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Independence Day Flavors of the Tricolour

15 Aug

Art of Living Bloggers wish India a very Happy Independence Day. On our 66th Indpendence Day, let us pay our tribute to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to win freedom for One billion Indians. Today let us renew our commitment to our motherland to reclaim its lost glory from the jaws of corruption and apathy.

Gurudev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living has said, “India can be proud of seven things and showcase them to the World – Food, Tourism, Clothing, Music & Dance, Yoga & Spirituality, Ayurveda and IT.” (Watch Video) Nowhere else in the World is such richness found. These are the things that we need to put our attention to boost our economy and the image of our country.

 The beautiful tricolor of India being hoisted this morning at Art of Living International Centre. 

Let the spirit of the tricolour paint our lives with courage and sacrifice (saffron), truth and purity (white), peace and prosperity (green) and righteousness (Dharma).

Here are two recipes make your dining table tri-coloured!

Tri-Colour Idly
Idly mix/batter – 4 cups
Carrot – 3 cups
Spinach(Palak/Cheera) – 3 cups
Salt – As required


1) For preparing tri colour idly, cook carrots and grind it to a paste without water. Pour it in a bowl and keep it aside.

2) Steam the spinach and blend it with very little water. Keep it aside.

3) Take a spoon full of the idly batter and pour it in the carrot mixture with salt. Mix well and keep it aside.

4) Take another spoon full of the idly batter and pour it in the spinach mixture with salt. Mix well and keep it aside.

5) Spoon a little idly batter into the idly mould. Put a little spinach mixture in the centre of the idly batter.

6) Take another spoon of the carrot mixture and put it in the centre of the spinach mixture.(Do not put too much of the spinach and carrot mixture. The tri colours should be seen) 

7) Steam it till cooked.

8) Tri colour idly`s are ready. Serve with chutney.

Tri color pudding

For Green Color
Avocado, ripe-1
Pistachios, shelled-1/4 cup
Milk- 1 1/2 cups
Condensed milk- 4tbsp or according to your needs
Agar-Agar strands- 6gm

Preparation:
Place agar-agar strands in 3tbsp water and heat it by constantly stirring to dissolve in water. Strain it to remove any tiny strands present in it.
Blend avocado and pistachios into a fine paste by adding little water to it.
In a saucepan, heat milk and condensed milk.
When it comes to a boil add the dissolved agar-agar and combine well.
Remove from the flame and when it is slightly cooled, add the avocado-pistachios puree and combine well.

Pour this mixture into a cake pan, dessert bowl or ramekin, after it cools down refrigerate to set.

For White Color
Apple-2
Almonds-1/4 cup
Milk-1 1/2 cups
Vanilla extract- 1tsp
Condensed milk-4 tbsp or according to your needs
Agar-agar strands-6gm

Preparation:
Place agar-agar strands in 3tbsp water and heat it by constantly stirring to dissolve in water. Strain it to remove any tiny strands present in it.
Blend apple and almonds together into a fine paste by adding little water.
In a saucepan, heat the milk along with condensed milk and vanilla extract.
When the milk comes to a boil, add the melted agar-agar to it and combine well.
Remove from the flame and when it’s slightly cooled, add apple-almond puree to it and combine well.
Slowly pour this mixture on top of the green pudding that has already been set in the refrigerator.

Let it cool and place in the refrigerator for further setting.

For Orange Color
Cantaloupe juice or Carrot juice -1 1/2 cups
Milk- 1/2 cup
Condensed milk- 4tbsp
Agar-agar strands- 6gm

Preparation:
Place agar-agar strands in 3tbsp water and heat it by constantly stirring to dissolve in water. Strain it to remove any tiny strands present in it.
Blend fresh cantaloupe and strain it to get the juice out of it and keep aside.
Heat milk along with condensed milk.
When the milk comes to a boil, add dissolved agar-agar and mix well.
Remove from the flame, let cool slightly and add the cantaloupe juice to this.

Pour this mixture on top of the white pudding that has already been set in the refrigerator.
Again, keep this in the refrigerator for further setting.
After the pudding has set well, cut into different shapes and serve.
Happy Independence Day 🙂

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7 responses to “Independence Day Flavors of the Tricolour

  1. mkailkhura

    August 15, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Proud to be an Indian – the land of spirituality. The tri-color idlies look lovely. Will try them out 🙂
    Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan explained the meaning of tri-colour thus-
    Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness.Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. The “Ashoka Chakra” in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.

     
    • Chhavi Methi

      August 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Waow .. Thank you for that piece of info 🙂

       
  2. Sharan Kala

    August 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    vande matrammmmmmmmm.bhut achha …jgd

     
  3. Chhavi Methi

    August 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    What is agar ??
    What a wonderful way of making colours naturally .. I wd have used artificial colours .. Thanks for such an info 🙂

     
  4. shivani

    August 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    thnxxx everyone for njoying the dishes n special thnx to Mamta

    Agar Agar is thickening agent a vegetarian gelatin substitute easily available in market in powder or flake form
    i hope that helps u Chhavi its comes in healthy food category so u can use it w/o any tension 🙂

    Its great to be In-dependence with such a family @art of living in the era of changing India Independence :))

    Vande Matramm

     
  5. dkashikar1974

    August 17, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Reblogged this on Kashi Kshetra.

     
  6. Mallika

    August 31, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Mera bharat Mahaan… Jai Gurudev!

     

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