We in India tend to fast for religious reasons on various auspicious days all round the year !
Today being the first shravan Monday fast I am specially posting this recipe .
many people ideally Hindus fast for a whole month , many have only fruits and Pharali like no grain , certain vegetables ,pulses & no onion garlic in their daily diet , some eat only one meal a day with just ,fruit , juice , milk if desired the whole day at meal times , some turn vegetarian and avoid all kinds
Tamsic food ,
In Maharashtra, popular fasting foods include potatoes, Sabudana (sago ), peanuts,
Singara , nuts & fruits . Some popular meal during fasting combination of Pharal are -
Sabudanyachi Khichadi with peanuts & potatoes.
Shengdana chi is Amti , We often prepare this curry for fasting as we do not eat usual daal/curry on fasting day. This typical Maharashtrian recipe goes well with (potato curry for fasting).
This peanuts based stew is spiced with chilies & cumin , jaggery is sometimes added to it with kokum to add a sweet & sour taste ...
Peanut is a good source of protein as well as mono saturated fats. Thus making this stew healthy and fit for any day a gluten free meal too !
for me a good satisfying meal on my fast day on Shravan Monday is a hot Varai cha bhat was with Shengdanyachi Amti - the peanut-based , gluten free curry & potato sabji made with green chillies & cumin . is a healthy satisfying meal replacing any normal day meal !
Normal salt is replaced with Sendha namak ( Rock salt )
1/4 cup coarse peanut powder
2-3 Green Chilies
1 tsp Jaggery
2 kokum ( optional )
1-2 cup warm Water
rock salt ( shenda namak )
In a blender, add roasted peanut , chopped green chilies a bit of water & Blend to a smooth paste
In a saucepan on medium heat , add ghee , when hot, add cumin seeds to crackle
Add ground paste and mix well bring to a boil & simmer till thick enough Adjusting the consistency by adding the warm water as per desired thickness .
Add the rock salt, jaggery, kokum and mix well.
Boil for few minutes and serve hot as is or with sama / bhagar /varai rice