I was overcome by a flood of emotions as I bit into thambittu, a uniquely shaped Laddu made during the Nag Panchami festival in Karnataka and some parts of Andhra Pradesh. This was very special for me as it was made by Viju Mavshi, Ajji’s younger sister and reached me in one of the mothership’s constant couriers. Every morsel had the taste reminiscent of Ajji’s thmabittus and made me so grateful for having learned it from her.
Śrāvaṇa maas is the fifth month in the Hindu calendar and is considered to be a very holy month. It is dotted by many festivals like Krishna Janmashtami, Balaram Poornima, Rakshabandhan, Nagpanchami and many other celebrations.
Food and traditions are always tied to Indian festivals. In Shravan maas an array of regional delicacies are made tied to the local culture of the region. And such foods are great for the body and the mind as they are nutritious and make us happy!
Although Shravan maas this year is over, the taste of these laddus will linger on as long as I live.
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