In this news, we discuss the 5 binge-worthy sattvic recipes to try on Navratri.
When the nine-day Navratri festival dedicated to Shakti or female power begins tomorrow, devotees will worship nine avatars of Goddess Durga and observe a fast for nine days. During Navratri, the devotees try to follow a sattvic diet, that is, food without spices, oil, onion, garlic, meat. It strengthens their body and mind as the change of seasons brings sickness and disease.
Here is a list of 5 frenzy-worthy sattwic recipes to try before the auspicious occasion: 1. Sabudana Khichdi (sago seeds)
An easy snack, Sabudana Khichdi (sago) is usually made during fasting days like Navratri or Mahashivratri or Ekadashi. Sago seeds or tapioca pearls should be soaked in water for 2-3 hours or it will be better to soak them overnight. Always use a 1: 1 ratio of sabudana and water. To check if it has been properly soaked, press a bead between your thumb and forefinger. You should be able to break it easily. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds, add the diced potatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes, add the roasted peanuts and cook for another minute. Add the drained sago seeds and add rock salt. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes until most of the sago seeds turn translucent. Make sure not to cook it for a long time, otherwise it will stick to each other. Remove the pan from the fire. Add the lemon juice and cilantro and stir to combine, and your Sabudana khichdi is ready. 2. Sama Pulao (backyard millet)
Sama or Samak is not associated with rice and belongs to the millet family. In English, they are called Barnyard mil. Rinse the sama or backyard millet several times in water as we rinse the rice and soak it in enough water for 20-30 minutes. Heat the oil or ghee in a saucepan, add the cumin, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and black pepper. Sauté the ingredients in the pan and add the crushed green chili ginger and mix for half a minute over low heat. Add the cubed potatoes and the curry leaves and the roasted peanut powder. Take the soaked sama rice and add it to the mixture. Mix well and add water, salt if necessary. Cook in the pressure cooker for 4 to 5 whistles or until the water is absorbed and the millet grains are cooked. You can add cashews and chopped almonds and garnish with the dried fruits and cilantro leaves. The samak pulao is ready to eat!
3. Dahi Aloo (Curd Potatoes) Yet another light curry that you can make for vrat or religious fasting, Dahi aloo, can be served with Sabudana Khichdi. To cook, boil the potatoes, peel them and crumble them with your hands. You can also hash if you want. Beat the dahi (curd or yogurt) until smooth. Heat some ghee or oil. Crack the cumin seeds, then add the ginger and fry them for a few seconds. Add the crumbled potatoes. Mix the potatoes for about two to three minutes. Then add all the dry spice powders. Stir well and sauté for a minute. Add the beaten dahi and mix. Add water as needed and stir again. Season with rock salt. Simmer the potatoes for a few minutes until the sauce thickens. Stir well and once cooked, garnish the dahi aloo sauce with coriander leaves and serve the dahi aloo hot.
4. Kaddu ki sabzi (pumpkin curry) An easy and simple recipe, pumpkin curry is a binge-worthy recipe during Navratri. To start, wash a small pumpkin and peel it. Chop the pumpkin into small pieces. Take a pressure cooker or a saucepan, and heat about two tablespoons of peanut oil or ghee, add a quarter of a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds (methi dana) and 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds. Fry for a minute over low heat. Add the chopped pumpkin. Stir and mix well. Then add half a teaspoon of red chili powder and half a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Add three quarters of a cup or a cup of water and rock salt (sendha namak). Mix well then cook over medium heat for 7 to 8 minutes. Cook under pressure until the pumpkin becomes soft and mushy, then mash the cooked pumpkin. Stir the pumpkin puree well and cook for a minute or two, or until the water evaporates. Your pumpkin curry is ready to be served.
5. Vrat ke Jeera Aloo (Potatoes with Cumin) The quick and easy recipe can be served with Samak Pulao. To start, boil 3-4 medium sized potatoes in a pressure cooker until tender and cooked through. Peel them and chop them. In a pan, heat half a tablespoon of peanut oil or ghee. Over low heat, add 1.5 teaspoon of cumin seeds and let them splash and change color. Then add the chopped potatoes and mix well, then add rock salt if needed. Stir again. Stir and sauté for a minute and add half a teaspoon of lemon juice, to taste. The vrat ke jeera aloo is ready! Enjoy your meal! (ANI)
- When the nine-day Navratri festival dedicated to Shakti or female power begins tomorrow, devotees will worship nine avatars of Goddess Durga and observe a fast for nine days.
- 5 sattwic recipes worthy of a frenzy to try on Navratri