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Dashain – family, playing cards, food and celebration

As I mentioned in my previous post, we celebrated Dashain from 1st October-15 October. Like every year I was super busy performing rituals at home and going for tika at different relatives places. But I have to admit that I am really tired this year compared to the last few years, looks like my age is catching up on me 🙂

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On Asthami, my parents, my brother’s family and a few of my friends’ family went to the Helensburg temple. The temple had a great vibe going with lots of people praying and special chanting going on for the occasion of Dashain. Helensburgh (3)

Of course after the ritual, we went to their canteen for breakfast and I had my favourite Masala Dosa 🙂

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On Nawami, apart from Kumari and Ganesh puja, I have mentioned before, we did Gadi puja as well .Please click here for more information on why it is done.

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Dashami or Tika day was really busy for us. First of all, in the morning we need to do puja at home using Jamara and then Chhori had her first tika of her life from me and AS.

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Then we went to my parents’ place so they can give us blessings (and money :)). It was a great feeling to have my parents here. It has been more than a decade that I got to be together with my parents during Dashain so it was extra special.

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There we put tika for my brother, SIL and nephew and they put tika for Chhori. We had lunch there and went to visit other relatives. We went to few places before coming back to my parents’ place. By the time, we came back home that evening it was past 10 pm and all of us were really tired.

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Chhori had a great time for sure and she was wearing Lengha for the first time in her life. It was a gift given to her from my friend’s mum and she looked super cute.

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The next day we were again invited to another friend’s place. I had to work that day so after work we went to their place. There I managed to play some cards as AS was minding Chhori.

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It must have been a lucky day for me as I won some money, only $50 but we had so much fun.

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On Saturday, the last day of Dashain we invited our friends and family for tika and bhoj. I was cooking for around 30 people so was in kitchen for almost the whole day. But the evening was wonderful with family and relatives.

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Chhori definitely had a great time and was spoiled with blessings and gifts.

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Overall, we had a great week of celebration and eating lots of yummy food. I am sure I have put on a couple of kilos  🙂

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Hope all of you celebrating Dashain had a great one as well.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Ganesh and Kumari puja during Nawami

In Newari tradition, during Nawami young girls and boys are worshipped as Ganesh and Kumari. It is believed that young children are pure and God resides in their body.

As my parents are here this year, we did the ritual this morning.

We had Chhori as Kumari and my nephew as Ganesh.

To celebrate Dashain, I dressed Chhori in traditional Nepali kurta. I absolutely love traditional outfits on Chhori, she looks so cute.

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We did the simple process for puja; just tika and flower first, then all the adults gave them gifts or money and touched their feet for blessing. Both the kids were over joyed getting all the money and gifts.

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It feels so good to do traditional things for Dahain. Made me miss Nepal a little less this year.

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Hope everyone who is celebrating Dashain is having a great time.

Happy Dashain once again!!!

Here are the posts I have written regarding Dashian over the years .

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Dashain Kite festival in Sydney

The biggest festival for Nepalese, Dashain, started from 1st October and we had a great start to the festival.

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This year it is really special for us as I have my parents here and this will be the first time Chhori can have Dashain Tika as we couldn’t celebrate last year.

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On Saturday, it was Gathasthapana, the day we plant Jamara. That day in Sydney, we also had another event to attend, the Kite festival organised by Guthi Australia.

They have been organising this event for the last few years and I really like it. They try to bring the Dashain vibe from Nepal to Sydney as much as possible by organising lots of cultural and traditional things during the gathering.

The function was held in the Rockdale Bicentenary Park and the entry was free.

The main highlights of the event for me was the Rath (Charito), Kumari, Lakhe and colourful kites in the sky.

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The Rath was done better than last year. It was a smaller version of the Rath in Nepal but it was great for kids to understand what the Rath looks like and they were allowed to pull them around the ground as well.

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There was a little girl dresses up as Kumari , only living Goddess in the world worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal.

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 Lakhe is a demon in Nepalese folklore with a ferocious face with protruding fangs and mane of red or black hair.

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They had an energised Lakhe dancing to traditional music.

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If you are in Kathmandu during Dashain, the sky will be full of kites of different colours and we got to see some of that on the day as well.

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Little girls performing in traditional music was amazing and so was the fashion show and concert.

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There were many stalls for Tradtional handicrafts and Food stalls. Of course we enjoyed our evergreen momo.

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Chhori had a great time as well running around, playing on the swing in the park and enjoying the food.

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She was spoiled by all of our friends and relatives as usual.

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I am really glad these types of events happen in Sydney. As you all know I love my traditions and culture and I want Chhori to see, learn and know our culture too. These kind of organised events definitely will help me educate Chhori and hopefully develop her interest in Nepali traditions and culture in future.

Wishing you all a very Happy Dashain!!!

Here are the posts I have written regarding Dashian over the years .

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Fried Chura (Beaten rice with Potatoes)

After having Chhori, I am always looking for easy and quick meals as I don’t have lots of time to spend in the kitchen.

Chura (beaten rice) is one of the widely used to replace rice in Nepali culture. I used to make fried chura a lot with eggs and onion but recently discovered that they are very yummy with potatoes too so sharing the recipe here.

I used flat thick Chura as shown in photo below. Make sure it is not too thin otherwise it will be very mussy when soaked.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Beaten/Flattened Rice Flakes, thick variety (Poha)
  • 1 medium sized potato, peeled and cut into small cubed size
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Few curry leaves
  • 2 green chilli

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Method

  • Gently rinse Beaten/Flattened Rice with cold water. Let it sit in a colander and drain the excess water and sprinkle salt.

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  • In a microwave safe container, add the cubed potatoes and add 2 table spoon of water, cover it and cook for 5 minutes. This process will semi cooked the potatoes making it easy to fry.

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  • Heat oil in a medium non-stick pan/work on medium heat.
  • Add the mustard in it and when it starts popping, add the cumin seeds.

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  • When it gets aromatic, add turmeric powder, onion, chillies along with curry leaves
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes until the onion gets soft.
  • Add the potatoes and mix until combined.

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  • Cook potatoes for few minutes until tender but not mushy.
  • Add beaten/Flattened Rice  and gently mix everything.

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  • Fried Chura is ready to serve.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Chhori : growing up too fast

I can’t believe how quick kids grow up. I believe it now when people say that all you need to do is have kids and they will grow up; you don’t even remember how time flies by.

Chhori is 16 months now and she constantly manages to surprise us.

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These days, she wants to eat her own meal. So she sits in her chair, she can strap herself in if she wants to and then waits for the tray to be put on the chair. Then she patiently waits for her food. Once the food is on the tray, she wants a fork and she feeds herself. It is so cute to watch her eat.

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I have to admit, she might grow up to be a patient one unlike her mum. It sometimes takes her few attempts to get her food on the fork but she is very persistent and keeps going until she has them on her fork. There were times when she got frustrated and threw her fork but she is getting better at it. She loves her independence.

It is easier for us as well. If there is food she can eat using a fork, like meat, pasta, noodles, veggies, fruits, we cut them into small pieces and give it to her and she will eat it all. Of course, she makes a mess as well but it is all a learning process.

I still haven’t given her rice and lito as she is not very good with a spoon and only 50% goes into her mouth. So that will be our next goal once she masters the fork. But we still are quite proud parents.

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She also managed to surprise me with her dancing. From very early on she has managed to copy the actions from the rhymes on Youtube but this one was very special. I didn’t know that AS was teaching her but he asked me to come to the living area on the weekend.

So when I got there, AS asked Chhori to bring a teddy bear. She got a big pink one and AS started to sing the rhyme “Teddy bear teddy bear turn around” doing the action with the teddy bear. I was pleasantly surprised when Chhori joined and did all the right moves with the rhymes. So the rhyme goes like this

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn around!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch the ground!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Jump up high!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch the sky!

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Bend down low!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch you toes!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn out the light!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Say good night!

Chhori was doing all the right action and the best and cutest part was when she was turning around, doing the full circle. She is doing it so well and I am so happy to watch. This father-daughter team means a world to me for sure.

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I am sure every kid goes through this phase and every parent has these happy moments. Please share yours and let me know what I can look forward to :).

Have a good day everyone and take care.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Healthy snacks: Roasted Chickpeas

I find that eating healthy is not easy, especially if you snack a lot. I try my best to eat healthy meals and I am happy with that part but when it is the time for a snack, I eat whenever is available which means chocolate, cheese sandwich, biscuits and chips are on the menu too. Of course, everything in moderation is OK but sometimes I know I can go overboard.

Normally, I snack on fruits and dark chocolate at work so I don’t jump to eat other unhealthy options but it gets boring at times.

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I am so happy that I have recently re-discovered Roasted Chickpeas. There are many varieties of chickpeas and most common ones are beige, black, green, red and brown. They are all tasty and healthy at the same time.

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According to experts, they add a low-fat boost of nutrition that supports healthy weight loss. If you Google them, you can find different ways to eat them but I just want to consume the roasted ones right now.

What healthy snack are you munching on? Do share some ideas.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Okra (lady’s finger) fry

I have to admit, we don’t cook too many different types of veggies when we are on our own but since my parents came here we always have vegetables in every meal. Normally my mum cooks them and I am trying to learn how to cook them :).

Here is an easy recipe for Okra (lady’s finger). I know it might not be everyone’s favourite but it tastes so yummy when done the right way. I am not a big fan of it either but when my mums make it I just love it :). Just remember not to add water.

Ingredients

  • Okra- 250 gm washed, dried and chopped into small pieces

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  • ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • ½ tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • ÂĽ teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Cooking Oil – 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Salt to taste

    Method

  • Wash the okra, dry them, chop and throw away tip and tail ends. Chop into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • In a pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds and let them brown.
  • Add garlic paste and let it fry for a few minutes, stir them for few seconds.
  • Add turmeric powder and add okra and mix well.
  • Fry on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add salt and reduce to low flame and cover it and cook for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • The okra is cooked when it turns soft.

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  • Enjoy!

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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