BM # 16 Day 5
Paryushan is the king of Jain fesativals,which lasts for 8
days. The Jain festivals are not meant for eating,drinking,and to make merry. They are celebrated by prayers worship
and fasting,the Jains follow Lord Mahaveera.
During these 8 days the Jains do not eat any greens. By greens,
i dont mean only leafy vegetables,but also veggies like corriander,peas beans
etc.They do not consume onions and garlic or any other roots. The water that
they drink is first boiled and then cooled, their meals end before sunset and
after that they do not even drink water.
During these eight days their prayers are for promoting
universal peace .Some of the Jains go on a only water fast for all eight
days,this is called Aathaai.On the ninth day the fast is released to
celebrate.sugar candy water and mung water are the first drinks offered that too spoon by
spoon.This breakfast meal is called Parna.The meal that is served is light, but delicious .I will share the traditonal meal
which is offered to the guest...
To begin with
Sugar candy water
Mung bean water
(green gram cooked with mild spices)
(fenugreek seeds soaked and cooked with Indian papads)
(a drink made with roasted flour,nuts and spices)
(roasted wheat flour halwa,garnished with cardamon)
(Thin cracker bread,a gujju speciality)
While making the mung ,the water from it is used to make
mung water.The candy water is made by soaking candy ,cinnamon ,clove and
pepper and then boiling and straining
Coming to the recipe....
¼ tsp ...........red chilly pwd
Sallt to taste
Soak moong for 2hrs.
Cook these with salt.
When done temper.
Add a pinch of hing.
Add ¼ cup water and red chilly.
Add a lemon sized piece
Add ½ tsp lemon juice.
Boil this till jaggery melts and then add to the cooked
Simmer for a few minutes making sure not to overcook.