It is that time of the year again when idols of goddess Durga are decorated with kumkum, bangles, flowers, and jeweled attires. Morning prayers are offered accompanied by synchronised bells. The aroma of pure butter or desi ghee delicacies fill up the space. Navratri, one of the biggest Hindu festivals is celebrated twice a year with great fervour across the country. Devotees worship the different avatars of Goddess Durga for nine days. Goddess Durga is believed to have nine different incarnations and each female deity signifies a distinct power. The word 'Navratri' refers to the nine auspicious nights during which Goddess Durga is worshiped and most people observe fasts. It is celebrated twice a year, at the beginning of spring and during the onset of autumn. During Navratris most people give up non-vegetarian food while many others also eliminate onion and garlic from their meals.
Usually a large part of north, west and central India observes a fast on all nine days. Some people may choose to fast only on the first and the last day of the festive period. Fasting is a way to pay your gratitude to the Goddess. Traditionally, the consumption of alcohol and non-vegetarian food is considered inauspicious and unholy but there is also sound science behind it. During these fasts people avoid eating meat, grains, alcohol, onion, garlic etc. From an Ayurvedic perspective, these foods attract and absorb negative energies and should be avoided during a seasonal change as our bodies tend to have low immunity around that time.
Navratri festivities give you a chance to get back to the roots and deviate from the day-to-day affair. Ingredients like kuttu atta, singhara atta
, fresh vegetables
are preferred as they are light on the stomach and can be digested easily. Instead of regular salt, rock salt
or sendha namak
is used as it is pure and unprocessed. Those who do not wish to fast may follow a vegetarian satvik
diet where ingredients like garlic and onions that produce heat in the body are avoided to allow your body to detox
Embrace the joy of the festival with the best of our fasting recipes. From old favourites to newer ones, indulge in a lot more than just the usual fare.1. Sabudana KhichdiRecipe by Niru GuptaSabudana
is full of starch or carbohydrates
which gives you the much needed energy boost while fasting. A light dish made with sabudana
and mild spices
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2. Kuttu Ka DosaRecipe by Gunjan Goela Sabudana Khichdi
This Navratri move over the usual kuttu puris
and rustle up something different. A crisp dosa
recipe made of kuttu ka atta
(buckwheat flour) with a potato
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4. Aloo ki KadhiRecipe by Niru Gupta Kuttu ka Dosa3. Singhare ke Atte ka SamosaRecipe by Niru Gupta
Feast while fasting! Your favorite tea time snack made with fasting ingredients like water chestnut flour, sendha namak
and a filling of spiced chironji.
Tuck into the soothing flavors of this light and lovely curry made with the ever-so-versatile potatoes
5. Low Fat Makhana KheerRecipe by Gunjan Goela Aloo ki Kadhi
Desserts inspire a cheer, here's for you low fat kheer
recipe made with makhana
and nuts. Indulge without worrying about the weighing scale!
6. Banana Walnut LassiRecipe by Aditya Bal & Devanshi Low Fat Makhna Kheer
Charge up with this nourishing drink. Lassi made with the goodness of yogurt, bananas
Watch the Video here: How to make Banana Walnut Lassi
Banana Walnut Lassi
7. Arbi Kofta with Mint Yoghurt DipRecipe by Chef Sandeep Yadav
Tired of eating potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner when fasting? Try this delicious Arbi Kofta recipe that is a a perfect tea-time snack for you.
8. Vratwale Chawal Ka DhoklaRecipe by Niru Gupta Arbi Kofta with Mint Yoghurt Dip
A fresh recipe that gives you a break from the usual fried pakoras
made with samwat ke chawal
. A healthy way to fast.
9. Kebab-e-KelaRecipe by Niru Gupta Vrat wale Chawal Ka Dhokla
Fasting need not be boring anymore! Spiced banana kebabs that perfectly melt in your mouth and please your soul.
10. Sonth ki ChutneyRecipe by Chef Niru Gupta Kebab-e-Kela
A perfect accompaniment to your regular pakodas
and even with your vrat-friendly snacks.
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Enjoy these delightful recipes this festive season and make sure you spread the joy and cheer across friends and family!