SEER BAKSHANAM – AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF WEDDING CATERING  

In olden days weddings were homely affairs. When a wedding was fixed the entire clan of relatives would arrive a week ahead of the wedding date and partake in the arrangements and pitch in on all fronts.
Wedding catering or event management were unheard of then. The family goldsmith would make the jewels. The family purohit would take care of all the religious proceedings. All the families in the village or community would happily throw open their doors to host the visiting groom’s family and relatives.

No one would wait to be invited and would consider the wedding as one in their family and extend all kinds of assistance.
In the absence of a family cook all the elders would plan and execute the food menu planning well ahead and provide timely and tasty gourmet to the guests.
Since food was and is still an important part of the Indian wedding scenario great efforts and care were taken to impress the guests. Making of the Seer Bakshanam was an important task of wedding catering.

Seer Bakshanam refers to the different sweets and savories given to the groom’s side from the bride’s family. It consisted of several varieties of sweets and savories specific to each community or religion. A certain number in each variety – 21, 51 0r 101 or even more – was expected to be given. 

 

One of the most interesting fact about these items was that all of them were home — made a couple of days before the wedding. For example in a typical South Indian Brahman Family it was common to see huge vessels containing the following sweets and savories filled to the brim – Ladoo, Adirasam, Mysur Pak, Kai Muruku, Mullu Murukku, Then Kuzhal, Maa laadoo etc.

Ladies were greatly talented and knew the exact quantity and quality of ingredients to be used in the making of these awesome delicacies. There was no question of buying anything from outside.
As modernization began this system slowly disappeared. Food and seer bakshanams are all outsourced now and it is considered to be  a painful process to undertake this job. As one of the best wedding planners in Chennai we found that there was a lot at stake as far as delivering the best and tasty Seer Bakshanams,
We as wedding caterers and event planners adopt the age old practices in the making of these goodies with talented artistes – yes thats how we call our team of mamis making all the bakshanams.. Use of quality ingredients and in the right measure goes a long way in keeping the sweetmeats fresh with a longer shelf life.
As wedding caterers  we employ experienced hands and ensure the place of preparation is spic and span and absolutely labor friendly. No compromise is made on the ingredients. Being reputed for giving great service in terms of wedding catering, we personally supervise  everything from procurement to preparation  for we believe that if the output has to be of the highest standard then even minute details have to be taken care of.
For example the process of making the Kai Murukku is an art. Right from getting the perfect rice and grinding it to flour, adding the right amount of roasted urad dal powder,  butter, warm oil and black seasame seeds every process has to be done with care and concentration to get that melt in the mouth crispiness.
When the mix is ready our catering team sets yo work. A small portion of the dough is taken and rolled into twisted strands on flat metal plates in circles.
The number of lines to the circle is generally of odd numbers – 5 , 7, 9 , 11 and so on.
The metal plate is then slid into a huge pan of hot oil. One has to do this very carefully to ensure the murukku does not break or bend.
The temperature of the oil is of great importance.
Once the Murukku is fried a bit it pops out of the plate and the metal plate remains at the bottom of the pan. It is then deftly removed with the help of a long rod . The long rod is used to turn the murukku on either side for even frying.
The fully fried murukku is removed and drained off any excess oil. Preserving the final product and protecting them from ants and pests is an another daunting task  that needs to be given full attention. The secret of it is to have a spotless and clean kitchen.
The happiness that one derives when people recognize you through your service – and products – to come back and compliment you  on the lingering taste in their mouth is the most satisfying moment.
As wedding caterers we realize that certain traditions are unique to our culture. This process of making wedding bakshanams is one such.
Our women are extremely talented and their dexterous fingers can give a lot of top chefs in the world a great complex – for even they cannot take on this challenge and come up trumps.
 To us every cook in our team is an artist whose talent needs to be respected and nurtured. We look forward to carrying forward these unique traditions through Haritham wedding catering for many more years to come..

WEDDING CATERING – A DEMANDING ART

Wedding Catering is an art. Without doubt. Much like a housewife who masters the art of home management, encompassing within her several portfolios, wedding caterers too should possess certain important management skills to be successful.

 

Weddings require a great deal of planning, a keen sense of accounting, quick decision making ability and most important of all futuristic thinking. Innovation is the key in all professions. A wedding caterer should be open minded to experiment and move along with changing times.

Whether it is terms of dishes, planning of the menu or innovative designs in presentation of buffet counters or even in terms of uniforms of the service

 

Indian cuisine is varied and each client has a unique taste and requirement of their own. To strike a balance between their requirement and budget is by itself a huge task. A good rapport needs to be built between the client and the wedding caterer from the word ‘Go’. Complete trust and comfort levels have to be reached in order to pull off a successful event.

 

Complete transparency on the part of the wedding caterer and the client is very important. The Client needs to be clear in expressing his needs and budget constraints, if any. Keeping quiet on the budget front will give the wrong impression to the catering team. Otherwise it will place the client in a tight spot after the wedding when settlement has to be done.

 

Likewise, the wedding caterer also needs to honestly say what can be provided within the mentioned budget. There is no use in giving false promises and letting down the client citing financial factors.

 

The wedding caterer has to keep several factors in mind while agreeing to take up the event. If the proposed wedding is at the peak of summer then proper planning needs to be done in terms of preserving the edible items in humid or hot conditions.

 

Similarly if a wedding is planned during the festive season then proper planning on finances is a must since all commodities are likely to go up in price. So costing is of absolute importance.

A wedding caterer should also be smart enough to manage unexpected bandhs or natural calamities that are likely to throw things out of gear. Excuses cannot be given and are not acceptable in wedding catering. Deliverable cannot be compromised on in wedding catering.

Profit is the basis of any business. But wedding catering is all about guest satisfaction which cannot be bought off the shelf. Excellent service and great hospitality alone can earn good will as far as wedding catering is concerned.

 

 

Hence if you are looking for a long innings as a wedding caterer be sure to  get your priorities right and do not take your responsibility light for it is a very demanding profession. Every client chooses the wedding caterer based on a certain amount of trust and that faith should never be upset for it a life time event for the couple.

** Nala Bhaagam is the catering unit of Haritham Events.

Innovation : Key word for Wedding Planners

One reason why we as wedding planners enjoy this profession is the creativity it offers in the scenario of Indian tradition and culture. Indian weddings are by themselves amazingly varied in terms of different traditions and rituals spread across different states, languages and communities. As such each wedding is unique. Top make it singularly memorable and beautiful is the challenging job of every wedding planner and event manager.
Innovation not the for the sake of it. As wedding planners we look to work within the budget given to us by the client. Although it is easy for us to operate with a no – holds barred budget, it is not necessarily so with every wedding. We need to respect the financial viability of the client and look to innovate within that.
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Wedding Catering
With our own wedding catering unit, we double up as marriage caterers too. Food is a great platform to innovate as far as Indian cuisine is concerned. The variety that we have in terms of dishes and spices is mind blowing. So as wedding planners look forward to a free hand from the client where the menu is concerned and we try to fix it bringing in long forgotten regional specialities in to the gourmet spread at every opportunity.
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Wedding Menu
We believe that a sensibly planned wedding menu is more effective than an elaborate spread that leads to wastage of food. It is ensured that quality is never compromised for the sake of innovation or to make it cost effective. To us the guest should leave with a wholesome dining experience, relishing every meal with no damage done to health. This policy has stood us in good stead identifying us as one of the best wedding planners and wedding caterers in Chennai.
Wedding Decor

In India we are blessed with a brilliant variety of textiles and flowers to choose from and incorporate into the decor ideas at a wedding. Using eco friendly materials and natural fibres is something that is close to our heart and we firmly believe in it as a policy. Instead of replicating any design suggested by the client we try to add value by incorporating design changes keeping in mind the occasion and the venue details. Open air venues do pose restrictions in the use of certain ideas but the real challenge for us as wedding planners lies in overcoming the same imaginatively.
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Budget constraints also force us to innovate sensibly cutting down on cost of wedding decor by re utilising the same arrangements in a different manner to suit the next event thus creating a new look by not wasting the  props used once.
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As a wedding planner it is also best to remember that anything in the name of innovation should never interfere or be a hindrance to the performance of our age old traditions. Safety should be kept in mind at all times in any structural innovations. And aesthetics maintained at all times.