Ekadashi Foods – Tomatoes, Vegetables, Sesame Seeds, Oils, Dal?
According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, there are certain ingredients that are largely categorized as belonging to the grey department. A devotee has his or her own discretion to directly or indirectly consume them or not. It is also felt to one’s own opinion in this matter.
Tomatoes are considered as a fruit and it isn’t a vegetable so they advise not to be used. In the same manner, they also advised to stay away from spinach, other leafy vegetables, lady fingers (Okra/Bindi), pumpkin, eggplant (Brinjal), carrots, turnips, potatoes, cauliflower, beetroots and figs.
Sesame seeds (Til) is not a grain and it is a seed. It is to be noted that Mustard seeds are largely used in most of the traditional Ekadashi recipes. It is highly advised to avoid oil on the day of Ekadashi that is made of sesame seeds, mustard seeds, groundnuts, coconuts and sunflower seeds.
It is to be remembered peas is the seed-pod of the legume Pisum sativum or the small spherical seed. It is a fruit and it isn’t a vegetable, but Indians largely consider it as a common vegetable and use it in making curries or fry items. It is mostly cooked along with Dal.
On the other hand Dal isn’t used on the day of Ekadashi. Therefore each and every individual who is observing the Ekadashi vrat should have sufficient knowledge regarding what all items that can be consumed and not to be consumed on these particular days according the customs and traditions of Hinduism.