Kali Mirri | Shakti Swaroop / by Bindaas



23rd May 10:07:45 this week's curry paste was conceptualised during the cusp of Navami  and Dashami, overshadowed by the blessings of Goddess Ambika.

Goddess Ambika is associated with the central figure of the Shakti cult. Ambika represents the placid aspects of goddess Durga.The most common iconographies of Ambika represent the goddess either with two hands or with four hands and others with more. But the most important aspect of all the images is to represent the Motherliness of the Goddess. Her head is decorated with rubies and her crown is adorned with the moon. She bears a smiling face and her bosoms are full.  Her face is benign. 

While making the paste, the nature of the energies were shifting from - conducive for acts of destruction and killing enemies- Navami to acts of virtue, religious function, spiritual practices and other pious activities - Dashami. As the further waning moon was swinging its intentions past 10 am on Friday on 33 Upper Wainui Road, during the trial and tasting of Kali Mirri | Shakti Swaroop. 


KALI MIRRI - black pepper is renowned for its medicinal properties. It aids in the destruction of small parasitic worms that enter our body through the air, food, fingers and many other daily activities, which can easily cause contamination. There are many more known benefits of this little black ball, which oust the little bugs and virus' that cause minor physical and mental imbalances. 

As the black pepper is ground with the mortar and pestle, the peppercorns crack open activating their warrior path that will start in the digestive track. Aware of the advent of Dashami the powder is carefully transferred into the onion mix to camouflage the little soldiers, who will enter the system in the disguise of spicy flavours that excite the tastebuds. The ritual of preparing this paste is performed with the intention to capture that fierce energy of Ambika, the powerful  Mother who can fight any force to defend her own. In the case of the Kali Mirri Curry Paste - it is made with the intention for the black pepper to literally take her form thus the term SHAKTI SWAROOP  - Manifesting the form of the Shakti- Primordial Cosmic Female Energy. 
It is an opportunity to give thanks to the mother for endowing nature with such antiseptics.  

How to use the Kali Mirri Curry Paste
Serves 4 - 5 People 


1 Spoon Canola Oil or butter
2 Cups Dal
2 Medium Onions
1 Cup Pumpkin chopped
1 Green Zucchini cut into thin slices
1 Medium Tomato
1 Bunch Coriander/Cilantro
1 Table Spoon Butter
1  bottle of Kali Mirri Curry Paste


Medium to High Flame
Heat the oil till it melts and add onions and sauté till onions become a little transparent. 5 minutes, keep stirring. Then add tomatoes and the entire bottle of Kali Mirri  Curry Paste.

Medium Flame
 Mix and stir till all the paste is completely integrated into the onions and tomatoes for 1 minute. Then add the dal, pumpkin and zucchini, mix for 1 minute. Add 4 full cups of water and one teaspoon of salt to the entire mixture and cover the pot.

High Flame
And cook for 10 minutes

Low Flame
Open the pot and mix to make sure that the dal is getting soft. Depending on how you prefer the consistency of the dal, you can cook on low flame for another 10 minutes (which I highly recommend). Mash the entire mix to break the pumpkin pieces with a masher. 

Once the curry is ready garnish with plenty of chopped cilantro, some pepper and a little sprinkle of lemon and serve. The same can be done with fish, chickpeas, kumara and potato. 

27th May, Tuesday 

Today Kali rules the house, her energies are fierce, therefore to balance the heat of the peppers, some coconut is added to the paste, as a peace offering to Ma, Kali Ma Mother. 

If you learn to love the Devi- Mother Goddess unconditionally, however harsh her fury is, or ugly her persona may be in these destructive phases of the waning moon. Life will flow smoothly, as the Mother will be pleased with your unwavering faith and devotion, even though her force is what makes this universe and continue in form. She is fragile, she wants love and only love and will reciprocate it by showering you with a good life. Since it is from and through Her that all sources of life are born, journey and die, including the curry leave, onions, garlic, peppers, coconut, ghee, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, salt and water. Which are the essential ingredients that will take a cleansing sojourn in your body. 

Tomorrow night the 28th of May 2014 is New Moon or Amavasya, be sure to remember your ancestors and pay homage to their souls no matter where they are in this time of rejuvenation. As the channels are opening to be more kind to us and our bodies. Let us remember those wombs that have gone through much strife and pain to birth us and all that we enjoy in this world. 


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