Navratri is the time of the year when idols of goddess Durga are decorated and morning prayers are offered accompanied by synchronised bells.
It is one of the biggest Hindu festivals and is celebrated twice a year with great fervour across the country. Devotees worship the different avatars of Goddess Durga for nine days and most people observe fasts. It is celebrated twice a year, at the beginning of spring and during the onset of autumn.
During Navratris most people give up non-vegetarian food while many others also eliminate onion and garlic from their meals. The aroma of pure butter or desi ghee delicacies fill up the space.
Here is a list of five food items that make our mouth water and motivate us to keep fast, if you know what I mean.
1. Sabudana Khichdi
Sabudana is full of starch/carbohydrates which gives you the much needed energy boost while fasting. It’s a light dish made with sabudana, peanuts and mild spices.
2. Kuttu Atta ki Puri
These puris made with Kuttu ka Atta are the best accompaniments to Aloo Bhaji. Thesepuris can also be savoured with a bowl of chilled curd. Kuttu is known to lift up your energy levels. It doesn’t come from a grain and thus, is one of the favaourite vrat ingredients used commonly.
3. Sabudana Vada
These super delicious Sabudana Vadas are crispy from outside with a soft and light texture from inside.
4. Makhana Kheer
Desserts inspire a cheer and hence there is a kheer made with makhana and nuts. Indulge without worrying about the weighing scale!
5. Singhare Atte Ka halwa
Singhara atta is another Navratri special ingredient that is used commonly in place of your regular grains or wheat. This dessert is made with the goodness of water chestnut flour, sugar and ghee and topped with heaps of dry fruits and nuts.