Navratri 2022 has arrived. While fasting plays a major role, there is also a lot of emphasis on simplicity satvich Food free of onions, garlic and meat. However, instead of sticking to regularity vrat foods like Sabudana Khichdi or Koto PuriIt includes a range of healthy broths and hearty soups that are not only filling, but nourishing as well. We’ve asked foodies and chefs to reimagine Navratri staples like potatoes, pumpkin and peanuts, and share some unique, delicious recipes that are easy to make using ingredients from your pantry.
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Navratri portends the onset of winter, with temperatures dropping at night. In this transitional season, almond soup is a warm, comforting broth. “Almonds are a universally recognized super food that is used extensively during fasting. One of the ways you can taste them is by making a coil Badam Soup‘” says Yashita Dalmia, a lawyer turned home cook who runs a delivery service called Yashita Kitchen in Delhi. ‘This is a thin, consistent soup made with boiled almond purée, drained and added to milk and water.’ It is then brought to a boil and seasoned with rock salt and ground black pepper.’ To make it thicker, you can add fresh potatoes and cream. Garnish with salt and pepper, and serve hot. Soup tends to get a little sticky and thicker after cooling, and you can add some milk and cream to adjust its consistency.” This soup can be eaten all year round, but is best suited to cooler temperatures due to its inherently warm nature,” notes Dalmia. The richness and delicious flavor of almonds make for a special treat when fasting.
Shengdana or peanuts when It is a gluten-free curry with peanuts as a base. It is a popular dish for fasting in Maharashtra, and the best that accompanies it Sabudana Khichdi. It is prepared using diluted peanut paste ghee And two spices. milk or amsol (dried kocom skin) as a soothing agent while also aiding in digestion. Quantities may vary depending on your preference. Sharvari N Sule, a currently UK based Ayurvedic doctor who loves to cook traditional Maharashtrian food, adds a twist to this. when Using coconut milk as a base. For her, this soup is nostalgic – the recipe passed on from her grandmother to her father, who made it while fasting especially on the day IkadashiA day dedicated to Lord Krishna. In her version of whenAdd mashed boiled potatoes, chili and coriander ghee. Use ghee It has a cooling effect on the stomach compared to the heating properties of peanuts. Simmer the mixture over low heat until the starch from the potatoes and the peanut flavor are well incorporated into the broth. It is traditionally served with Varisha Bhatt (Barnyard millet), or Samvat rice or buckwheat Khishdi.
singara Or water chestnut flour is a powerhouse of antioxidants and minerals. It is believed to be heart friendly and promote weight loss. Dalmia uses it to make candy and sour Singara Kadi. Coming from a Marwari family, Curry, an Indian dish They are an integral part of our meals and feature regularly on the dining table. This version of Curry, an Indian dish It’s been a highlight in my house for years while fasting,” says Dalmia. Made using yoghurt and singara Flour, decorated with Tadka of spices to add a distinctive flavour. “Usually a bowl of this Curry, an Indian dish It’s filling on its own but if you want to make a full meal out of it, add fish rice to it, or some water chestnut flour pancakes. For a meal that feels like a warm hug. “Keeping the consistency thin, makes it easier to digest as well,” notes Dalmia.
Potato soup with cheese
Tired of only solid foods while fasting? Kunjana Chauhan of Sattvik Kitchen, an Instagram blog promoting vegetarian recipes without onions and garlic turning to liquid foods while fasting. She shares a recipe for a quick potato cheese soup that she learned from her husband. “It’s fast-wearing and will keep you warm during the colder months,” says Chauhan. She uses pure vegan cheese made with milk and vegetable rennet and adds it to boiled potatoes and water. Then they are blended in a blender to form a puree: cook in butter and garnish with pepper, chili flakes and banana chips. Since the main ingredients are potatoes and cheese, it boosts energy making it ideal for fasting. I love the soup for its warm, comforting flavors and simple ingredients that make it easy to prepare. It is best paired with sama shawal (barnyard millet) – a type of millet allowed on the fasting day,” says Chauhan.
Pumpkin is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and has many health benefits. It is believed to boost immunity, improve eyesight, and reduce the risk of cancer. This delicious broth is amazing for the lips and it’s easy to recreate a recipe using just a handful of ingredients. Squeeze the pumpkin pieces for one or two whistles and then blend in a blender to achieve a smooth consistency. Then dilute with ghee, salt and pepper. Add water as per your preference for consistency. Serve hot and garnish with pumpkin seeds. Natasha Vengurlekar- Mokashi, a home cook who shares her personal recipes on her Instagram page @natashamokashi prepares them using coconut which not only makes it tastier but also produces satisfying and delicious results. Shredded coconut mixed with cumin and cayenne pepper adds to pumpkin puree with tamarind paste for a refreshing flavor. Chef Ritesh Raje, Chef De Cuisine, Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden, adds buckwheat flour to pumpkin puree. “Buckwheat not only acts as a thickener, but it also adds to your nutrition quotient and boosts energy,” he says.
Buckwheat and yogurt broth
“Since one has to consume limited ingredients during Navratri, kuttu or buckwheat becomes an ideal and also readily available option during this festive season,” says Suraj Sahu, Executive Chef at Novotel Vijayawada Varun. Make buckwheat yogurt Curry, an Indian dish Using buckwheat flour and yogurt. Dilute with ghee, cumin seeds and hot pepper. For this, mashed potatoes Tekes fried in ghee Add and garnish with coriander leaves. “Served hot with kuttu atte ki poori or fish rice. This is nourishing Curry, an Indian dish Features on Navratri’s menu at a restaurant at Novotel Vijayawada Varun, Food Exchange,”
Be sure to add this soup – which offers a host of health benefits – to your Navratri diet.
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