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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 😊  

 

 

Hyderabadi Nizam food Festival at Marriott, Whitefield, Bangalore

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Got an invite for Hyderabadi Nizam Food Festival at Marriott, Whitefield, Bangalore by last week, there was huge traffic and finally reached the destination by time.

Hyderabadi Nizam Food Festival at Marriott, whitefield, Bangalore

We had Chef. Madhusudhanan, who has come long way from Hyderabad to prepare authentic and traditional food for this Hyderabadi Nizam Food Festival. As the concept, the food was totally rich with the rich flavors and the masala prepared with nuts like almond/badam, pista, cashew nuts right from the soup till the desserts.

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Let me share the food I had there with the pictures –

  • Shorba – Makai Aur Badami (veg) and Tomatar Jhinga (non-veg). I had Tomato Prawn soup, prawns are tenderly cooked in tomato were the taste was well balanced being spicy and tangy.
  • Starters – Arni Aur Channa tikki, Subz Tarkari Tikki and Nawabi Paneer Tikka for veg and Pather ki Gosth and Machi Ki Shammi – All the starters were too good, being a non-vegetarian I always like Pather ki Gosth – were the mutton (lamb) pieces are marinated well in a spicy masala and cooked on the stone top.
  • Main course – What do one remember when it’s Nizam food festival? – Yeah Absolutely you are right – there was 3 varieties of Briyani – Chicken Briyani, Mutton Biryani and Kabuli Briyani which was accompanied with gravies – Dakha Gosht, Paneer Pista Korma, Ambada Dal, Tamatar ki salan. Last but not least the king of Nizam food – “HALEEM” – served with roti, nan and paratha. Haleem was too good, being a lover of Haleem I enjoyed it to the core 😊
  • Dessert – Potharaekulu – The first time I got to taste potharaekulu, which was made with too many soft, crispy layers and sprinkled with finely chopped pieces of pistachios, which melts in the mouth. Double Ka Meetha – It has right sugar level, so that one can have more than two. Uroosa – I felt the taste of beetroot, condensed milk similar to beetroot halwa, but unware of what it’s made of . Chum chum was taste to the perfection and finally the Fruit Custard – I like anything made with the combination of fruit and milk.

Worth to give a try – I am sure you would love it. This festival is from 15th of May till 25th of May, never miss it, perfect for this rainy evenings and the timings – 7.00 p.m till 11.00 p.m.

 

 

 

Mango Dal / Mambala Paruppu Kulambu – Mango Recipes

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Recently when I have been to Rajdhani for their Aamlicious, I got to taste this Mango Dal which was fantastic and that I liked to the core.

Mango Dal was little sweet, tangy and spicy, which went goes out well with pulav’s, rice, roti or Indian flat bread. I have prepared it using both ripe and raw mangoes for the perfect taste, I had there. We all like it and accompanied it with pulav, potato fry and appalam / pappad. Let me share the recipe…

Taking this to Fiesta friday #172 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

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Mango Dal Curry / Mambala Paruppu Kulambu

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Ingredients:

  • Split pigeon pea / Toor dal / Tuvaram paruppu – ¾ cup
  • Masoor dal / Red Lentil – ½ cup
  • Raw Mango – ½ cup
  • Ripe Mango – 1 cup
  • Onions – 1 no (medium size)
  • Chilli powder – ¾ tsp
  • Tumeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
  • Fenugreek / methi / vendhayam – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Red chillies – 2 nos
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut oil (any cooking oil) – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves – 4 stalks (for garnishing)

Making of Mango Dal / Mambala Paruppu Kulambu –

Preparation:

  • Wash the lentils together, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and keep it aside.
  • Chop the raw mangoes and ripe mangoes to medium size and keep it aside.
  • Pressure-cook the lentils together for 3 whistles or until the mashing consistency.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chilles and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Add the finely chopped onions and cook until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Add the raw mangoes, cook for few mins and cook in water until they are soft.
  • Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and cook until the raw smell of the spice powder goes off.
  • Pour the pressure-cooked lentil, pour a cup of water (it should be runny), add salt, cover and bring it to boil.
  • Once it thickens, add the chopped ripe mangoes, gently stir it.
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Serve hot with steamed rice or any pulav, also goes out well with roti or any Indian flat breads.