Guru Purnima is celebrated every year and on this special day we acknowledge the importance of Gurus in our lives. On 7thof July 2009 (month of Ashad) we will be observing Guru Purnima. What is Guru Purnima and its significance to Satyanarayan Puja? Guru is a person who guides us by lighting our path to achieve supreme happiness. Purnima is the day of the full moon when the moon is fully illuminated and has no blemishes. In short Guru Purnima is a day when devotees offer Puja to the Guru. Every religion has its own way of worshipping/celebrating Guru Purnima.
In Sindhis we do Satyanarayan Puja on every Purnima day. Satyanarayan Puja is also done on occasions like marriages, graduations, buying new homes etc. Purnima (full moon day) is considered to be a very auspicious day for Satyanarayan Puja. On this day the Lord Satyanayaran is worshipped with a variety of fruits, Panch-a- Amrit, and dry sweet Prasad made out of flour, ghee and sugar, known as Churi. Once the puja is done the Prasad (Churi and fruits) is distributed amongst family and friends. Churi is the blog of this week for Guru Purnima/Satyanaryan Puja. Here goes the recipe for Churi…
·I Stick of Unsalted Butter or ½ cup ghee
·1 ½ Cup Wheat flour
·½ Cup Sugar (you may add couple of tablespoons more if you like it sweeter)
·2 Tbsp Peanuts and chopped Dates (optional )
·In a pan heat ghee or butter.
·Add wheat flour and roast this mixture on a very low flame till it gets golden brown and gives an aroma.
·Turn off heat and cool.
·When cold add sugar, peanuts and chopped dates. Mix well.
Note: To keep the Prasad dry the sugar has to be added only after it has cooled down otherwise the Prasad will turn into a Sero (Seera).
Keep it simple, keep it Sindhi.