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    Ekadashi fasting is about spiritual cleansing, and it is important to those who worship the Lord Vishnu. These ritualistic fasts take place on the eleventh lunar day of each of the two lunar phases – the Krishna Paksha (the new moon) and the Shukla Paksha (the waxing moon). Hence, there are two Ekadashi days in a Hindu calendar month, 24 each year, which are observed by millions of Hindus all over the world.

    There are strict Ekadashi fasting rules and observing it can bring about benefits such as peace harmony and prosperity. The fast not only cleanses the soul but it detoxes the body and aids its metabolism. Taking place from sunrise to moonrise, strict worshippers may observe Nirjala Ekadashi, where no food or water can be touched, but those who cannot participate in Ekadashi without water can consume fruit and milk. No meat, grains, or fish can be eaten and smoking and drinking alcohol are strictly prohibited.  Along with this, observers should refrain from violence and deceit, and it is encouraged to take part in altruistic activities.

    The foods consumed on Ekadashi are light and will avoid the feeling of lethargy, allowing for more focus on worship and prayer. Here are some satisfying recipes that will make fasting days easier to stick to.

Ekadashi Lasagne

You will need:

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp pepper 
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 500g tomato passata 
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • ½ teaspoon salt to taste
  • 5 medium-sized potatoes, peeled thinly sliced, and parboiled. 
  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled thinly sliced, and parboiled. 
  • 300ml Soured cream
  • 1 large handful of grated cheese
  • ½ tsp Paprika

Method:

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat and when hot, add herbs, spices, and black pepper. Sauté for a minute and add tomato puree. Stir in passata and add salt. Cover saucepan and leave to simmer while preparing vegetables. Chop peppers into slices and roughly chop the spinach.

Add half of each of the ingredients to an ovenproof dish, starting with the tomato sauce, then the potatoes on top, then the peppers soured cream and spinach, top with cheese, and repeat. Place in the top of a preheated oven for 30 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!

Ekadashi foods

Khatta Meetha Kaddu

You will need:

  • 2 cups rinsed, peeled & chopped pumpkin 
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dry mango powder 
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Pinch of rock salt
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method:

Rinse, peel and chop the pumpkin. Heat oil in a pan with the cumin seeds. Add the pumpkin, sugar, and salt. Stir and cover the pan and simmer the pumpkin pieces till they are softened and cooked well, there is no need to add water as the pumpkin will get cooked by its own juices. The pumpkin should not get mushy.

Once the pumpkin is cooked well then add the dry mango powder and simmer for a minute, lastly season with roasted cumin powder and black pepper. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with warm roti.

Aloo Tamatar Sabzi

You will need:

  • 2 medium potatoes or 1 extra-large potato
  • 5 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder/cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp oil or ½ tbsp ghee
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Pinch rock salt

Method:

Heat the oil or ghee in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds and let them crackle before adding the chopped tomatoes, saute until soft. You will see the oil leaving the sides, then add 1spices and salt, mix well.

Add the chopped potatoes and water and stir again. Stir and let the potato tomato curry cook for 7-8 minutes or more on a low flame, until it thickens slightly. Mash a few potato pieces with a spoon in the curry, to help in thickening the gravy. Garnish with coriander leaves.

    At House of Rajas, we have a whole section dedicated to fast foods. Allowing you to still consume delicious foods while being able to participate.

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