The nine auspicious nights of Navratri start with the worshipping of Goddess Durga, ornamented with jewellery, dazzling attire, flowers and kumkum. As a gesture of gratitude, worshippers usually observe fast on all nine days. Some choose to fast only on the first and last days of the sacred period.
Special food items such as fresh vegetables and fruits, kuttu atta, milk, yogurt, makhanas and singhara atta are preferred as they are easy to digest and also light. The regular table salt is also replaced with rock salt. Keeping all this in mind, here we have a list of amazing navratri food recipes which would add a special flavour to the pious festival!
Sabudana Thalipeeth: Want to avoid all the deep-fried foods but also enjoy the spirit of Navratri? Sabudana Thalipeeth is the answer! To cook this yummy snack, all you need to do is soak 2/3 cup of sabudana in water and leave it overnight for rising. The next day, drain all the water and make sure there is no moisture left in them. Now, mix two boiled (mashed) potatoes, 1/2 tsp jeera, 4tsp ground peanuts, 1 tsp grated ginger, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp sugar and rock salt to the sabudana and mix well. Drizzle 1-2 tbsp of oil on a frying pan and spread the batter on it. Fry until golden brown and enjoy with phalahari chutney or raita!
Arbi Cutlet: A healthy and easy recipe, you can serve this dish as an appetizing starter! Take 10-12 arbis and wash, boil and peel them. Next, take one arbi between your palms and flatten it. On a heated tawa, drizzle some oil and fry the arbi till golden brown on both the sides. In a bowl, mix 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp jeera powder, ½ tsp mango powder, rock salt, 1 tsp lemon juice. Toss the fried arbis in the mixture and garnish with some chopped coriander leaves. Lovely arbi cutlets can be served with green coriander chutney or sweet chutney!
Sabudana Ladoo: What’s a meal without a delicious sweet dish? To make these amazing ladoos, take 1 cup sabudana in a pan and roast them on low flame. Once they become crunchy and light brown (in about 25-30 mins) it’s time to grind them to a fine powder! Roast ½ cup of desiccated coconut for about 2-3 minutes and add the sabudana powder along with 2/3 cup of sugar. Next, heat 5-6 spoons of ghee on a frying pan and add 10 chopped cashews, frying them until golden. Pour the aromatic mixture of oil and cashews into the sabudana mix and also add 2tsp elaichi powder. Once the mix is moderately warm, it’s time to make tiny balls out of it and relish the heavenly taste!
Dry Fruits Milkshake: A healthy beverage which provides a quick boost of energy along with taste! All you need to do is take ¼ cup almonds, ¼ cup unsalted pistachios(shelled), ¼ cup cashews, ¼ cup raisins, 7-8 dates(chopped), 2-3 dried figs(chopped) in a blender along with ½ cup milk. Blend until smooth and add sugar as required along with 1.5 cups of milk. Blend again and garnish with saffron strands. Pour in tall glasses and enjoy the scrumptious taste!
Khatta Meetha Kaddu: A very easy yet delectable recipe with pumpkin which derives its sourness from dry mango powder and sweetness from the sugar. Chop 2 cups of pumpkin and heat oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp of jeera and once it starts crackling, add pumpkin, 1-2 tsp of sugar and rock salt. Stir and cover the pan so that the pumpkin softens with its own juices. However, if it tends to get dry up, add 2-3 tsp of water in different intervals of time. Add mango powder and simmer for a minute. Lastly, add 1/4th tsp of roasted jeera powder and 1/4th kali mirch powder. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve Khatta Meetha Kaddu with kuttu ki roti, amaranth or singhare ki poori!
Celebrate these nine days of fasting with these appetizing navratri food recipes!