Now that Deepavali is over, it is time to think of Nagula Chavithi, which falls on the fourth day after Deepavali. This is a day when women in Andhra fast and pray to serpents/snakes. Legend has it that when Lord Shiva swallowed the poison from the Sagara Manthanam, a few drops spilled over. The Nagula Chavithi, Panchami, and Sashti poojas are performed to alleviate the ill effects of this poison. On this day, we typically eat only milk, fruits, and two naivedyam items called Chimmili and Chalimidi.
Chimmili (also called Nuvvula Undalu) is a simple laddoo made from nuvvulu (sesame/til) and jaggery. It is rich in iron, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous. I guess this makes it the ideal food for someone on a fast!
- Unpolished Nuvvulu/Sesame/Til – 1 Cup
- Bellam/Jaggery/Gur – 1/2 Cup
- Neyyi/Clarified Butter/Ghee – 1/2 tsp
- In a mixer, crush the nuvvulu by giving it a whirl for about 5-10 seconds at low speeds.
- Add the grated jaggery and grind for about 1-2 minutes till the nuvvulu and jaggery are well-mixed.
- Grease palm with ghee and make lemon-sized laddoos.
- Offer Chimmili as naivedyam and eat as prasadam.