Vasant Panchami: Happy Birthday, Saraswati! [Hindu Holiday]

Vasant Panchami, sometimes also called Basant Panchami, is a festival that welcomes the spring and it is also Saraswati's birthday, so it is a time to celebrate learning and study plus an auspicious time to begin any academic pursuit. This year it falls on February 4th. The name means the fifth day of Spring.Long ago this festival was more focused on Kamadeva, the Hindu cupid. It still has a sense of love and is kind of like a Valentine's day. Ways to Celebrate *Place books near your … [Read more...]

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Need Help at the Indian Grocery Store?

I just stumbled across this book on Amazon and the title made me laugh out loud.Pretty brilliant idea for a book, I'd say!Apparently this is a guide to help you navigate an Indian grocery store and find what you need if you've decided to try cooking Indian food and you're a little overwhelmed.According to the reviewers, the indexing isn't great and the attempts at using Devanagari script are a fail, but most agree the information itself is highly useful.I don't think I need this … [Read more...]

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OAMC: Once a Month Cooking for the Hindu

Once-a-month-cooking is a trend among the frugal and stay-at-home mom blogs I love to read. The idea is that you set aside a day to prep a ton of meals and put them all in the freezer so that you can feed your family for a month without having to cook every day.From a Hindu perspective this idea is a bit problematic. Leftovers are not considered good food. Ideally in a Hindu home, full meals are prepared fresh every day. This goes back to the concept of the gunas, the "qualities" in all … [Read more...]

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Make Something Sweet…Coconut Burfi

When Brad and I had our Vedic wedding ceremony, a coconut featured prominently in the ritual. After it was over we were told that we should take the coconut home and make something sweet with it.Well. Brad and I had never cooked with a whole coconut before! We had only ever purchased canned coconut milk.Internet to the rescue!Brad read up on how to open the coconut.I found a recipe for coconut burfi. There are a number of different styles of burfi (sometimes called Indian … [Read more...]

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