Friday, February 26, 2010

Holi is Coming!

Holi is quickly approaching :) Monday is Holi, but today Aashini celebrated Holi at her school. We didn't know what to expect (and asking questions didn't really help), so we prepared for a super messy Holi at school. We oiled up her hair and it looked so gross! Light colored hair can get permanently colored pink, purple or green after a day of Holi, so we didn't want to chance it. Anyway, it ends up that they played with flowers at school instead of color and this is all the color they put on their faces (along with mine & Diya's as we arrived to pick her up) :) All the kids were dressed up in nice clothes for the school party and Aashini was all oiled up and dressed in bummy clothes - haha! We were THOSE parents! haha!
Have a Happy Holi!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hands-On Fun!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

South Asian Foodie Fun!

I thought it was time for another South Asian Foodie post :) Having a new baby means that I'm still not out and about as much as normal which means this blog is a little more boring. It also means that food is one of the things I have pictures of and I'm posting :) haha!
So, one of my favorite places to eat is called "Haldiram's". It's basically a restaurant full of "snacky" foods. You can eat them as a meal though and they'll really fill you up - very cheaply! One of the things I love is called: Aloo Tikka (in the picture below). It can look a lot of different ways. It's basically a potato patty that's full of seasonings and spices and fried. At Haldiram's they put a sweet & spicy sauce over it and a coriander (cilantro) sauce. It's so yummy!
Here's a recipe for Aloo Tikka if you want to make it :) or here's a video of how to make it if you like that better :)
One of the treats I like to get at Haldiram's is "Kesar Badam Milk". Kesar is saffron and Badam is almonds. It's a yummy sweet drink with chunks of almonds in it :) Here's a simple recipe for it if you want to give it a try!
This is another one of my favorites :) This is called "Pav Bhaji". It can be spelled a few different ways but it's all the same yummy "snack". This dish has a fun history to it. Basically, in one big city in the west, there were a lot of textile mills. The workers would have only a short time for lunch, and they needed a lighter meal because of the physical labor they were doing. A vendor near the mills created this meal and it became the meal of the mill-workers. Eventually the recipe made it's way into many restaurants and then spread all over the country! It's yummy!
Here's a recipe for Pav Bhaji if you want to try it out! Here's a video recipe if you prefer that way :) If you look at both of those recipes you'll see a lot of differences - just about everyone has their own way to make it :) This snack is also full or butter or ghee. If you make it yourself you can cut it in half or even cut it out and it would still be great!
Happy Eating! (or drooling!) :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Little Bit of France in South Asia

Last weekend we were at the mall and saw these large red giraffes. We had heard that they were doing some sort of performances there, so we decided to stick around and see :)
A group from France had come over to do these performances. They did them on Saturday & Sunday night ;) It was an opera, but not sure what else to call it. It was very unique! There were two people inside of every giraffe making it move all around (their legs are the giraffe's legs).
This lady (below) was the lead actress/opra singer. She was singing in some language (not sure) and she actually spoke in Hindi (there wasn't much speaking though - mostly singing) - it was very interesting. See all the people! It was crazy! They were moving everything around over and through all the people! They would push them out of the way when they needed to move!
The main characters were this lady in white and a clown in red that played a bass drum. I didn't get it at all, and Aashini was terrified of the clown. She kept saying: "scary clown!".
The giraffes moved all around throughout the performances. It was very interesting! You never know what you're going to see!