Navratri detox foods that can help you stay fit this festive season

By Era Kapoor
  • Sep 29, 2017

Navratri 2017 is here, and one look around is enough to tell, how eager we are to welcome the season of festivities.  The word 'Navratri' translates into 'nine nights' in Sanskrit. These nine days are dedicated to Goddess Durga , who comes to take shelter in the homes of her loving devotees. During these nine auspicious days, devotees seek blessings and pray to the nine forms Durga also known as Navdurga. A common practice of keeping the ritualistic fasts also forms an essential part of the Navratri celebrations. People do so to please the deity with their devotion. During the fasts, devotees steer clear of certain food items like non-vegetarian foods, eggs, regular salt and alcohol. It is suggested to switch to a saatvik diet and only some limited ingredients can be used to make the vrat ka khaana. These Navratri special foods may include sabudaana, sendha namak, kuttu ka atta, singhare ka atta and certain vegetables. However, that doesn't mean you are not allowed to experiment. There's a lot that you can do with these limited ingredients. Here are some ideas with Navratri special foods for inspiration.


1.Sabudana Khichdi

Loaded with good quality starch and carbohydrates, sabudana acts as the instant energy booster during these fasts Sabudana khichdi made of tapioca pearls, also known as sago khichdi in the Southern part of the country, is one of the most relished Vrat dish during Navratri fasting. You can spruce it up with peanuts, fresh coriander and mild spices.

sabudana khichdiSabudana khichdi made of tapioca pearls, and is also known as sago khichdi. Photo Credit: Istock

2.Sabudana Kheer

The delicious festive dessert made with sabudana (tapioca pearls) is a vrat classic. Flavored with a hint of cardamom and saffron and topped with some chunky nuts, it is an absolute treat.

kheerThe delicious festive dessert made with sabudana and is a vrat favourite. Photo Credit: Istock

3.Kuttu Atta ki Puri

 These puris made with Kuttu ka Atta are the best accompaniments to Aloo Bhaji. These puris can also be savoured with a bowl of chilled curd. Kuttu is known to lift up your energy levels. It doesn't come from a grain and thus, is one of the favaourite vrat ingredients used commonly.

kuttu ki puri 620x350Kuttu is known to lift up your energy levels. Photo Credit: Istock

4.Roasted Makhana or Phool Makhana

Makhanas or fox nuts are also quite high up on the popularity charts of Navratri special foods. You can add them to your kheer, or make Makhane ki Sabzi, but the most popularly enjoyed version of these bite sized seeds are when they are simply roasted makhanas or Phool Makhana and rubbed with some rock salt and pepper.

makhanaYou can add makhanas to your kheer, or make Makhane ki Sabzi. Photo Credit: Istock
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