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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.

CLICK HERE for our Vinayagar Chaturthi celebrations at 2017 and CLICK HERE for Vinayagar Chaturthi recipes.

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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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.

 

Happy Birthday to HIRANMAYI

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One of the most important Day in my life, 10 years back it was yesterday my cute, little princess came to this world. Let me wish her “A happy Birthday and wish many many so many more blessed years to come”.

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Happy Birthday to my daughter / Happy Birthday Hiranmayi

As usual we had a cake cutting by 12 A.M, followed by a party with her friends later in the evening. But this year it was one way special to her as her both friends from apartment and school came to celebrate the birthday. We had a wonderful time with these cute little kids. There were many gifts that kept on pouring, which kids look forward 😝 Party was lovely and fantastic.

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Happy Birthday to my daughter / Happy Birthday Hiranmayi

There are times, I use to wonder about my life in this world and why does this exist? But today when I wished her Happy Birthday, just like that she turned towards me, gave a beautiful smile, hugged me and told, “Everything is going to be fine, I am there for you and we (she, my son, my hubby) are the reason why you are here, we love you and we need you – Be the way you are”. Really, I felt very happy deep from my heart and recognized not only it’s we who observe our kids, even they observe us.

Happy for such a beautiful, charming, understanding friend, a mother in my life as a daughter – Loads and loads of love to my princess ❤.

Happy for her and wish her all the success throughout her life with good health, peace and wealth.