Sharad Navrati Special Recipes 2018 | India Canteen

Sharad Navratri 2018 is almost here, and one look around is enough to tell how eager all are to welcome the season of festivities. The word ‘Navratri’ means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit. It is that festive time of the year when many pray, observe fast and worship ‘Goddess Durga’. Goddess Durga has 108 Names and 9 Avatars that are worshiped in these 9 days, one on each day. During this festive season people give up non-vegetarian food and many others also try reducing intake of onion and garlic from their meals.

Celebration means every day you would get to relish on a different kind of delicacy. So Here we have Navrati Special recipes with ingredients, nutrition values and method to prepare. You can enjoy these recipes and tingle your taste buds during these fasting days:

  1. Sabudana Khichdi:

    Sabudana Khichdi is an easy to prepare dish. It is a commonly made recipe during fasting season as it is a healthy recipe and delicious too if prepared properly. This recipe is considerably easy. It takes a well experienced cook to get the nice texture in the sabudana pearls.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. Heat the oil in a pan and then add cumin, hing & curry leaves.
    2. When they sizzle, add chopped potatoes and saute for 2 minutes after then add chopped tomatoes & green chilli and cook well for few minutes.
    3. Add salt, turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, sugar and coriander and mix it well again. Remove water from sabudana and mix it well in the pan.
    4. Add some peanut powder & chopped ginger
    5. Mix everything slowly & cook for 3 minutes. Add lemon juice in it Garnish with coriander.

    Delicious khichdi is ready. Enjoy it

  2. Makhana Kheer:

    Makhana Kheer is the simplest and in the most delicious recipe to make. Its creamy and beautiful texture tastes delicious whether served hot or cold. Rich in protein and calcium, makhana (fox nut/ lotus seed) combines beautifully with low-fat milk to make a creamy and delicious kheer.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. In a large vessel, pour in the milk, break the makhanas into smaller pieces, add them to the milk and let it boil gently for about 30 to 45 minutes without covering it, till the milk start boiling down and the seeds looks softy.
    2. Add sugar according to the taste and stir for a few more minutes.
    3. Add small amount of pistachios, almonds, saffron and cardamom powder, cook it well again.
  3. Navratri Kaddu:

    Kaddu (Pumpkin) is loaded with lots of nutritions and is often used in prasad/bhog or at home. Kaddu Ki Sabzi is one of the popular dishes prepared during Navratri fast and it pairs well with chapati and poori. It’s sweet and tangy taste can not be compared with any other vegetable.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. Peel the pumpkin and then scoop out the fibres, seeds in the centre before cutting it into cubes.
    2. Heat the oil in a kadahi and add coriander, chili powder, turmric powder and cumin seeds. When they begin to splutter, add the ginger and salt.
    3. fried till lightly coloured and add the pumpkin.
    4. Stir-fry on high heat till it looks glossy then add garam masala, amchoor powder and sugar. Mix well.
    5. Reduce heat, cover and simmer till cooked through. Stir 3-4 times. Then garnished with chopped coriander leaves.
  4. Crunchy Potatoes:

    During Navratri, Crunchy and crispy potatoes topped with green chutney and curd – so flavorful and delicious!! One of the most favorite finger food of children and adults alike! Crunchy and crispy potatoes make snacking look good. These are easy to eat as well as easy to cook.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. Wash and peel the potatoes then boil the potatoes in pressure cooker.
    2. Take one whistle in pressure cooker. Once potatoes become warm. Dice them in cubes.
    3. Heat small amount of oil (ghee) in a pan, deep fry the diced potatoes till crispy and golden. Remove them on an soaking paper to remove excess oil from it.
    4. Sprinkle red chilli powder, cumin powder and salt immediately after removing on soaking paper.
      Serve hot.

    Note: You may use Rock Salt instead of regular salt while fasting

  5. Banana Walnut Lassi:

    Try making this super easy and healthy Banana Walnut Lassi to give your Navaratri mornings a boost of health and have a great day ahead. Celebrate this auspicious occasion with fun, grandeur and with delicious & healthy food recipes.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. In a food processor or mixer add greek yogurt, whey powder, walnuts, chestnut honey and bananas.
    2. Blend it well till smooth and creamy.
    3. You may garnish it with chopped walnuts.

    Its done, Enjoy !!

Navratri Vrat Recipes

The literal meaning of Navratri is 9 nights. During this period, 9 forms of goddess Shakti are worshiped throughout India. There are 4 major Navratris but only two are celebrated. The first is ‘Chaitra Navratri’ that comes in summers (March-April) and second is ‘Sharad Navratri’ that comes in winters (Oct-Nov).

During Navratri, many people do fasting in Northern and Western India. It is said that it is a great time to make spiritual progress and purify your body and mind.

The recipes for fasting are similar to those that of Janmashtami, Mahashivratri and Ekadashi. In this post, we will cover some of the great recipes for Navratri Vrat.


Grains and Flours used for Navratri Fast

  1. Singhare ka atta: Using this, you can make paratha, singhare ki poori, halwa and pakoras.
  2. Kuttu ka atta: Some good recipes include, paratha, halwa, poori and pakora.
  3. Rajgira(Amarnath) Ka Atta: Dishes that can be made include pooris, paratha, vrat ka halwa and thalipeeth.
  4. Sama Ke Chawal Ka Atta: Using this, you can make vrat ke uttapam, dosa, idli and pooris.
  5. Vrat Ke Chawal: Dishes include pulao, dalia, kheer, dosa, idli and upma.

Vegetables Allowed For Fasting

  1. Potatoes: You can make halwa, jeera aloo, dahi aloo and vrat ke aloo.
  2. Pumpkin: Some good recipes include kaddu ki sabzi, khatta meetha kaddu sabzi , pakoras and halwas.
  3. Shakarkandi(Sweet Potato): One can make tikki, halwa or chaat.
  4. Arbi(Colocasia): Many dishes can be made from arbi including dahi arbi, sukhi arbi, arbi cutlet and arbi tikki.
  5. Raw Banana: One can make banana fries, banana chips and sabzi.
  6. Raw Papaya: One can make salad or papaya halwa.

Why Is Navratri Celebrated?


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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Start Eating Healthy This Navratri

If you want to start positive and good habits, the best way to do it is eating right food. In this article, we will tell you about some great ingredients that can help you in getting fit and healthy. This Navratri commit yourself to include these delicious foods in your diet. We are sure you will enjoy these.

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Photo Courtesy: womenshealthmag

  • Yogurt: Yogurt is a probiotic food. It contains healthy bacteria which helps in strengthening the digestive system. It also helps in improving the body’s immune system which protects the body against different kinds of infections.

Try the Dahi(Yogurt) Waale Aaloo recipe specially meant for vrat(fast)>>>Dahi Waale Aaloo

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Photo Courtesy: eatdrinkpaleo

  • Oats: Oats are a great option for breakfast. It helps you get slim as it is rich in fiber and helps in keeping you full thus avoiding overeating. It also helps greatly in weight management. It is also beneficial for those who are diabetic or have blood sugar. They are a great energy booster.

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  • Beans: Beans are rich in protein. They also contain fiber and iron. It’s a great food for vegetarians as it provides good amount of protein. Due to its high fiber content, it protects the heart and brings the cholesterol down.

Tasty Rajama(Beans) Masala recipe>>>Rajma Masala

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Photo courtesy: blueberrycouncil

  • Blueberry: Blueberries can be called super foods in true sense. They help in the prevention of cancer due to their anti-oxidant content. They help in managing blood pressure and also helps in preventing heart disease and heart attack. It also helps in keeping your lipid profile in control and prevents the formation of plaque in the arteries.

Try the Blueberry Porridge>>>Blueberry Porridge

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Photo Courtesy: med-health

  • Pineapples: A fruit that is rich in nutrients. It has high levels of vitamin C and also contains bromelain which improves immunity. Due to high levels of anti-oxidants, it is great for heart. Those who want healthy skin and a strong digestive system should include this fruit in the diet.

Try the Pineapple Curry>>>Pineapple Curry


  • Walnuts: If you want something to boost your brain and heart, then walnuts are great for you. They are rich in omega 3 and increase the cognitive and motor ability of brain. They contain antioxidants which protect free radical damage of the cells. It also helps in improving good fat (lipid).

Try tasty Akhrot(Walnuts) Ka Halwa sweet>>> Akhrot Ka Halwa

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Photo Courtesy: authoritynutrition

  • Pomegranate: Pomegranate contains polyphenols which fight heart diseases. It also reduces blood pressure. It also contains a lot of anti-oxidants that protect the body and reduce stress levels.

Try this Anaar(Pomegranate) Ka Raita which contains curd as well>>>Anaar Ka Raita

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Photo Courtesy: myessentia

  • Green Tea: Green tea is a super food which is rich in antioxidants which help fight oxidative stress. It detoxifies the body and protects the heart and brain. It also helps in improving physical performance and also the stress levels are reduced. It protects the body from different kinds of cancers and also protects the brain.

Try the Green Tea Mojito>>>Green Tea Mojito

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  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, A, folic acid and lycopene. It also reduces the risk of many kinds of cancer. The potassium present in tomatoes lowers blood pressure. Tomatoes help in improving complexion and make the skin nourishing.

Try the Tamatar Ki Sabzi recipe>>>Tamatar Ki Sabzi

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Photo Courtesy: wndu

  • Broccoli: Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and potassium. It builds your immunity and strengthens digestive system. It also fights cancer and is rich in vitamin K which maintains bone health.

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