Today I would like to share Kheer(rice pudding) recipe, on the occasion of full moon. Full moon is also known as पूर्णिमा(Purnima) in the Sanskrit language. People celebrate this event with kheer. My mom makes magical kheer, I remember, on Purnimas our neighborhood/community would gather under the moonlight in our yard/terrace to enjoy this sweet dish. Though a full moon occurs once every month, but, when it occurs twice a month it is referred to as a blue moon, though it is not blue colored, it occurs “once in a blue moon” – a phrase to mean a rare occurrence. When the year has 13 full moons instead of the usual 12, the “extra” moon is the blue one. It was a blue moon yesterday! continue>>
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a very delcious dish. Treat yourself, your family and guests with this amazingly simple and wholesome dessert. Dates is the natural sweetener in this dish with no added sugar. This is an ayurvedic sattvik dish, an authentic recipe from the east. Often eaten without any celebratory occasion but can be served as a sweet dish on festivals like Diwali or Eid. Introducing here as “dry-dates pudding” to the western cuisine. It’s a gem among the desserts, a welcome and healthful addition to one’s platter this Christmas or Hanukkah.
Hyacinths make beautiful fragrant gifts. They grow from bulbs and bloom in early spring. We just love their refreshing, lingering fragrance. This plant is specially chosen for Mrs. ‘A’ (my daughter’s kindergarten teacher). During Easter/spring break, her home will be filled with it’s pervasive sweet scent. Hyacinths are supposed to be symbols of rebirth which seems befitting for the occasion. I felt that of all the blooms, white ones had the most haunting scent.