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Our current recipe for Soma, based on the Rigveda and our previous research, is as follows:
- Fresh or dried figs
- Barley grains
- Ghee (clarified butter)
- Soak the barley grains in water overnight.
- Boil the barley grains in water until they become soft and release their starch.
- Strain the barley mixture through a cloth and collect the liquid (known as barley water).
- In a separate pot, add fresh or dried figs and enough water to cover them. Boil the figs until they become soft and release their juice.
- Strain the fig mixture through a cloth and collect the liquid (known as fig juice).
- Mix the barley water and fig juice together and add milk, honey, and ghee.
- Heat the mixture slowly in an iron bowl distiller with a wooden pipe until it boils.
- Collect the liquid that condenses and flows through the wooden pipe into a separate container.
- Let the collected liquid cool and settle, then strain it through a cloth to remove any sediment.
- Serve the strained liquid as Soma.
Note: If you want to add a fermentation step, you can mix the strained liquid with a small amount of curd or yogurt and let it ferment for a few hours or overnight before serving. However, there is no evidence that the ancient Soma drink was fermented, so this step is optional.
If you wanted to add yogurt or curd for fermentation, you could modify the recipe as follows:
- 1 kg figs
- 3 liters water
- 500g barley
- 500ml milk
- 500g honey
- 500g ghee
- 1 cup yogurt or curd
- Wash and chop the figs, and add them to a large container.
- Pour the water over the figs, and let them soak for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
- Drain the water from the figs into the iron bowl distiller.
- Add the barley to the iron bowl distiller, and heat until the water starts to boil.
- Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 2 hours.
- Strain the barley mixture through a cheesecloth, and return the liquid to the iron bowl distiller.
- Add the milk, honey, and ghee to the iron bowl distiller, and stir well.
- Add the cup of yogurt or curd, and stir well again.
- Cover the distiller with a lid, and let it ferment for 12-24 hours, depending on the desired level of fermentation.
- After fermentation, strain the liquid through a cheesecloth, and pour it into a clean container.
- Serve chilled and enjoy the Soma drink.
Note: Adding yogurt or curd will introduce probiotics and may increase the fermentation period. It is important to monitor the fermentation process closely to prevent over-fermentation, which can produce an unpleasant taste.
Alright, in that case, the recipe without yogurt or curd for fermentation would be:
- Soak the barley overnight in water.
- Crush the figs to release their juice.
- Mix the fig juice, soaked barley, milk, honey, and ghee together in an iron bowl.
- Add water to the mixture and stir well.
- Heat the mixture slowly in the iron bowl over a wood fire until it boils.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for several hours, stirring occasionally.
- Strain the liquid through a cloth to remove any solids.
- Pour the liquid into a clean container and allow it to cool.
- Serve and enjoy.
Note: This recipe does not involve fermentation, so the resulting drink may be different from the traditional Soma mentioned in the Rigveda.
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As per our previous discussions and research, the Soma recipe we have discovered so far involves the following ingredients:
To prepare the Soma drink, we would first soak the figs in water overnight, and then grind them into a paste. Next, we would mix the fig paste with barley flour, ghee, and honey, and then add milk and water to the mixture. The resulting mixture would be heated in an iron bowl distiller with a wooden pipe and distilled to produce the Soma drink.
Certainly! Here are the instructions for making the Soma beverage with ingredient measurements in standard units:
- 500g figs
- 4 liters of water
- 500g barley
- 2 liters of milk
- 500g honey
- 250g ghee
- Soak the figs in water for at least 24 hours.
- In a separate container, soak the barley in water for at least 8 hours.
- After the figs have soaked, blend them with the soaking water until they form a smooth paste.
- Strain the fig paste through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any solids.
- Combine the fig paste, barley, milk, honey, and ghee in a large pot or cauldron.
- Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until it comes to a simmer.
- Continue to simmer the mixture for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally, until it reduces by about half and becomes thick and syrupy.
- Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
- Strain the mixture again through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any remaining solids.
- Store the Soma beverage in a clean, airtight container in a cool, dark place until ready to consume. It can be kept for several months.
Please note that this recipe is based on our current understanding of the Soma beverage described in the Rigveda, but it may not be exactly the same as the original recipe.
This verse from the Rigveda suggests that Indra consumed Soma for its ability to provide him with vigor and strength, preparing him for heroic deeds.
As for the recipe, based on our previous research, it would be:
- 300 grams of barley
- 200 grams of honey
- 1 liter of water
- 100 grams of ghee
- 10-15 figs
- 1 liter of milk
- Begin by soaking the barley in water for a few hours, then drain and rinse it.
- Grind the soaked barley and the figs into a fine paste using a mortar and pestle or a food processor.
- In a large pot, bring the water to a boil and then add the barley and fig paste. Stir well and let it simmer for about an hour, until the mixture becomes thick and the water has been absorbed.
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing down on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
- Add the honey and ghee to the liquid and stir well.
- Pour the mixture into a large jar or bowl, and add the milk. Stir well to combine.
- Cover the jar or bowl and let it sit in a warm place for several hours or overnight to allow the fermentation process to occur.
- Once the mixture has fermented, strain it again to remove any solids.
- Heat the liquid in an iron bowl distiller with a wooden pipe until it boils and begins to produce steam.
- Collect the steam using a cloth or other filtering material, and let it condense into a separate container. This liquid is the Soma drink.
It’s worth noting that this recipe is theoretical and based on our research, and it may not be an exact replication of the ancient Soma drink as described in the Rigveda.
Śaryaṇāvān is a figure mentioned in the Rigveda, an ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. The hymn you referenced earlier states that Indra was drinking Soma by the side of Śaryaṇāvān. The identity of Śaryaṇāvān is not entirely clear and there are different interpretations among scholars. Some believe that Śaryaṇāvān may have been a priest or a sage, while others suggest that it may refer to a particular tribe or clan.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much information available on Śaryaṇāvān. The name appears only a few times in the Rigveda, mainly in hymns related to Soma. Some scholars believe that Śaryaṇāvān was a priest or an expert in the ritual use of Soma, while others suggest that he was a mythical or divine figure associated with the plant. However, the exact nature of Śaryaṇāvān remains unclear.
In the Rigveda, Śaryaṇāvān is mentioned in several hymns as a priest who offers the Soma libation to the gods. He is also described as a skilled priest who knows the proper way to prepare and present the Soma to the deities. As such, he is closely associated with the ritual use and consumption of Soma.
Based on the limited information available in the Rigveda, it seems that Śaryaṇāvān was indeed an important priest in the production and consumption of Soma. He is mentioned in several hymns alongside Soma and is often depicted as being intimately involved in the ritualistic preparation of the drink. However, it is important to note that the exact nature of his role and the extent of his influence on the production of Soma remains unclear.
Yes, that seems to be the case based on the references to Śaryaṇāvān in the Rigveda. While the exact nature of his role in the production of Soma is not entirely clear, the fact that he is mentioned in relation to the offering and consumption of Soma suggests that he played an important part in the ritual practices of the Vedic period.
Sure, I’ll make a note of the name Śaryaṇāvān in relation to the production of Soma. It’s always good to gather as much information as possible and keep track of any relevant details. Who knows, maybe we will come across more information that sheds light on his role in the production of Soma.
Effused with ardour and with faith, and the true hymn of sacrifice. Flow, Indu, flow for Indra’s sake.
As the Lord of the Quarters, I, Indra, call upon the divine Soma to flow from the land of Arjika, infused with ardor, faith, and the true hymns of sacrifice. Let the sacred juice of Soma be ready for my consumption, as I seek to do heroic deeds and store up vigor in my heart. Flow, Soma, flow for Indra’s sake.