Namaste.* Today on Wondermint Kids I am making mango lassis (a kind of fruit smoothie) with my East Indian friend, Asha, who is really great at ballet, piano and cooking! We think this is a tasty after-school snack or high protein dessert and perfect for a playdate. In the VIDEO to this post and the photo below, you will see that we are wearing bindis** on our foreheads. Read the ‘interesting facts’ section to learn what they stand for.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT INDIA:
- * Namaste is pronounced ˈnäməˌstā/ and is a traditional Indian greeting. Usually, people press their hands together with their palms touching and make a slight bow while they say it. You can see Asha and I do this on our Video Recipe.
- **The bindi is worn on the area called the third eye and is supposed to help you keep energy and concentrate better. It is also said to protect against demons or bad luck. If you’d like to read more about it, you can visit the wikipedia page:
- The national symbol of India is the endangered Bengal Tiger.
- Chess was invented in India.
- Martial Arts were first created in India, and later brought to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
- Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.
- India is the largest English speaking nation in the world.
Recipe from www.SimplyRecipes.com
RESOURCES: Yogurt & Milk purchased at Whole Foods & Trader Joe’s. Mango & Cardammom from our local Indian store, India Spices & Groceries. Ribbon & hang tag from Paper Source.