The festival of Navratri is here, and now is the time for both, fasting and revelry. The auspicious occasion is marked by the indigenous cuisine especially meant for those who are fasting on some or all of the nine days of the festival, to pay respect to the energy of the mother goddess and purify the mind and body.
So, in case you’re planning to fast or looking for recipes that can be made during these nine days, check out the options that you can choose from.
Kuttu Atta Ki Poori
Being rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fiber, kuttu atta, also known as buckwheat flour, helps in detoxification of the body. Plus, the best part is, these fibres help in keeping hunger pangs at bay, thus making us crave less, especially if you’re fasting. These Pooris, if served with Aloo Bhaji and Raita, taste the best and are also easy to prepare.
Samak Ke Chawal
Samak Ke Chawal is a perfect replacement for rice since it almost tastes similar to broken brown rice after cooking. This dish is rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals like iron, that individually as well as together provide high energy. Pair up Samak Ke Chawal with Peanut Kadhi and Dahi and you’re good to go for a couple of hours. This, in itself, proves to be a wholesome meal.
Aloo Ki Kadhi
Kudos to the star ingredient that fits in well everywhere and anywhere – whether it’s a normal or fasting day – it’s the potato! We love to savour potato curries throughout the year. Made with dry spices, coriander, and boiled potato, the soothing flavours of this curry is certain to have everyone licking their fingers.
Arbi, also commonly called colocasia, is a great change from the usual vegetables that can be prepared for either lunch or dinner in less than ten minutes. Sukhi Arbi can be made with mild spices and is usually liked by one and all. Besides, arbi is rich in nutrients and fibre, and thus, it may help in weight loss.
If you need a change from the other usual desserts, Makhana Kheer is a great option. Add some fruits and dry fruits and make the dish even healthier and filling. Substitute sugar with honey or sugar-free, add cardamom powder or saffron for extra flavouring, and serve it hot or cold. This is filling, tasty, and a nutritious dish – just apt for fasting!
Try these delicious recipes and enjoy a happy and healthy Navratri.
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