‘Shardiya Navratri’ popularly known as ‘Navratri’ has begun from Wednesday (October 10), will end on October 19.
During these auspicious nine days, devotees across the country offer prayers and worship nine avatars of goddess Durga. And also observe fast.
The festival is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil and the power of the sacred feminine.
It is believed, that Goddess Durga in her most divine and powerful form fought with the evil buffalo demon, Mahishasura and defeated him to save Dharma in the universe.
In West Bengal, the last four days are celebrated as Durga Puja. While in some parts of India, people also celebrate good over evil by honouring the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, to save Sita who was kidnapped by the demon king.
Durga pandals, Ram Leela, Dandiya events, Food stalls and much more are organised by people to enjoy the festivity.
As much awaited 9-day festival is here check out some healthy vrat recipes to stay fit and energetic !
Kuttu Chilla: Kuttu Chilla is one of the wholesome comfort food during fast which can be served with green pudina chutney. To make this all you need is Kuttu Ka Atta 200 grams (According to your requirement), Sendha Namak (according to taste), freshly chopped coriander leaves, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, 2- green chillies, 1 small grated potato, can also add grated reddish.
After that in a large bowl add all the ingredients and water as needed. Mix it well and made a smooth batter. Following this heat tawa or pan grease it, now spread a spoonful batter, drizzle little oil around it and cook for a minute from both sides.
Makhana Porridge: In a quicky feast, one can make Makhana Porridge easily. Ingredients required are Makhanas, Milk, Almonds and Sugar.
Take a handful of Makhana’s, roast it in a pan for 4-5 minutes. Keep it aside for a while. Now boil the milk, add the roasted Makhana stirr, grated almonds and sugar (according to taste).
Lauki Sabzi: Want to give a tangy taste to your tongue one can go Lauki Sabzi. You need one medium size lauki (Bottle Gaurd) cut them into small square pieces, Salt, 3-4 chopped tomatoes, freshly chopped coriander.
Heat the pan, add a little oil in it. After that add lauki stirr for a while and add tomatoes cook it in a medium until you feel it’s done.
Samwat Chawal Dhokla: To curb your cravings of mid-time snacks, you can go for Samwat chawal dhokla. For this, you need
3/4 Cup Samwat rice, 1 Cup Sour yoghurt, 1 teaspoon Ginger paste, To taste Green chillies paste, 1 teaspoon Sendha namak (rock salt), 2 teaspoon Oil/ghee, 6-7 Curry leaves, and grated Coconut and fresh coriander for garnishing.
Now take a pan and roast the rice lightly and do not let it brown. Following this, prepare the batter by mixing rice, rock salt, chilli paste, ginger paste and yoghurt. Leave the mixture overnight to ferment.
After that grease a tin with little ghee and add the batter into it. Place the tin into the steamer and cook for 20 minutes. Check if it is done and then let it cool.
Heat ghee in a pan. Add curry leaves and pour it over the dhokla. Cut the dhokla into serving pieces and garnish with the coriander and coconut.
Kache Kele Ki Sabzi: In a mood of tingling taste, one can prepare Kache Kele Ki Sabzi. To make this all you required- Raw bananas (diced), peeled, few Thymol seed, 1 teaspoon oil, sendha namak and 1 teaspoon Lemon juice.
Heat oil in a pan, add Thymol seeds after that add Raw bananas, cook for 5 minutes. Add salt and check if it is done. In last add lemon juice.