One such fasts that pretty much occurs every now and then is the Sankasthi, which is infact a monthly affair and essentially the 4th day of the fortnight – chaturthi. Let me not elaborate on this subject, with half baked knowledge and focus on things I know…
What I know is that each month my mother fasted on this day and many times, we also tagged along. The fasting breaks when the Moon God makes its appearance and whether the moon really made its way from behind the hazy skies or not, we knew it was there, because our panchang- calendar told us the time each time. So if the calendar says the moon will rise at 9:53 PM it was it…we waited till the clock struck 9:53 , ran with the already set plate to pray to God and do our rituals, one aarti, some other things, touching feet of the elders and finally pick the plate. Usually the naivedya thali went to
one of us in a round robin fashion…
Our Naivedya thali was not very elaborate as it was a monthly affair, the menu was practically fixed, yet it had something that drew us towards…probably the simplicity and unadulterated flavors.
Our sankashti thali has the Lord’s favorite modaks, one leafy vegetable, varan bhat and my home special was vaalachi usal also known as dalimbi usal.
1 bunch of fresh green leafy vegetable (spinach, fenugreek, gongura, etc)
1 onion finely chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic
2-3 green chillies finely chopped
2 tbsp freshly grated coconut
salt to taste
Oil to cook
1) In a kadhai/ wok, heat some oil
2) Add the crushed or roughy chopped garlic cloves and saute it
3) Add the green chillies and then onion and saute on flame for 2 min
4) Clean the leafy vegetable, pick leaves if using methi, chavli, chuka etc. or remove stems for large leafy vegetables like palak and alu. Chop it roughly and soak in water to clean it . Wash under runnign tap water to remove all dirt.
5) Now add the leafy vegetables to the pan. Saute at high flame until it is wilted. Add salt.
6) Now reduce the flame and let it dry up in the pan.
7) Now add the fresh coconut and coriander and sprinkle on top
Serve hot with rice or chapati.