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Navratri Vrat: Four Delicious and Easy Fasting Recipes
Navratri Vrat: Four Delicious and Easy Fasting Recipes

Navratri is a festive period when millions of people across India observe a fast, often abstaining from grains, lentils, and certain vegetables. These fasting days are a time to detoxify the body and indulge in wholesome, delicious food. Here, we present four delightful and easy Navratri vrat recipes that are not only nutritious but also full of flavor. These dishes are sure to satisfy your cravings while keeping you within the guidelines of your fast.

Sabudana Khichdi:
Sabudana (sago) is a popular choice for fasting during Navratri, and Sabudana Khichdi is a delightful dish you can relish during this time.
Ingredients:

1 cup sabudana (sago)
2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
1/2 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely ground
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
Sendha namak (rock salt) to taste
Fresh coriander leaves, chopped
Lemon juice to taste
Method:

Rinse the sabudana thoroughly, then soak it in water just enough to cover it for a few hours, until they become soft. Drain any excess water.

In a pan, heat ghee, add cumin seeds, and let them splutter.

Add the diced potatoes and sauté until they turn golden.

Add green chilies and sauté for another minute.

Add the soaked sabudana, ground peanuts, and rock salt. Cook while stirring occasionally until the sabudana turns translucent.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and a drizzle of lemon juice. Serve hot.

Kuttu Ka Dosa:
Kuttu (buckwheat) is another popular ingredient for Navratri fasting. Try these savory buckwheat dosas for a delightful breakfast or meal.

Ingredients:

1 cup kuttu (buckwheat) flour
1/2 cup grated potatoes
1-2 green chilies, finely chopped
Sendha namak (rock salt) to taste
Water to make a thin batter
Ghee for cooking
Method:

In a mixing bowl, combine kuttu flour, grated potatoes, green chilies, rock salt, and enough water to make a thin batter.

Heat a non-stick skillet and grease it with a little ghee.

Pour a ladleful of the batter and spread it into a thin dosa.

Cook until the edges start to crisp and flip the dosa. Cook the other side until it turns golden.

Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding ghee as needed.

Serve hot with plain yogurt or aloo sabzi.

Lauki Ki Kheer:
For a sweet treat during Navratri, indulge in this delicious lauki ki kheer (bottle gourd pudding).

Ingredients:

2 cups grated lauki (bottle gourd)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar or as per your preference
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
A pinch of saffron strands (optional)
Chopped almonds and pistachios for garnish
Method:

In a heavy-bottomed pan, combine grated lauki and milk. Cook on low heat until the lauki becomes soft and the milk thickens.

Add sugar, cardamom powder, and saffron strands. Stir well and continue cooking for a few more minutes.

Let it cool to room temperature.

Garnish with chopped almonds and pistachios.

Serve the kheer chilled.

Vrat Ke Aloo:
Vrat ke aloo is a simple yet flavorful potato dish that is a staple during Navratri fasting.

Ingredients:

4 medium-sized potatoes, boiled, peeled, and diced
2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp ginger paste
Sendha namak (rock salt) to taste
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
Fresh coriander leaves, chopped
Ghee for cooking
Method:

Heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds, and let them splutter.
Add green chilies and ginger paste, sauté for a minute.
Add the boiled and diced potatoes, rock salt, and black pepper powder. Stir well.
Cook until the potatoes turn slightly golden and are coated with the spices.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Serve hot with your favorite vrat (fasting) accompaniment.

These delicious and easy Navratri vrat recipes will make your fasting period a delightful experience. From the savory Sabudana Khichdi to the sweet Lauki Ki Kheer, these dishes will add flavor and nutrition to your fasting menu. Enjoy these treats during Navratri and make your fasting days more enjoyable and satisfying.

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