Navratri Fast Spl: Best dishes to enjoy during fast

Navratri Fast Spl: Best dishes to enjoy during fast

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 in Hinduism, 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, milk, yogurt and makhanas 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 ki Khichdi: Sabudana is full of starch or carbohydrates which gives you the much needed energy boost while fasting. A light dish made with sabudana, peanuts and mild spices.

2. Kuttu ke atte ki puri ya Dosa: 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 filling.

3. Singhare ke atte ka samosa ya halwa: Feast while fasting! Your favorite tea time snack made with fasting ingredients like water chestnut flour, sendha namak and a filling of spiced chironji.

4. Aloo ya papad ki Kadhi: Tuck into the soothing flavors of this light and lovely curry made with the ever-so-versatile potatoes and hung curd.

5. Kala Chana Sundal: Black chickpea is all time favorite recipes for vrat. Gives you all the protein and energy required along with taste.

6. Makhane ki Kheer: Desserts inspire a cheer, here’s for you low fat kheer recipe made with makhana and nuts. Indulge without worrying about the weighing scale!

7. Khire ke pakode: Cool cucumbers fried crisp! These pakoras are one of the most loved fasting recipes. We bet you cannot stop at one bite!

8. Banana Walnet Lassi or Dry fruit milkshake: Charge up with this nourishing drink. Lassi made with the goodness of yogurt, bananas, honey and walnuts.

9. Aloo paneer ke kofte: Paneer an ever-green ingredient which can make you food healthy and exotic. Combination of paneer and aloo can bring a refreshing change in vrat menu.

10. Fruit Chaat: Chatpati meaning sweet and sour dishes are all time favorite of people. Can bring in apple, banana, sweet potato, mango and add bit of chaat masala, lemon and roasted cumin powder and enjoy the tangy healthy dish.

11. Apple halwa or pudding: Sugar rush is important during fast. You can grapple on apple halwa full of healthy benefits and taste.

12. Kabab-e-kela: Missing all the kababs during fast? Spiced banana kebabs that perfectly melt in your mouth and please your soul.

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