From October 1st, 2016 whole India will be celebrating Navratri festival. During these nine (Nav in Sanakrit) nights nine forms of Shakti/Devi/Goddess are worshiped. The 10th day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra.” Traditionally, everyday people prepare and offer various types of foods to Goddess. Many people also follow a ritual known as “vritam” and fast. According to Hindu philosophy, food means gratification of the senses and to starve the senses is to elevate senses to contemplation. Fasting during Navaratri helps to balance body and mind while focusing on the positive energy. The food that is offered to Goddess is called Naivedya and later will be distributed for lunch or dinner to end the vritam.
There are specific requirements one has to follow during 9 days of fasting. People who fast do eat. The food they consume will be healthy and will serve balanced nutrients. This keeps them going for whole nine days without losing energy and interest. Instead of preparing unhealthy food, one can prepare healthy food and offer to Goddess and end the fasting. Another requirement of these foods is the ingredients should not contain garlic or onion. Some of the simple and nutritious navratri foods are for you in next few slides….
Amaranth Flour (Rajgire ka Atta) Puri: Click here to know the recipe
Sabudana Vada: Click here to know the recipe
Lemon Rice: Click here to know the recipe
Arbi Cutlets: Click here to know the recipe
Banana Payasam (Kheer): Click here to know the recipe
Spinach Pakoda: Click here to know the recipe
Papaya Halwa: Click here to know the recipe
Mango Almond Smoothie: Click here to know the recipe
Chickpea Usali (Sundal): Click here to know the recipe
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