Monthly Archives: May 2017

Happy Birthday to My HUBBY – Madraasi Scribbles

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Most precious day in my life – It’s my Hubby’s Birthday. There are too many difference in living with a man and a gentleman, I would say that I am the most blessed soul when it comes to my hubby and kids and glad that I am living with a Gentleman.

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Happy Birthday to My Hubby – 2017

Every time in his birthday’s I use to say, he strives hard to replace my grandfather, but this time I would say that he stole that place. Among too many chaos and struggle, the only one (GENTLEMAN) who understands me very well and travelled, travels and loves travelling with me by accepting, respecting, admiring, boosting the way I am. Usually I say these words in my own pride, “I am perfect in my own way that I was taught to be and wish, wanted to be”, but there was a time recently when I was totally down, still with tons of thoughts bursting in both mind and heart. He who told the same words with the bold, loving, encouraging voice – “You are perfect – IN OUR WAY, don’t ever bother of other’s, OUR LIFE is OURS – LET US LIVE OURS to the fullest”.

My life to me is not in words, but a biggest Struggle, I am pretty much sure that no one would travel with me for years, but he the who one and only reason for where and what I am today. Wish him a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY with loads of happiness by holding (him) – the world best with the PRIDE – Love you loads Dear.

My life with you is more beautiful, lovely, happy, best in the world, which no one can have.

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Nungu Sharbhat / Ice-Apple cooler / Toddy Palm Cooler – Summer Recipes

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Recently during our trip to Kanyakumari, after a long walk and site seeing, we wanted to have something refreshing and thought of having soda, but the shopkeeper recommended us to have their nungu sharbhat.

Also do check out my Nungu Milkshake, Nungu Payasam (kheer) with Video, Nungu Crumble prepared by my son, Pistachios Nungu Mousse.

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Nungu Sharbhat / Ice-Apple cooler / Toddy Palm Cooler – Summer Recipes

Nungu Sharbhat is a natural coolant, which refreshes people during summer and also helps in digestion after a long day work. Also it’s very tasty and healthy to have, as nungu is a seasonal fruit and summer is about to go, give a try to this nungu sharbhat as soon as possible. I have prepared two versions of this sharbath both with soda/sparkling water and the regular one.

Taking it to Fiesta Friday #173 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

CLICK HERE for more summer recipes and CLICK HERE for more Beverages recipes.

Ingredients:

  • Nungu (hard – 4 no’s, soft – 3 no’s) – 7 no’s
  • Nannari / Sarsaparilla Syrup – 5 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – 3 tbsp
  • Sugar (optional) – 3 tsp
  • Sabja / Falooda seeds – 4 tbsp

Making of Nungu Sharbath / Ice-Apple cooler / Toddy palm cooler –

Preparation:

  • Soak falooda/sabja seeds in water for 20 mins.
  • Peel the hard nungu’s and grind it to fine paste by sprinkling little water.
  • Peel and finely chop the soft nungu’s to fine pieces and keep it aside for topping.
  • For regular version – Take a glass, add 2 to 3 tsps of nungu paste, pour 2 tbsp of nannari syrup, a tbsp of lemon juice and water. Mix it well, so that the nungu paste blends well with the juice, add a tbsp of soaked sabja / falooda seeds. Top it with finely chopped nungu pieces, refrigerate and serve chilled.
  • For Soda version – Take a glass, add 2 to 3 tsps of nungu paste, pour 2 tbsp of nannari syrup, a tbsp of lemon juice and sparkling water. Mix it well, so that the nungu paste blends well with the juice, add a tbsp of soaked sabja / falooda seeds. Top it with finely chopped nungu pieces and serve chilled.

 

Today’s Kids and Their Lifestyle – Madraasi Scribbles

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I have seen most of the kids even Just a year-old ones, playing with Electronic devices like mobile phones, tablets, laptops … may be during travel or at home. Nowadays we parent, when we need to do our work peacefully or spend our time happily, we just give any of our electronic gadgets to keep them happy (away from us).

Do we ever think is it good for them? Do they get everything that we enjoyed in our childhood? Are they in good health and really happy? These are questions that arise to me, today when we were discussing about a candy man, who use to come along the streets with candy by playing music, we as kids used to rush for candy once we hear the music. He would wrap the candy in the form of watch, bangle, bracelet or chain as we wish. When we were discussing about that my daughter has experienced this but my son never experienced and now the concept is almost gone .

Not only with others, it also happened with me. Being a mother of two kids – daughter (10 yrs) and son (5 yrs). I would say that there are many fabulous and interesting things that my son missed than my daughter and my daughter missed than me 😊

Where does it all go –

                                A Beautiful sand castle, where we dig doors and hold the hands through it.

                                A wooden and mud kitchen set, where leaves and flowers as a dish.

                                A gang of kids playing games – hide and seek, hopscotch, snake and ladders (thayam), stick fighting (kambu suthuthal), pallankuzhi, kho-kho, Killi (similar to cricket 😝), Gusthi (similar to wrestling 😝).

                                Having Koottanchoru (everyone brings an ingredient that is possible by them, all cooks together with the assistance of the elder and eat for lunch sitting together)

                                A street (all the people of that street) assemble together in a central place of their street, have fun and later watch movie and have fun together during the late nights of the weekend.

                                                                         And the list keeps going ……………………….

But today, there exists summer classes, kids stay inside the home watching cartoons or playing with their gadgets, which results in the lack of vitamin-D, due to the lack of sunlight. Completely engaged with electronic gadgets makes them more and more intelligent and talent, but not physically active.

Kids below 3 years, engaging themselves with gadgets and cartoons, takes time to speak but with early sight problems, poor conduct with sunlight, as they are happy in their world and we (parents) are busy in our world.

From my view, just like that I feel kids can engage with electronic gadgets but not the whole time. Enjoy the indoor games but not all time. Let them shout, run, dance, cycle but with care, as childhood is the most precious stage to make memories for the whole life 😊