Auspicious month Shravan. Considered the holiest month of the year. Happy Shravan month to all of you. May God bless happiness and peace to everyone. May God shower his blessings on you and your family.
This week our #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #Satvikfood for the fasting people. My contribution is Cardamom flavoured paneer/cottage cheese and mango smoothie.
Yes a smoothie with cottage cheese or paneer. Paneer/cottage cheese makes your smoothie more rich, healthy, yummy and creamy .
The fifth month of Hindu calendar is Shravan month. Starting in late July and ending in the third week of August. Mondays of this month considered to be most auspicious days and called ‘Shravan Somvar’.
According to a legend the churning of oceans or Samudra Manthan took place in the month of Shravan and it is on a Somvar or Monday that Lord Shiva drank the poison Hala Hal to save the world.
In order to lessen the effect of poison the Devas had offered the Ganges water to Lord Shiva. Because of this on Shravan Somvar in Shiva Temples Lord Shiva is bathed with holy water by the devotees. This month is considered highly auspicious for praying to Lord Shiva.
Many Hindus observe fasts during the month specially on Monday. Fasting means not to torture yourself but to detoxify your body and learn self control.
So if we follow a proper diet and plan our meal during our fast not only we will feel satisfied but we will get enough energy throughout the day. And yes you don’t get weight too. Because main reason of weight gain during this time is the consumption of deep fried foods and sweets.
If we don’t follow a healthy diet the result will be obesity and illness. Protein and calcium rich paneer/cottage cheese is a healthy food. Its a source of various other nutrients and low fat content.
And mango, almond and curd makes it more healthy and yummy. By adding paneer/cottage cheese you will get a rich creamy texture of your smoothie. I have used 1 tablespoon reduced milk you can use more if you like.
Chopped mango – 1 cup
Almond – 4 soaked and peeled
Curd – 1/2 cup
Honey – 2 teaspoon
Reduced milk – 1 – 2 tablespoon
Paneer/cottage cheese – 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Ice as require
Take crumbled fresh paneer/cottage cheese. I have used homemade fresh paneer/cottage cheese. Mix all the ingredients and blend till smooth and frothy.
Pour it in your favourite glass. Garnish with mango and pistachios.
Fasting or feasting enjoy the rich, creamy, healthy and yummy smoothie 😀