This is the time of the year when goddess Durga is embellished with bangles, flowers, kumkum and jewelled clothes. In the morning, prayers are offered which are accompanied with synchronised bells. The space is filled with aroma of pure butter. Navratri, which is one of the biggest Hindu festival is celebrated throughout the country with great pomp and show. Different avatars of Goddess Durga are worshipped for nine days. It is believed that Goddess Durga has nine incarnations. Each female deity means distinct power. Navratri means nine nights in which we worship Goddess Durga and fast is observed by most of the people. The festival is celebrated twice every year. Once, when the spring starts and at the start of autumn. During this period, most people don’t eat non-veg while many others don’t eat garlic and onion.
In most parts of North, western and central India, fast is observed on all nine days. Some people fast on first and last day of Navratri only. By fasting, we pay our gratitude to Goddess. It is unholy for Hindus to consume alcohol and non-vegetarian food. During the time of fasting, the people don’t eat meat, grains, onion, alcohol, garlic etc. According to Ayurveda, these food attract negative energies. They should be avoided if there is a seasonal change. Our bodies have low immunity at that time. We can use rock salt instead of regular salt. We can also use sendha namak as it is unprocessed and pure.
In this article, we have collected a list of fasting recipes. Let us discuss them one by one:-
- Sabudana Khichdi
Sabudana is full of carbohydrates/starch. It gives a great boost to your energy while fasting. Its a light dish prepared with peanuts, sabudana and spices.
- Kuttu Ka Dosa
This is a crisp dosa recipe that is prepared with kuttu ka atta with filling of potato. Here’s the recipe:
- Singhare ke Atte ka SamosaThis is a favourite tea time snack which is prepared with fasting ingredients that include sendha namak, flour and spiced chironji.
- Aloo ki KadhiThis is a light and lovely curry that is very soothing. It is prepared with versatile potatoes.
- Makhana KheerDesserts are a great way to make you cheerful. This is a low fat makhana kheer. You can indulge in it without caring about your weight.
- Banana Walnut LassiLassi is a nourishing drink. Lassi is prepared with bananas, yogurt, walnuts and honey.
- Arbi KoftaThis is a perfect tea time snack that you can try during Navratris.
- Keerai VadaiKeerai vadai is very easy recipe. It is a very crispy snack that is prepared with spinach, urad dal and fresh coriander. Here’s the recipe
- Besan LadooBesan ladoo recipe is an easy and gluten free Indian sweet that is prepared with khoya, chickpea flour, nuts and ghee. Learn to make besan ladoo with this easy recipe.
- Mawa PedaThis is a rich sweet prepared for festivals like navratri, holi and diwali. Learn to make mawa peda(khoya peda) with this simple recipe.
Kolkata, which is the cultural capital of India, is a foodie’s heaven. It is a great destination for those who love sweets. Bengali sweets are famous and don’t need any introduction. The spicy, mouth-watering, tangy dishes that one can get in Kolkata. In addition, you can get a variety of traditional Tibetian and Chinese food in Kolkata.
In this article, we have collected 10 places that you must visit to have an exciting food experience.
- Zaika, Park Street
‘Kathi Rolls’ were first invented in Kolkata. This shop, which is known as Zaika is the place where these delicious stuffing wrapped in thin roti were invented. These can be found in every city of India now. There have been many variations of this dish. The original Kathi Rolls are still available at Zaika. If you want to try delicious rolls, you can go to Nizam’s, Badshah, Kusum’s and Hot Kathi Roll.
- Dacre Lane/Dacre Street
Dacre Lane is one of the most popular food point of Kolkata. This lane has everything that you want to try. It has a range of Chinese, Punjabi and Bengali dishes. The dishes available here include Fishroll,Chowmein, luchi-alu dom, Schezwan chicken, Puchkas, Ghugni and Jhali Muri. The food available here is one of the best Street Food of the world.
- China Town, Tiretti Bazaar
This is a place for Chinese cuisine that has traditionally cooked food. Chinese breakfast, which consists of soup and rice dumplings is one of the most sought Chinese dish. One can also find the Indian version of this Chinese dish. Chinese Breakfast, which consists of soup and rice dumplings is a dish that is very sought after. One can also find Indian version of these Chinese dishes.
- Tiwari Brothers, Burrabazaar
If you like tea over coffee, then you should go to Tiwari Brothers. Here you will find ‘special chai’ and samosas. Its a great combination that is very delicious.
- Vivekananda Park
If you want to visit a place in Kolkata where puchkas are available, then you should visit Vivekananda Park. Kolkata street food is famous for dahi puchkas, dum aloo puchkas and papri chat.
- Fairlie Place
This is the business hub of Calcutta. The street is filled with stalls that sell chats and full meals. The most famous dish however is Luchi-Alu Dom. Luchi is just like puris and Alu Dom is similar to Dum Aloo.
- Anadi Cabin
Anadi Cabin is famous for its Mughlai Parathas, which are rotis stuffed with large amount of chicken keema, onions, cutlets and eggs. Although, the dish is available in other parts of Calcutta too but Anadi Cabin serves the best ones.
- Lord’s More
If you go to South City Mall, there are a lot of eating points opposite South City Mall that must be visited. A variety of dishes are available here including puchkas, momos, chaat, bakeries, sweet shops etc.
- Mitra Cafe
Mitra cafe is famous for its Mutton Kabiraji cutlet. This cutlet is filled with minced mutton wrapped in egg. It is deep fried and is perfect for all non-veg lovers. The dishes available here include Fish chops, Fish fingers and Moghlai Parathas. There are different kinds of rolls available here.
- Golpark Crossing
One of the speciality of Kolkata is Fish Fry. If you want to try the Fish Fry, you must visit Golpark 5-point crossing. It sells the best fish fries ever.
Every Indian loves food. Indians use food as a stress buster in difficult times. Whenever, a festive season comes, we are ready with lots of sweets, snacks and other items. Indians are fond of good food and each time we are depressed or low, we take solace in food.
There is a wide variety of foods available in India due to its diversity in culture. In this blog post, we have collected a list of Indian foods that are very popular.
- Moong Dal Khichdi
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This is one dish that is loved by all. This dish has a lot of variants available. This is a perfect mix of dal and chawal. This dish is very easy to prepare. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2vOcrYA
- Bread Pakodas
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This is a great snack for the people of Delhi. This everyday snack is prepared with bread. It is usually filled with spiced potatoes. It is deep fried and dipped in batter. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2waa2CL
- Idli Sambar
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Rice Idlis are immersed in hot sambhar, thus making you feel warm and protected. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2wKbuxH
- Pakoras and Chai
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Pakoras and Chai are perfect combination of chilli and spices. Here’s the recipe of pakoras: http://bit.ly/2gN1JLf
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These are potato stuffed, crispy and can easily fulfill one’s hunger pangs. Two or three samosas are enough to satiate your hunger. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2eNd3q1
- Rajma Chawal
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Rajma Chawal is a filling dish that is very comforting. It is a perfect food for the kitchen. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2j5r7MR
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This dish can be had any time of the day. May it be dinner, lunch or breakfast. The Gujaratis love this food. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2waU3V6
- Gulab Jamun
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This is a classic Indian sweet/dessert which is famous and is enjoyed in most celebration/festive meals. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gNKeKD
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If you need a dish that is quick, crisp and melts in the mouth, then Jalebi is perfect for you. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/1NfNoAg
- Tandoori Chicken
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This Indian dish has its roots in Mughalai cuisine. This tandoori chicken recipe is prepared by marinating in yogurt, spices and grilling to perfection. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2wLnVJA