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Carob Chocolate Clay
Posted on Forum by Chandrika Gauranga dasi
Vishvambhara is the childhood name of Lord Gauranga. The following is one of Vishvambhara's childhood pastimes, that can be read in full in the Chaitanya Bhagavata. The quote below is an excerpt from 'Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: His Life and Precepts.' (dated 20th August 1896) by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
"When His mother gave Him sweetmeats to eat, He ate clay instead of the food. His mother, asking for the reason, He stated that as every sweetmeat was nothing but clay transformed, He could eat clay as well. His mother, who was also the consort of a 'pandita', explained that every article in a special state was adapted to a special use. Earth, while in the state of a jug, could be used as a water pot, but in the state of a brick such a use was not possible. Clay, therefore in the form of sweetmeats was usable as food, but clay in its other states was not. The Lord enacted this pastime to show how easy it is to defeat Mayavada philosophy which says that everyone is one."
Carob Chocolate Clay
Children love to make this recipe and it is a nice way for them to start cooking prasadam for the Lord. Adult supervision is needed of course and the melting of the carob part is best done by an adult because of the heat involved.
10 oz 300g carob chocolate
1/3 cup syrup (corn syrup, glucose syrup, sugar cane syrup, or golden syrup)
(you will also need some waxed or greaseproof cooking paper)
1) Melt the carob in the microwave for 1 minute, or melt it in a bowl placed in a pan of boiling water.
2) When melted mix in the syrup.
3) Pour the carob and syrup mixture onto a sheet of the cooking paper (greased lightly)
4) Spread out the mixture using your clean fingers until it is about 1/2 inch thick.
5) Cover this with another sheet of cooking paper and leave it in the fridge for at least a few hours or overnight to stiffen.
6) The carob mixture will become very pliable like clay, which can be molded and shaped as wanted.
To make a Carob Rose
Split the carob clay into about 10 pieces and roll into balls. Put the balls on a cooking paper sheet about an inch apart. Then place another sheet on top and press each marble into a flat disc using some pressure so that each one is nice and thin.
Take one flattened disc and curl it like a teepee/tent, so it is wider at the bottom than the narrow top. Wrap the next disc around the opening of the teepee and the 3rd at the back of the teepee. That creates the rose bud effect. You can then continue adding discs to look like petals. When you have layered enough it will look like a rose in bloom.
1) If you use white carob, you can add a few drops of food colouring to make the clay any colour you like.
2) As this recipe makes the consistency of modelling clay you can really mold it into any shape you want. You could even make miniature clay pots the like of which Lord Vishvambhara ate.
3) Unless they are eaten, they will harden in a few days and can be saved by storing in a cool, dry, place.
Carob chocolate contains no caffeine, unlike ordinary chocolate and so is suitable for offering to the Lord. It is made from the carob bean and per 100g it contains : 8g protein, 1mg iron and 112mg calcium.
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