Chaitra navratri are here and so is the yummy food!

Team WOWRAL Apr 08, 2016

Widely known and accepted fact- India is a land of festivals.

While the north region immerses itself in devotion as the Chaitra Navratra begin, Maharashtra rejoices for Gudi padwa and the southern states celebrate Ugaadi. While all these mark the beginning of a new year, Chaitra Navratra continue for 9 days, dedicating the affection for Maa Durga and as we talk about it, let us remind you that the majority of people fast for about 9 days, away from wheat, pulses, rice and things made from them. You may wonder that the condition of a human might just worsen in 9 days, there are alternatives and these alternatives are so yummy and mouth-watering that even those who do not fast find themselves munching on these.

But yes, calorie conscious people please stay away! Fruits, nuts, raisins, curds, potatoes, buckwheat flour also known as kuttu ka aata, singhade ka aata, sago, milk, etc are consumed on a large scale. And yes, how could we forget ghee! Every household has its own yes or no ingredients and no matter what, the result is totally scrumptious.

So we thought why not help you remember all the great stuff that you can make with the ingredients allowed and appreciated rather than eating the same boring thing again and again. Read on!

1. Kuttu ki poori

1. Kuttu ki poori

Kuttu ki poori is made with kuttu ka aata obviously and by adding some boiled potatoes, sendha namak or rock salt. Adding little water, the dough is made and then using the rolling pins, small pooris are rolled out and then deep fried in ghee. Best served with potato curry.

2. Sabudana Khichdi

2. Sabudana Khichdi

This is perhaps the most widely made khichdi in India during fasting. Light yet filling, this is preferred by everyone.

3. Sabudana wada

3. Sabudana wada

This is worth preparing if you have time on your hands. Sabudana or sago wada needs real patience and as they say, the fruit of patience is worth it completely.

4. Vrat wale aloo

4. Vrat wale aloo

These are so yummy that people wait for the fasting to begin so that they can have these without any guilt. There is an unknown reason that food tastes more awesome during fasting. But whatever it may be, we are more than happy to gobble them up.

5. Mixed fruit raita

5. Mixed fruit raita

Why have plain curds when you can add the most amazing twist? Add in all your favorite fruits in well beaten curds with sugar and you are done!

6. Doodh peda

6. Doodh peda

Heating milk with cardamom till the consistency is reduced and then adding sugar, few strands of saffron and a little ghee results in doodh peda which is hard to put down after a bite. Or bites.

7. Sama ke chawal

7.	Sama ke chawal

Sama ka chawal or also known as Mordhan (botanical name: Echinochloa colona) is a fasting alternative to rice. Did we tell you our love for the dosas made from this? Its flour paired with rajgira flour, buttermilk and rock salt results in yummy dosas. Perfect for those who have an everyday relationship with dosas.

8. Sabudana kheer

8. Sabudana kheer

Dear old sago is back. With some sweetness herein. Boil soaked sago with milk, cardamom, few strands of saffron and sugar. Keep stirring till a thick consistency is achieved and you are done. Add fried nuts on top.

9. Fruit chaat

9. Fruit chaat

Oh wait! We have a healthy option as well!

10. Lauki ka halwa

10. Lauki ka halwa

This is the most surprising one. How can a lauki or doodhi or bottleguard yield such mouth watering halwa?

We can almost file a petition to know that!

So are you still going to act boring or gear up for a twist in the taste?

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