Rev Up Your Navratri Menu With These Innovative Recipies!
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Navratri is here, and while fasting is a very traditional and customary ritual, there is no denying that if you do it in the right way, it can be quite therapeutic for the body. It can act as a form of detox and keep you healthy as well.
These nine days of fasting is also a very healthy process and is actually helpful in boosting your immunity, which is extremely important, given that we are all under quarantine and this is flu season.
Fasting gives us a break from gluten and that’s good as this eases our digestion and lets the body function more efficiently. Make sure you eat light and stay away from fried foods as that undermines the whole point of a fast.
Break your fast with gut health enriching, low GI foods like coconut water, milk or fruit juices, coconut milk, almond milk, sabudana, buckwheat, veggies, yoghurt, cottage cheese and fruits. All these foods boost your immunity, which is anyway low around this time of changing season.
Now, vrat menus are great but if you’re looking to expand your horizons and want some very innovative vrat friendly and healthy dishes, why don't you check out some of our recipe recommendations?
Coconut Hot Chocolate
Coconut milk is vrat approved drink and since you’re supposed to stay away from refined sugar, a coconut hot chocolate is going to be a delightful guilt free drink that’s super healthy for you and your gut. The natural sweetness of coconut milk is enhanced by the flavorful and sweet cinnamon powder and you have a winner!
Coconut milk: 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder (unsweetened): 2 tsp
Cinnamon powder: 1/2 tsp
Water: 1/2 cup
1. Boil cinnamon powder in water.
2. Off the flame, then add cocoa powder.
3. Now add coconut milk.
4. Mix well.
5. Serve hot
Really? Amla in rice? No, we’re not kidding. Since you’re not allowed to have a lot salt especially the refined variety and cannot put a lot of spices, amla’s zest will make for a delightful vrat rice! And hey, we’ve used samai rice which is wholesome, gut friendly, metabolism boosting vrat friendly rice, so you can chill.
Samai Rice (cooked): 1 cup
Ghee: 2 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Curry Leaves (chopped): 4
Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tsp
Peanuts (roasted): 1/4 cup
Amla (Chopped): 1 tbsp
Sendha Namak: According to taste
Red Chilli powder: According to taste
Black Pepper Powder: 1/2 tsp
Tulsi Leaves(chopped): 2
1. Add ghee in a pan then add mustard seeds and stir until they crackle.
2. Add white urad dal and roast until brown.
3. Then, add curry leaves, turmeric powder, peanuts and red chilli powder. Stir for 2 minutes.
4. Add amla, salt and black pepper mix well then add cooked samai rice.
5. Mix all the ingredients properly.
6. Serve hot
Do we really need to tell you why buttermilk is your vrat savior? But hey, we’ve added a special twist to the recipe to make it a treat for the eyes and the soul.
Buttermilk: 1 glass
Black pepper(crushed): A pinch
Jeera (crushed): A pinch
Beetroot (steamed and grated): 1 tsp
Star anise (powder): A pinch
1. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and serve cold.
Turmeric Ginger Latte
Turmeric and Ginger, two vrat friendly foods that are also super anti inflammatory and immunity boosting are here to make jazz up your vrat menu like nobody’s business!
Raw Turmeric: 1 inch
Ginger: 1 inch
Black Pepper: 2 peppercorns
Milk: 1 cup
1. Boil raw turmeric and ginger in a cup of milk.
2. Strain it in a cup.
3. Add freshly and roughly crushed black pepper in latte and stir well.
4. Serve hot.
Kesar Makhana Kheer
Does anyone ever need a reason to make this delicious kheer? Vrat or no vrat, we can’t get enough of this amazing kesar makhana kheer which is great for the gut, super anti inflammatory and just a divinely soothing dish for the soul.
Milk: 1 cup
Pre ghee roasted Makhana: 1/4 cup
Fig(soaked and chopped): 1
Kesar: 4 strands
Pumpkin seeds(roasted): 1 tsp
Flax seeds: 1 tsp
1. Boil milk four times with kesar till it’s thick and creamy and all the goodness of kesar has been absorbed into it.
2. Replace sugar with the sweetness of chopped figs and stir continuously.
3. Fold the makhanas into the mix and stir for another 5 mins
4. Season with pumpkin seeds and flax seeds after it cools
5. Serve either hot or cold.We are salivating, aren’t you?