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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Independence Day Special 1 - Tiranga Bhaji

Happy Independence Day to you all

Firstly wishing you all a very very Happy Independence Day. This is the first Independence day iam celebrating away from my country "india". This day is so much fun. We used to have flag hoisting in our society, sweets will be distributed. Small kids dressed in full whites salute to the national flag while singing the national anthem. Hmmmm I really miss India.
This year "India marks 6 decades of independence"........ 60 years of freedom and 60 years of tribute to all those who fought for the cause.

"The National Flag of India was adopted in its present form during an ad hoc meeting of the Constituent Assembly held on the 22 July 1947, a few days before India's independence from the British on 15 August, 1947. It has served as the national flag of the Dominion of India between 15 August 1947 and 26 January 1950 and that of the Republic of India thereafter.[1] In India, the term "tricolour" [Tirangā – तिरंगा (in Hindi)] almost always refers to the Indian national flag.
The flag is a horizontal tricolour of "deep saffron" at the top, white in the middle, and green at the bottom. In the centre, there is a navy blue wheel with twenty-four spokes, known as the Ashoka Chakra, taken from the Ashoka pillar at Sarnath. The diameter of this Chakra is three-fourths of the height of the white strip. The ratio of the width of the flag to its length is 2:3.[2] The flag is also the Indian Army's war flag, hoisted daily on military installations.
It should be pointed out that the actual colour used in the top band in all depictions of the flag—including this page—is either blaze orange or pumpkin rather either than saffron or deeper shades of saffron like goldenrod or dark goldenrod.[3]
The Indian National Flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya.[4] The official flag specifications require that the flag be made only of "khadi," a special type of hand-spun yarn. The display and use of the flag are strictly enforced by the Indian Flag Code.[2]
A heraldic description of the flag would be Party per fess Saffron and Vert on a fess Argent a "Chakra" Azure."

On this day I always used to be stuck to the TV seeing the parade and all the flaots , dances .... ohh my its a beauty.. i cud never go to delhi in person for this celebration.....but never missed to see it on TV..... then the speech by our Honourable Prime minister.......and the national anthem

Manmohanji in his speech this time said that..."" Gandhi's dream of a free India will only be fully realized when we banish poverty from our midst," Singh told a crowd of thousands of dignitaries and schoolchildren dressed in the orange, white and green of the Indian flag, referring to independence leader Mohandas Gandhi.""

Everyone says but who follows... Poverty... is the issue in question but how can it be eradicated?...what about the corruption? Arent poverty and corruption interconnected?Hmm.. anyways I am no economist or leader to analyse these things.... only thing that tops is I love my Country and iam proud to be an indian.

Mera Bharat Mahan!

Tiranga Bhaji
So on the occasion of independence day, I was inspired to make something colourful and simple. Something which reflects our country. Hence i came up with this simple " Tiranga Bhaji"

Tiranga is a hindi word which as such means Tricolour or three colours but for an indian tiranga always means our flag (In India, the term "tricolour" [Tirangā – तिरंगा (in Hindi)] almost always refers to the Indian national flag.)

Hence on this occasion I am using three vegetables that reflect the colours of our flag and so call my dish tiranga bhaji. Do give me your views and comments... now coming to the recipe....
To make Tiranga you need :

Cabbage - 1/2 a head
French beans - 8-9
Carrot - 1
Green chillies - 2
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dhal - 2tsp
Salt to taste
Fresh Grated coconut
Curry leaves few

Wash and cut all the vegetables into small pieces and keep them in sepearte bowls each. Steam them in microwave till half cooked and then keep aside.

In a pan pour some oil. Put in the tadka i.e : mustard seeds, urad dhal, red chillies and curry leaves. Let the mustard flutter. Now add the beans and fry a bit. Add the carrots and do the same... Now lastly add the cabbage and mix well. Add salt and let it cook covered for 5 minutes. Then remove the lid orelse the cabbage will leave water.Cook till all the water evaporates.

Garnish with fresh cococnut and serve as side for rice and sambar.

::sorry if i have made any mistakes do tell me if i went wrong anywhere about our flag and our history::


timepass said...

Your blog is lovely and so are the recipes.

Sharmi said...

what a lovely way to celebrate:) bhaji looks so good.

SHUBHA said...

thank u sharmi...:)