India is very famous for different kinds of festivals, here people celebrate so many occasions which have different stories behind them. One such Indian festival is Karva Chauth. Karva Chauth Mela celebrated in North India. It is a one-day festival celebrated after 4 days of Purnima (full moon), Karva Chauth is based on the lunisolar calendar which accounts for all astronomical positions, especially positions of the moon which is used as a marker to calculate important dates.
How is Karva Chauth celebrated?
On this day the Indian married women keep a fast for the whole day without even drinking water also known as Nirjala fast. They eat at 4 a.m which is called Sargi. Then they do not eat or drink anything for the whole day till the moon shows up. Once the moon becomes visible in the sky, women see it through a sieve, worship the moon with different rituals and then the husband breaks the fast by feeding the water and a piece of sweet by his hand to his wife, this way the fast completes. It is a belief that keeping this fast, extends the life of their spouse.
Whether it is true or not but this is our traditional beliefs and celebration which is followed to date even in the urban side of India.
What is Sargi?
So those who don’t know much about the ritual of sargi in karva Chauth, and want to keep the fast or tell others about it, you can know it here.
To have Sargi, women wake up early in the morning and get fresh than have water and their sargi to get rid of the sickness or weakness for the whole day. Sargi may include fruits or some kind of pudding but the famous dish prepared in sargi is meethi mathri. The sargi thali also includes pheni or meethi seviyan, fruits, coconut, meethi mathri, dry fruits, mathri, paratha, sweets, and tea/juice.
If you don’t know how to make this no worries, Here are the step by step recipe to make meethi mathri for your sargi.
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- More than half a cup of granulated sugar
- More than half a cup of ghee
- Half teaspoon of rose water
- Half teaspoon of cardamom powder
- Oil for cooking
- Water to adjust
- Make a Dough by adding all-purpose flour, ghee, and water. The door must be stiff or else it will trouble while cooking the mathris. Keep the driver side for a minimum of half an hour.
- When your dough is ready, make a small disc-shaped from the balls (the size depends on you how big, thick, thin you want). When your discs are ready, poke with a fork to make teeny tiny holes in the flatbread on both sides. Make your other mathirs in the same procedure.
- In a deep and heat oil on a medium to high flame, when the oil is properly heated, carefully place 2 – 3 mathris in the pan and deep fry them. Fry until it turns golden brownish. Cook the remaining with the same procedure.
- Side by side prepare the sugar syrup, another deep pan, put granulated sugar, water, rose water, and cardamom powder. Heat it on high flame, after a boil, reduce to low flame and cook till it reaches a two-string consistency. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes.
- When all mathris are cooked properly, put them in the sugar syrup and cover till it soaks up the syrup inside.
- Once that is done garnished with pistachio or any other dry fruit you want.
Your sargi is ready, you can have it before starting your fast to keep your body energetic and avoid yourself from sickness.