2017 Mabon blog hop – Sacred Food

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Welcome to this year’s Mabon tarot blog hop! Our wrangler Boglarka Kiss has asked us to write about what a specific tarot character would prepare for this occasion of celebrating harvest and abundance.

thoth queen of discs, mabon blog hopSurprise surprise, I chose the Queen of Pentacles. Why? Because it would be my significator if I ever used one. No rocket science until now. But!

This year, the Hindu festival of Navaratri coincides with Mabon. Navaratri means ‘nine nights’, and is meant to worship and celebrate the Goddess Durga and her nine forms. It starts on 21/09/2017 this year, so here we have Mabon and Navratri at the same time. Great!

I am sure all the hop posts will be full of delicious pumpkin recipes (YUM!), so I thought to use this lucky coincidence to show you what people eat in India on this day!

Food for Indians is sacred. Whatever the date is, even if there’s no festival going on (that’s a very rare occasion!) food has to be prepared in a certain manner, only then will the consumer lick their fingers and ask for more while still having some on their plate.

Short history lesson: spice blends like Garam Masala were created by priests/nutritionists not only to taste awesome but to aid people’s health as well. For example, Garam Masala has black peppers, coriander seeds, cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon, mace, black and green cardamom, cumin seeds and dry red chilies. You dry roast these and grind them in a blender. Some of this masala’s health benefits according to Ayurveda are aiding weight loss, lowering blood pressure and boosting the immune system. When you make it be sure to open all windows and send the kids out to play because man it will sting your eyes!

So, what do people eat on the holy occasion of Navaratri? For most of the day nothing, as you are supposed to be fasting, but when you finished your evening worship you can go and break your fast and oh was it worth the wait! Here I list some mouthwatering foods that all have one ingredient in common, that is easily available in the UK and around the world. It is nice and round, just like a Pentacle (Queen of Pentacles, remember?) Have you guessed it?

Yes, the disgusting sticky pudding thing, tapioca! And let me tell you, it is only disgusting because you have been making it wrong all this time! So now listen because here I present you the Queen of Pentacles’ list of dishes she prepares for Strength (Goddess Durga).

1. The Starter: Sabudana Pakora – Tapioca fritters made with mashed potatoes and roasted peanuts, served with chutneys. If you want to avoid deep fried things, try Sabudana Thalipeet instead!

2. The Main Course: Sabudana Khichdi – Tapioca cooked with peanuts and potatoes

3. The Dessert: Sabudana Kheer – Tapioca pudding

 

Eating tapioca is good for your bones, your brain, your insides, good for muscle growth, for aiding healthy growth of fetuses, and boosts milk production for breast feeding women. It is high in fiber, minerals and vitamins. The only thing is, if you want to lose weight, this should be a food that makes it to your table very rarely.

I hope I have changed your mind about tapioca, and inspired you to try some new recipes this year! Have a happy Mabon, and Hail the Goddess!

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13 thoughts on “2017 Mabon blog hop – Sacred Food

  1. I wasn’t aware that anybody thought tapioca was gross? I’ve only ever had it as a dessert – like out the paper packets sold in the grocery store – but I’ve loved it. Add some raisins and serve it warm with a sprinkling of cinnamon and I’m in dessert heaven.

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  2. I love tapioca–and now I know why. And this is Aisling, by the way, but my WP account works well–so it is possible more people will see your yummy recipes and your interesting insight into the Eastern Tradition. Thank you!

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  3. I was in India years back around this holiday, mostly northern India (Manali/H.P.) the keer families shared with us was amaaazing. Nothing like it! Been nice seeing some of this recipes to pick up and try out! Also, props for bringing in the other cultures/medicines to this equinox hop!

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  4. I like tapioca pudding, actually. Like James, I’ve only had it from packet mixes. I had no idea one could use it for other dishes. Cool! Also love the goddess Durga and her tiger as Strength. Now I think of it, is there a Hindu mythology-based tarot deck? Seems like all the symbolism is there.

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    1. Check out Rohit Arya&Jane Adams’s Sacred India Tarot. That is the best thought out deck with Indian gods in it that I have seen so far. It really is cool, the Majors are gods and the minors are stories like the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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