What You Need:
- Raw mango pulp - 1 cup
- Ripe mango pulp (you could use frozen too) - 1 cup
- Gram flour (besan) - 3 tablespoons
- Salt to taste
- Buttermilk - 1 cup
- Oil - 1 tablespoon
- Asafoetida a pinch
- Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
- Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) - 1/4 teaspoon
- Curry leaves - 6 to 8
- Chillies, slit - 2 green
- Boondi - 1/2 cup
- Ask a parent or adult to help with this recipe
- Mix together the raw mango pulp, ripe mango pulp, besan and salt till it forms a smooth mixture. Add the buttermilk and mix again.
- Heat oil in a deep pan. Add the asafoetida, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and sauté. Add the curry leaves and green chillies and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Then add the mango mixture and mix. Add a little water if required and bring it to a boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Correct the consistency by adding up to 2 cups of water.
- Add boondi and simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve hot.
Dussera is also celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Ram over Ravan. During the nine days of Navratri, delicious food is cooked that cleans one's body and soul. Some of the foods cooked include alu kachori, badam kheer, besan burfi, gol papdi, gulab jamun, imarti, jalebi, kulfi, mathi, moong dal halwa, rabdi, and sandesh.
Elephants are an integral part of the Mysore Dasara Festival. Elephants form the core of the Mysore Dussera procession on Vijayadashmi (10th day). Elephants usually eat ragi mudde, which is a mixture of ragi and horse gram. But when these elephants are royal guests in the royal city of Mysore, they are served with royal food. In the mornings they eat urud dal, green gram, wheat, boiled rice, onions and vegetables. In the evenings they are served rice, groundnut, coconut, jaggery and sugarcane with some salt. This Dussera, make this royal mix and feed your friendly neighbourhood cows this wholesome meal.