What’s on your f(e)asting menu?

Hey all…

Having some mid-week mazaa? It finally stopped raining here at my place & glad that I could spot the sun after days here… πŸ™‚
Moving on to the post… It appears to be fasting time all around in various religions & communities this time of the year & in the months to come too!
Ramzan is on (I rhymed!), month of Shravan is round the corner for the Andhraiites, its ‘Aadi maasam’ already for Tamils… just to name a few!
So what’s on your f(e)asting menu?
I had realized during my very first Karva Chauth couple of years ago, that I am no ‘fasting material’ & crave for food ever than before when I fast… plus couldn’t handle the fact that hubby is relishing all the stuff that I cook & I don’t even get to taste them for salt or spice… πŸ˜€
Since then I have decided to fast never & feast ever… plus I m not one of those sentiment-clad person around fasts & rituals. I am a lot more practical & rational.
Enough of my kahani(s). I can hear you say that! πŸ™‚
The prime thought behind this post is the very fact that we all tend to feast more on fasting days.. don’t you think so?
Let’s take a detailed look into the fasting delicacies & do’s & dont’s of fasting in this post today…
Hyderabad & Haleem
Hyderabad is famous for Haleem during Ramzan festivities.
People of all religions/communities throng the haleem counters & stalls to relish the dish served hot out of the pot. They are canned & exported too. Guests coming to our home do always ask info about haleem… πŸ˜€
A typical haleem eatery in the city…
There are many varieties like chicken haleem, fish haleem though traditionally haleem is a mutton dish.
A typical plate of haleem is made of Β pounded meat, wheat, barley, lentils, ghee, ginger-garlic, loads of dry fruits & an assortment of spices.
From the ingredients, one can make out that haleem is not unhealthy – but with all the meat, ghee & dry fruits its quite heavy, counting close to 800 calories per serving or plate.
HALEEM
We generally tend to over-eat when we fast, sympathizing with our taste buds – gobble down a plate of haleem & then follow it up with your usual dinner, you are bound to feel lethargic & also gain weight inspite of fasting!
Shravan/Aadi fasting in the South
They are quite a few variations when it comes to fasting down the South.
Some fast by intaking milk/buttermilk & fruits at regular intervals throughout the day & close it off with some porridge/khichdi made of non-cereals like sago(sabudana).
The tradition in my parent’s side is eating through the day as long as the food does not contain any cereals like rice or wheat. Semolina(sooji), Vermicelli(semiya), Sago(sabudana), Dal vada or porridge are the meal of choice alongside fruits or juices.
Fasting in the North
Be it Karva Chauth, Theej or any other fast – most North Indian households intake dishes made of Singhade ki atta (Water Chestnut flour) or Kuttu ka atta (Buckwheat flour). Pooris, variety of sweets & papads are also in the order.
Dishes out of one’s regular meal to relish on account of fasting! Yeah! πŸ™‚
PRETTY WOMEN DECKED UP & READY TO BREAK THEIR KARVA CHAUTH FAST
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Make Your Rules!
The idea of fasting is to think beyond food & bring in discipline in to our daily lives.
Move over food nourishment & seek spiritual nourishment is the emphasis by all faiths.
Here is how you can plan your meal while on fast –
1. Include loads of fresh fruits & raw vegetables in good sized portions throughout the day to keep you full. Take fasting as a chance to detox or cleanse your system & not to overload it at the end of the day!
2. Intake good amount of yoghurt, milk & buttermilk. These liquids along with water help you keep hydrated throughout the day & also balance loss of essential nutrients.
3. Include complex carbohydrates in your diet on days of fast. Complex carbs have low glycemic index, hence keep you full for a longer duration releasing energy slowly.
4. What you break your fast with is as important as with what you keep your fast. Break your fast with dates,milk, fruits or some khichdi, phulkas, curd & vegetables.
5. Remember dal vadas, sabudana vadas, pooris, sweet & kheer/payasam are high in calorie count.
Can you workout?
It is advised to stay physically active if you are fasting just for a day. Also practice exercises just before you are about to break fast, so that you don’t feel exhausted.
The mantra is not to go overboard be it fasting, foods or workout!
A proper meal plan will help from causing counter-productive results from your fast.
Gals….Do you observe fast? What is your meal plan or any interesting snippets you would like to share?
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