Fasting, or "vrat," is a cherished tradition in Indian culture, particularly during the auspicious festival of Navratri. It's a time when devotees channel their creativity into the kitchen to whip up delightful, fast-friendly dishes. These recipes are not only delicious but also spiritually significant, each entailing a unique history of its own. Given the religious rules and dietary restrictions that one needs to keep in mind during these auspicious nine days, let's explore some delightful fasting recipes and their secrets to whip up a feast during this special time.
Scroll further for a glimpse into our treasure trove of Navratri recipes.
Lapsi A sweet and hearty wheat-based dessert, lapsi is the ideal treat to break your fast. It's made with broken wheat, ghee and jaggery. This comforting dish is quick to prepare, and it's believed to provide a sustained source of energy during the fast.
Raw Banana Farali Tikki Craving a crunchy snack? Look no further. These tikis are made with raw bananas, water chestnut flour and a blend of aromatic spices. They're not only easy to make but are also a great source of potassium, ensuring you meet your daily requirement of nourishment to keep your spirits high, without compromising on taste..
Sabudana Atta Dahi Bhalle Yes we know that sabudana is very commonly consumed during the festival. But we like to go a little beyond the normal sabudana tikki an dkhichadi to bring to you this wholesome sabudana atta dahi bhalle. Soaked in yogurt and garnished with tangy chutneys, this chaat is a light and protein-rich dish that aids digestion and keeps you energised through the day.
Samak Atta Gulab Jamun Indulge your sweet tooth with these gulab jamuns made from samak atta (also known as barnyard millet). These soft, sugary orbs are soaked in fragrant rose syrup satisfying your sweet tooth in no time. Plus, the millet flour offers a gluten-free alternative, perfect for those with dietary restrictions.
Raw Banana Fry And after the sweet if, you’d like to balance the flavour with something savoury, try these crispy raw banana fries. Thinly sliced and seasoned with a blend of spices, these fries are rich in fibre and essential nutrients, making this dish a wholesome choice for guilt-free snacking, not just during Navratri, but anytime.
So, this Navratri, embark on a culinary journey filled with delicious, fasting-friendly recipes that not only satisfy your cravings but also honour the age-old tradition of vrat. Happy cooking and feasting!
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