Shraavan (Sanskrit: श्रावण) is the fifth lunar month in the Hindu calendar which falls in the period of July-Aug in the Gregorian calendar. The month is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. It is the month of fasting for the Hindus.
The Hindu Community in the regions of Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka practice strict Vegetarian Diet. Being the Monsoon season it is difficult to get seafood at this time of the year and it is thought that most fish spawn during this period and abstaining from fishing in Shraavan will lead to increased fish throughout the year.
The holy month is celebrated throughout with many Hindu festivals during the time. One of them being- Janmashtami, a Hindu festival celebrating birth of Lord Krishna. Janmashtami falls on the Ashtami (meaning the 8th day) after the full moon. In Maharashtra it is celebrated in a unique way by hanging a Dahi Handi which is the earthen pot filled with yoghurt, milk, water and fruits high above the ground. People form a human pyramid to break the pot.
On the preceding day which is called Satam or the seventh day, devotees keep fast and most of them eat thanda (cold) food, meaning food that is not cooked on gas or heated on that day. There is a special food that people have on this day which is known as Farali. Farali food is basically food that is permissible on fasting days. These are energy dense foods made with ingredients like potatoes, peanuts, Sago or Sabudana as we call it, sweet potatoes, kand or yam and only certain millet flour.
What do we have for you?
I am super excited to share with you that I partnered up with my food blogger friend and home chef Shital Kakad from Shital’s Food Cottage for a very unique and authentic Farali experience for you all: “Shraavan: Vrat Ka Khana”
Shital will host us at her home and prepare a typical Farali Lunch for us. She will also be able to answer your questions about this Hindu fasting month and the upcoming festivals. This is a very unique food experience at the home of one of our fellow Mumbaikars who will prepare a fantastic homemade Farali spread for us. And it’s a great opportunity to meet other expats in Bombay.
The Farali Lunch Event will be held on Thursday, 17 August 2017, 1-3pm at the Home of Shital in Santacruz West.
The official Gwenda Glocalista Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/149887555593703/
To buy tickets: http://go.eventshigh.com/nww7
Shital Kakad, a Food Blogger and Recipe Developer is known for her love for food & travel and her passion for cooking and baking. Known for her authentic food with a twist, she has been hosting homemade dinner pop-ups at her home which gives a global taste to any Indian food.