How do you cope up with more than a week long fasting in Navratri? Do you have weight issues or feel weak, low and starved? Most of the people just devour on potatoes or high calorie sweets and have an escalated weight at the end of week.
Moreover, deprivation of salt in diet can make you feel low and drained out. Here we go with the right assortment of Navratri fasting food that will pamper your body just the way it should be.
Why Sabudane Ki Khichdi (Tapioca pearls)?
Simple reason! It has just the right combination of carbohydrates that your body needs. A breakfast of this food in the morning keeps you satiated for long and you do not feel like eating anything else for a long time. While preparing Tapioca pearls, make use of peanuts, tomatoes, grated coconut and add more nutrition to it. Peanuts are high in protein and make up for the deficiency of proteins which you do not take in the form of lentils daily. Mixing of veggies makes this Navratri fasting food a complete meal that consist of everything carbs, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
How to make it?
Wash the tapioca pearls 2-3 times and then soak them in one cup of water for 3-4 hours. The pearls should be moist and separate. Roast peanuts and chop the veggies (tomatoes, potatoes, chilies and coriander leaves.) Heats clarified butter (ghee) in a pan and add curry leaves, cumin seeds and chopped chilies and potatoes. Cook till potatoes are done. Add sabundana, peanuts and sauté for 5 minutes. Sprinkle little water and add rock salt (sendha namak) and lime juice. Cook till it is done. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut.
Why Kuttu (buckwheat) Pancakes?
Kuttu which is also known as buckwheat flour is laced with all the high-quality proteins made up of amino-acid lysine which makes it even better than whole wheat flour. The type of protein contained in this flour is the building block of a human body. The flour also contains high amount of fibers that cleans the digestive system and provides energy to your body by lowering down the secretion of bile which is an acid. So, if you suffer from acidity due to lack of a proper diet, Buckwheat flour dosa will do the needful. It contains Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B (niacin) and all the important minerals like copper, zinc and phosphorus.
How to Prepare Kuttu pancakes?
In a bowl, mix the flour, red chili powder, carom seeds, ginger and green chilies and some water, mix well. Add water and stir in one direction till the batter turns smooth. Heat a tbsp of clarified butter on a flat pan, pour a ladle of batter and spread it uniformly. Cook for some time and spread ghee on its edges so that it gets crisp. Flip over and repeat the same. You can consider having it with the spicy potato filings or plain. However, avoid having potato filings and take it with coconut chutney.
Why Walnut Yoghurt Drink?
Walnuts are the richest source of Omega 3 fatty acids and Banana has the right combination of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins. So, instead of eating walnuts and bananas separately in a monotonous way you can consider preparing banana walnut drink and get a healthy and full meal during the day time. This yummy drink will leave you satiated for a long time.
How to Prepare Banana Yogurt Drink?
In a food processor, pour yogurt, flax seeds, walnuts, bananas and honey. Blend them well till it turns to be creamy and smooth. Garnish with chopped walnuts and have it when it is cold.
Makhane ki Kheer
Also known as lotus seeds, makhana are a rich source of protein, fibers, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and phosphorus. You will be amazed to know that it has better nutritive value than dry fruits like walnuts and almonds. It is high in fiber, low in calories and it helps you lose weight. It contains an enzyme that helps repair the damaged protein of the body. This Navratri make it your Navartri fasting food by giving it an interesting twist. Prepare a delicious makhane ki kheer.
How to Prepare Makhane Ki Kheer?
The pudding of the lotus seeds tastes awesome and it is easy to prepare. Add a bowlful of lotus seeds in the boiling milk. Add sugar and simmer the mixture till it thickens. Garnish with chopped almonds, cashew nuts and raisins.
Shallow Fried Banana Ke Kebab:
As mentioned, banana is one of best fruits containing everything that your body requires. It has proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbs. Moreover, this innovation with banana is shallow fried and hence contains lesser calories.
How to Prepare Shallow fried Banana Ke Kebab?
It is as simple as it gets and if you the mixture ready it takes only a couple of minutes. Peel of the raw bananas after boiling them, mash them and mix chopped coriander leaves, chopped green chilies, carom seeds, roasted cumin powder, rock salt etc. Spread a little olive oil/coconut oil over the pan and put the roundels of the mixture. Shallow fry them on either sides.
Bonus Tips on Navratri Fasting:
- Do not let your body deprived of water at least if you prefer to go on fruits fasting only. Drink 8-10 glasses of water and not just after the fruits.
- Avoid high calories potatoes and deep fried food. Do not re-use the oil for frying again and again.
- Banana is the best fruit among others. It keeps you satiated for long.
- Drink plain lemon water in small intervals. It will keep you hydrated and energetic
- It is essential to take rock salt in the Navartri fasting food. Do not get your body deprived of salt otherwise you will feel weak and lethargic. Rock salt detoxifies your body.