What to Eat and What Not to Eat during Navratris!

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Navratri, the nine-day long festival in honor of Maa Durga has started. These nine days are devoted to the nine incarnations of Durga Maa. A holy color is also fixed for each of the nine days. For the first day of Navratri-Red color is auspicious, for the second day – Royal Blue, the third day-yellow, the fourth day-green, the fifth day-gray, the sixth day-orange, the seventh day-white, the eight day -pink and the ninth day- light blue. Many people wear clothes according to these colors. When it comes to the law of Navratri, it is very important to know what to eat and what not to eat during the fast: 

1) Nuts

Nuts such as cashew nuts, raisins, almonds, pistachios, peanuts, walnuts and chilagosa can be eaten during Navratras. The best thing about nuts is that they give you instant energy and keep you active all day long.

 

2) Dairy Products

Dairy products such as milk, curd, cheese, white butter and cream can be taken in these nine days but if you do not want to increase your weight, avoid having butter and cream.

 

3) Dough

In Navratri, you can stay away from gluten which is beneficial for your health in many ways. So you can make tasty roti and puri with kuttu, singhara or Rajgir flour.

What you cannot eat- wheat, rice, semolina, gram flour, corn flour and millet

What you can eat – Kuttu, Singhada or Rajgir flour, Samak rice

 

4) Spices

You cannot eat coriander and turmeric but chillies, rock salt, pepper and cumin powder can be used. Some people do not eat cumin during these days. People differ and their beliefs differ. Green cardamom can also be eaten.

 

5) Fruits

You can eat a healthy and colorful salad made from fruits such as pomegranate, banana, apple, papaya and watermelon because they contain plenty of antioxidants. Make fruit raita or eat fruits as a snack.

 

6) Vegetables

When we talk about vegetables, the options are less. One can eat colocasia, sweet potato, gourd, tomato, pumpkin, cucumber, radish and potatoes during these holy days. While beans, eggplant, mushroom, leek, garlic and onions are absolutely forbidden. Some people live in this illusion that spinach can be eaten or not? You can of course eat this nutritious vegetable in the fast.

 

7) Oil

In North India, refined and mustard (sarson) oil is used the most. However, mustard oil cannot be consumed on these days, only ghee, vegetable oil and peanut oil can be used.

 

8) Sugar

Although  natural sugar can be eaten, but if your weight increases by eating potatoes and fried things, it is better to use brown sugar or honey instead of white sugar.

 

9) Some Other Foods

Coconut water, coconut, maize, sago recipes, almonds and cashew shake (milk) are also good options to have during the fast. 

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