Mother’s Day & It’s Special Dishes

Mother’s Day is a day when you bring flowers, gifts and thanking mom for doing what she has done throughout all these years. But there was a time when it was a way for women to pursue peace and mourn fallen soldiers.

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The Mother’s Day that is celebrated in modern times is not something that is something new. These kind of celebrations go back to the ancient times of Romans and Greeks. During that time, the festivals were celebrated in honour of goddesses Cybele and Rhea. But, it is also true that these old celebrations have nothing to do with modern day’s Mother’s Day.

The origin of this day dates back to Civil War when a woman named Ann Reeves Jarvis started a club for mothers in West Virginia. The goal of this club was to lower infant mortality rate by teaching local women to take care of children, fight disease and improve sanitary conditions. By the end of Civil War, the organisation was transformed into a peace-focused movement called “Mother’s Friendship Day”, which involved bringing together Union and Confederate soldiers. Around the same time, women around the country organised their own Mother’s Day. In the 18 70’s, Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist from Michigan started a local Mother’s Day celebration.

It was only during early 1900s that Mother’s Day was recognised nationally. Ann Reeves Jarvis daughter, Anna Jarvis wanted a holiday that honours her mother who died in 1905. In 1908, Jarvis had a financial backing for Mother’s Day celebration at a church of West Virginia. In 1912 she quit her job and found Mother’s Day International Association. Several towns and churches adopted Mother’s day as annual holiday and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared it as official holiday. Since, then it has evolved into its present form of celebrations. In this blog post, we have collected a list of recipes for mother’s day:-

  • Ham And Cheese Pinwheels

     

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    This appetiser is very easy to prepare and is a crowd pleaser. I would always prefer this flaky, buttery crescent roll in place of sandwich bread.

  • Herbed Quiche With Blue Cheese

     

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    The quiche has a perfect balance of fresh herbs, cream and blue cheese. It is baked in a pastry shell. It is very delicious. It can be had alone or combined with salad and a glass of white wine.

  • Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

     

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    This is a rich and indulgent cake that is perfect for a special occasion like Mother’s Day. The combination of strawberries, vanilla and cream is awesome.

  • Cannoli Cheesecake

     

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    This Cannoli Cheesecake is studded with mini chocolate chips. It is topped with waffle cones and is perfect for Mother’s Day.

  • Ham and Cheese Croissant Sandwich

     

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    Croissants can be used in place of cubed white bread in this traditional breakfast casserole. This dish goes well with soups, stews, brunch or breakfast.

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Bread Pudding

     

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    Try this combination of bread pudding and cheesecake. This is a light and delicious dessert that is easy to prepare.

Celebrate Holi With These Traditional Dishes

The Hindu festival of Holi is also known as the “Festival of colors”. The festival of Holi is a very important event in India. This year Holi will begin on March 1 and ends on March 2.

The festival has its origins in Asia but it is now celebrated throughout the world.

Whats unique about this festival is the tradition of spraying water and coloured powders on other people.

You will find a lot of images of this festival on Instagram. There are many prominent foods of Holi, that everyone must try. In this article, we have shared some traditional foods of Holi.

  • Gujiya 

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    These are small dumplings that look like small Cornish pasties. They taste sweet and are prepared with Maida having stuffing of khoya, coconut and dry fruits.

  • Dahi Vada 

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    The dahi vada is a snack that is deep fried. It can be served in thick yogurt and served with delicious herbs, flavours like chili powder.

  • Pakora 

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    Pakoras are fried pieces of vegetables covered with batter. The pieces can be of spinach, potato, cheese, meat and vegetables.

  • Barfi 

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    Barfi are delicious treats that are prepared with sugar, ground nuts, flour and condensed milk. They are cooked until they become solid, giving them sweet layer.

  • Phirni 

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    Phirni is also known as kheer in many parts of India. It can serve as a dessert or main meal.

  • Puran Poli 

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    Puran Poli originated in south of India. It is a sweet flat-bread. This is a traditional dish that is prepared with sugar and jaggery. Puran poli may also contain nutmeg and cardamom.

  • Papri Chaat 

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    This popular fast food from North India is very common during Holi. It is a popular Holi food prepared with crispy dough wafers and served with boiled potatoes, chickpeas, yogurt and tamarind chutney.

  • Chana Masala 

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    The dish is prepared with a variety of chickpea called chana. It is commonly found in North India and the West. A lot of spices are added to chickpeas including mango powder, pomegranate seeds etc.

  • Bhaang 

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    This is a favorite drink of Shiv Ji and very popular. Cannabis plants are crushed and combined with milk, spices, mango and refined butter. Bhaang is known for its liberating effects.

  • Shakkar Paara 

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    This is a popular Holi dish. These are small, deep fried wheat flour pieces that are covered with sugar syrup to give it sweet taste.

Chaat: A Holi Special Dish

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Holi is close-by and we all want to consume everything fried and greasy. Some of the major food without which Holi is incomplete include Kachoris, Gujiyas, Namakpare and Mathris. Although, the list of these delicious dishes is very large but chaat items like papdi and dahi bhalla have a unique place. Chaats are popular throughout the year but they become more popular during Holi festival. Although, chaats are popular throughout the year, they reach the peak of popularity in Holi. A typical Holi menu would surely consist of chaat. Yogurt is spread over bhallas and papdis and these are topped with masalas, pomegranate seeds and chutney. A chaat item can change our worst days into happy ones and Holi into a more colourful affair.

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The literal meaning of Chaat is “to lick”, and a nice plate of chaat attracts us to do the same. You will lick your fingers and the plate. There is a long list of chaats including aloo chaat, papri chaat, dahi bhalle, bedmi, dahi puri, phuchka, ragda patties, pav bhaji and bhel puri. The favourite food of all Indians is chaat and this affair is going to last long.

There have been many modifications to the recipe of Chaat. It has travelled to different parts of the country and has made a prominent place in Indian food culture. But chaat was not meant to be as delicious as it is in the present day. Chaat was originally invented for medicinal use. It has a long history of its transformation into present form.

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The origins of Chaat are still unknown but some believe it originated in Bengal, some say it has its origins in Delhi and some say that chaat first originated in Uttar Pradesh.

According to a legend, the dish originated in the courts of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Mughal’s were known for their good taste in food and it is believed that chaats originated from their highly skilled masters in kitchens.

It is also believed that during the 18th century, a lot of people became sick because of food made using polluted water of Yamuna. It was during this time that chillies have entered the food scene of India. So, one of the Hakims advised the cooks to start making chaats. The chaats were prepared using chillies and spices which increased immunity and digestion.

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So, this is the story of chaat. It has travelled from different parts of the country and got much attention. From Maharashtra to Delhi, Chaat has different variations that must be explored by everyone.

Top 10 Recipes for New Year

2017 has come to an end and 2018 will bring in new hopes, ambitions and expectations. The first day of New year is a great time for celebrations. This new year’s eve, if you are planning to have a get-together and have a banging new-year, then you must do so by including these delicious recipes in your party menu.

  • Jalebi

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    If you want to make your celebrations sweet, you should try the jalebi.

  • Murgh Malai Kebab

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    These Kebabs are oven friendly and marinated a night before. These boneless chicken skewers are a great way to celebrate the New Year.

  • Chocolate Mousse

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This recipe is taken from “The Really Good Food Cook Book”. This is an amazing recipe. It can be                    served at most dinner parties and family dinners.

  • Apple Tart

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    Apple Tart is a delicious dessert recipe. It is perfect for New Year. Try this recipe at home. It will be perfect for celebrations.

  • Ginger Soup

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    Soups serve as great starters and Ginger soup helps in congestion and tastes delicious.

  • Chicken Dum Biryani

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    Chicken Dum Biryani is a perfect dish for New Year. Try the Indian Chicken Dum Biryani with this easy recipe.

  • Chicken Samosa

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    Samosa is a very delicious street food of India. This non-vegetarian snack is prepared with chicken filled in samosa shell.

  • Shahi Tukda

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    This is a delicious dessert that is prepared with pieces of bread that are deep fried till golden brown. The pieces are topped with rabdi and garnished with lots of dry fruits and varq.

  • Paneer Makhani

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    This is a Punjabi recipe that is prepared in Punjabi style. It contains a lot of butter and cream. It is a perfect treat for all.

  • Stuffed Mushrooms

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    Stuffed mushroom is a popular recipe for New Year. Follow this easy recipe to prepare stuffed mushroom.

10 Easy Diwali Recipes That Everyone Loves

Diwali is around the corner and it is the time that we can feast fully. India, which is also called the land of festivals is incomplete without its special dishes that are prepared for the occasion. Diwali is close by, and everyone is preparing for the festivities. This festival season can be made more special by preparing delicious recipes at home. These easy and quick recipes for Diwali will surely make you a star of the festival.

  1. Coconut Laddoo 

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    Coconut Laddoos are prepared with shredded coconut, jaggery, peanuts and ragi. These ladoos are healthy and delicious.

  2. Kaju Katli 

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    Diwali is incomplete without Kaju Katli. Here’s an easy recipe for Diwali. This sweet is prepared with cashew nut and milk. It has a topping of silver leaf.

  3. Chakli 

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    This crispy snack is prepared with rice flour. It is round in shape and is prepared in hot oil. This delicious snack is very important for the celebrations of Diwali.

  4. Daal Samosa 

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    If you want to taste your favorite samosas, the Moong Dal samosas can be prepared within an hour. They are best served with chutney and fresh mint.

  5. Bhakarwadi 

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    This is a very sweet and spicy snack of Diwali. Bhakarwadi is prepared with gram flour and is shaped in spiral form. It is stuffed with coconut, poppy seeds and sesame seeds.

  6. Malpua 

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    Malpua is a pancake like dessert that is soaked in syrup before it is served. This version of the dish is prepared with khoya and paneer.

  7. Shahi Tukda 

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    Shahi Tukda is prepared with a mixture of nuts and milk. This Awadhi delicacy is a hit throughout the year.

  8. Mohanthal 

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    This fudge-like dessert is prepared with gram flour. It is prepared during Diwali in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

  9. Patishapta 

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    This Bengali dessert is prepared using maida, rice flour and sooji. It is filled with coconut jaggery.

  10. Mysore Paak 

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    This is an original recipe of Indian dessert called Mysore Pak. Its originated in the Mysore Palace. It is prepared with a mix of sugar, gram flour and desi ghee.

10 Special Navratri Recipes

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
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    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
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    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 Samosabig_247156_1420613059This is a favourite tea time snack which is prepared with fasting ingredients that include sendha namak, flour and spiced chironji.
  • Aloo ki Kadhi21-1445424144-aloo-kadhiThis is a light and lovely curry that is very soothing. It is prepared with versatile potatoes.
  • Makhana Kheer49-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 Lassiwalnut-lassi-10-1491814020Lassi is a nourishing drink. Lassi is prepared with bananas, yogurt, walnuts and honey.
  • Arbi KoftaDSCN0822This is a perfect tea time snack that you can try during Navratris.
  • Keerai Vadaikeerai_vadai1Keerai 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-recipeBesan 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 Pedad262952b1ae8f4c942a54d5df0da1938This is a rich sweet prepared for festivals like navratri, holi and diwali. Learn to make mawa peda(khoya peda) with this simple recipe.

Modak Recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi

It is that time of the year when Lord Ganesha’s anniversary is celebrated. Ganesh Chaturthi will be starting on 25th August, 2017. It will end on 5th September, 2017. When you are planning to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, you need to prepare a lot of special dishes.

In this article, we have collected different recipes of Modak, which is a favorite dish of lord Ganesha.

  • Steamed ModakIMG_7259Steamed Modaks, which are also known as Ukadiche Modaks are prepared in steamer pans. These are the most popular modaks, prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi. These modaks are prepared using rice flour and maida(wheat flour). They are filled with jaggery and grated coconut. Here’s the recipe: https://goo.gl/hjGmxo.
  • Fried ModakfriedmodakThis is another kind of modak, known as patholi. These are prepared with whole wheat flour. These modaks are fried either deep or shallow. They are filled with sweet and chewy coconut filling. Their outer covering is very crispy and crunchy. Here’s the recipe: https://goo.gl/tF5t6q
  • Chocolate Modakchocolate-modak-recipe26Have you ever tried Chocolate modaks? The outer covering of this Modak can be covered with chocolate powder. The filling can be done with dry fruits and coconut. Here’s the recipe: https://goo.gl/GpPpNY
  • Amrit Modakamrit-modakAmrit modaks are Pistachio stuffed modaks that are very flavorful. Here’s the recipe: https://goo.gl/4AA6CK
  • Shrikhand ModakShrikhandModakThese are very easy to make and delicious. These modaks will be a perfect gift for Ganpati Bappa. Here’s the recipe: https://goo.gl/T8p8YL

Raksha Bandhan: Some Delicious Recipes

Any celebration is incomplete without good food. Food is something that we all enjoy and on an occasion like Raksha Bandhan, we can indulge in samosas and mithai, especially Ghevar. In this article, we have collected recipes for this special occasion.

  • Besan Ladoo: Besan Ladoo is a favourite recipe for celebrations like Raksha Bandhan. This recipe will surely make everyone drool. You just need ghee, sugar and besan.

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    Photo Courtesy: Indian Healthy Recipes

  • Chocolate Crunch Cake: Chocolate Crunch Cake, which is also known as Chocolate Biscuit Cake is easy to prepare. No baking is required to prepare this recipe. It is free of eggs and requires marshmallows to prepare. It also requires shortbread and prunes.

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  • Samosas: Everyone loves to consume hot samosas with tea. But too much oil is not good for your health. Baked samosas, which are prepared without deep frying can easily solve the problem.
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  • Pinni: Punjabi pinni can be prepared in many ways including flax seeds, dry fruits and wheat flour.

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  • Tandoori Chaat: A festival like Raksha Bandhan is incomplete without good food. Raksha Bandhan is incomplete without this amazing Tandoori Chaat recipe.

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    Photo Courtesy: The Indian Express

  • Kheer: This is a very traditional Indian/Pakistani dish. Everyone loves this rice pudding.

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  • Phirni: This is a very easy almond and saffron phirni recipe. It is very easy to make. You should refrigerate it and enjoy it in dinner.

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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes of India

  • Hara Bhara Kebab: This recipe is perfect for those going to the gym. This dish can be prepared using chane ki daal, which contains high fibre and spinach, which is a super food filled with protein, minerals and iron.

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  • Kalakand: It is also known as Malai Burfi/Kalakand. This dish is perfect for those who don’t like their dessert to be too sweet.

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  • Chocolate Coffee Cake: This chocolate coffee cake is delicious and is very easy to prepare. Make this cake for your brother this Raksha Bandhan.

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    Photo Courtesy: Jeroxie

10 Iftar Party Recipes

In the month of Ramadan, the Muslims fast for full day. They break their fast in the evening with iftar. This meal needs to be special as it should be high in nutrition to balance the full day of fasting. Most iftar parties are a celebration. Families and friends gather around and have great time together. And that is why we have collected 10 recipes that you must try at home:-

  • Mutton Rezala 

     

    mutton-rezalaThis is one of the most popular recipes in Muslims. This dish is filled with mutton gravy soup and mutton. This is a very special Ramadan recipe.

  • Gosht Ki Dum Biryani 

    Dum BiryaniDum Biryani is one of the favourite main course recipe of iftar party. It is filled with layers of spice, curd and mutton.

  • Malabar Moplah Kozhi Ada 

    ITC Windsor - Moplah 03This is a perfect and traditional snack for teatime. These are filled with chicken, beef or mutton.

  • Mango Kesar Kulfi 

    Mango-Kesar-Pista-KulfiIftar meals are incomplete without desserts. The creamy mango kulfi combines taste of mangoes and pistachios.

  • Manglorean Chicken Ghee Roast 

    mangalore-chicken-ghee-roastIf you feel like eating delicious and spicy food, then Manglorean chicken ghee roast is best for you. It is a fiery red, tangy and spicy meat with many spices added to it.

  • Mini Samosas 

    mini_samosasMini samosas are a very important part of iftar meals. These are deep fried and golden brown in colour. You can have these with chutney to add to the flavour.

  • Kapitan Chicken Curry 

    Nyonya-Style-Chicken-Curry-Kapitan-Chicken-Curry-656x437This is a thicker, richer and drier version of chicken curry. It is perfect for Ramadan.

  • Hara Bhara Kebab 

    maxresdefaultThis is a traditional dish of Ramadan. This vegetarian dish is soft, tender and very delicious. This is a perfect evening snack and is prepared with gram dal and spinach. It is high in minerals, vitamins, iron and protein.

  • Haleem 

    haleem_625x350_71466578197Haleem is a popular dish of Ramadan. It is available in different tastes in various places during Ramadan. This dish is prepared using lentils, wheat and meat.

  • Chicken Shawarma 

    shawarma newThis is a very popular recipe of Middle East. The chicken is baked in yoghurt marinade. It is rolled in pita bread and best served with tahini.

8 Navratri Recipes That You Must Try

It is that part of the year in which goddess Durga idols are decorated with bangles, flowers, kumkum and jewelled attires. Prayers are offered in the morning along with temple bells. Pure butter delicacies fill the space with aroma. One of the biggest Hindu festival, Navratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the country.

Different avatars of Goddess Durga are worshipped during these days.Goddess Durga is believed to have 9 incarnations and each female diety has different power. “Navratri” signifies nine auspicious nights in which we worship Goddess Durga and fast is observed by most of the people. Navratri falls twice in a year, at the beginning of spring and at start of autumn. Most people don’t consume non-veg during Navratri and most people remove garlic and onion.

The fast is observed by most of the people of north, west and central India. Some may fast only in first and last day of festival.

By fasting, people show gratitude to Goddess. In Hinduism, traditionally alcohol and non-veg food are considered unholy but there are scientific reasons behind this as well. People avoid meat, alcohol, onion, garlic, grains etc. From the perspective of Ayurveda, these foods attract negative enrgies. They should be avoided during seasonal change as there is low immunity in the body.

The festival of Navratri, help you in maintaining a healthy diet. Ingredients like singhara, fresh vegetable, yogurt, milk and makhane are consumed during Navratris as tey are light on stomach and can be easily digested. Instead of using regular salt, sendha namak(rock salt) is used as it is unprocessed.

In this article, we have collected some of our favorite recipes of Navratri. Enjoy the recipes:-

  • Sabudana KhichdiSabudana-KhichdiSabudana is filled with carbohydrates which boosts the energy in your body. This is a light dish prepared with spices, peanuts and sabudana.
  • Kuttu Ka Dosa29-x25-kuttudosaMake something different this Navratri. This is a crisp dosa recipe that is made with kuttu ka atta and filling of potato.
  • Singhare ke Atte ka SamosaPhoto Courtesy: WelcomeNRIThis is a favourite snack for tea-time. It is made with ingredients like sendha namak, chestnut flour and spiced chironji filling. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2otF6tA
  • Aloo ki Kadhi24-kadhiThis is a light and lovely curry made with versatile potatoes. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2o0RDIp

  • Makhana Kheer49-Makhana KheerThis is a low-fat kheer made using nuts and makhana. You can indulge in it without worrying about your weight. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2obZnF2
  • Arbi Koftalauki-kofta6 Koftas are perfect for tea-time during Navratris. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2otnaiO
  • KebabsaSm3pvpjU1Make your fasting interesting by following the recipe of kebabs. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mLpe9t

  • Sonth Ki Chutneytamarind-chutney-saunth-chutney4This is perfect companion to bhajjis or pakoras. Enjoy with snacks that are vrat friendly. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2nbNuNl