Navratri Special: Treat Your Stomach to these 5 Tantalizing Fasting Recipes
As the festive season begins with the onset of Navratri, India is all geared up to indulge in the festivities. Every Indian household is busy making preparations for this nine-day extravaganza where Goddess Durga will be worshiped in all her nine avatars. Devotees will be fasting in these nine days as a way to pay their gratitude to the Goddess. So embrace the true spirit of this festival and indulge in these scrumptious fasting recipes which will surely not let you feel that you’re fasting.
1. Kuttu Ka Dosa
Nothing could be better than a plate of dosa on a fasting day. Prepared with the traditional kuttu ka atta, this delectable recipe is must-try during your vrat of Navratri.
An easy-to-prepare recipe which does not let you compromise on the taste.
For the potato filling: Boil 3-4 potatoes and keep aside. Heat some ghee in a pan. Add the mashed boiled potatoes, rock salt, 1/2 tablespoon red chili powder, and 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped green chilies and ginger to the oil. Cook the potatoes until it turns light brown in color. Keep aside.
For the dosa: Add one cup of kuttu ka atta, water and two tablespoons of yogurt in a mixing bowl to make a smooth batter. Sprinkle rock salt and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Put a dosa tava on a low heat. Pour one ladle of dosa batter on the tava and spread it. Let it cook for a minute and then pour some drops of oil all over. Once cooked, spread the potato filling in between and remove the dosa from the tava. Fold it twice and serve!
2. Paneer tikki with pudina chutney
Skip the mundane fasting recipes and indulge yourself in the tantalizing and crisp paneer tikkis. Tikkis made with paneer and singhare ka atta will please your taste buds to the core and will fade away the feeling of fasting with its scrumptious taste.
For the tikkis: Add 3 grated boiled potatoes, 500 grams of mashed paneer, singhare ka atta, rock salt, chopped green chilies and ginger, and chopped tulsi in a mixing bowl to make a dough. By taking small balls of this dough, make medium sized tikkis. Heat small amount of ghee in a non-stick frying pan and fry the tikkis until they turn crisp and golden on both the sides. Serve hot with pudina chutney.
For the pudina chutney: Grind pudina leaves, green chilies, one tomato, and rock salt with some water in a blender together. Your pudina chutney is ready to be relished!
3. Kuttu ki poori & Aloo ki sabzi
Poori and aloo ki sabzi is almost everyone’s favorite to be enjoyed on a weekend. But to relish the same recipe on a fasting day becomes a boon. With the onsetting of the Navratri season, let’s revive this traditional recipe with the flavors of Navratri.
Kuttu ki poori: Take 2 cups of kuttu ka atta in a bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder and rock salt to it. Add 1 cup of boiling water to it and mix well. Once the mixture has cooled down, start kneading the mixture into a smooth dough. The dough should not be sticky otherwise it would be difficult to prepare the pooris. Now start making small balls of this dough and give these balls the shape of the pooris. Heat cooking oil in a kadai and fry these pooris until golden brown.
Aloo ki sabzi: Boil 5-6 potatoes in a pressure cooker. Once they are boiled, peel and keep them aside to cool. For the tadka, pour some oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, hing, and dry red chilies. Once theses ingredients are cooked, add about four chopped tomatoes, some chopped green chilies, and rock salt. Let the tomatoes cook for about 10 minutes on a simmer flame. Now add the boiled potatoes in the pan and mix well. After 5 minutes, add water to the sabzi. Let it boil for 7-8 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.
4. Singhare ka sheera
The celebration of Navratri is incomplete without a sweet dish. For the people keeping fasts for Navratri, relishing a sweet dish, whether a kheer or a halwa, is a must. Singhara is not just about pooris or tikkis on a fasting day, it can also be used to prepare delectable sheera loaded with dry fruits.
Recipe: Heat 3 cups of water in a pan and add 1 cup of sugar into it. Let the sugar melt in the water on a low flame. Meanwhile, add one cup ghee in a non-stick pan and add one cup singhare ka atta into it. Let the mixture roast on a medium flame until it turns brown in color. Make sure you keep on stirring the mixture while it is roasting. When the mixture starts resembling like coarse crumbles, add cardamom powder. Now slowly add the sugar concoction into the pan. Keep on stirring the sheera until it thickens. Turn the gas off and garnish it with roasted nuts. Enjoy!
5. Sabudana Khichdi
Sabudana is the next most popular fasting food after kuttu or singhara flour. It makes you feel satiated for hours and provides energy during fasting. This khichdi is not only tasteful but also healthy to be relished during Navratri fasting.
Recipe: Rinse the sabudana well with water until the starch gets removed. Transfer the sabudana to a bowl and add water to it. Keep it overnight. Drain the excess water from the bowl. In a pan, heat some oil. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add some diced potatoes and cook them for about 3-4- minutes. Once they are cooked, add the raw peanuts and cook again for 3-4 minutes. After the peanuts have turned brown, add sabudana to the pan with salt and sugar. Keep stirring and cooking until the sabudana turns translucent. Remove the pan from the flame and garnish the khichdi with lemon juice and coriander leaves.
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