Maha Shivaratri is approaching, the ritualistic me do keep fasting and I know many of you do ..... Going back to the past, I never did keep fast during Shivaratri when other unmarried girls did it so religiously. Yet the Almighty did spare me for not been so caring a devotee then and got me a wise, honest life partner but with same attributes of 'wildinanger' as of Lord Shiva. Wish I could send him for some anger management classes. It was after my son's birth that my mother-in-law asked me to keep fast on 'neel shashti'..... praying for his good health. It was then my atheist senior jokingly said oh you can do it for the son and not for me? ..... since then I started keeping fast on Shivaratri...... not because I listen to him always, I felt there is no harm doing it. While reading this please do not have the misconception that I am a perfect Indian daughter-in-law.... I am not. My maa-in-law is a nice lady... nicer than me perhaps, it is just that we are two different types. I believe we should know to respect each other's differences. To me respect is mutual and age has nothing to do with it. I do not allow anyone to set rules for me, everything comes naturally to me...... whether it is love, like or dislike [hate is too strong a word for me]. Knowing my nature, my senior never tried to tame his mad horse, he knew I will never give in to that, though I lovingly accept all his scoldings for been nuts. So you well understand why I could never enjoy all the tele soaps for even five minutes till date. Saying so I just wanted to tell everyone far, near, close, virtual that do not 'force' yourself to show any kind of love to me, I am ok if you do not. Love itself is a natural force and I am a very liberated soul when it comes to love. To all Indian parents including my beloved mother..... there is a time when you should leave your kids to be themselves, you see they will love you more. So I keep fast on Shivaratri because I am ok with its idea of praying specially for my loved ones..... far and near. That does not necessarily mean that those who do not do it love their family any less.
On the occasion of Maha Shivratri I wished to share few recipes which is just perfect during any fasting day or any day of the year. Lassi or yogurt drink is so favourite among all of us during summers .... whether it is flavoured or plain. Today, let us prepare this simple recipe of rose flavoured lassi together, while fasting we do not wish for any complex dish.
Plain Yogurt : 1big cup
Rose Syrup : 1/4small cup
Sugar : 1 or 11/2tbsp
Black Salt : 1/4tsp[alternatively rock salt]
Chaat Masala : 1/2tsp
Cold Water : As Required
Take the yogurt in a tall glass and beat well. Pour in a juicer.
Add the rose syrup, sugar, black salt, chaat masala and switch on, beat for a minute.
Add the cold water and switch on, beat for another minute.
Pour onto glasses, refrigerate and serve chilled.