Sawan Somwar 2023: Healthy Fasting Recipes for Nourished Body
Sawan Somwar 2023: Healthy Fasting Recipes for  Nourished Body

Sawan Somwar is a sacred month in the Hindu calendar when devotees observe fasts on Mondays to honor Lord Shiva. Fasting during this period is believed to bring spiritual enlightenment and purification. While fasting, it is essential to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet to ensure good health. In this article, we present you with a collection of healthy and delicious recipes to keep you energized and nourished during Sawan Somwar.

Fruit and Nut Smoothie- Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
½ cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
¼ cup soaked almonds
2 dates (seedless)
1 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

In a blender, combine all the ingredients.

Blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour into a glass and sprinkle chia seeds on top for added nutrition.

Enjoy this refreshing smoothie as a filling and nutritious start to your Sawan Somwar fast.

Quinoa Salad- Ingredients:

1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup boiled chickpeas
1 cucumber, diced
1 tomato, diced
½ red onion, finely chopped
Handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl, combine quinoa, chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, red onion, and coriander leaves.

Drizzle lemon juice over the mixture and season with salt and pepper.

Toss everything together until well combined.

Let the flavors meld for a few minutes before serving.

This quinoa salad is packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, making it an ideal choice for a fulfilling Sawan Somwar meal.

Lentil Soup- Ingredients:

1 cup split yellow lentils (moong dal), soaked for 30 minutes
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-inch piece of ginger, grated
1 tomato, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
Lemon wedges for serving
Instructions: Drain the soaked lentils and rinse them with water.

In a pressure cooker or large pot, heat a tablespoon of oil and add cumin seeds.

Once the cumin seeds splutter, add chopped onions and sauté until golden brown.

Add minced garlic and grated ginger, and cook for a minute.

Stir in turmeric powder and red chili powder (if using) followed by chopped tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes turn soft.

Add the soaked lentils and 3 cups of water. Season with salt.

Cover the pressure cooker or pot and cook until the lentils are soft and mushy (about 15-20 minutes in a pressure cooker or 30-35 minutes in a pot).

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice.

This lentil soup provides protein, fiber, and essential nutrients to keep you satiated during Sawan Somwar.

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