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Charnamrit - 2, A Sweet drink offered after Hindu Prayers

Charnamrit - 2

Yashoda Gupta

The word Charnamrit is made of two words, charan=feet & Amrit=mythological nectar from Gods that makes one Amar or live for ever (the soul and not the human body). Charnamrit=The nectar from the feet of God. It is offered after prayer meetings in temples and at home, at the end of prayers. You only need a tablespoonful per person. This amount will be enough for 25-30 people.

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Ingredients

  • 500 ml or 1 pint chilled milk

  • 500 ml chilled water

  • 1/2 cup yoghurt or dahi

  • 3 tbsp. sugar. Use sweetener for diabetics.

  • 2 tbsp. honey. Use sweetener for diabetics.

  • 1 tsp. Gangajal, holi water from the river Ganges (not absolutely essential)

  • 4-5 basil or tulsi leaves, broken into small pieces (not cut)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients, except basil leaves, in a blender and mix for a few seconds. Take out in a 'lota', an Indian drink vessel, or a jug.

  2. Add basil leaves and chill until needed.

  3. After prayers, serve 1 dessert spoonful per person in the right cupped palm, placed above the left cupped palm (it is sipped from the palm with head bowed down), or in small earthenware cups.

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