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.
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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- 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.
- 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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- 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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- 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.
- 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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The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to honor Lord Ganesha. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi starts on 5th September this year and will be celebrated for 10 days.
In some parts of India, the festival is known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’.
In this article, we give you sweets and other dishes that are commonly prepared in Ganesh Chaturthi:-
The favorite food of Lord Ganesha is Modak. It is of special importance during worships. Most commonly, modak is stuffed with coconut and jaggery. There are many variations of this recipe. Here is a list of some popular Modaks:-
- Ukadiche Modak: This is a steamed modak. Its outer covering is made of rice flour and the stuffing is of coconut jaggery.
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- Fried Modak: This is a deep fried or shallow fried modak with stuffing of coconut which is sweet and chewy. It’s outside covering is very crispy.
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- Chocolate Modak: This is a special modak. It is made of semi-sweet chocolate chips, biscuit crumbs and condensed milk.
- Mawa Modak: This modak is prepared from khoya/mawa. It is filled with figs, nuts and dry coconut.
Different types of ladoos are prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi. Here is a list of popular Ladoos:-
- Coconut Ladoo: This is a delicious ladoo recipe that is prepared with dry coconut, powdered sugar and mawa.
- Boondi Ladoo: In this ladoo, boondis are soaked in sugar syrup of saffron flavor and then made into the shape of ladoo.
- Besan Ladoo: This ladoo recipe is easy to make. It is prepared with powdered sugar, gram flour and ghee.
Besides Modaks and Laddoos, a few more sweets are prepared and given as offering to God. These are given below:-
- Sooji Halwa: Sooji Halwa is a very famous sweet dish among Indians. It is prepared during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi.
- Banana Sheera: This recipe is similar to sooji halwa but banana is added to give flavor. It is a perfect prasad for any pooja.
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- Puran Poli: Puran Poli is a stuffed Indian bread. The preparation of Puran Poli is considered to be an art that requires high skills.
- Karanji: Karanji is a traditional Maharashtrian sweer. The stuffing is of sweet coconut and its crust is crispy.
- Basundi: This is a popular recipe. The milk is sweetened and thickened and chopped nuts are added. It is flavored with saffron and cardamom.
- Shrikhand: Shrikhand is prepared with sugar and plain yogurt. It is flavoured with cardamom and saffron and garnishing is done with nuts.