Navratri 2023 is around and it is the time when most people from Hindu religion and from Indian Sub-continent immerse themselves into prayers and celebrations. Navratri festival this year will be observed for nine days starting from 15th October 2023 until 23rd October 2023 and will be followed by Dussehra next day 24th October 2023.
Navratri is an auspicious Hindu festival that is celebrated to worship the nine divine form of Goddess Durga.
It is the time when you can smell the aroma of various delicacies cooked in households using clarified butter and also share a divine experience from religious prayers and ceremonies.
Since Navratri days are considered the sacred nine days, many people often give up on non-vegetarian food and some even give up onion and garlic.
During these days people pray, meditate, fast and cook special delicious foods at home – for dinner or as fasting food.
These special dish recipes are often called the Vrat recipes or during Navratri – the Navratri food recipes.
There are many recipes which you can term as Navratri recipes and here are 10 easy to cook Naratri fast recipes which you can easily prepare at home as fasting food.
The Navratri recipes that we are covering here are the ones that you can consume during the fast. Do let us know in comments how you enjoyed these dishes this Navratri.
The Story of Navratri
Goddess Durga is identified as Adi Parashakti or Param Shakti since she is considered to be the original creator, observer and destroyer of the whole universe.
Navratri festival is celebrated to worship the nine divine forms of Goddess Durga. There are many stories associated with Navratri but the most prominent one is about the battle between Goddess Durga and demon Mahishasur.
The demon Mahishasur had become a big threat to the whole universe and not even the gods were able to save the universe.
When there was nothing that the gods were able to do they plead Goddess Durga for help.
Goddess Durga heard their plea and fought a fierce battle with Mahishasur which lasted for days. Eventually she defeated him and was able to save the whole universe.
People celebrate this victory each year by fasting for nine days and conducting prayers and various religious ceremonies.
Read more – Nine colour of Navratri
Now you know why Navratri is celebrated, let us see what all dishes you can prepare this Navratri from our selected Navratri recipes or Vrat recipes.
Sabudana also known as Tapioca pearls is a rich in Carbohydrates. Since, while fasting you may get low in energy, Carbohydrates will give you the required energy to keep going for nine days.
Sabudana Khichdi is a light dish which is prepared using Sabudana aka Tapioca pearls, Potatoes and Peanuts. With very simple ingredients it will hardly take 20 mins or so to prepare this tasty dish.
It is one of the Vrat or fast recipes which we recommend you can even make as a weekend breakfast. Quick, simple and absolute taste, what else would you want?
Rajgira Puri is an absolute no miss this Navratri festival. Simple to cook and amazingly tasty is what we will call this dish.
In around 15 mins you have an excellent fulfilling dish ready to be consumed during Vrat with either some Coriander Chutney, or Vrat Ke Aloo.
If the topic is about Vrat food and we don’t mention about the Mr Easy adjustable Potato is a straight ‘No’ ‘No’. Vrat ke Aloo is a special dish especially prepared as fasting food to complete the whole menu.
Also, potatoes are good source of Vitamins and Carbohydrates and is a must if you are fasting for nine days. What would be much better than having the soothing taste of this potato curry with some crispy Rajgira Puri.
To keep yourself get going for next nine days, we certainly recommend trying some Kaddu Raita. Kaddu Raita we will call as that much needed extra spice to make your Navratri food a heavenly blessing.
Some Rock Salt, Yogurt and Pumpkin gives you that extremely different taste that you wont find in other sides. Why not try it this Navratri?
Don’t worry if you are just short on Pumpkin, shall us recommend our good old friend – Cucumber Raita. It is a simple and quick win especially if you are all tired and would like to just have something amazing in no time.
Mostly yogurt with some Rock Salt and the water abundant Cucumber makes you feel refreshing instantly. A must try at home.
Ok, so till now we had lot of spices and now we need some cool dessert to even it out. How about a Kheer prepared from Sabudana? Sabudana Kheer has every thing it takes to make that excellent dessert choice. A Simple and quick dish to try at home and enjoy the celebrations of Navratri.
If it is about religious ceremonies or a talk about healthy living, Banana is that fruit which fits into almost everything. Banana is readily available in the market and is a good source of Potassium and other nutrients.
Banana Kheer is a very quick and easy recipe and could be your next best friend for all times. If you want a quick win to avoid salt and still enjoy Navratri recipes we suggest Banana Kheer to be that sweet option.
Gulab Jamun is a very famous and well known dish popular in most parts of the world. It is that dish which you can prepare in bulk and consume for at-least a week (Subjected to temperature and weather conditions).
There are many ways in which you can prepare this dish but the one using Arrowroot (Ararot) and milk cheese is the one to consume during fast.
Feeling thirsty by now, why not have some shakes handy for just this time. Banana shake take less than 5 mins of your time but can boost your energy level in no time. It is also fulfilling drink which would keep you going through next nine days of fasting.
Since Navratri is a very big festival celebrating and worshiping the nine different avatars of Goddess Durga, each day it is not only just about fasting and food but much more than that.
There is a distinct food and color significance attached to each day of Navratri. In certain regions of India especially Maharashtra, Gujarat and few other states of North India people wear different colors specific to each Navratri day.
Since Navratri festival is celebrated for nine days, did you know that there are nine colors of Navratri and each color holds its relevance for a particular day in Navratri? If not, then don’t worry at all. We got you covered here.
Check our article on Nine Colors of Navratri to know more about the Navratri dates and which colors you should wear on which day as you celebrate Navratri 2023.
So folks, here we are with our list of quick and simple Navratri Vrat Recipes, do try these at home and let us know how you did it by leaving comments on this post.
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