon our own festivals,how can we expect others to respect it..??Beats me.Nithya of 4th Sense Samayal has a beautiful article on Naga Panchami.Click here to check it out!!
It is a common belief that anything which requires the use of a sharp knife/spatula is to be avoided on this day-Eg-Dosa,Appey etc.Amma always made Adsara undi-Dumpling made of rice and coconut and it used to be served with Dali thoy.As with everything else,I disliked it while I was young and now that Nagar panchami is here,I can’t wait to make it!!
[Dumpling made of Rice & Coconut]
Raw rice - 1 cup-soaked for 4 hours or overnight[I used half and half of raw rice and Payasam rice-Puzhukkalari]
Freshly grated coconut - 1 cup
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Grind the grated coconut to a smooth paste in the mixer.
Drain the soaked rice and grind it along with coconut to a coarse paste-almost the consistency of sooji/semolina.
Add the jeera and salt to taste.
Make small balls out of the paste[size of a lime] and steam in a steamer or an idli cooker for about half an hour or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean-You could also cook the batter,as in Undi which would make the batter stiff and pliable.This way,it is easier to make into round balls and then steam them.Follow whichever method you are comfortable with.
Serve hot with delicious Dali thoy.