Shrikhand is a very popular pudding or dessert which accompanies an Indian meal. It is made with thick creamy curd, sugar and rich Saffron and Cardamom spice. What ever the occasion Shrikhand is enjoyed , been said that eating shrikhand after an Indian meal helps neutralise your palette but do you really need an excuse for eating shrikhand? I remember as a child my mum and grandma serving me shrikhand with hot puris every time we used to fast. Since then I have come across many varieties including fruits,coconut and even chocolate. If you haven’t tried it then you need to. As I am passionate about baking and experimenting with flavours I worked on this recipe three times before perfecting it. The cake didn’t need perfection it was the icing as I wanted to achieve shrikhand flavour but in a stiff consistency and to be honest that was difficult but I got there in the end and the result…
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CULTURE, Delhi, India, Lotus Temple, Photography, postaday, thirdeyemom, Travel
Any trip to Delhi requires a stop at the spectacular Lotus Temple. Built in 1986 of pure white marble from the Penteli mountain in Greece, the Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship where people of any religions can come to pray. What makes this temple so incredibly unique and awe-inspiring is its shape and form.
Inspired by India’s sacred lotus flower, the temple is composed of 27 free-standing marble “petals” arranged in groups of three to form nine sides forming a lotus flower. It is fitting that the temple is designed to look like India’s treasured lotus flower as the lotus symbolizes many important things in Indian culture: Long life, honor, and good forturne. Images of lotus flowers can be seen throughout India as engravings on temples, buildings and in art.
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Source: www.nytimes.com– By DAVID TANIS
HOT weather aside, you really know it’s summer when fresh sweet corn shows up at every Greenmarket and farm stand. I always love the sight of folks digging through piles of fat green-husked ears, looking for the best specimens. I’m right there with them, grabbing my own.
For the first few weeks of corn season, I’m happy to eat it on the cob, boiled or grilled, smeared with butter and sprinkled with salt and pepper or lime and chile powder. Or plain.
But at a certain point, it’s time to take those kernels off the cob and start playing. I may make my own creamed corn (butter-stewed, then finished with crème fraîche and chives) or a bright succotash with peppers, zucchini and sundry beans.
Adding fresh kernels to corn bread or polenta is always nice, or I’ll try a vegetarian corn chowder, with a broth made of simmered cobs, new potatoes and a fistful of fresh herbs.
This week, even in sweltering weather, I had a yen for something fried, and though I could have settled for corn-studded hush puppies, my inclination was to make something spicier, more complex. I love the vibrant flavor of Indian food, especially in summer. (It always seems refreshing.) So I turned to a few of my favorite Indian cookbooks for inspiration, and I found a solution: corn pakoras.
Crispy and well seasoned, pakoras are fritters that can be made from most any vegetable, corn included. I wanted to emphasize the corn flavor, so I used a fair amount of fine cornmeal, besides the more traditional chickpea flour. I got out my food processor to grind up fresh kernels for the batter, then in went the spices: the chiles, the ginger and scallions.
To accompany the pakoras, I craved a chutney that was sweet, hot and a little sour. Ripe mangoes and tamarind were at my local Indian grocery, so I used those, but green mango would have been good, or practically any other chutney, really.
Once the batter was made and the chutney assembled, I waited for sunset. Then it was time for an icy beverage before approaching the stove.
Using a couple of soup spoons, I slipped morsels of the mixture into a bare inch of hot oil. The frying took only a few minutes. (If you don’t want to fry them, cook them like pancakes on a well-oiled griddle.)
My little pakoras were just the thing for a hot night: spicy, crispy, sweet and savory.
A version of this article appeared in print on July 18, 2012, on page D2 of the New York edition with the headline: Pakoras Give Buttered Ears A Rest.
Lets go fly a kite up to the highest heights let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring…
Who: Pakistan Information & Cultural Organization (PICO)
What: 10th Annual Kite Flying Festival (Basant Mela)
When: Sunday March 25, 2012
Hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Crossroads Park 2155 E. Knox Road, Gilbert, AZ
Admission: FREE (Open to the Public)
Map Please: Crossroads Park
Basant is a seasonal festival celebrated at the end of winter to welcome spring. “Kite flying” is the major and most colorful event of this festival. The sky is covered with colorful kites that are of medium size normally from 1 foot to 4 feet in diameter; kites are usually made of paper and made especially for this purpose. Kites are of different shapes and sizes and are tied with specially made thread called “Doore.”
Yellow is the color of the festival and is visible everywhere from kites to clothes. Basant is not only a kite flying event, it’s a cultural festival for the entire family.
The PICO Basant Mela is an excellent opportunity to participate in Kite Flying, shop for Pakistani arts and crafts, apparel, and jewelry. Try traditional Pakistani food, enjoy the music, kids and youth activities or experience a henna tattoo.
For additional information www.pakistaninformation.org Phone (480) 586-1840 / (623) 570-9526