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Last Updated : Jul 19,2018
Shravan: Feed Your Stomach and Your Soul
Shravan is one of the holiest months for Hindus – a time for soulful introspection and austerities. Stretching across 30-32 days in July and August, this month is so called because the Shravan star (Nakshatra) rules the sky on this month’s full moon day (Poornima). A couple of festivals are celebrated by many communities across India during this month, but more than the festivities, this whole month itself is considered a good time to surrender to God and exercise self-control in your lifestyle.
It is believed that it was during this month that Lord Shiva consumed the haala-haala poison to save the world. When the Gods and demons were churning the milk ocean to get the nectar of immortality, poison started emanating from Vasuki, the snake king who was used as a rope to churn the ocean. Seeing the world reel under the effect of the poison, Lord Shiva immediately consumed the poison, and Goddess Parvati placed her hand on his neck to prevent it from going in. His neck turned blue as the poison stayed there. In order to reduce the effect of the poison, the devas bathed Lord Shiva in Gangajal. The same practice is continued even today. In the month of Shravan, when this incident is believed to have occurred, thousands of devotees, especially in Gujarat and Maharashtra, bathe the shivaling with raw milk and water. Bilva (or Billi) Patra and black sesame seeds are also offered to the Lord.
As a sign of devotion, people exercise complete self-control during this month. They do not drink or eat non-vegetarian food. Some very religious men do not even shave throughout this month.
Since this month is the beginning of the Chathurmasa period, many people also follow a practice of eating only once a day. Food with salt is consumed only once a day. Thereafter, they have fruits, nuts, milkshakes, buttermilk, tea or coffee. Devotees pray, fast and often read the Shiv Puran.
Once a day, you can eat food with salt and it will be good to have wholesome but sattvic food that will keep you energized throughout the day. This article covers some of the famous recipes consumed during such fasts, including Sabudana Khichdi, Sabudana Vada Stuffed with Coconut Chutney, Potato Khichdi, Samo Khichdi, etc. Try your hand at making these, and keep yourself in perfect shape to continue your austerities with blooming health and a fresh mind.
Try our other festival recipes.
1. Raksha Bandhan Recipe
2. Janmashtami Recipes
3. Navratri Vrat Recipe
4. Ekadasi Recipes
5. Ganesh Chaturthi Recipe
04 Jul 18
Sabudana Khichdi, Upvas, Faraal, Fasting Sago Khichdi Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Sabudana Khichdi is a perfect food for those on a fast – but generally wiped off by others in the family who are not on a fast also, because it is so irresistibly tasty!
The chewy texture and starchy taste of sago is so beautifully complemented by the nutty flavour of coarsely powdered peanuts ....
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Fruit and Nut Milkshake, Protein Rich Recipe by Tarla Dalal
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Yam Raita, Farali Suran Raita Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Think beyond the traditional cucumber when making raita. How about using boiled and mashed yam? you are sure to love this unconventional accompaniment.
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Upvaas Thalipeeth ( Faraal Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
A satiating thalipeeth made of rajgira flour is the perfect food to have on a fasting day. Perked up with grated potatoes and crushed peanuts, not to forget some lemon juice and green chilli paste, the Upvaas Thalipeeth is a real treat to your palate too. Remember to season your thalipeeth with rock ....
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Potato Khichdi , Faraal Aloo Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
A satiating and tasty khichdi made without any cereals or pulses – can you believe it? Well, here is a unique khichdi made with potato as the base. Perked up with crushed peanuts, green chillies and lemon juice, this lip-smacking Potato Khichdi has a pleasing combination of spiciness and tanginess t ....
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Rajgira Paneer Paratha ( Faraal Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
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Buckwheat Dhokla, Faraal Buckwheat Dhokla by Tarla Dalal
The Buckwheat Dhokla combines taste and nutrition in an easy-to-cook form. A batter of buckwheat is perked up with curds, ginger and green chillies to make soft and tasty dhoklas.
Though the buckwheat needs to be soaked for two hours, the batter does not require any fermentation afterwards, so y ....
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Dry Fruit Chikki, Cashew Almond and Pistachio Chikki by Tarla Dalal
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09 Jan 18
Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Evening Snack by Tarla Dalal
Here is an off-beat treat that will make this evening very special! Baked Sweet Potato Fries is crisp and spicy enough to suit a winter’s evening, yet light enough to fit into a summer’s day too, which makes it truly an all-weather treat.
It’s as easy as tossing together cut sweet potatoes, oliv ....
06 Mar 18
Sabudana Chivda Recipe, Jar Snack by Tarla Dalal
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The Sabudana Chivda is one such recipe that can be ....
28 Mar 16
Potato Wafers, Farali Potato Chips Recipe, Fasting Recipe by Tarla Dalal
This faraali version of Potato Wafers is much, much tastier than regular wafers, because it is perked up with rock salt and black pepper.
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Sabudana Khichdi in Microwave by Tarla Dalal
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