Mango motifs are extensively used in temple architecture and sculptures. Mango motifs in combination with other designs lend an ethnic charm to dress materials. The traditional "Manga border" in sarees is still in vogue. Rows of mango motifs strung together to form a necklace called the Manga Malai is a traditional jewellary which caters to ones aesthetic sense.
GANESHA SCULPTURE CARVED IN MANGO WOOD
A BRASS VIBUDHI SAMBADAM ( SACRED ASH HOLDER) IN THE SHAPE OF A MANGO
WELCOME TO MAHA MANGO MELA!
Now that the season is on and the king has arrived,we thought it would be befitting to celebrate the king of fruits.Thus was born the idea for a " MAHA MANGO MELA -THE GREAT MANGO FESTIVEL! - A tribute to the King of Fruits.
The entrance door was decorated with mango leaves. A kolam was drawn at the entrance floor. The fragrance of raw mangoes and ripe mangoes emanated from the kithen. Dish after dish was getting ready and my husband and grand children were flitting in and out of the kitchen in spite of their various chores for,'sampling' the dishes!
Finally the guests were there.They settled down with the welcome drink MANGO PANAKAM/PANNA and watched the puppet show with enthusiasm.The little one gave a grand performance with great involvement.The sound effects were taken care of by my grand son and his tabala.
Birbal presents the great emperor Akbar with a basket of home grown mangoes.The queen nearly faints with excitement at the sight of the delicious fruits.Akbar decides to tease his queen by playing a practical joke on her.He sends her to fetch some cold milk to go with the sweet mangoes, and in the meanwhile eats up all the mangoes and leaves the peels and the seeds in the queen's plate.The queen returns eagerly with the milk and is horrified when the emperor admonishes her of being greedy, and hogging away all the fruits, leaving only the peels and seeds on her plate.The desperate queen looks up to Birbal for help.Birbal immediately flashes a question at the emperor - If the queen who has at least left the seeds and the peels on her plate is termed greedy, what should the emperor who has polished up his plate without even leaving the seeds and peels behind, be labelled as?
The emperor and the queen are pleased with Birbal's wit,and they gift the wise and witty Birbal with gold and silver nuggets.
The show was a grand success and the hall thundered with applause! A BADSHAH WITH HIS FAVOURITE KINGS
Dinner time! We were little apprehensive if the guests would be overwhelmed with the all- mango dinner. TIME FOR DINNER THE FIRST COURSE
MAMBAZHA HALVA prepared with sweet ripe mangoes was the sweet for the event.We enjoyed a double dessert of vanilla ice cream with ripe mango cubes, and MANGO MOOSE which was a surprise additional dish prepared and presented by my sister's daughter-in-law.
Every one enjoyed the unforgettable event and the all- mango dinner.
Here I would like to share the MAMBAZHA HALWA recipe with all of you.
Pulp of sweet mango fruit without fibre - 500ml or two glasses
Sugar - 2 two glasses(same volume as fruit)
Unsweetened condensed milk - 1 tin (I used Milk Maid)
Ghee - 1 glass ( Only the required amount will be used)
Besan ( Bangal gram dal flour) - 3tbsps
Cardamom powder - 1 pinch
2.Combine the roasted besan and the fruit pulp smoothly using mixer.
3.Take a heavy bottomed vessel and add the fruit and besan mixture (besan gives'body' and a distinct flavour to the halwa),milk maid and sugar.
4.Place the vessel on the flame and keep stirring.
5.Keep adding ghee little by little as the halwa thickens and starts to leave the sides of the vessel.
6.When the halwa becomes a mass and starts to develop 'craters',add some more ghee and switch off flame.
7.Mix in the cardamom powder and pour the halwa on a plate.
Scoop out the warm flavoursome halwa on a serving plate and enjoy as it melts away in your mouth.