The nine auspicious nights of Navratri are here again, during which goddess Durga is worshiped and most people fast. The auspicious time Navratri, which is observed twice a year, is when most people abstain from non-vegetarian cuisine, while many others also abstain from onion and garlic. While a huge portion of north, west, and central India observes a nine-day fast, some choose to fast simply on the first and concluding days of the period to pay gratitude to the Goddess.
Ingredients like kuttu atta, singhara atta, fresh vegetables, milk, sendha namak, yoghurt, and makhanas are consumed during the Navratra fast. They are light on the stomach and easily digestible too. Using these ingredients, you can make delectable vrat snacks that will help you keep your fast going while also satisfying your stomach. You can make all these dishes within 30 minutes.
1. Vrat Wala Chawal Dhokla
Time: 25 mins
- 3/4 Cup Samwat ke chawal
- 1 cup Sour yogurt
- 1 tsp Ginger paste
- Green chili paste
- 1 tsp Sendha namak
- 2 tsp ghee
- 2 Whole dry red peppers
- 6-7 Curry leaves
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- Grated coconut
- fresh coriander
- Lightly roast some rice in a pan, taking care not to burn it.
- Now mix rice, sendha namak, chilli paste, ginger paste, and yoghurt to make the batter. Allow the mixture to ferment overnight. It should become slightly spongy by morning.
- Next, grease a tin with ghee and pour the batter into it.
- Place the tin in the steamer for 20 minutes to cook.
- Check to see whether it's done. When done, set it aside to cool.
- In a pan, melt the ghee. Add cumin, red pepper, and curry leaves.
- Now Pour it over the dhokla.
- Cut the dhokla into serving pieces and top with fresh coriander and grated coconut
2. Vrat Banana Kebab
Time: 25 min
- 2 small Raw Banana
- 2 medium Potatoes
- 1 tsp Red chili powder
- 1/4 cup Buckwheat flour
- 1 tsp crushed dried mint leaves
- sendha namak
- 3 tbsp Oil
- First, pressure-cook the bananas and potatoes with their peel on. Cook them for about 3 whistles or 10 mins. Allow them to soften and tenderise before making a smooth mash.
- Remove from the water and set aside to cool. Peel potatoes and bananas when they are cool enough to touch. Transfer it to a big bowl.
- Using a fork or a potato masher, mash the potatoes and banana.
- Now mix all spices.
- Mix buckwheat flour and mix until combined.
- Grease your hands and mould the dough into tikkis.
- Heat tikkis in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.
- Cook the tikkis for 8-10 minutes over low heat, turning occasionally, until both sides are equally cooked. Serve with green chutney.
3. Aloo Tikki
Time: 30 min
- 1/2 cup Barnyarn Millet/ Samu
- 4 medium Potato boiled
- 2 tsp Green Chilies chopped
- 1.5 tsp grated Ginger
- 3 tbsp chopped Coriander
- 1 tsp Pepper Powder
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1.5 tsp amchoor
- 3 tbsp Ghee or Cooking Oil
- In a pressure cooker, add sama and 1 & 1/4 cup water and cook for 3 whistles on medium heat.
- When the cooker has completely cooled, place the cooked sama in a bowl and mash it with a spoon before allowing it to cool to room temperature.
- Mash the grated potato, sama, and remaining ingredients together. (The proportions of cooked sama and boiled potato mixture should be about the same.)
- Grease your palms and form equal-sized patties from the ingredients.
- In a flat non-stick pan, heat the oil/ghee and shallow fry the patties over medium heat until golden and crisp on both sides. (Do not deep fry).
- Serve hot.
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4. Pumpkin Halwa
Time: 30 mins
- 250 Gms Yellow Pumpkin Peeled and Cubed
- 3 tbsp Mixed Dry Fruits
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Elaichi Powder
- 2 tbsp Melon Seeds
- 3 tbsp Ghee
- Put one tbsp of ghee in a cooker or handi.
- Cook the yellow pumpkin cubes till they get soft and mushy.
- Smash the pumpkin and heat for another minute or so, then add the sugar and Elachi powder and cook until the sugar melts and the mixture thickens.
- Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 to 10 minutes. This is to allow the water to evaporate.
- Heat the remaining ghee in a tempering pan, then add the dry fruits and fry for a second or two.
- Put the roasted dry fruits into the halwa mixture, then add the melon seeds, i.e. Magag ki Dana, and mix well. Set aside for 5 to 10 minutes to rest.
- Serve tasty delight.
Make these tasty vrat snacks and enjoy the auspicious time of Navratri. Happy Navratri!
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