One of the most sacred days in the Buddhist calendar, Buddha Purnima commemorates the birth of Prince Siddhartha Gautama. It is typically celebrated on a full moon day in the 5th or 6th lunar month.
It is a well-known fact that the Buddhists are pure vegetarians and refrain from harming even the tiniest of living creatures. The best example of Buddhist vegetarian and vegan can be food in the traditional Shojin Ryori diet. It is a type of cooking commonly practised by Buddhist monks in Japan.
Have you ever tasted Buddhist Monk Pumpkin Soup?
Well, if you haven’t then all it takes is pumpkin or squash, peanuts,sweet potato, coconut milk, soyabean oil and voila!! After simmering the boiled potato, peanuts, and pumpkin, it is fried in the soyabean oil until the mixture turns brown.Coconut oil is added to the small cubes of this delicacy and is served hot with noodles.
If this wasn’t enough, then how about some vegetable paste?
Granted it is a clichéd meal, wait till you get to know about this variation. It is prepared with cashews, almonds, parsley leaves,curry leaves, sunflower oil, lemongrass and red chillies. The ingredients are blended in a processor or grinder and turned into a fine paste. The paste is poured into and then fried. The dish is served hot with sautéd veggies, and spiced up in rolls.
In addition to being a tasty dish, it is also packed with nutrients.Interesting combination!
However,the list does not end here.
The Green Beans Namul is an exquisite variety of exotic dish. As the name suggests, the ingredients consist of fresh green beans, sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon of soyabean oil and water. After the water is boiled with a pinch of salt, the beans are added and cooked until the preparation is crisp. The beans are removed and soaked in cold water. The entire platter is then cooked in soyabean oil and garnished with sesame seeds before it is served.
On this day, in many places, the statue of Buddha is placed in a basin of water, decorated with flowers,while the ardent devotees chanthymns. In some parts of the world, a symbolic act of liberation is performed in certain South-East Asian countries where birds, animals,and insects are released. Kheer happens to be one of the most widely prepared delicacies of the day. The aroma is invigorating and when ghee is added to it, it is something truly captivating!
Wishing everyone a happy Buddha Purnima 2019!
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