Potato Curry for Hindu Fast
Vrat ke Aloo
This curry looks rather pale, because turmeric is not added to fasting food.
During Hindu fasting, Tamsic* and Rajsik* foods are avoided. Simple, Satvik* foods are cooked in the evening. Cereals and rice are excluded. Sea salt is not allowed, only a special rock salt called ‘sendha namak’ is permitted. For light fasting, tea juices, milk fruits can be taken through the day, but for full fasting, even water is not permitted until after sunset. Serves 4
*Satvic (pure, positive foods, with good properties): Satvik food is light and natural and it has calming influence on the mind and body. It includes milk and milk products (Hindus are not vegans), fruits and all fresh vegetable except garlic, onions and similar. It should be simple and not contain strong spices.
*Rajasic foods are fit food for Raja (kings) and for people who are highly active. This type of foods have stimulating, not calming properties. They are heavier (to digest) and includes all animal products, cereals and spices, fried foods and have strong tastes and flavours (onion, garlic etc.). They also have high nutritional value and they are not suitable as fasting foods.
*Tamasic foods include all kinds over cooked, poor nutritional quality, fried, stale, refined/processed, stimulant foods, like tea, coffee, alcohol and fermented foods. They are considered unhealthy foods. The word ‘Tamsic’ means producing darkness, moods, desires, not suitable for calm required for prayers.
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