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 Khichdi
Sabudana is filled with carbohydrates which boosts the energy in your body. This is a light dish prepared with spices, peanuts and sabudana.
- Kuttu Ka Dosa
Make 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 Samosa
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This 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 Kadhi
This is a light and lovely curry made with versatile potatoes. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2o0RDIp
- Makhana Kheer
This 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 Kofta
Koftas are perfect for tea-time during Navratris. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2otnaiO
Make your fasting interesting by following the recipe of kebabs. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mLpe9t
- Sonth Ki Chutney
This is perfect companion to bhajjis or pakoras. Enjoy with snacks that are vrat friendly. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2nbNuNl