Why Is Navratri Celebrated?

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Navratri is celebrated to honor the nine forms of Goddess Durga. The literal meaning of Navratri is ‘nine nights’. This Hindu festival is celebrated differently in different parts of India.

The reason for celebration is the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishassura(a demon with the head of buffalo). The fight continued for nine days and nine nights and Durga emerged victorious on the tenth day.

In India, the festival falls between September 2015 and October 2015. On the tenth day, Dussehra is celebrated which signifies victory of good over evil.

It is celebrated in different parts of India in the form of Garbha-Dandiya, Golu, Ramlila and Durga Puja. It is one of the most important Indian festival.

The nine forms of Goddess Shakti (Durga) are worshipped during these days. People worship for knowledge, prosperity, wealth and auspiciousness.

Besides its significance, the festival is also known for its unique cuisine during the fasting period.

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Start Eating Healthy This Navratri

If you want to start positive and good habits, the best way to do it is eating right food. In this article, we will tell you about some great ingredients that can help you in getting fit and healthy. This Navratri commit yourself to include these delicious foods in your diet. We are sure you will enjoy these.

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  • Yogurt: Yogurt is a probiotic food. It contains healthy bacteria which helps in strengthening the digestive system. It also helps in improving the body’s immune system which protects the body against different kinds of infections.

Try the Dahi(Yogurt) Waale Aaloo recipe specially meant for vrat(fast)>>>Dahi Waale Aaloo

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  • Oats: Oats are a great option for breakfast. It helps you get slim as it is rich in fiber and helps in keeping you full thus avoiding overeating. It also helps greatly in weight management. It is also beneficial for those who are diabetic or have blood sugar. They are a great energy booster.

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  • Beans: Beans are rich in protein. They also contain fiber and iron. It’s a great food for vegetarians as it provides good amount of protein. Due to its high fiber content, it protects the heart and brings the cholesterol down.

Tasty Rajama(Beans) Masala recipe>>>Rajma Masala

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  • Blueberry: Blueberries can be called super foods in true sense. They help in the prevention of cancer due to their anti-oxidant content. They help in managing blood pressure and also helps in preventing heart disease and heart attack. It also helps in keeping your lipid profile in control and prevents the formation of plaque in the arteries.

Try the Blueberry Porridge>>>Blueberry Porridge

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  • Pineapples: A fruit that is rich in nutrients. It has high levels of vitamin C and also contains bromelain which improves immunity. Due to high levels of anti-oxidants, it is great for heart. Those who want healthy skin and a strong digestive system should include this fruit in the diet.

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  • Walnuts: If you want something to boost your brain and heart, then walnuts are great for you. They are rich in omega 3 and increase the cognitive and motor ability of brain. They contain antioxidants which protect free radical damage of the cells. It also helps in improving good fat (lipid).

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  • Pomegranate: Pomegranate contains polyphenols which fight heart diseases. It also reduces blood pressure. It also contains a lot of anti-oxidants that protect the body and reduce stress levels.

Try this Anaar(Pomegranate) Ka Raita which contains curd as well>>>Anaar Ka Raita

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  • Green Tea: Green tea is a super food which is rich in antioxidants which help fight oxidative stress. It detoxifies the body and protects the heart and brain. It also helps in improving physical performance and also the stress levels are reduced. It protects the body from different kinds of cancers and also protects the brain.

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  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, A, folic acid and lycopene. It also reduces the risk of many kinds of cancer. The potassium present in tomatoes lowers blood pressure. Tomatoes help in improving complexion and make the skin nourishing.

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  • Broccoli: Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and potassium. It builds your immunity and strengthens digestive system. It also fights cancer and is rich in vitamin K which maintains bone health.

Try this Broccoli Salad>>>Broccoli Salad

Unique Indian Spices

Indian food is known for its distinctive taste and aroma. The delicious Indian food consists of a combination of herbs, flavors and spices. In this article you will find some of the best spices of Indian cuisine. You can try all the spices and explore the variety of tastes present in Indian Cuisine.

TURMERIC

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This Indian spice is bright yellow and can be found both in South Indian and North Indian cooking. This unique spice is made from an Indian plant that belongs to the ginger family. It is made by boiling, drying, cleaning and polishing the roots of turmeric plants. It was known as Indian saffron in medieval Europe. In those days, it was very expensive as compared to present saffron spice. It is primarily used in Kashmiri dishes.

CORIANDER

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Coriander powder is popularly known as ‘Dhaniya’ in India. It is available in powdered form or as whole seeds. Fresh coriander, also known as ‘cilantro’ is widely used in Indian Cuisine. The seeds of coriander are used as condiment. Coriander has a sweet and delicate aroma. It can be found in every household of India. It is used in Rasam, Dals, Soups, Curries and Sambar. Many a times, the fresh coriander leaves are used for garnishing finished dishes. Coriander originated in Mediterranean but is found in India and other countries.

CUMIN

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Cumin is also known as ‘Jeera’ in Indian continent. It is available in whole seed form or powdered form. It comes from an annual herb that grows in many parts of the world. Cumin is found in Syria, Egypt, Iran, Mediterranean and India. It also grows in China, Malta, Sicily and Mexico. It is used as a flavoring agent in Indian cooking. It is widely used in preparations that include curry powders, bread seasoning, cheese and cakes and also as a condiment. It is used in small quantities to enhance the taste of the dish. It is being used since 2nd century B.C.

MUSTARD SEEDS

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Mustard seeds are produced from an annual herb. They can be used in vegetables, as flavors or as spices. They have variable colors and sizes which include pale yellow, tiny black, brown or white balls. When they are roasted, they release their full flavors. In South India, they are used as Tadka(for increasing flavor) while cooking. The yellow or white mustard comes from southern Europe while brown mustard comes from China. Black mustard seeds have their origin in Southern Mediterranean region.

CURRY

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Curry leaves are found on curry tree. Curry is used in South-Indian dishes to add flavor and fragrance. It is grown throughout South India and is used in dry or fresh. It is used as a sauce for many Indian recipes. Curry is also used in marinating tikka and tandoori kebabs. The bark of a curry tree and its roots can be used as a stimulant or tonic. According to researchers, curry has its origins before Christ.

 

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