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Visarjan at our home with Our Eco-friendly Ganesha – Ganesh Chaturthi – 2017

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Visarjan is one of the most important part of Vinayagar Chaturthi / Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Visarjan means “Immersing the idol of Lord Ganesh in any water body, usually people use to immerse in lake, river, sea”. After the celebrations people carry Ganesha Idol along the streets by dancing towards the water body to immerse them.

But now as per the environmental security, most of us get Eco-friendly Ganesh idols. These Eco-friendly idols are made completely with clay and designed with beautiful color papers, kundan stones and Jhamkis.

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It was from last year I got eco-friendly Ganesha Idol and after our celebrations are over, we perform puja, and for Visarjan – since we have a small Ganesha idol (1 ½ feet), we used to immerse Ganesha idol in a bucket full of water, and wait for a day until it dissolves in water.

Once it’s done, I separate the colour papers, kundan stones, jhamkis from the water. Transfer only the water to other bucket, then spread out the clay over a big sheet. I mix these clay with the soil in a proportion of 1:5, later fill those in the empty flower pots and plant herbs, table roses or sow seeds. Also pour the collected water to other flower pots and plants at our home.

I believe my Ganesha stays with me and shower his blessings through out the year. Also Happy that my kids come to know what Ganesh Chaturthi is, how to celebrate it Eco-friendly. Let’s save our mother earth by teaching our kids (future generation) the term “ECO-FRIENDLY”.

 

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Vinayagar Chaturthi – 2017 / Ganesh Chathurthi – 2017 celebrations at our home

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It’s almost 7 yrs, we have been to Bangalore, usually in my parent’s parents place or in my in-laws place we celebrate Vinayagar Chaturthi by preparing few dishes, offer to Lord Ganesh at our home and visit temple for special pooja. But after coming to Bangalore, we found too many Ganesh idols, all over the streets few days before Vinayagar Chaturthi and when daughter wanted to get one of them and do pooja, sing bhajan, decorate Ganesh, offer food to Lord at least for 3 days. This resulted us in bringing Ganesh Idol and celebrating the way she wanted and later immersing it the nearby lake. So, this was happening for almost 6 years at our home. But with the small change from last two years, we have been immersing Ganesha in a bucket of water, later collecting the soil and planting herbs on it.

We here in our apartment also celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, by decorating Ganesha, each and every one preparing a dish, which is served as an offering and later distributed to all of us. Later followed by some cultural program by our kids, bhajans, evening filled with fun, laughter and games.

 

Master Chef cooking class by Whirlpool Built-In appliances with Chef Kunal Kapur

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Got an invite for culinary Masterclass sponsored by Whirlpool Built-in appliances to mark the celebrations for the second anniversary of Haute Kitchen – an experiential center for Whirlpool built-in appliances in Koramangala, Bangalore. The event was hosted by the Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur, at something’s cooking culinary studio, Bangalore.

Commenting on the successful conclusion of Masterclass, Mr. Natarajan A, Head- New Business Unit, Whirlpool of India said, “We are glad that Chef Kunal Kapur joined us today for the anniversary celebration of our Haute-Kitchen in Bangalore. We believe that holding a meet-and-greet session for our patrons with Celebrity Chefs is important as they get to learn the art of cooking using the finest range of Whirlpool built in appliances from the masters. Going forward, we intend to conduct similar classes in other parts of India as well. We would like to thank both Chef Kunal Kapur and Something’s Cooking studio for today’s event success”

More excited when I got to hear we were going to cook with Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur. There were few bloggers and bloggers were divided to 5 teams where there was 2 veg team and 3 non-veg team. As everyone over there knew my daughter (10 yrs) is too interested and cooks well, she was also enrolled to our team. Our team with 4 of us – Me, My daughter (Hiranmayi), Harsha and Swathi.

Masterchef Cooking Class by Whirlpool's Built-In Appliances with Chef Kunal Kapur

Masterchef Cooking Class by Whirlpool’s Built-In Appliances with Chef Kunal Kapur

The recipe was given to us along with the ingredients, kitchen utensils and so on. Chef Kunal Kapur, instructed us the way with tips and tricks on how to cook the recipe, also he demonstrated the way of cooking and why we cook like that. For example, why do we slit fish, along the skin side, to avoid it from shrinking.

The menu was curated by Chef Kunal kapur, it was a unique idea, sounds good and yeah it tasted delicious. Recipe – Seafood Modak with Moilee Sauce, tossed spinach and Kokum Foam, Andae ka Halwa, Lemon Basil curd. Seafood Modak sounds interesting and unique right, it’s stuffed with spicy prawn masala and the moilee sauce was prepared with prawn head. Due to lack of time, we couldn’t prepare Andae Ka Halwa, but got to taste the one prepared by chef, it was divine, melt in mouth. Stay tuned for recipe…

My daughter preparing Prawn Moilee –

 

Finally, the day was spent fantastic and informative with fun, laughter, thanks a lot to Whirlpool India for extending the invite. Wishing you all the very success and many more returns of anniversary day with your Whirlpool Built-In Appliances. I have been a using Whirlpool refrigerator and washing machine more than a decade and would never comprise with any brands for these and eagerly looking to handle Whirlpool Kitchen Appliances.