Holi: 8 Recipes for This Festive Season

Balloons filled with water colors, guns loaded with water, the arrival of spring bringing hope and beginning of new season, the plates filled with gujiyas, the playing of old and new songs. This is how we have been celebrating Holi. And every year, people celebrate it with great enthusiasm.

According to mythology, “Holi” has been derived from the word “Holika”, which is the name of the evil sister of demon king Hirankashyap. On the eve of Holi, a bonfire is lit which signifies “Holika Dahan” and that’s when the celebrations start.

The festival is celebrated differently in different regions of India. For eg. In Mathura, the festival lasts for more than a week. There, it is known as ‘lath mar Holi’, in which women beat men with sticks and sing songs.

In South India, Kaamdeva(the God of love) is worshiped and in West Bengal, Holi is better known as “Swing Festival” and representations of Krishna and Radha are worshiped.

When we talk about Holi, what comes to our mind is gujiyas, kachoris, papads, and much more. A festival in India is incomplete without food. And that is why, in this article we are giving you some of the favourite Holi dishes.

  1. Gujiya

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Holi is incomplete without its favorite sweet, Gujiya. Sugar dripping gujiyas are a dish, native to Rajasthan. These sweet dumplings are made of maida/flour. These are filled with delicious khoya and dry fruits.

Try these different recipes this Holi:-

 

  1. Malpuas

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This is North India’s traditional sweet. It is an Indian dessert, just like a pancake. It is dipped in sugar and fried.

  1. Bhaang Ke Pakore

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This is a favorite drink of Holi and is very intoxicating. Lord Shiva used to consume this drink and that is why, it is considered to be very auspicious.

  1. Thandai

Thandai

Thandai is a traditional Holi drink. The drink is a combination of fragrance and fennel. It naturally cools your body. It is a welcoming drink for the guests on this auspicious day.

  1. Gol Gappa/Paani Puri

Gol Gappa

You don’t need to go to food stalls anymore. You can now make them at home. A must have this Holi.

  1. Dal Kachori

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This is one of the most popular snacks of North India. It is filled with arhar dal and spices. They are fried crispy.

  1. Dahi Bhalla

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A festival is incomplete without tasty Dahi Bhalla/Dahi Vada.

  1. Shakkar Paare/Namak Paare

Namak Paare

Holi will always give you hunger pangs. And to meet your hunger pangs Shakkar Paare and Namak Paare are a perfect snack.

So, have a very Happy and safe Holi and don’t forget to try these recipes.

 

Basant Panchmi and Some Interesting Facts

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Photo Courtesy: indiaforum

Basant Panchmi comes in the Hindu Magh period and means that spring is coming. The chilling cold makes way for fresh and gentle breeze. People get into attires with different shades of yellow to celebrate this day. It seems that the whole world opens the arms for the spring season.

Here are some things you did not know about this beautiful festival:-

  1. Basant Panchmi signifies the start of fifth day of Maagh every year. ‘Basant’ signifies spring and ‘Panchmi’ means the fifth day on which it falls.
  2. Spring is the best of all the seasons as it is free from excessive heat, cold and rain. It is considered as the king of all the seasons.
  3. Basant Panchmi marks the birth of Saraswati who is the Goddess of knowledge, art, education, music and culture.
  4. According to the belief and traditions, offerings are made to Goddess Saraswati, just before the Basant Panchami as it is believed that the Goddess would be joining the celebrations the following day.
  5. As the tradition goes, on this day, children are taught to write their first word. It is considered auspicious as Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on this day.
  6. The color yellow is of great significance on this day. It is also known as ‘Basanti’ color. It is a symbol of energy, optimism, prosperity and light. People wear yellow clothes and make traditional yellow dishes.
  7. According to the tradition, snakes are fed with milk on Basant Panchmi to bring wealth and prosperity.
  8. Basant Panchmi is incomplete without popular sweets. Some well-known Basant Panchmi sweets include:-
  1. On this day, a log is placed in public place. And devotees add twigs and other flammable things in the next 40 days. The pyre that is formed is lit on Holi.
  2. Kite flying is the favorite sport of Indians and people fly kites to celebrate Basant Panchmi.

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Makar Sankranti and Its Traditional Recipes

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Photo Courtesy: happymakarsankranti

Makar Sankranti is the first festival of New Year in the Indian Continent. It is also known as Pongal or Uttarayan in other parts of India. We see the first cold wind rushes of the New Year on this day. People celebrate Makar Sankranti by flying kites and enjoying traditional recipes.

Makar Sankranti is the beginning of zodiac sign Makara(Capicorn). The new Zodiac calendar begins this day. This day also marks the arrival of Vasantaritu. The new season of harvesting of crops is marked by this day. On this day some special sweets are prepared.

In this article, we have collected some special sweets for Makar Sankranti.

  1. Til Ke Laddoo
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Photo Courtesy: youtube

Sesame seeds are very much available in this season. Laddoos and other sweets prepared with Sesamea are favorite during Makar Sankranti.

Til Laddoo Recipe

 

  1. Paatishaapta

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Paatishaapta is a Bengali delicacy. It’s a sweet crepe or pancake filled with khoya, date palm jaggery and coconut. It is a delicious treat of Makar Sankranti.

Paatishaapta Recipe

 

  1. Chikki

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Chikki is something that you must try once in your life and once you will have it, you will be addicted to its taste. Chikki is a typical dessert made of jaggery or caramelized sugar and dry fruits like cashews, peanuts and almonds.

Chikki Recipe

 

  1. Sweet Pongal

Sweet Pongal

The best sweets for Sankranti are Rice and Jaggery. We can add cashews, raisins, cardamom and green gram dal to give you a great dessert. Sweet Pongal is a great sweet for Makar Sankranti.

Sweet Pongal Recipe

 

  1. Sooji Halwa

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Sooji Halwa is a Semolina thickened pudding that is made of milk, cream and dry fruits. It is served as Prashad for friends and family.

Sooji Halwa Recipe

 

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Lohri and Its Traditional Recipes

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Photo Courtesy: journeymart

Lohri is celebrated in the Indian-Northern states when the winter reaches its peak. On this day people are busy preparing for Lohri, a bonfire festival which is much awaited. This festival is celebrated to celebrate the Rabi crop harvesting

Lord Agni, the Hindu God of fire is worshipped on this day. The day is also marks the winter solstice-the day with the longest night and shortest day. On this day, the end of winter starts and it also signifies the onset of the spring season i.e. longer days and shorter nights return.

Lohri is celebrated with family get-together and offering of food to holy fire. A traditional ritual of lighting the bonfire is performed on this day. People dance to the dhol beats, sing folklore, fly kites and enjoy delicious food.

Here we have assembled some traditional food recipes for Lohri.

  1. Til Laddoo

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Til Ladooos is a delicious recipe of Lohri. This mouth-watering sweet is prepared with jaggery and roasted sesame seeds.

Til Laddoo Recipe

 

  1. Til ki Chikki

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Til ki Chikki is a crunchy snack and is perfect for your food cravings between the meals. It is prepared with sesame seeds and sugar.

Til ki Chikki Recipe

 

  1. Pindi Chana

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This dish contains boiled chickpeas soaked in masalas and perfectly cooked. It is easily and quickly prepared. It is a great treat for everyone.

Pindi Chana Recipe

 

  1. Til Ki Burfi

Til Burfi

This sweet is prepared with a very little ingredients and is delicious, crunchy and sugary. All you need is some sesame seeds, khoya, sugar and ghee and you get a delightful dish.

Til Ki Burfi Recipe

 

  1. Dry Fruit Chikki

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Winters in India are incomplete without Chikki. They are a favorite comfort food prepared with nuts like peanuts, cashews, walnuts and peanuts. It can be prepared real fast and enjoyed with a cup of tea.

Dry Fruit Chikki Recipe

New Year Special: 10 Halwa Recipes

On this occasion of New Year, we bring to you different styles and variations of Halwas that are made in India.

Halwa is a delicious pudding prepared from fruits, vegetables and cereals. This Indian pudding is usually made in ghee which gives it a very good taste. Many dry fruits such as almonds, pistachios, cashews and raisins are added to halwa making it very rich.

Halwa is best enjoyed with a combination of aloo and poori. It is a favorite festive food of India. Some halwa recipes like suji and banana halwa are served as prasads on religious occasions.

  1. Gajar Ka Halwa

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Gajar Ka Halwa is the king of halwas. This Indian dessert is prepared with grated carrots & milk. It is perfect for any occasion or season.

 

Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Suji Ka Halwa

Suji Ka Halwa

Suji ka Halwa is a semolina pudding and is flavored with saffron. It is one of the most popular halwa recipe for festive season.

 

Suji Ka Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Rava Kesari

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Rava Kesari is a very popular South Indian dessert made of semolina, dry fruits, saffron and ghee. It’s the North Indian counterpart of Suji Ka Halwa.

 

Rava Kesari Recipe

 

  1. Moong Dal Halwa

Moong Dal Halwa

It’s a popular recipe from North India made of mung lentils.

 

Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Banana Halwa

Banana Halwa

Banana Halwa, Banana Sheera or Banana Semolina pudding is best served as Prasad during Ganesh Puja, Devi Puja or Satynarayan Puja.

 

Banana Halwa or Banana Sheera Recipe

 

  1. Badam Halwa

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The badam halwa is filled with the flavor of almonds. It is perfect for those who love almonds.

 

Badam Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Lauki ka Halwa

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This is a very delicious and healthy halwa prepared with bottle gourd.

 

Lauki ka Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Papaya Halwa

Papaya Halwa

Papaya Halwa is a vegan Indian dessert made of semi ripe papaya. It is perfect for religious and fasting days.

 

Papaya Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Shakarkandi Halwa or Sweet Potato Halwa

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This delicious halwa is made with mashed sweet potato, boiled with saffron and cardamom. It can be prepared for religious occasions.

 

Shakarkandi Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Apple Halwa

Apple Halwa

Apple Halwa is a very light dessert. It is perfect for a dessert after a good meal.

 

Apple Halwa Recipe

Happy New Year!!!

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Some Interesting Christmas Food Facts

Christmas is one of the major festivals of India and around the world. On this day Christ was born. This day involves lots of festive celebrations. The day’s main attraction is food. But there are many interesting facts about Christmas food that you will find astonishing.

The traditions and foods of Christmas have evolved with time and there is a story attached with each of those traditions and foods. There is a mysterious story behind each of the food.

 

  • Invention of Candy Canes
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Photo Courtesy: parentmap

According to legend, candy canes came into being in 1670. They were specially ordered by the choirmaster of Cologne Cathedral. He wanted candies in the shape of shepherd’s crook. These were to be given to the children who were attending the crèche scene of the church.

Candy Cane Recipe

  • Sugar Plums
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Photo Courtesy: dishmaps

Sugar plums remind us of sugar plum fairy and dancing sugar plums in children’s heads. The sugar plums have a definite place in Christmas lore. But what exactly are they? They are actually a type of candy. When they first came in 1600s, the word “plum” referred to dry fruit. Sugar plums are a combination of spices and dry fruits formed into balls and then coated with candy shell.

Sugar Plum Recipe 

  • Fruit cake was meant to last whole year
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Photo Courtesy: huffingtonpost

Fruitcakes normally last a long time without going bad. This is due to the fact that they contain lots of sugar and other preservatives. They were originally meant to last long and were baked during harvest season of USA and eaten till the next harvest season, the following year.

Fruitcake Recipe

  • Peacock was the main dish of Medieval Christmas feast
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Photo Courtesy: tes

Turkey is the main dish of a typical Christmas in US or UK. But in medieval times, the main dish was peacock! In sixteenth century, Henry VIII had turkey for Christmas, and after that it became a traditional dish.

Christmas Turkey Recipe

  • A normal Christmas Dinner contains 7000 calories

According to a study, a normal Christmas Day can amount to 7000 calories in a person’s diet.

 

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Guru Nanak Jayanti and Traditional Sweets

Guru Nanak Jayanti or Guruparb is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Kartik(October-November). On this auspicious day, Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism was born. The Sikh Guru’s birthday is also known by the name of Guruparb.

On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, the Sikh community makes merry and feasts on tasty food. Sikh community around the world including those of Punjab and Haryana celebrate this occasion with great fervor! The whole community immerses in the festive mood. A lot of dishes including sweets are prepared for this occasion. These sweets are shared with the near and dear ones.

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Photo Courtesy: Thinkfeed

On this day, special Langar(or Lunch) is organized by the Gurudwara volunteers. The Sikhs distribute free sweets and lunch while performing seva(service) or bhakti(devotion). People from any religion can participate in a Langar. Special Prasad(pious food) known as Kara Prasad is given to all present in the Gurudwara.

Here we give you some delicious recipes of sweets for Guru Nanak Jayanti:-

  • Atta Ka Seera: Atte Ka Seera or Atte Ka Halwa is a very popular sweet of North India. It is very easy to make and can be made on special occasions like Guruparb.

Atte Ka Halwa

Atte Ka Seera Recipe

 

  • Malai Ladoo: Malai Ladoo is also a very famous sweet. Their taste is very similar to that of Sandesh.
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Photo Courtesy: Youtube

Malai Ladoo Recipe

 

  • Jalebi: Jalebi is the “Queen of Sweets”. It is very popular for special occasions. It is a perfect sweet for Guru Nanak Jayanti.

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Jalebi Recipe

 

  • Kaju Barfi: Kaju Barfi or Kaju Katli is a special sweet that is made of Cashews. It is a perfect for exchanging with friends and family during Guruparb.

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Kaju Barfi Recipe

Dahi Vada: A Delightful Snack For Festive Season!!!

Dahi Vada: A perfect dish for Holi or Diwali!!

Dahi Vada: A perfect dish for Holi or Diwali!!

Dahi Vada is one of the favorite snack of Indians. Its a perfect side-dish for festive season like Holi and Diwali. It is known by different names in different parts of India. For example: Doi Bora in Bengali, Dahi Bhalla in Punjabi, Thayir Vada in Malayalam, Thayir Vadai in Tamil, Perugu Vada in Telugu, Dahi Bara in Odia and Mosaru Vade in Kannada.

Although vadas are very tasty and loved by all. But when made into Dahi Vadas, they become a mind blowing stuff! It is easy to prepare with the Vadas soaked in yogurt (dahi).

The vadas which are deep fried balls made of Urad or Moong Daal(Lentil) are placed in water. Then, they are moved to yogurt (which is beaten thick). The vadas are kept there for a few hours to get the best results and then they are served. If you want to add more flavor to the Dahi Vada, you can top it up with mint or coriander leaves, chaat masala, black pepper (crushed), chilli powder, coconut, cumin, boondi or chilli.

Besides Dahi Vadas, Sambhar Vadas and Rasam Vadas are very popular in India.

Here are different recipes of Dahi Vadas:-

DIWALI SWEETS FROM DIFFERENT STATES OF INDIA

Diwali is one of the major festivals of India. It is a festival of lights and represents the triumph of good over evil. Diwali is also a time of exchanging sweets and gifts. A great variety of sweets are prepared during the season of Diwali. Although most people buy the sweets from the shops, but nowadays it is difficult to say that the thing you are buying is pure or not. And what is the need of buying when you can prepare them at home? In this article we will discuss some delicious sweets that are prepared on this auspicious occasion of Diwali around India.

  1. RASGULLAS
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Rasgullas

Rasgullas are a very special sweet for every occasion. They are round shaped sweet made of chhena, an Indian cottage cheese, dough. These milk based desserts are cooked in sugar. Rasgullas originated in Orissa.

 

Try this yummy dessert this Diwali with this easy recipe>>>RASGULLA RECIPE

 

  1. GAJAR KA HALWA
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Photo Courtesy: whatscookingmom

This mouthwatering dish is prepared in almost all the homes of India. Gajar Ka Halwa is a sweet prepared from carrot and milk. The carrots are grated and then cooked in Milk. Celebrate Diwali with Gajar ka halwa to make the festival a more memorable affair.

It is very easy to prepare. Try the recipe>>> GAJAR KA HALWA RECIPE

 

  1. OBBATTU
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Obbattu

Obbattu, which is also known as Puran Poli is a very famous dish that is prepared in Karnataka. It is also very popular in Maharashtra. Obbattu is a sweet and flat bread with stuffing of sweet and coconut. It comes in many varieties including peanut, coconut, sugar, Tur Dal, Sesame seed etc. A pinch of turmeric is added to it to make it look yellowish.

 

Try it at home>>> OBBATTU RECIPE

 

  1. ANJEER BARFI
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Photo Courtesy: salebhai

Anjeer Cutlet is a delicious Cashew sweet. It is long cylindrical in shape. Although most people buy it from shops, but it can be prepared at home.

 

Try the recipe>>> ANJEER BARFI RECIPE

 

  1. ADHIRASAM
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Photo Courtesy: ibnlive

This dish is prepared in Tamil Nadu and it is a traditional sweet of South India. It is made of rice flour, butter, jaggery & cardamom powder which is sprinkled on the top. It is a famous sweet, especially for the occasion of Diwali. The most important part of making the adhirasam sweet is its syrup(paagu). The syrup makes it really tasty.

 

Here’s the recipe>>> ADHIRASAM RECIPE

 

  1. MYSORE PAK
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Photo Courtesy: mylaibazar

Another famous sweet from Karnataka which is very delicious. Its original name was Masoor Pak as it was made from the flour of Masoor Dhal. It was initially prepared for a royal family of Mysore Palace. After that it was renamed Mysore Pak. The dish contains a good amount of Butter, Ghee, Gram flour and Sugar. The sweet is very soft and spongy and it melts in the mouth.

 

Try it at home this Diwali>>> MYSORE PAK RECIPE

 

  1. CASHEW BARFI
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Photo Courtesy: iloveindia

Cashew Barfi or Kaju Katli is a special Diwali sweet. Kaju barfi is made of sugar and cashew nut powder. It is in the shape of flat diamond. As compared to other sweets, Kaju Barfi is expensive. So, why not make it at home?

 

Try the recipe>>> CASHEW BARFI RECIPE

 

  1. GUJIA
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Photo Courtesy: ecurry

Gujia is a very famous sweet of North India, Rajasthan. It’s a traditional sweet of Diwali made from Maida flour and is stuffed with khoya. It is a special dish, traditionally prepared in Diwali. It is known by different names according to states (for eg. Karanji, Karachika, Ghugra, Kajjikayi etc). In different states, the filling of this dish varies. Like in Uttar Pradesh, the filling is done with sweetened khoya and nuts while in Goa, filling is done with shredded coconut, jaggery and nuts.

 

Try it at home this Diwali>>> GUJIA RECIPE

 

  1. LADDOOS
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Photo Courtesy: cookingforallseasons

A Diwali is incomplete without a laddu. They are also available in many varieties like Til laddoo, Rava laddoo, Motichoor laddoo, Besan laddoo, Coconut laddoo etc.

 

Try the Til Laddu recipe>>> TIL LADDU RECIPE

Try the Rava Laddu recipe>>> RAVA LADDU RECIPE

Try the Motichoor Laddu recipe>>> MOTICHOOR LADDU RECIPE

Try the Coconut Laddu recipe>>> COCONUT LADDU RECIPE

 

  1. GULAB JAMUN
Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun

This list will be incomplete without the special mention of Gulab Jamun. It is made of Khoya, Wheat flour, chenna(pressed milk curd), cardamom and rose water. It is prepared using pure ghee. The name of the sweet Gulab Jamun is derived from Persian word gulab meaning ‘rose water’. The word jamun refers to a fruit of South Asia which is similar in shape and size to that of Gulab Jamun.

 

Try the Gulab Jamun recipe>>> GULAB JAMUN RECIPE

 

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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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For more about Navratri visit>>>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navratri

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