Sunday, May 27, 2012

Jain Parna Thali

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

The meal

(green gram cooked with mild spices)
Papad methi
(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 it.

Coming to the recipe....
1cup........... mung
1tsp............. oil
Pinch hing
¼ tsp chilly pwd
Pinch turmeric
Sallt to taste
Soak moong for 2hrs.
Cook these with salt.
When done temper.
Heat oil.
Add a pinch of hing.
Add ¼ cup water and red chilly.
Add a lemon sized piece  of jaggery.
Add ½ tsp lemon juice.
Boil this till jaggery melts and then add to the cooked moong.
Simmer for a few minutes making sure not to overcook.



papad methi



This thali goes to Valli's thali mela

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  1. Thanks I can happily have such meals on regular times as well..:)..looks so good..

  2. I would love to feast if I'll be served this thaali after...looks awesome. Love your presentation as always and the silver katori's are eye-catching. Superb!!!

  3. That's indeed an enlightening post Vaishali..What an elegant people there with that kind of fasting and such healthy food..Makes me hungry though..Superb. (For the past few weeks I am seeing your super tempting thalis..Awesome yaa)

  4. Again something new from ur space,happy weekend

  5. Vaishali, i always pity my firends doing paryushan and am veyr caring towaerds them as I expect them to be energy depleted..but i guess they have good reasons to hold the nine day fast..if something ends like would only be happy to wait :) lovely presentation

  6. Lovely thali!!!! Love that Sugar Candy Water, slurp!!!!! Those Silver-Katori's are very eye-catching!!!!

  7. Quite an interesting and super inviting thali, loved ur silver sets..Even i love that sugar candy water..

  8. all the dishes in thali looks delicious.

  9. Nice post Vaishali and lovely presentation. Hope to see a post on the Raabdi and papas methi...would love to know how those are prepared

  10. lovely spread with all delicious items...simply love it!!
    Spicy Treats

  11. Great religious thali! A wonderful one, as always!

  12. Very nicely said about the religious thali. Hope to bookmark and prepare it soon.

    Hema's Adugemane

  13. its the first time I am seeing such type of thali...very interesting!

  14. Awesome spread,looks so tempting and clicks are beautiful with attractive bowls.

  15. Such a traditional and healthy thali. Lovely pics.

  16. Liked the Thali Vaishali and loved reading about this special fasting thali.Dishes look tempting...

  17. Awesome spread as usual. Love the silver bowls you have served the dishes.. Perfect to get the festive mood..

    Divya's Culinary Journey
    Showcase- Desserts

  18. what a pleasant meal and I enjoy reading about the Jains also

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