This month, we mixed a little India into our lives by doing some traditional Indian art while we holiday’ed on a sunny beach (in Mexico).
Portia and I tried our hand at Mandalas with shells and other materials on the beach.
The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
As Portia is only 3 years old, our Mandalas *may not* have followed all the ‘rules’, but it was a fun little activity in the sand, nonetheless!
I found a great post with step-by-step instructions on how to make Mandalas on Art is Fun. It can be a really relaxing art activity for you to try with your wee ones.
As we were away for two weeks, I asked my brother and his girlfriend if they would be interested in cooking up an Indian dinner with the help of Patak’s. They whipped up some butter chicken which made my mouth water from hundreds of miles away.
- 1 lb chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp. Freshly grated ginger
- 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 jar Patak’s Butter Chicken sauce
- Marinate the chicken breasts in olive oil and ginger for minimum 1 hour in the fridge. (The chefs of this meal marinated for 4 hours.)
- Remove the chicken from the marinade, setting the marinade aside to cook with later.
- Slice the chicken breasts into strips.
- Pour the marinade into a pan on medium heat & add the chicken strips. Brown the chicken for about 2 minutes per side.
- Add the Patak’s Butter Chicken sauce to the pan and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
- Serve with your choice of vegetables and rice. (In this meal, grilled eggplant, steamed green beans and white rice accompanied the chicken).
- Bon Appetit!
Disclosure: I am part of the Patak’s Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.