Tamarind Rise – Nine Planet Recipe

Tamarind Rise
Recipe by Dr. Padma Raju
Dr. Padma wants to share this recipe with you, which can be had all year, but is especially good for the period known in the Vedic calendar as Navaratri (a.k.a The 9 Nights of Mother Divine).
This recipe is special because the ingredients are related one by one to the Navagrahas (nine planets). According to Vedic Astrology, the Navagrahas are inside us and continually influence our lives. So when we make this as a Prasad, all the nine planets are nourished in our physiology and the influence of the Grahas (planets) is balanced. Feeding to someone else adds to the beneficial effect. 
When the effects of Navaratri are enlivened through the Pujas, offering this as a Prasad pleases the Navagrahas and increases their support even more. All we need to do is prepare the Prasadam and pray to Mother Divine before we eat. Because her energy is what made us, she resides in us and we can offer the Prasad to her through ourselves.
The Divine Mother is a universal theme in cultures & religions all over the world, so from whatever angle we honor & revere her, these things we can do.

Ingredients

  1. 1kg of soft red Lilly Pilly fruits
  2. 8 oranges
  3. 2/3 cup raw sugar
  4. 10 whole cloves
  5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 2 peeled and chopped apples

Cooking Instructions

Things You Need to Prepare Ahead of Time

  • Boil or steam rice, and keep warm.
  • Dry roast lightly in a pan: whole fenugreek & whole cumin (separately, one at a time), and grind to powder. And whole sesame seeds roasted & ground in the same way if you want to add (optional).

In a Frying Pan

Add some unrefined sesame oil and with medium heat make a "Tadka" (fried spice mix) as follows (quantities can be varied according to taste): 
    1. Fry brown mustard seeds ~ ½ teaspoon, till they “pop” (before adding other things)
    2. The following are optional:
      • Cashews, urad dal and/or chana dal in small quantities and roast while stirring constantly so they cook well. Some people like to add peanuts also.
      • Roasted sesame seed powder ~ 1 teaspoon. Sesame oil is already there in the recipe so sesame powder is not required
    3. Tamarind paste 100gm, and stir well
    4. Whole red chili(s) if you want, or black pepper ~ moderate, to taste.
    5. Ground Rock Salt ~ moderate, to taste
    6. Fresh Curry leaves if you can get them ~ several leaves
    7. Asafoetida ~ 2 pinches
    8. Fresh ginger pieces very finely chopped or grated ~ 1 teaspoon
    9. Dry roasted fenugreek powder ~ 1/4 teaspoon
    10. Dry roasted cumin powder ~ 1/2 teaspoon
Stir well till fully mixed. Add a little more oil if you want and fry gently till nicely done & flavors well blended.
At the end of cooking add turmeric ~ 2 pinches
Combine Tadka with cooked rise & mix well.
  • Can garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.

Lilly Pilly Chutney Recipe

Lilly Pilly Chutney

Botanical name: Syzygium smithii.

Plant facts: The tree is a summer-flowering, winter-fruiting evergreen tree.

Health Benefits of Lilly Pilly

They say this type of Lilly Pilly, Riberry (Syzygium luehmannii) was used by the Australian native aborigines for its anti-bacterial properties.

It also has great healing components present in it. It is rich in Vitamin C, B12 and folate. It has good astringent properties that improve the firmness of the skin which in turn helps your skin look radiant and youthful.

Dylan Smith Picking Lilly Pilly Fruits from the Tree
Lilly Pilly Bush Plant in a Pot

Lilly Pilly Chutney Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 1kg of soft red Lilly Pilly fruits
  2. 8 oranges
  3. 2/3 cup raw sugar
  4. 10 whole cloves
  5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 2 peeled and chopped apples

Method

  1. Collect 1kg of soft red fruits.
  2. Keep them in a bowl for 10-15 mins or more so spiders can disperse.
  3. Soak in water so you can remove all the dud fruits, bugs, sticks or any other undesirables.
  4. Place in a pot along with the juice of 8 oranges, zest of 2 oranges, 2/3 cup raw sugar, 10 whole cloves (these Riberry Lilly Pillies are from the same family as clove), 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 peeled and chopped apples.
  5. Cook until the fruit softens and the liquid becomes a more "sticky" consistency.
  6. Pour into sterilised jars and refrigerate until ready to use.

Should last a couple of weeks or so! Enjoy 🙂

Lilly Pilly Chutney in a Glass Jar
Lilly Pilly Chutney