karwa chauth recipes | Punjabi Karwa Chauth Festival
Festivals are in full swing these days and one of them is Karwa Chauth which is tomorrow and all those females who celebrate this festival must be really gearing up for all the chamak dhamak ! Here it is raining non stop from last 2 days and is so windy, don’t see till tomorrow any 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 fingers crossed . Yes this is one day of the year when in North India one will see most of the females dressed 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 myself for Karwa Chauth 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 Chauth day begins in dawn with all the excitement to eat the early morning SARGI as we call it. For all those who don’t know much about this karwa chauth festival, then you can please read my last years post on karwa chauth special, you will be able to take a look on how I celebrated my karwa chauth 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 ritiual, I generally keep in my plate Indian Sweets like gulab jamun or rasagulla or ladoos , paratha which can be as per your like, it could be ALOO PARATHA or GOBI PARATHA or METHI PARATHA and the most important dish is 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 ! I decorate my plate with all the food items that I have for my sargi. I prefer having a little of all that I keep for the sargi along with a big cup of tea and later lots of water ( that is just psychological 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 long, because most of the time here it is cloudy , so lets see what is in store for me for this karwa chauth …will moon be nice to me or not !
So the entire day after the sargi goes 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 and lots of stuff etc.
In the evening all the females get ready for the fasting puja, I get my puja thali ready 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 in punjabi.
Then later in the evening after the moon rise, the women break the fast with the MATHRI’S ( mathiya as we Punjabi’s call it ) and 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. Full 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 broken ) lentils, so I generally make Dal Makhani or sometimes Rajmah, these are a typical Punjabi Recipes 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 (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 to 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 have time to go and do this big time, then try 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 ! Do not miss to visit my karwa chauth special of last year for the virtual treat.
Simple Fruit Chaat Recipe - SIMPLE EASY AND NO BRAINER AT ALL YET SO DELICIOUS :)! What I do when I crave for a good fruit chaat is – I take a big mixing bowl, chop and add in all the fruits I wish to have ( don’t miss to add in Banana’s and Oranges, these go very well in the fruit chaat ). Add a little lemon juice to it, sprinkle some salt, red chilli powder & the chaat masala ( I don’t like adding too much of masala as I like my fruit bowl to be simple with less of tangy flavour). You can add chaat masala the way you like, toss well and there you go with a big bowl of fruit chaat for 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 Chauth either in your Sargi or during your Dinner time after the final puja and real refreshed.
please note – I have given links to the recipes that I prepare on the occasion of karwa chauth starting from having my sargi till 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 husband’s well being, be answered today and always. Happy Karwa Chauth & Happy Fasting!