Navratris are 10 days & 9 nights of fasting, praying & celebrations. Many people fasts in many ways in every part of the country, some use to eat only “2-cloves” & water for the whole 9 days, many other eat only fruits & there are lots of other ways to pay respect to Goddess Durga for navratris. Here we bring you some easy & delicious “Falahar” or “Vrat” recipes which can be eaten during Navratri fast.
1- Sabudana Khichdi
- Sago (sabudana)
- Green chillies
- Cumin seeds
- Salt to taste
- Lemon juice
- Fresh coriander leaves a few sprigs
- Wash sabudana two to three times and then soak in one-cup water for three to four hours. Sabudana grains should be separate and moist. Roast peanuts on a hot griddle, peel off the skin and then grind coarsely.
- Wash green chillies, remove stem and then chop finely. Peel and wash the potato and cut into small cubes. Wash and chop coriander leaves.
- Heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds and chopped green chillies. When cumin seeds crackle add the potato cubes.
- Cook till the potatoes are done. Add sabudana, scraped coconut and ground peanuts, sauté for four to five minutes, stirring well.
- Sprinkle a little water, add rock salt and lime juice. Mix well. Remove from heat. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves.
Serve with plain yogurt. 🙂
2- Kuttu ki Puri
- Kuttu Atta
- Arbi or Potato
- Salt (saindha)
- Black Pepper powder
- Boil and mash potato.
- Now mix salt, atta, kali mirch and alu and knead into dough.
- Make small balls of the dough and roll each into small puris.
- Heat ghee in a pan.
- Fry each puri in ghee.
- When cooked on one side turn it and cook on the other side also until it turns light brown.
- Serve them hot with curd or potato sabji
3- Dahi wale Aloo
Dahi wale Aloo
- aloo (potatoes) boiled and peeled
- cumin seeds
- rock salt
- yogurt (curd)
- green chillies
- coriander leaves-chopped
- Break the aloo (potatoes), by holding each in the palm of your hand and closing the fist. Keep these unevenly broken potatoes aside until further use.
- Heat the ghee, add cumin and asafoetida. When the cumin splutters, add ginger and sauté till slightly fried.
- Lower the flame, add yogurt 1 tbsp at a time, stirring vigorously until all of it is well blended.
- Add garam masala, coriander and salt. Stir a few times until well mixed, add potatoes and green chillies, turn around over high heat, until they look slightly fried.
- Add about 2 cups water, bring the mixture to a boil, and then simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes.
- Serve aloo dahi wale hot, garnished with coriander leaves.
4- Kheere ka Raita (Cucumber Raita)
Kheere ka Raita
- 1 medium sized cucumber
- 1 cup curd/yogurt
- 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds powder/jeera powder
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- ½ tsp red chili powder (optional)
- rock salt/sendha namak or black salt
- chopped coriander or mint leaves for garnish
- Wash the cucumber.
- Peel the cucumber and grate it
- In a bowl, beat the curd till smooth.
- Add the grated cucumber to the curd.
- Add all the dry spice powders and rock salt.
- Mix well and serve cucumber raita.
- Optionally you could even garnish the cucumber raita with some coriander leaves or mint leaves.
5- Lauki ka halwa
Lauki ka Halwa
- Bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki) , peeled and grated
- Mava (khoya)
- Cashewnuts (kaju), raisins, badam
- Cardamom (elaichi) powder
- Rose water
- Squeeze out water from grated dudhi completely.
- Heat ghee in a pan; add grated dudhi.
- Sauté it on medium flame for 3-4 minutes, stir continuously.
- Add milk; mix well and bring mixture to boil.
- When it starts to boil, reduce flame to low and cook it until almost milk is absorbed. It will take approx. 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally in between to prevent sticking. Add khoya, sugar, chopped cashew nuts, raisins and chopped almonds.
- Stir continuously and cook until almost moisture is evaporated and mixture turns thick; approx. 3-4 minutes.
- Turn off flame, add cardamom powder and mix it properly.
- Delicious doodhi halwa is ready. Transfer it to serving bowl and serve.
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