Fasting recipes are common in Hindu India. Fasting is often undertaken 1 day per week, and at auspicious times such as the holy periods and festivals. Fasting is a little different – in India fasting can mean 1 or 2 small meals per day consisting of light food that adheres to numerous restrictions.
The rules about fasting vary from region to region, festival to festival, and family to family, and involves the grains, lentils, vegetables and spices that can/cannot be used.
But fasting recipes are not restricted to times of fasting – they are delicious in their own right and can be made any time!
This recipe is a fasting one based on arbi (arvi) and suran, cooked in tamarind. It does include chilli and mustard seeds which might be restricted for some. They can be left out. The vegetables cooked simply in a tamarind base are delicious too! It is a very simple recipe without onion or additional spices. It is quick and easy to make.
This is a fairly bland dish, so if not fasting serve it alongside punchy curries with layers of complex flavours.