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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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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 😊  

 

 

Jack Fruit Pancake Balls

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Nowadays I feel my works getting more and more tighten, as the kids grew up with the stuffs like their home works and their naughtiness (must to mention). When both of them are back from school, these kids have a sweet tooth and want something for their snack – mainly focused on sweets or bakes.

I thought of preparing pancake with jack fruit, but my daughter asked me why don’t you prepare pancake in appe pan (kuzhipaniyaram kadai), it would be easy for me hold and eat. This resulted in the making of Jackfruit Pancake balls – an after school or back to home snack.

It was too soft and fluffy. Give a try not only for kids but also for the people from work would enjoy having this. I felt it just like munch when they move here and there all over the house. Let me share the recipe…

It’s Friday and taking it to Fiesta Friday #124 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 10 mins

Serves: 5 persons

1 cup = 160 ml

Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Buttermilk – 1 cup
  • Unsalted butter – 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Jack fruit – 7 nos
  • Sugar – 3 tbsp
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt  – ¼ tsp

Preparation:

  • Take the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a wide mouth bowl, mix them well.
  • Bring the butter to room temperature. Deseed the jack fruits and grind them along with sugar to a fine paste with little water.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour, pour in buttermilk, jack fruit puree and 2 tbsp butter. Mix them all together with a spoon.
  • Add in little water if the batter is too thick (it should be in pancake consistency).
  • Heat the appe pan, drizzle little butter in all the holes, pour in the batter (fill the holes) and drizzle little butter, cover and cook for 2 mins.
  • Swap the sides of the pancake balls and cook for another 2 min or until it turns golden brown.
  • Remove from the kadai.

Yum

Serve hot with Maple syrup.