Monday, July 30, 2012

Celebrating British Summer with Bengali Fol-Ahar....

And so the Olympic 2012 finally began....living in London we all have been part of the preparations, the tube upgrades, the roads being poshed up, opening up of Westfield Stratford City and in the last week the dire warnings not to use public transport during the games. Finally Danny Boyle's extravaganza was unleashed, the Queen parachuted, a host of Mary Poppins floated down, Mr Beans did his usual antics and David Beckham looked like the latest James Bond, forging of the Olympic rings and that awesome cauldron.

We were in a friend's house from whose balcony the Olympic stadium can be seen. We all had our eyes glued to the television screen, when Red Arrows appeared in the sky, streaking it with red, blue and white smoke. My husband casually lifted his head up and the Arrows were directly flying past our friend's balcony. We all tumbled out to the balcony. From then on we watched the ceremony half and half, sometimes on the television screen and sometimes from the balcony. It was a fun evening with friends and good food. Some photographs that I wanted to share with you.

Olympic Torch on Saturday ie. 21.07.2012 on Dalston Kingsland Road, London
Red Arrows suddenly appearing on our slice of the sky...
Olympic Stadium, all ready and lighted for the ceremonies to begin...
The fireworks....
The concluding fireworks....
The week leading up to the Olympic games was a hot and sunny week. Summer had finally arrived in the UK. It was time for celebrations--- picnics, BBQs, walking along the Thames and watching the sun slowly dip down the horizon. Most days when the sun is out and shinning I do not feel like cooking. So I fall back on easy to cook assemble dishes. 

For this month's World On A Plate the theme was fruit dessert. I decided to make on of my favourite fruit dishes of all time. Remember a few weeks back I was telling you about hot Indian summers? Oh well in such heat one hardly feels like cooking or eating. One of the easy things we eat a lot is a yogurt, mango and flaked rice dessert of sorts, which we call Fol-Ahar (fol in Bengali means fruit and ahar means to eat, so put together it means eating fruits). This is eaten at any time of the day. It is easy to assemble and the yogurt helps in cooling down the body. I made it for breakfast over the weekend and we ate it in our little garden, savouring the sunshine.

Please refer to the recipe card for the ingredients and the assembling steps. This quantity serves two. This can also be made with condensed milk which we call kheer.


Now a pictorial assembly guide. In this one I did not add bananas, because my husband absolutely refuses to have anything with bananas. But you can add ripe bananas, it adds to the taste.


So in a jiffy your Fol-Ahar gets ready. Chill it for a little while and enjoy!


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50 comments:

  1. the view from the balcony and the euphoria must be really exciting ...Very nice clicks of the ceremony celebrations...Adding milk podwer is new to me..I too love this simple fal-a-ahaar

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    1. Thanks :-) Yes it was indeed very nice :-)

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  2. I so envy you right now... u have the Olympics in your back yard :))
    So have you got any tickets?? Heard they were given out in lottery system!
    Getting pack to the post, love the idea of milk powder.. fal-a-har is healthy and good as breakfast or even mid day snack!
    Enjoy the Olympics!

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    1. My husband went to the football finals, apart from that no other events...:-)

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  3. Suchi look absolutely yummy!:)
    Enjoy the Olympics!

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  4. Hi Suchi ,

    looks Great !!! Enjoying Olimpics ???!!!

    You are Gifted Suchi :)

    Share with us the interesting things in Olympics Dear :)

    www.southindiafoodrecipes.blogspot.in

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  5. You've got a gorgeous view over there , Suchi ! :D Would love to be in that balcony ! lol That Fol-Ahar sounds delicious ! Very refreshing treat !

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  6. Nice to have a room with a view like this! Or a friend that has ! Did you have the meal as you watched the fireworks?

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    1. Oh yes that view is indeed lovely, yes we did have a meal while watching :-)

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  7. Adding milk powder is new to me in aam/dudh kimba doi ..and liked the firework picture..somehow I thought there was missing something in the opening ceremony or may be it's just me only!..hugs

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    1. Adding milk powder is to make it a little creamier :-)

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  8. Loved the pics and what an entertainment it must have been to see the fireworks right there!Your dish is totally new to me and looks absolutely delicious :)Love the mangoes in there!

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  9. It must be so wonderful to be in London now! And that dessert sounds and looks delicious! I love the combination of rice and mango!

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  10. Very cool to watch isn't it? It's the only thing on the tv at the moment, it's hard to miss it.

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  11. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of the olimpics. It must have been amazing. The food here looks great!

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  12. The photographs are beautiful. I really wish I was in London now.
    Looks like an amazing dessert!

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  13. beautiful photos! and that dessert sounds delicious, love mangoes!

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  14. beautiful photos! and the dessert looks super delicious with those mangoes!

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  15. Ah! I remember what it was like when Sydney hosted the Olympics in 2000. The energy of the place was magical! Love this light and cooling dessert, have bookmarked this to make when it gets warmer here!

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  16. Suchi, what fabulous photos! I am envious that you're right in the middle of the action.

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  17. The photos looks amazing! The dessert looks delicious!

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  18. Wonderful capturess n yummyyy one

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  19. Hi Suchi first time here, you are having such a lovely space... happy to follow you... if you have free time plz visit my space...
    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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  20. I'm so late in commenting! But I also totally had Olympic fever and this looks great!

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  21. Sorry for being so late for the party but I was on holidays! The dessert looks fabulous just like the Olympic games!

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