Monday, October 27, 2008

Deepawali Marundu Lehiyam - home made medicine

Lord Sri Krishna ended the atrocities of the demon Narakasura on this day and rescued the 16000 damsels who were captives of the asura and married them. This is a symbolic story which tells us that the Supreme Power, rescues mankind tormented by the worldly bondage, dispels ignorance or darkness, and leads mankind to supreme bliss and enlightenment.

Photo of fireworks over Chamundi Hills, Mysore, by Guggi Subramanyan

This is a happy occasion for every one to move forward from darkness to light, and to spread happiness all around. Festivities begin with cleaning and decorating of the house the previous day. The huge cauldrons used for heating water for the sacred bath, is scrubbed well. It is then decorated with turmeric powder and kumkum (vermillion powder). The sacred River Ganga is supposed to descend into the bath water on the eve of the festival. It is customary to greet people by enquiring them if they have had their Ganga Snaanam (Ganges Bath) on the Deepavali day.

                                              After the neeru tumbuva habba (festival of water filling) a 

decorated wooden plank (manae) is placed in front of the decorated alter. New clothes which have to be worn after the Ganga Snaanam is neatly piled up on it. A big bowl of Gingelly oil (sesame oil) warmed up with a little Omam (Thymol, Ajwain) is also placed on one side. Just like Ganga is in the bath water, Goddess Lakshmi is supposed to reside in the oil. All the family members wake up well before dawn. The eldest lady of the family performs the 'ennae shastra' – by applying the sacred oil on the head, for all family members. After good oil bath, elders present the family members and all dependants with the new clothes and bless them.

Now is the time for the Deepawali Marundu or Lehiyam. At least ¼ teaspoon of this marundu (medicine) has to be swallowed by every one before binging on the elaborate sweet spread. This marundu contains all the ingredients to protect one from colds and coughs, indigestion and biliousness. One of my best friends is so fond of this marundu, that she relishes only this, and refuses to eat any other Deepawali sweet.

Here is the recipe for the DEEPWALI MARUNDU before you go to burst the first cracker. . .

Omam (thymol) - 2 tbsps
Coriander seeds – 2 tbsps
Black pepper – 2 tbsps
Cumin seeds – 2 tbsps
Dry or fresh ginger – to make 2 tbsps
Cardamom -2
Ghee – 4 tbsps
1. Warm up all the ingredients so that they can be ground into a fine powder. Roasting is not necessary.
2. Powder all the ingredients as fine as possible.
3. Add water and make it into a paste.
4. Measure the paste, and take twice the quantity of palm jaggery or plain jaggery
5. Cook the paste with jaggery till it becomes slushy, and add little ghee.
6. Cook until soft ball stage and add the remaining ghee.
7. Blend well and switch off flame.
8. When cooled, store in a clean dry bottle.

The Lehiyam or Marundu should be like a thick paste. Over cooking makes it hard. If that happens, it can be cut into small pieces and stored. Any which way, it retains its medicinal value!


Photo of fireworks over Chamundi Hills, Mysore, by Guggi Subramanyan


13 Post your Comments:

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Nice reading this post. Deepawali lehiyam looks so good. Sound to be so healthy.

Wish u a happy Diwali!!!

LG said...

A very nice post. I was not aware of the lehya thanks for posting it Amma. Wish you and your family a very happy deepavali.

Sireesha said...


A very nice Post..Deepavali lehiyam looks good and healthy..

Lavi said...

Happy Diwali!!

anudivya said...

Love Legyam, even better than sweets.
Wish you a very happy Deepavali.

Cham said...

Lehiyam came out so good. Happy Deepavali

Sangeeth said...

wish u a very happy diwali!

Usha said...

Lovely post..Happy diwali to you and your family...we make the lehiyam similarly at home :-)

Purva Desai said...

Wishing u and ur Happy Diwali...
Nice post and very imp remedy after hogging in Deepavali....ur Marundu Lehiyam..
Thanks for sharing this, I guess we all will need this after Diwali

YOSEE said...

Marundhu is one deepavali food item i really relish and look forward to after all the sweets and fried stuff.

Chitra said...

a big relief after a heavy deepavli lunch. appa

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

wow! This is a gem of a post!! Ths medicine is so useful and seems easy to make!!! Thank you so much for this!!

Anonymous said...

i will make adai tomorrow