I wanted to share this mythological story, again which many INDIAN kids must be knowing with you my beautiful readers. It's a story of Lord Ganesha when he was a little kid. It's a story Ma had told us to teach us about humility.
So off went Ganesha with Kubera in his flying Charriot made of gold to the golden city of Alkapuri. Alkapuri was truly striking and dazzling in its golden hues. Lord Ganesha was ushered into the royal dinning room and served delicacies from savoury to sweet. Lord Ganesha finished the first serving then the second, then the third and continued to eat till he had finished all the food that was there in the city of Alkapuri. He was still not satiated and asked Kubera to serve him more food. Kubera with regret told him that there was no more food left in the entire city of Alkapuri. Lord Ganesha was very angry and told Kubera that he didn't care. He was a guest in his city and therefore Kubera was humiliating and insulting him by not serving him food. In a rage Lord Ganesha told Kubera that if you don't serve me food right now I will eat you up.
Hearing this Kubera was scared out of his wits. He climbed on his Charriot and rushed to Kailasha and fell on the feet of Lord Shiva asking him to help him, to protect him. When Lord Shiva asked him what the matter was and why he looked so scared, Kuber said that you are omnipresent my Lord and you know everything. I am unable to satiate your son's hunger and he has threatened to eat me. Then Lord Shiva said that you Kubera is the custodian of huge amount of wealth and you could not take care of the hunger of a small kid. Kubera folded his hands and kneeled down in front of the Lord and asked for forgiveness. He said he was ashamed that he had come to invite the Gods with conceit in his mind and Lord Ganesha had shattered his vanity. Goddess Parvati smiled and said , it's good that you have realised your mistake. Then Lord Shiva said that "A person blessed with wealth and prosperity should be like a tree laden with fruits, which always bends low. Take this bowl of cooked rice and offer it to Lord Ganesha with humility and respect and that will be enough to take care of his hunger. " Kubera a changed man now rushed with the bowl of rice to Alkapuri to find that Lord Ganesha had eaten up all the utensils, tables, pillars etc. in his place. He with humbleness offered the bowl of rice to Lord Ganesha and asked him to forgive him for not being a good host. But this time Kuberas humbleness had melted the heart of Ganesha and he had the bowl of rice and told Kubera that now his hunger was satiated. In this manner Lord Ganesha taught Kubera the very important lesson of humility.
The sweet I have shared here today takes less than 15 minutes to make a batch of 12-15 Laddoos or pops and does not involve any cooking or refrigeration. Within 15 minutes or less you are ready to pop these fruity little nutritious spheres into your mouth and kids love them too. These spheres are vegan, sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and most importantly guilt free. This 4 ingredient sweet can be stored for a month or more and is the perfect answer to your in between meals hunger pangs with no extras added to your waistline. Presenting my APRICOT LADDOOS, just perfect for the festive season, because they look and taste so good. Keep them handy always and along with satiating your sweet cravings add oodles of health to your system. Apricot is a known source of dietary fibre, supremely rich in antioxidants, iron and potassium, low in calories. The chart below will give you an idea why you should include apricots in your diets frequently.