Suraj and I devised a menu for the 8 days today. Paryushana began yesterday. We started late as I was fasting until this afternoon so we hadn’t really thought about it. Usually we’d make extra dinner for lunch. We’re going to try and finish dinner that night and take something ‘fresh’ for lunch. For example, fruit or mashed banana with nuts and coconut. It’s well yummy!

Anyway here’s what we’ll have for dinner this week: –

Sunday: –
Cauliflower and courgette shaak with a wrap or rice

Monday: –
If we don’t eat out it’ll be pitta bread with salad in it.

Tuesday: –
Black eyes beans shaak with a wrap or rice

Wednesday: –
A pasta salad with sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, rocket, nuts etc.

Thursday: –
Sweetcorn shaak with a wrap or rice.

Friday: –
Rice with peas in it with kadhi (it’s like a soup made with yoghurt)

Saturday: –
Lunch – Daal and rice
Dinner – Banana shaak with a wrap or rice

No garlic or onions needed in any of these dishes? Not so hard is it?

Did you notice? It’d all vegan too. The kadhi will be made from soya yoghurt! 🙂

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Pal · September 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Nice blog and really sorry for being picky but actually with onion, garlic, potatoes etc. root veggies, we should not use green veggies. So we are only supposed to have lentils, rice, wheat flour, rice flour etc. We eat fruits, bread and yoghurt, but really staunch followers avoid that as well (yeast or bacteria of any kind) along with peanut butter, peanut oil etc. (as it is grown in the ground).

    Heena Modi · September 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks Pal
    You are not being picky at all
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    My hubby, Suraj and I were talking about that the other day. I guess people do what they can and perhaps because this has changed; the ‘details’ of what we’re supposed to eat has become less accurate.

Sandip · September 20, 2010 at 11:18 pm

When I was fasting I found a few short snippets on fasting and Jainism, during lunch as I wasn’t eating so had time do other things.

Paryushan, which is practiced by the Jain community, involves an eight-day fasting period. During this period, one cannot eat anything.

It’s not compulsory to fast only for eight days. Many continue fasting for 15 days or one month, depending on their fasting capacity and faith in God.

…do not eat onions, garlic, green vegetables and vegetables grown underground…

….there are scientific reasons for refraining from such eatables. During monsoon, the growth of bacteria multiplies, which increases the chances of a person falling sick.

Moreover, the soil is dampened with dirty water. Hence, our ancestors made this as a rule in the name of religion and God, saying you become sacred if you abstain eating certain products during……

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Sandip · September 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Fasting is more than mere abstinence from food. US scientist Selton says: “Food intake leads to accumulation of toxicants in the body which adversely affect health”. Fasting is one way of getting rid of toxic substances from the body since it provides rest to the digestive system. A faulty digestive system can have a negative effect on the functioning of the respiratory system, leading to breathing problems.

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Sandip · September 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Nonviolence to humans as well as to animals is one of the fundamental contributions of Jainism to world philosophy. Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Schweitzer – to take only two examples – have been greatly influenced by Jain nonviolence, and the origins of vegetarianism are also credited to Jainism.

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Sandip · September 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Those who cannot fast, should practise unodari, that is, eat less than what is needed to satisfy one’s hunger. It is a proven fact that by eating less, one can lead a healthy, long life. Continuously stuffing the stomach is the cause of many illnesses – it can even reduce one’s lifespan. Unodari is not less important than fasting. Temperance in eating is a very important formula for good health.

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    Heena Modi · September 20, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Unodari is also a good way to detach, create and maintain some discipline. It can help us ensure we don’t just give in to our senses and desires, even if it is all about the desire to eat a particular dish, type of food, amount of food etc 🙂

Sandip · September 20, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Jainism is an ancient religion of India that prescribes a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Its philosophy and practice emphasize the necessity of self-effort to move the soul towards divine consciousness and liberation. Any soul that has conquered its own inner enemies and achieved the state of supreme being is called Jina (Conqueror or Victor).

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    Heena Modi · September 20, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Exactly. Hence the reason I think we should follow a vegan diet 🙂

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