karwa┬áchauth┬árecipes | Punjabi Karwa┬áChauth Festival
Festivals are in full swing these days and one of them is┬áKarwa┬áChauth which┬áis tomorrow and all those females who celebrate this festival must be really gearing up for all the chamak┬ádhamak :)! Here it is raining non stop from last 2 days and is so windy, don’t┬ásee till tomorrow┬áany scope of Moon god to be kind on all of us who are in Bangalore and will be fasting waiting in evening for the moon rise. I am keeping my┬áfingers┬ácrossed :). Yes this is one day of the year when in North India one will see┬ámost of the females┬ádressed up almost like a bride. I miss Delhi on all such festivals, though I have never got the chance to dress up or rather over dress┬ámyself for Karwa┬áChauth earlier simply because I was busy attending meetings and reviews in my corporate life and even to come home little early for the Puja seemed to be a task but luckily now I can do all that I missed then.
The Karwa┬áChauth┬áday begins in┬ádawn with all the excitement to eat the early morning SARGI as we call it. For all those who don’t┬áknow much about this karwa┬áchauth festival, then you┬ácan please read my last years post on karwa┬áchauth special, you will be able to take a look on how I celebrated my karwa┬áchauth in a full filmy style last year..lol, the best thing about being a new home maker, time now is in my full control and I can plan and do things as per my wish…touchwood!!!!
Coming back to the morning SARGI┬áritiual, I generally keep in my plate Indian Sweets like gulab┬ájamun┬áor rasagulla┬áor ladoos┬á,┬áparatha which can be as per your like, it could be ALOO┬áPARATHA or GOBI┬áPARATHA or METHI┬áPARATHA and the most important┬á dish┬áis FENIYA ( thin vermicelli ‘s )…it is a must to have them in the morning platter and not to miss the fresh coconut along with the other eatables. You can add in lots of fruits or dry fruits to suit your self.
All this has to be consumed before the sunrise :)!┬áI decorate my plate with all the food items┬áthat I have for my sargi. I prefer having a little of all that I keep for the sargi┬áalong with a big cup of tea and later lots of water ( that is just┬ápsychological of not having water the entire day :)).
The best part of being in Bangalore is the weather and the wait for moon in the evening is sooooooooooo┬álong, because most of the time here it is cloudy :), so lets see what is in store for me for this karwa┬áchauth …will moon be nice to me or not :)!
So the entire day after the sargi┬ágoes without food, water… absolutely nothing. But the day is filled with lot of fun like mehandi, bangles, sarees or your dress that you plan to wear for the evening puja┬áand lots of stuff etc.
In the evening┬áall the females get ready for the fasting puja, I get my puja thali┬áready before and then is the time for the puja, in the puja thali you have to keep what you will later give it to your mom in law as a tradition and it is called bayaa┬áin punjabi.
Then later in the evening after the moon rise, the women break the fast with the┬áMATHRI’S┬á( mathiya┬áas we Punjabi’s┬ácall it┬á)┬áand the glass of water or karva that was used during the evening puja. I am sure many of you have seen this part in all the Hindi Movies where the female sees the moon in the sieve and then looks at her husband and break the fast by sipping little water.┬áFull style I must say….
After the evening breaking of the fast, we have to prepare a dish which has to be with sabut ( meaning full and not┬ábroken┬á) lentils, so I generally make Dal Makhani or sometimes┬áRajmah, these are a typical┬áPunjabi┬áRecipes and we all love having these two dishes most of the time. Along with any of these we have to prepare boiled rice and one dry vegetable and at my place it’s also kind of fixed and that is Methi Aloo┬á(its liked by all at home). Along with all this you can have as many Indian Sweets you wish provided you have the stamina or the appetite┬áto eat after a full day fasting :). If you don’t feel like having any of these them try having simply lots of fruits and a glass of warm milk.
This is my way of celebrating the fast, if you are busy and don’t┬áhave time to go and do this big time, then┬átry to keep it simple and follow the basics :)! Plan your day in advance and enjoy the entire day of fasting with no food, but with lots of fun.
Imagine a foodie and a food blogger to be away from the kitchen one full day :)!┬áDo not miss to visit my karwa┬áchauth special of last year for the virtual treat.
Simple Fruit Chaat Recipe┬á- SIMPLE EASY AND NO BRAINER AT ALL YET SO DELICIOUS┬á:)! What I do when I crave for a good fruit chaat┬áis – I take a big mixing bowl, chop and add in all the fruits I wish to have ( don’t┬ámiss to add in Banana’s and Oranges, these go very well in the fruit chaat┬á). Add a little lemon juice to it, sprinkle some salt, red chilli powder & the┬áchaat┬ámasala ( I don’t┬álike adding too much of masala as I like my fruit bowl to be simple with less of tangy flavour). You can add chaat┬ámasala the way you like, toss well┬áand there you go with a big bowl of fruit chaat┬áfor your self. Try having them little cold, you may refrigerate it for 10 minutes before you start with your fruity treat :)!.
Innovate the way you love with your favorite fruits and have them for this Karwa┬áChauth┬áeither in your Sargi or during your Dinner time after the final puja and real refreshed.
please note – I have given links to┬áthe recipes┬áthat I prepare on the occasion┬áof karwa┬áchauth┬ástarting from having my sargi┬átill my dinner, this is mainly as per the individual family traditions, what I shared is what we follow at home.
I hope and pray that on this auspicious and special day may all your prayers for your husbandÔÇÖs well being, be answered today and always. Happy Karwa┬áChauth &┬áHappy Fasting!