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.