Wishing all my fellow Indians a very happy Independence Day ! ….the way we unite to commemorate the sacrifices & contributions of our freedom fighters and martyrs after those long years of struggle, the way we celebrate our country India, our identity as Indians and of course our tricoloured national flag or the tiranga which symbolises the three colours: Saffron, White, and Green. The saffron colour of the flag is a symbol of courage and sacrifice, the white colour represents honesty, peace, and purity and the green colour symbolizes prosperity, vibrancy and life.
On this day, you see a riot of these three colours everywhere, be it tricoloured flags fluttering everywhere, tricolour clothes being worn, things draped in tricolours or decorations of tricoloured balloons, flowers or ribbons and of course a lot of tricoloured food and drinks being served everywhere.
Everytime, to celebrate either the Independence day or the Republic day, we make it a point to make and eat some tricoloured food, a kind of tricolour mania marking the spirit of every Indian on this special day. This time coincidentally Rakshabandhan/Rakhi, another great Indian festival celebrating the beautiful bonding of brothers & sisters, overlapped with the Independence day and Rakhi is simply incomplete without sweets in your platter. So for celebrating the sweetness of this festival, I just prepared this humble Kalakand, an Indian sweet made from thickened milk and cottage cheese and infused with the tricolour feeling of independence day. For gratifying my tricolour fancy, I simply laid a layer of crushed green coloured tutti frutti sandwiched between two layers of kalakand & topped it with chilled Mango flavoured thickened milk and the end result was beyond what words could express, a burst of tastes & flavours at one go that will just numb your senses. I will surely share Kalakand recipe sometime later for those who want to experiment with it, but as of now buy some kalakand & tutti frutti, prepare your mango kheer by just adding mango pulp in thickened milk, for which get good mangoes from the market before they vanish off finally for this season & give it a try….you will not regret for sure.🙂😊