The month of Shravan is one of the most auspicious months in the Hindu calendar. It also kicks off the season for a number of important festivals.
A typical meal on a ‘Shravani somwar’ (i.e. a Monday in Shravan) would comprise:
- Shirale-vatane bhaaji (ridge gourd and peas)
- Paatvad (a savoury roll made from colocasia leaves and chickpea flour)
- Chutney (usually a coriander-coconut chutney)
- Lonche (spicy pickle)
As kids, we used to enjoy these traditional meals served on a banana leaf. The novelty of sitting on low wooden stools and eating a piping hot delicious dinner was matched by the tales our aji told us about the month of Shravan.
This week, we recreate the nostalgia of that meal. Sadly, I have no banana leaf plates or low wooden stools. The magic of the food itself will have to do along with a tale or two.