Navratri is a time when spirituality and celebration merge as people all over India adopt a contemplative lifestyle to purify themselves and their environment and welcome the joy of the new season with a clean mind, body, and soul. Many worshippers practise traditional fasts during Navratri to demonstrate their devotion to Maa Durga.
Fasting foods might get dull when you eat the same foods every day, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with the restricted items for the Vrat Ka Khana. These recipes also feature some of the most popular sweet treats, but the key is to keep these desserts healthy too! So here is a fasting food list with recipes for some of the most delectable desserts to prepare this Navratri.
Makhanas, also known as fox nuts or lotus seeds, are derived from the Euryale Fox, a water-based plant. Makhana is high in various vital nutrients and is a good supplement to a well-balanced diet.
Here is the recipe for Makhana Kheer-
- Crush the cashews and almonds into tiny bits. Then, in a pan over medium heat, melt some ghee.
- When the ghee is heated enough, add the lotus seed pops, crushed almonds, and cashews and roast until the lotus seeds get crispy and the cashews become golden.
- Turn off the heat and set them aside.
- Now, heat milk in a deep pan over low-medium heat. Meanwhile, grind 3/4 of the lotus seed pops, almonds, and cashews in a food processor.
- Grind it into a powder.
- When the milk begins to boil, add the sugar, cardamom powder, saffron, and powdered combination.
- Stir the mixture for a minute before adding the remaining cashews, almonds, and lotus seeds.
- Stir for approximately 10 minutes, or until the lotus seed pops, softens, and the remainder of the mixture becomes creamy.
- Allow it to simmer for another minute before turning off the heat.
- Transfer the kheer to a serving dish and sprinkle with almonds or cashews, if desired.
- Serve warm or chill it for a few minutes to consume it cold.
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Samak Rice Kheer
The Nutty Yogi Barnyard Millet, also known as 'Samvat Ke Chawal,' is a popular millet. These Navratri foods are small, white, and spherical with low carbohydrate content. Samak is a favourite element during the Navratras. The Nutty Yogi Barnyard Millet is a fantastic source of protein that is easily digested, as well as a great source of dietary fibre that contains both soluble and insoluble components.
Here is the recipe for Samak Rice Kheer-
- Wash the barnyard millet well.
- Soak for at least thirty minutes in ample water.
- Drain all of the water after 30 minutes.
- In a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat, cook the milk.
- Mix with some rice.
- Saffron is optional.
- Heat it till the Samak rice is thoroughly cooked. It will take around 10-12 minutes.
- Keep stirring in between and scraping the edges of the pan for easy cleanup.
- Mix in the sugar.
- Mix in the chopped nuts and raisins.
- Mix in the cardamom powder well.
- Cook for the next 2-3 minutes, or until the kheer begins to thicken somewhat.
- Then turn off the heat.
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Amaranth is high in fibre, is gluten-free and is a healthy source of carbs. Protein and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, iron and selenium are abundant in amaranth grains. Make this Upwas food even more healthful by substituting white processed sugar with pure coconut sugar from Amala Earth.
Here is the recipe for Rajgiri Halwa-
- Warm the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. When it reaches a boil, add the sugar and stir thoroughly.
- Maintain a low flame.
- Ghee should be heated in a pan.
- Add the Rajgira atta to the ghee in the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes.
- It will emit a nutty scent and darken in colour.
- Begin gradually adding the milk to the atta. Be cautious while adding the milk since it may sputter.
- Continue to whisk over medium heat.
- Add cardamom powder, cashew nuts, and almonds after the milk has been absorbed and the Sheera has begun to leave the edges of the pan. Blend thoroughly.
- Turn off the heat and serve immediately.
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Singhare Ke Atte Ka Halwa with Brown Sugar
The dried and groundwater chestnut fruits are used to manufacture this flour. The nutrient-dense flour may be used to prepare a variety of Navratri recipes. Use brown sugar to make this halwa even more healthful as it contains molasses, which has many vital vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients. Amala Earth sources raw sugarcane from high-quality farming lands around India. The raw product is processed and packaged in a cutting-edge facility, guaranteeing that only the best quality sugar crystals reach you.
Recipe for Singhare Ke Atte Ka Halwa with Brown Sugar-
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the ghee. Once heated, stir in the Singhare ka atta.
- Roast it, constantly stirring, until it becomes golden brown.
- There will be a pleasant fragrance of toasted flour. This will take around 5-7 minutes.
- While the flour is roasting, bring a cup of water to a boil in another pan.
- Add this boiling water to the toasted mixture, constantly stirring to prevent lumps.
- Add brown sugar when the water has nearly been absorbed (after approximately 2 minutes of mixing).
- Stir constantly while mixing.
- Continue to mix and simmer until the halwa begins to separate from the ghee.
- Turn off the heat at that point.
- Finally, stir in the elaichi (cardamom) powder.
- Garnish with almonds and cashews.
- Serve hot or chilled.