Navratri Foods: Navratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to the goddess Durga and her nine incarnations. Actually, there are four navigators in a year, but only two of them: Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri are known throughout the country.
Chaitra Navratri is celebrated in the Hindu Chaitra months (spring and summer (usually around March and April)), while Sharad navratri is celebrated in autumn from October to November. The celebration will take place from October 17 to 25.
These nine days are very auspicious, everyone is doing their best to please Goddess Durga’s dedication and piety. People get up and bathe early in the morning and pray to the goddess.
They made special robes and long skirts to welcome Goddess Durga to take refuge in her home. Devotees also practice fasts to show their devotion to the goddess. Although some people observe the fast for the full nine days, some keep it on the date (couple) after the first two (or the first two). In addition to religious reasons, these fasts have strong scientific logic. All Navratris begin when the season approaches.
Chaitra Navratri marks the transition from spring to summer, while Sharad Navratra falls around October to November, marking the beginning of winter. During this time, your immunity tends to drop, and during these time intervals, your body is more likely to get sick. Fasting or eating a light diet can help you get stronger from the inside out.
Those of us who are familiar with the Navratri fast know that these days are as popular as Kuttu Ki Puri, Singhade Ka Halwa, Singhare Ke Pakore, Sabudana Vada, and Sabudana Khichdi. Restaurants and supermarkets offer special fasting meals or also known as Vrat ka Khaana. Some people tend to eat only fruit, some people like light meals, while others eat fruit all day and have only one meal for dinner.
The method of fasting may vary from family to family, but for everyone, there are very few rules for fasting. Before you decide to keep these fasts this year, here are guidelines for all the fasting rules you should follow and what you can eat or avoid.
1. Flours and grains
You cannot eat grains like wheat and rice during these fasting periods, but you can eat alternatives like Kuttu ka Atta (buckwheat flour) or Singhare ka Atta (powdered water). You can even eat Rajgira ka Atta (powdered tempura). Besides rice, you can also use Samai Ke Chawal or Samvat Ke Chwaal (sub bar) to make khichdi, dhoklas, or kheer. During Navratris, another star ingredient that you will find in most kitchens is Sabudana. It is usually used to prepare papaya, snacks or vadas.
You can eat all fruits and nuts during these fasting periods. This is the best time to enjoy all seasonal fruits like mango, watermelon, cantaloupe, and apple. You can quickly make a fruit satay or pair it with a bowl of yogurt.
During these nine days, some devotees fasted only fruit and milk.
3. Spices and seasonings
If you are observing the Navratri fast, you should avoid using regular table salt and instead use alternative rock salt or the Santana band.
Sendha namak is a highly crystalline salt, which is obtained by evaporating sea water and does not contain a large amount of sodium chloride (unlike table salt). In Ayurveda, rock salt is considered high grade salt because it is pure and unprocessed.
As for spices, you can use ground cumin or cumin, ground black pepper, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ajwain, black pepper, dried pomegranate seeds, kokum, tamarind, and nutmeg. Some people also use fresh coriander leaves, cold red powder, dried mango powder, Chaat masala (especially fruit), while others may not use them.
Much depends on the beliefs and family traditions of the devotee. Avoid using spices such as turmeric (Haldi), asafoetida (hing), mustard (sarson or rai), fenugreek seeds (methi dana), garam masala, and dhania powder (coriander powder), which generate heat in the body.
Those who practice fasting, as well as relatives who have not switched to a vegetarian diet during these nine days. On an empty stomach, I prefer some vegetables, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, albi, kacharu, Sunan or yam, lemon, raw or half-cooked pumpkin, and raw pumpkin. You can also eat spinach, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and carrots.
Dairy Products You can consume milk and dairy products during the fasting period, such as curd (highly recommended because it keeps the intestines fresh and healthy), cheese or cottage cheese, white butter, ghee, Malaysian wine, and other ingredients.
Milk and lotus leaf preparations. People tend to make cheese at home to maintain purity. Buttermilk and lassi are great drinks to keep you hydrated throughout the day. For cooking oil, avoid using seed oil or refined oil for cooking.
You can cook food with Indian ghee and peanut oil
5. Other food options
You can also choose makhanas (they are great options for snacks), coconut or coconut milk products, Sonth ki chutney (made with tamarind sauce), melon seeds, and peanuts
that must be prepared without onions or garlic. If you want to fast, you should also stay away from beans, lentils, rice flour, cornmeal, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and semolina. Eggs, alcohol, smoking, and non-vegetarian drinks are also strictly prohibited.