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Madraasi Deepavali Celebration – 2017 / Diwali 2017 celebrations at home

Madraasi Deepavali Celebration – 2017 / Diwali 2017 celebrations at home

 

Deepavali / Diwali is an important Indian (Hindu) festival celebrated by all the Indians in India and across the world. As we are in the land of “Unity of Diversity”, each and every state people celebrate it in their own way, also Diwali is celebrated in two different states whereas south Indian celebrates it on 18 oct and North Indian celebrates it on 19th oct. Being a south Indian and living together with so many region people in our apartment, glad we got to celebrate it for 2 days.

Madraasi Deepavali Celebrations at home / Diwali celebration 2017

We (South Indian) wake up, early in the morning, apply oil to the head, take bath, later start preparing snacks and food for pooja. Once they are done, we perform pooja, get blessing from the elders, and elders of our family distribute the new dress to everyone. After wearing the new dress, we have our breakfast, and the breakfast would be served in a banana leaf with too many sweets and savories that has been prepared all over a week time. As sharing is caring we distribute sweets and savories prepared in our home to our neighbors, friends – wishing them Happy DEEPAVALI.

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #134 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

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After the sweets distribution, here comes the best part of a year waiting – It’s the crackers section. We start bursting crackers, with family, friends, with loads of fun and joy. After bursting few crackers, we return home and start watching the Television as there will be more and more fun filled program, also there will be numerous movie getting released for this Diwali. It would be more fun and super thrilled getting tickets for our favorite star movie, and then watching them at the Cinemas with the whole family as a group. Then over the evening we lit Deepam / Diya perform pooja and then during nights we start bursting out the crackers, sparkle sparklers, chakras, flowerpots and so on.

Sweets, snacks and lunch

On the Banana Leaf –

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Chicken Fried Rice / Restaurant Style Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice / Restaurant Style Chicken Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of the popular dish, it can be prepared in a street food and also the other ways. Commonly we like to have fried rice from a street vendor, it tastes different and good. We use to have it at least once in two months, but for almost a year, the shop was closed. And so, thought of preparing it at home and the taste was too good and more similar to that one. Also, this is a perfect for lunch box. Let me share the recipe…

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #160 hosted by Angie@thenovicegardener.

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Chicken fried rice / Restaurant Style Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients:

  • Chicken – 200 gm
  • Steamed rice – 1 ½ cups
  • Capsicum (yellow, green, red) – ¼ cup
  • Carrot – ¼ cup
  • Cabbage – ¼ cup
  • Spring onions – 4 stalks
  • Black pepper powder – 2 tsp
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Eggs – 2 nos
  • Soy sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Tomato sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2 ½ tbsp

Making of Chicken Fried Rice –

Preparation:

  • Clean and finely chop the chicken into pieces.
  • Clean and finely chop the capsicum, cabbage and spring onions, peel and finely chop the carrot, garlic.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add garlic, carrot, cabbage and capsicum, cook for few mins or until the vegetables are cooked.
  • Add chicken pieces followed by salt and pepper powder and cook for few mins or until the chicken turns pale white in color.
  • Pour tomato sauce and soy sauce and cook for a min or until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add spring onions and cook for few seconds.
  • Break the eggs, stir it well, cook for few seconds (the egg should not be completely cooked).
  • Add the steamed rice and mix it well, cook in high flame until the rice becomes dry.
  • Sprinkle a handful of spring onions and remove it from fire.

Serve it hot with Butter chicken or any gravy.

 

Karunadu Swada – Karanataka Food Festival by MTR

Karunadu Swada – Karanataka Food Festival by MTR

Got an invite for “Karunadu Swada” at the MTR Food Festival by 21st January for experiencing one of Karnataka’s oldest cuisines at St. Johns Auditorium, Koramangala, Bangalore.

First there was a Blogger’s meet organized by MTR with Chef. Chandri Bhat, she shares her culinary secrets and origin stories of Karnataka cuisine. She demonstrated the preparation of a cashew fruit based curry with potatoes, a kheer which is prepared by steaming the rice dumplings and later simmered in coconut milk. I would say it was yum, heavenly and delicious.

Karunadu Swada - Karanataka Food Festival by MTR

Karunadu Swada – Karanataka Food Festival by MTR

More over the best part that I loved over there was, it was not only the food but also, she shared the history of the food and its preparation right from the idly, hayagreeva halwa to mysore pak.

I was astonished when she shared the secret of Idly as they were prepared by steaming the ground black lentils without fermentation. Also, she added that the authentic and traditional mysore pak was the one with pores and crispy, not the soft once. She did share about a treasured book (culinary) which was passed to her from her great grandmother. Loved the way she cooked, share the secrets and her experience in culinary world.

After this blogger meet, we had a lunch, where we could get all the Karnataka’s authentic and traditional food in one place right from the Thatte Idly to the hayagreeva halwa. Also, there was stalls based on each and every region of Karnataka with their familiar food right from Mangalore till Kodagu. The food was great, loved it to the core – happy me and yummy tummy – as I got to have most of my favorite’s all together – Rava Idly, Thatte Idly, Bisibelebath, Masala Dosa, Tharvada peda and so on.