5 special dishes to enjoy this festive season


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Devotees who stay fast during Navratri avoid meat, grains, alcohol, onion and garlic among others which are generally known as tamasik food.

Navratri festival kicked off across the country. The nine-day festival is dedicated to the worship of nine incarnations of Goddess Durga, known as Navdurga. Apart from religious festivities, food is also an integral part of the Navratri season.

Traditionally, the consumption of alcohol and non-vegetarian foods is considered inauspicious on this holy festival. Devotees, those who stay fast during Navratri stay away from meat, grain, alcohol, onion and garlic among others generally known as tamasic food. Generally, the faithful eat sattvic food during Navratri.

During the Navratri season, delicacies such as ‘Sabudana khichdi, kuttu ki Poori’ and ‘vrat wale aloo’, as well as ‘kheer’ are cooked in the majority of Indian households. Ingredients like ‘kuttu atta’, yogurt, ‘singhara atta’, milk and dried fruits are preferred as they are light on the stomach and easy to digest.

If you’re looking for ideas to elevate Navratri spread, here are five recipes you need to try at home.

sabudana khitchdi

Loaded with starch or carbs, Sabudana gives you a much-needed energy boost during fasting. Sabudana, peanuts and spices unite and serve you a bowl of aromatic and delicious ‘khichdi’. Sabudana is a diverse ingredient, you can use it for savory or sweet dishes, like “sabudana kheer” or “sabudana vada”.

Vrat Wale Aloo

Aloo (potatoes) dominate our Navratri meals like no other. To match the customs of fasting during Navratri, aloo is made with rock salt or sendha namak, tomatoes, chillies and a range of subtle spices. It is a common item for lunch and dinner.

Kuttu ki Poori

Crispy and warm Pooris made with ‘kuttu’ or buckwheat flour are perfect to accompany a bowl of potato curry. Prepare this delicious Poori for a hearty Navratri lunch.

Makhana Kheer

You can’t run out of sweets during the festive season, and Navratri is no different. A bowl of kheer loaded with makhana and nuts sounds delicious, right? Believe us, this recipe will make your fast even more interesting. Makhana or fox nut kheer is prepared with milk and sugar as well as dried fruits.

Shakarkandi halwa

An easy and quick dessert, the Shakarkandi Halwa recipe is gluten-free and is perfect during ‘vrats’ or fasts, especially Navratris. This recipe should be your go-to when you crave something sweet and nutritious.

Happy Navratri 2022!


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