Gaura Purnima Festival Menu
On Gaura Purnima, the birth of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Vaishnava devotees fast the entire day until moon rise and then enjoy a fabulous feast that has first been offered, with love, to Sri Krishna Chaitanya.
This is only a suggested menu and can be adjusted in any way you like. What is important, if you are choosing to cook a feast on this special day, is that you cook with love and offer with love.
To make things a little easier for you on the day of Gaura Purnima, I strongly suggest that you make as many things as you can the day before. For example the paneer and the sweet rice could be made in advance.
Slices of potato with herbs, butter, and sour cream, baked to a golden brown.
Simple, rich rice to compliment these tasty dishes.
Quick and Easy Split Mung Dahl
A good protein soup balances out other dishes high in sugar and butter.
These small, puffy flatbreads are a festival feast favorite.
Kakri (Cucumber) Raita
This yoghurt and cucumber salad is a cool, crisp, creamy addition to a meal.
Flaked Almond and Saffron Semolina Halava
A hot, buttery, sweet flavored with almonds, saffron, and cardamom.
Easy Saffron Sweet Rice
This is a delightful desert combining rice, milk, and sugar.
“One who worships the Supreme Lord, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, with devotion and always remembers Him becomes free from all sins and completely pure. Easily understanding the truth about the Personality of Godhead and becoming free from all material lamentation, such a devotee attains the supreme goal of life, which is unattainable by those averse to the Supreme Lord, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.”
--From The Sri Chaitanya Upanishad, excerpted by
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura from the Atharva Veda