Please follow rituals that your family and elders follow. This is what my mom-in-law taught me and I am sharing it with you. Plan a day ahead, collect all that you choose to eat on this day. If you eat pheni or seviyan make it beforehand. Pheni is not available sometimes so as directed by my mom-in-law, I prepare meethi seviyan. Parathas are prepared fresh in the morning, on the fast day. My aunt doesn’t eat gobi paratha rather she choose to eat gobi ki sabzi with plain paratha.
The fast starts at dawn by eating sargi. Sargi is gifted by mom-in-laws which includes fruits, dry fruits, mathri, pheni along with her love and blessings. In the wee hours of morning, ladies of the house sit together and eat and drink tea/water until sunrise or till stars are visible in the sky. After sunrise a whole day fast is observed without food and water. Rest of the day is spend in wearing bangles, applying mehendi, wearing jewelry and dressing up in beautiful clothes.
METHI SEVIYAN – Thin threads of vermicelli are boiled with milk, sugar and dry mawa powder until well blended and tender.
KAJU KATLI – This fasting season enjoy this nutty sweet delicacy that will just melt-in-your-mouth!!
GOBI PARATHA – Healthy, delicious flatbread stuffed with grated gobi and spices. A perfect breakfast and lunch box recipe.
MATHRI – Crispy and flaky Indian salted crackers made during festive months and relished with a cup of hot tea.
DAHI – Enjoy it with homemade curd or Raita.
FRUIT – Eat fruit of your choice.
WHAT TO KEEP IN KARWA CHAUTH PUJA KI THALI?
Please follow rituals that your family and elders follow. My mom-in-law has no strict rules on what to keep in a thali. I know a diya, sweet, dry fruit and water is always there. To avoid confusion money- for- mom-in-law means BAYA. Baya is a gift that a daughter-in-law gives to her mother-in-law after the puja in form of fruits, sweets, dry fruits and sometimes money.
Some of my friends keep it very simple by – they keep money for their mom-in-laws, dry fruit, a sweet and diya and do their puja. Fruits are generally offered to gods at the time of puja. Channi is NOT the part of puja thali, it is required at night to see the moon. Follow link for Karwa chouth puja.
COVER YOUR THALI AND YOU ARE ALL SET FOR PUJA.