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

Top 10 Delicious Dishes of Delhi

Two things that really stand out for Delhiites are the city’s mouth-watering food and rich history. Delhi has a diversity of cultures and races. The city is filled with a variety of cuisines. You may go to Chandni Chowk or Majnu ka Tilla. You will find that Delhi is filled with culinary delights. In this article, we give you top 10 dishes of Delhi.

You may be expecting a healthy morning breakfast or a meal or even a late night snack, Parathas are on top of the list when we talk about favorite food of Delhi. You can choose from a plain paratha or you can use a stuffing of your choice like keema, eggs, potatoes, radish, cauliflower or last night’s left over dal. You have a lot of options.

 Places where you can try the dish: Parathe wali gali (Chandni Chowk), Moolchand Parathe Wala

Chaat
Delhi street food has a variety that is unmatched. There is a special attraction of eating on the streets of Delhi. Chandni Chowk is considered to be the Street Food Capital of Delhi.

Places where you can try the dish: Bittu Tikki Wala(Karol Bagh), Daulat Ki Chaat(Chandni Chowk), Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala(Chandni Chowk), UPSC building(Shahjahan Road)

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken originated in 1950s at Moti Mahal Restaurant of Daryaganj. Moti Mahal was famous for its Tandoori Chicken. The cooks there accidently tossed the chicken into sauce consisting of tomato, butter and chicken juices. And that is how this dish originated. Today, this dish can be found in every restaurant or dhaba. It is best consumed with naan or rice.

Places where you can try the dish: Moti Mahal(Daryaganj), Havemore(Pandara Road)

  • Kebabs

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Delhiites are very lucky because of the Mughals that left their culture and cuisine. One of the dishes they are thankful for is Kebabs. Kebabs are available on food stalls and can be delivered to your car. Or can be enjoyed in a fine dining restaurant. Try this popular dish and you will be hooked with it.

Places where you can try the dish: Ghalib Kebab Corner(Nizamuddin), Alkakori Alkauser(R K Puram), Ustad Moinuddin Kebabs(Lal Kuan), Salim Kebabs(Khan Market), Aap Ki Khatir(SDA)

Chole Bhature
This dish is best enjoyed in an empty stomach. It is rich, spicy and heavy. You will find this dish on the breakfast menu across the capital. This dish can be found at all the food points of the capital. May it be restaurants or local joints. It is generally accompanied with Lassi and is very popular among Delhiites.

Places where you can try the dish: Chache Di Hatti(Kamla Nagar), Sitaram Diwan Chand(Paharganj)

Biryani
One of the favorite dishes of Mughal Emperors, Biryani has been a favorite dish for ages. This dish is prepared in an earthen pot. The lid is sealed with dough and the flavors, spices and aromas are soaked in it. The biryani is available all over Delhi including, road side dhabas, commercial chains, five-star hotels and Sufi shrines.

Places where you can try the dish: Dum Pukht(ITC Maurya), Al KakoriAl Kauser(R K Puram), Deez Biryani & Kebabs(Defence Colony)

Nihari

When you enter Old Delhi, you can’t escape the aroma of this region’s signature dish, Nihari. This slow cooked meat is served along with tandoori rotis or khameeri rotis. This dish used to be a favorite among royal families in the past.

Places where you can try the dish: Karim’s(near Jama Masjid), Bara Hindu Road

Kathi Rolls
Although the Kathi rolls of Kolkata are famous but Delhi has delicious variants of its own. This dish is available almost everywhere including street stalls, supermarkets and even the posh restaurants of Delhi. Kathi rolls are a great option for the Delhiites.

Places where you can try the dish: Khan Chacha(Khan Market), Qureshi Kabab Corner(South Extension-II), Nizam’s(Connaught Place)

Momos

This is one of the most popular snacks of Delhi. It is present in the office complexes, cocktail parties and even birthdays. The momos vendor is present outside every office building, market place and housing area. These dumplings are very tasty and are available in non-vegetarian and vegetarian variants.

Places where you can try the dish: Sikkim House(Panchsheel Market), Nagaland Food Stall(Dilli Haat), Cafe Brown Sugar(GK market), Yashwant Complex(Chanakya Puri), Majnu ka Tilla(North Campus).

  • Desserts

Jalebi
A wide variety of desserts is offered in Delhi. They are a must have after a meal. Ranging from Jalebis to Rabri Falooda, different variants of Kulfis, Aam Papad and the mouth-watering Motichoor Ladoo.

Places where you can try the dish: The famous Jalebiwala of Chandni Chowk, Giani di Hatti (Chandni Chowk), Big Chill Cafe(Khan Market), Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfiwala(Chandni Chowk), Ghantewala Halwai(Chandni Chowk)