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.facebook.com/MayorBerman from From My Time Serving Gilbert
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
World Music - the Music Journey
Anoushka Shankar is a British Indian sitar player and composer who lives between the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. She is the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and the paternal half-sister of Norah Jones. She has released seven albums. Here’s the song “Casi Uni”, featuring Concha Buika:
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Whether it is the sari clad women gardeners at an ancient garden
Or the sari of local women devotees at Lakshmi Narayan Temple
or orange capped, barefoot pilgrims from Gujarat, in dhoti
to the stained glass that adorn the arches of historic pavilionsto the street food of Jal Mahal
– tomatoes, beans, corn kernels, nuts and lentils
to my heavy ethnic Rajashtani dress by the entrance of Birla ( I wore this for much longer than intended! And I never removed the bindi on my forehead)
Jaipur is a city splashed with a myriad of colors. And it wasn’t even Holi!
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Amber Fort sits like a crown atop the shallow Maota lake
The facade of Amber Fort and the Ganesh Gate
The palace garden, cause way or char bagh style, is kept lush and green despite the frequent lack of water
The rugged terrain leading to Jaigarh Fort. A tunnel connects the two forts
The meandering walk ways, Maota lake and garden seen from above
The ruins in and around the Amber Fort
Centuries old mirror inlays on walls of the Mirror Palace or Sheesh Mahal glisten up until now. Five hundred years old and shining.
The typical floral inlay and Indian art on the ceilings
Fortified walls of the fortress depicting the traditional dome and chattri seen in typical Rajashtani architecture
One of the many labyrinthine entrances in the fort
The courtyard framed by a window
It was a humid and cloudy afternoon
The rocky knoll framed by…
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Our plane to Udaipur got pushed to depart at 7:45 instead of 6. Amit picked us up from the hotel at 12 so we had some serious time to waste. We went to a place called Little Italy for lunch. Oh man – to have a break from curries and rice was nothing short of awesome. Maguiver got a margarita pizza, I got a mushroom and tomato sauced pasta and we shared a garlic bread and ice cream. Wash it well down with a pint of kingfisher beer and you have a well deserved westernized meal that pleased our palettes and soothed our tummies. Yum Yum.
After wasting an hour and a half there we still had ages so went to some gross museum and a “zoo”. A few pelicans and some antelope didn’t make for great entertainment and the tigers were stuck in tiny little cages so it was…
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