VINOD-DONIV Presents Easy & Delicious Navratri Recipes for your Festive Celebration

 Easy & Delicious

Introduction

Navratri, a vibrant and spiritually significant Hindu festival, is a time for fasting and feasting. It spans nine days and nights, during which devotees worship the goddess Durga and abstain from certain foods, including onion and garlic. However, fasting doesn't mean compromising on flavor and variety. Here are some easy and delightful Navratri recipes to add a festive touch to your celebrations. Good and tasty food means good Cookware too, So this Navratri season makes your cooking easy and delicious with VINOD DONIV Cookware.

Sabudana Khichdi

The Fasting Favorite Sabudana Khichdi is a uintessential Navratri dish. It's uick to make and incredibly flavorful. Here's how to prepare it

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sabudana (tapioca pearls)
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, diced
  • 2-3 green chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely ground
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • A handful of curry leaves
  • Sendha namak (rock salt) to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak sabudana for a few hours, then drain.
  2. Heat ghee in a VINOD-DONIV Triply Kadai , add cumin seeds, green chilies, and curry leaves.
  3. Add diced potatoes and cook until tender.
  4. Add sabudana and cook until translucent.
  5. Mix in the ground peanuts and season with rock salt.
  6. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.

Aloo Jeera

The Classic Comfort Aloo Jeera is a simple yet satisfying dish that can be enjoyed during Navratri fasting. Here's how to prepare it

Ingredients

  • 3-4 medium-sized potatoes, boiled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Sendha namak (rock salt) to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat ghee or oil in a VINOD-DONIV kadai, add cumin seeds, and let them splutter.
  2. Add diced potatoes, red chili powder, and rock salt.
  3. Sauté until the potatoes are coated with the spices and slightly crispy. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve as a side dish.

Lauki Kofta (Bottle Gourd)

This kofta curry made from bottle gourd is a savory treat. Here's how to prepare it

Ingredients For Koftas

  • 1 cup grated lauki (bottle gourd), sueezed to remove excess water
  • 2-3 tablespoons rajgira flour
  • Sendha namak (rock salt) to taste
  • A pinch of red chili powder
  • Oil for frying

Ingredients For Curry

  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup boiled and mashed potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon green chili paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (whisked)
  • Sendha namak (rock salt) to taste
  • Water as needed
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

For Koftas

  1. Mix grated lauki, rajgira flour, rock salt, and red chili powder to form a thick batter.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry small portions of the batter until golden brown. Set aside.

For Curry

  1. Heat oil in a separate VINOD-DONIV kadai, add cumin seeds.
  2. Add ginger and green chili paste, sauté for a minute.
  3. Add tomato puree and cook until oil separates.
  4. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, and rock salt. Cook for a few minutes.
  5. Add mashed potatoes and yogurt, stirring continuously.
  6. Add water as needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  7. Add the fried koftas to the curry and let them simmer for a few minutes.
  8. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot.

Makhana (Fox Nut) Kheer A Sweet Delight

End your Navratri meal on a sweet note with Makhana Kheer

Ingredients

  • 1 cup makhana (fox nuts)
  • 1 liter milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or as per taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • A few strands of saffron (optional)
  • Chopped nuts for garnish (almonds, pistachios)

Instructions

  1. Roast makhana in a dry VINOD-DONIV Kadai until they become crispy. Crush them into coarse pieces.
  2. Boil milk in a heavy-bottomed kadai and let it simmer until it reduces by half. Add sugar, cardamom powder, and saffron (if using). Stir well.
  3. Add crushed makhana and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the kheer thickens.
  4. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve warm or chilled.

FAQs

What is Navratri?

Navratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights and celebrates the victory of good over evil. It involves fasting, worship, and various cultural and dance events.

Can I eat onion and garlic during Navratri fasting?

Typically, onion and garlic are avoided during Navratri fasting as they are considered tamasic and not recommended. The recipes in this blog are designed to be onion and garlic-free.

Are these recipes suitable for all types of fasting during Navratri?

These recipes are generally suitable for those observing a satvik (pure) diet during Navratri, which avoids certain grains and ingredients. However, fasting traditions can vary, so it's essential to adapt these recipes to your specific dietary guidelines.

Can I customize these recipes to suit my taste preferences?

Absolutely! These recipes can be customized to suit your taste. Feel free to adjust the level of spices, use different vegetables, or add ingredients you prefer.

Can I make these recipes outside of Navratri?

Certainly! While these recipes are designed with Navratri fasting guidelines in mind, they are delicious and nutritious dishes that can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

What other dishes can I prepare for Navratri?

Navratri offers a wide range of fasting-friendly dishes, including sabudana vada, samak rice pulao, fruit chaat, and more. You can explore various recipes to create a diverse menu.

Can I use regular table salt in these recipes?

No, it's recommended to use Sendha namak (rock salt) during Navratri fasting, as it's considered pure and is allowed. Regular table salt is typically avoided.

These additional recipes and VINOD-DONIV cookware should add even more variety and flavor to your Navratri celebrations. Enjoy these delicious dishes with your family and friends during this auspicious festival! From the ever-popular Sabudana Khichdi to the comforting Aloo Jeera, these dishes allow you to enjoy a diverse and flavorful menu during Navratri. Don't forget to indulge your sweet tooth with the rich and creamy Makhana Kheer.

As you embark on your Navratri journey, may these recipes and VINOD-DONIV add to the joy and significance of this sacred festival. Whether you're observing the fast or simply looking to enjoy some delectable dishes, these recipes offer a delectable way to connect with tradition and create lasting memories with loved ones. Happy Navratri!