Easy and Simple Navratri Special Recipes to Boost Energy While Fasting

Navratri is one of the biggest Hindu festivals which is celebrated twice a year with great enthusiasm in India. Believers/Devotees worship all the different avatars of Goddess Durga for nine days. This festival gives you a chance to get back to the roots with traditional ingredients like kuttu atta, fresh vegetables, milk, yogurt, and makhanas are consumed as they are light and easily digestible. Garlic and Onions produce heat in the body thus, are avoided to allow your body to detox. There are some navrati special recipes that can be consumed while fasting:

Sabudana khichdi

Ingredients

1/2 cup sabudana

1/4 cup peanuts

4–5 green chilies chopped finely

I medium potato

3 tbsp. desi ghee or peanut oil

1–2 sprigs curry leaves

1 tsp. cumin seeds

Rock salt to taste

1 tsp. lemon juice

and coriander leaves, chopped

Method:

Soak sabudana in one-cup water overnight.

Roast peanuts on a hot skillet and peel off the skin.

Cut potatoes into cubes.

Heat ghee or peanut oil in a pan, add curry leaves, cumin seeds & chopped green chilies as well.

When cumin seeds start crackling, add potato.

Cook till the potatoes become soft.

Add sabudana, and grounded peanuts

sauté for four to five minutes

Sprinkle a little water, add salt and lime juice. Mix well.

Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Kuttu Ka Dosa

Ingredients:

For the Potato Filling:

3 potatoes — boiled

Ghee — for frying

Rock Salt — to taste

1/2 tsp. red chili powder

1/2 tsp. chopped ginger

For the Dosa:

5 Tbsp. kuttu flour ( buckwheat flour)

2 tbsps. boiled colocasia

Rock Salt — to taste

1/2 tsp. carom seeds

1/2 tsp. red chilli powder

1 tsp. chopped ginger

1 tsp. chopped green chillies

Ghee (clarified butter)

1/2 tsp. chopped green chillies

Method:

Heat ghee in a pan, crush the potatoes into it and mix in the rest of the ingredients.

Toss the potato mixture around for a few minutes till it becomes light brown in color.

Take it out and keep aside.

In a bowl, mash the colocasia and mix it with the flour and salt.

Add some water and mix well.

Add the ajwain, red chili powder, ginger and green chilies and mix again.

Keep adding water till you would get a smooth batter

Now heat a flat pan, put ghee on it, pour the batter and spread it.

Cook for a few minutes and put some more ghee around the edges

Then flip it over and cook the other side.

Now put some filling on top and fold the dosa

Serve hot with mint chutney and coconut chutney as well.

Banana Dry Fruit Lassi

Ingredients

1 cup low-fat yogurt

1/2 banana

3–4 dry fruits ( walnut, almond, cashew nuts or pine nuts)

1 tsp mix of flax seeds and sesame seeds

1–2 tsp honey

Method:

In a food processor pour all the ingredients

Blend it well till smooth and creamy.

Transfer into a glass and garnish with chopped dry fruits before serving.

Low-fat makhana kheer

Ingredients

1 cup makhanas ( lotus seeds)

1 tsp ghee

4 1/2 cups low-fat milk

1 tbsp sugar substitute

a few saffron (kesar)

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder (jaiphal)

1 tsp pistachio for garnish

Method

Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick pan; add the lotus seeds and sauté on a slow flame till they turn crisp.

Remove from the flame and blend the lotus seeds in a mixer to a make a mixture and Keep it aside.

Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan, add the sugar substitute

Now add crushed lotus seeds (makhana) and cook on a medium flame for 3 minutes

Add the saffron and nutmeg powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for another 3 to 4 minutes

Serve immediately and garnished with pistachios

So enjoy your navratri with these easy and delicious recipes. Stay positive and cheerful always.

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