Navratri is an important festival celebrated across India. Many people fast on all nine days of the Navratras in North, West and Central India. Fasting is not just a way to pay your gratitude to the Goddess, and it is not just tradition to not consume alcohol and non-vegetarian food, but also logical. According to Ayurveda, grains, onions, garlic and meats should be avoided during a seasonal change as our bodies tend to have low immunity around that time.
Navratri fasts give you a chance to detoxify by eating foods that are light on the stomach and can be digested easily. Here are a few dishes that could be made differently with global inspirations, using ingredients typically consumed during Navratras.
1) To make veg stock, dice the carrots and celery and place in a pan with thyme, bay leaf and one fourth the mint. Fill up with cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
2) Melt butter, add the frozen peas. Add the warm stock, cream, chopped spinach and mint leaves. Cool.
3) Blitz in a blender and pass through a fine sieve. Check seasoning. Serve as a super healthy appetizer or between meals. This can be served chilled or hot. With a bit of mint oil or plain extra virgin olive oil.
·1/2 cup Singhare Ka Atta / Water Chestnut Flour ·1/2 cup Sugar ·2 tbsp + 1/2 tsp clarified butter ·1 cup Water ·1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder ·Almonds for garnishing
1) Heat 2 tablespoons of clarified butter in a pan. Add and roast the flour over a medium flame for 5 - 7 minutes or till it turns light brown color and aromatic.
2) While roasting the flour, bring one cup of water to a boil in another pan. Now add boiling water, while stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Keep stirring and cook for 2 -3 minutes or till the mixture thickens and forms together as a mass.
3) Now add sugar and cardamom powder and mix it very well till sugar dissolves. Keep on stirring for a couple of minutes or until the mixture thickens and leaving the sides of the pan.
4) Add remaining 1/2 tsp of ghee and mix it well. Turn off the flame. Garnish with finely chopped nuts and serve warm!
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