If you are fasting during Navratri, then make Kuttu ki Puri
If you are fasting during Navratri, then make Kuttu ki Puri

Navratri is a significant Hindu festival celebrated with much fervor across India. It spans nine nights and ten days and is dedicated to the worship of the Goddess Durga. During Navratri, many devotees observe fasting as a form of devotion and purification.

Understanding Navratri Fasting

Navratri fasting involves abstaining from certain foods such as grains, pulses, non-vegetarian items, and sometimes even common salt. Instead, devotees consume ingredients like buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta), water chestnut flour (singhara atta), fruits, and dairy products.

The Significance of Kuttu ki Puri

Among the staple foods consumed during Navratri fasting, Kuttu ki Puri holds a special place. Made from buckwheat flour, these deep-fried bread rounds are not only delicious but also adhere to the dietary restrictions of Navratri fasting.

Ingredients Required

To make Kuttu ki Puri, you'll need:

Main Ingredients:

  • Buckwheat flour (Kuttu ka atta)
  • Boiled potatoes (optional)
  • Sendha namak (rock salt)
  • Water

Additional Ingredients:

  • Ghee or oil for frying

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

  1. In a mixing bowl, take the buckwheat flour.
  2. Add boiled potatoes (optional) to the flour for binding.
  3. Season with sendha namak (rock salt) according to taste.
  4. Gradually add water and knead the ingredients into a smooth dough.

Step 2: Divide and Roll

  1. Divide the dough into small, equal-sized portions.
  2. Take each portion and roll it into a ball between your palms.
  3. Place a portion of the dough on a clean, dry surface and flatten it slightly with your fingers.

Step 3: Roll Out the Puris

  1. Using a rolling pin, roll out each portion into a small, round disc. Ensure that the thickness is even.
  2. Repeat this process for the remaining dough portions.

Step 4: Heat the Oil

  1. In a deep frying pan or kadhai, heat ghee or oil over medium flame.
  2. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small portion of dough into the oil. If it sizzles and rises to the surface, the oil is ready for frying.

Step 5: Fry the Puris

  1. Carefully slide one puri at a time into the hot oil.
  2. Fry until the puri puffs up and turns golden brown on both sides.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to remove the puris from the oil and place them on a plate lined with absorbent paper to drain off excess oil.

Step 6: Serve Hot

  1. Repeat the frying process for the remaining rolled-out puris.
  2. Serve the hot and crispy Kuttu ki Puris with your favorite fasting accompaniments such as potato sabzi, yogurt, or chutney.

Kuttu ki Puri is not just a delicious treat during Navratri fasting; it also symbolizes devotion and adherence to traditional dietary customs. With its simple ingredients and easy preparation method, it's a must-try dish for anyone observing Navratri fasting.

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