It’s that time of the year when the most awaited festivals are finally here and there’s festive gusto all around. Navratri which marks the start of the festive season is dedicated to Goddess Durga. From offering prayer to Goddess Durga to enticing delicacies being prepared all around, the zest of Navratri celebrations is unmatchable. This year Navratri celebrations will begin from 7th October and culminate on 15th October. During this 9-day long festival, devotees observe religious fasting and also abstain from eating certain foods. So, in this little guide, we will tell you all about Navratri recipes and which food you should avoid during this time.
The significance of Navratri is such that even before the commencement of Navratri, people start preparing for this extravagant festival. The term Navratri has its roots in the Sanskrit language and literally means nine days. During this period, it is said that Goddess Durga ascends to earth and each day is specially dedicated to one of her avatars. The nine avatars of Goddess Durga include Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandmata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri.
According to myths, Navratri is celebrated to ward off evil as it was Goddess Durga who fought with demon Mahisasur and finally beheaded him on the 10th day which is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijay Dashmi. While the festival is celebrated differently across the country, yet one thing that remains common is mouth-watering Navratri recipes that are prepared all over the country.
Sabudana which is loaded with lots of carbohydrates and proteins is the star ingredient of any vrat. This lip-smacking dish recharges your body so that you can efficiently observe the fast. To make this dish even more delectable, you can add peanuts, coriander leaves and spices to enhance its taste. You can also follow our sabudana khichdi recipe for making this delectable dish.
These soft and delicious poori made with kuttu is an obvious choice for those looking for Navratri recipes. Kuttu ki poori goes best with aloo ki sabzi or fresh curd. You can also enrich the flavours of these nutritious and delectable poori by adding cumin seeds to them.
Delight your taste buds with aloo halwa that we like savouring all the time. Aloo halwa is a Navratri special food that is a perfect treat for sweet lovers. Garnishing aloo halwa with lots of dry fruits like raisins, cashews and almonds make this delectable dish even better.
Another dish that will let you feast even when you are fasting is vrat aloo chaat. This savoury dish is made without onion and garlic and is thus best for the Navratri fast. This special vrat dish made with mild spices will make your mouth water and delight your taste buds to the fullest.
Halwa made with the goodness of singhada flour is a popular dish, especially during the time of Navratri. This delicious dish is rich in nutrients and thus keeps your body energetic to carry out the Navratri fast. You can garnish singhada ka halwa with lots of dry fruits to make it more appealing.
Any Navratri special thali is simply incomplete without the presence of vrat wale aloo. This classic vrat dish is made with very little spices, yet its taste remains unmatchable. You can pair this dish with poori or paratha. So, do not forget to make vrat wale aloo for this festive season. You can also follow our vrat wale aloo recipe for enjoying its taste.
This rajgira paratha tastes as good as those usual parathas which are stuffed with paneer or aloo. Rajgira flour is made with the goodness of amaranth seeds which is loaded with proteins and many nutrients. So, eating rajgira paratha is a healthy treat for all those observing the Navratri fast.
Refresh your mood with this sweet lassi that will leave you drooling. This traditional Punjabi drink is loaded with the goodness of yoghurt and is very essential for keeping your body hydrated during Navratri fasting. You can also add dollops of dry fruits like cashews and nuts to further enhance its taste.
Not mentioning makhana kheer in the list of Navratri recipes would be a sin. Makhana kheer is low in calories and is thus a great choice for weight watchers. So, treat yourself to this delicious dessert and enjoy the festive season to the fullest.
If you are looking for Navratri fast recipes, then fruit salad ought to be there. You can add different fruits such as apple, kiwi, banana and grapes to increase the health profile of fruits salad. Moreover, the best part about fruit salad is that it can be prepared in very little time and without putting in much effort.
Veg Pongal is a South Indian dish that is also a special offering during the Navratri celebrations. This dish is made with moong dal and rice. Veg Pongal is rich in proteins and also nourishes your body with other nutrients. You can enjoy this dish with sambar or chutney.
This decadent dessert from South India has its fan base all over the country. Rava Kesari is made with semolina, ghee, nuts, and sugar. It is one of the best desserts that is a special part of the Navratri fasting food list. This dish keeps you energized throughout the fasting period.
Anyone who enjoys eating South Indian cuisine must have heard about appam. You can even make this delectable dish during Navratri. Just keep in mind that you are not adding onion or garlic to appam batter so that you adhere to the Navratri fasting rules.
Here is a treat for sweet lovers! Coconut barfi is made with the goodness of coconut and is thus very healthy for all. You can make coconut barfi with condensed milk, cardamom powder, sugar and coconut. You can also follow our coconut barfi recipe for making it during this festive season.
Kuttu Dosa! Yeah, you have heard it right. Kuttu is a versatile ingredient that can be used for making a number of delicious dishes and one of them is kuttu dosa. This dish is very easy to digest and is ideal for breakfast. Pair kutto dosa with coconut chutney and sambar and delight your taste buds with its flavours.
There is an age-old tradition according to which people observe a religious fast during Navratri. However, there are certain fasting rules that you must follow for observing Navratri fast. We have listed some of the rules here:
1. According to Navratri fasting rules, you must not eat garlic and onion.
2. There are only some ingredients that you can use during Navratri fasting. These ingredients include kuttu ka atta, sabudana, rajgira ka atta, sama ke chawal ka atta and shinghade ka atta.
3. You must use sendha namak instead of common salt for making delicious Navratri recipes.
4. You must not drink alcohol or eat non-vegetarian food during the Navratri fast.
So, enjoy this festive season by making these delectable Navratri recipes. All of these delicious dishes are sure to delight your taste buds. Team BetterButter wishes you and your family Happy Navratri!
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Saumya Srivastava is a passionate reader who likes writing poetry. She is an avid foodie who keeps exploring new types of cuisine. Besides, she also has a strong love for literature.