Fasting and Feasting

Yesterday I spent 13 hours labour of love in the kitchen of the Perth Hare Krishna Temple preparing a feast to celebrate the Birthday of Lord Rama. Most of the day there were just 3 of us – myself, Gaura Nama (a brahmacari and true kitchen man, pictured below) and my friend Prahlada. Later a couple of expert breadmakers came and helped us bring everything to it’s grand finale.

gaura nama:

Fresh ingredients are an important part of a successful feast. Here’s a few, including some good quality dried hibiscus flowers for our drink.

tomatoes: succulent eggplants: fresh coriander: fragrant dried hibiscus flowers:

Our menu was as follows:

Basmati Rice
Chana Dal
Potato Pea and Pumpkin Curry
Eggplant and Tomato with Moong Vadis
Yeasted Fried Breads (Bhatura) pictured below
Fresh Panir Pakoras
Tomato-Chili Chutney
Icy Cold Cardamom Kheer
Flaky Oriyan Pastries (Gajja) pictured below
Fresh Fruits with Indonesian-style Dipping Sauce (Rujak Manis)
Iced Hibiscus and Lemon Tea (Aguas de Jamaica)

bhatura: gajja:

After some sweet and ebullient chanting and dancing, our devoted guests sat and heard about the Pastimes of Lord Rama, attractively spoken with dignity by special guest Ramai Swami.

assembly:

Finally, close to two hundred feasted to their full satisfaction.
Posted by Kurma on 8/4/06; 9:12:44 AM

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