Go Global This Navratri With These 4 Exciting Continental Recipes

Chef Ashay Dhopatkar  |  Updated: October 07, 2016 14:07 IST

Go Global This Navratri With These 4 Exciting Continental Recipes

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. Tapioca & Quinoa salad

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

·Cooked Tapioca 60gms
·Cooked Quinoa 80gms
·French Beans 60gms
·Snow peas 60gms
·Broccoli 30gms
·Sesame seeds (black & white) ½ tsp

For the Dressing:

·Honey: 300gms
·Soy Sauce: 1 tbsp
·Lemongrass: 60gms
·Thai Chilli: 30gms
·Pickled Ginger: 60gms
·Sesame Oil: 2 ½ tbsp


1) To make the dressing, add the honey, soy sauce, pickled ginger, lemongrass, thai chilli in a bowl and mix thoroughly. You may strain this through a fine mesh and incorporate into the salad.

2) Dress the quinoa and tapioca with the soy dressing and a hint of cumin.

3) Blanch the vegetables and refresh in ice water. Pat dry and dress them in the dressing as well.

4) Place the tapioca mix in a ring and then spoon the veggies on top. Garnish with some sesame seeds and cress. Serve chilled.

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2. Pea & Mint Appetizer

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes


·Peas (Frozen) 500gms
·Spinach 100gms
·Carrots 100gms
·Celery 100gms
·Thyme 5gms
·Bayleaf 1
·Mint 150gms
·Butter 200gms
·Cream 300ml

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.

3. Provencale Aubergine Caviar with Guacamole

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes


·Red pepper - 1
·Yellow pepper - 1
·Green Pepper - 1
·Parsley 200gms
·Aubergine 500gms
·Hung Curd 200gms
·Cumin freshly grounded - 2/3 tsp

For the Guacamole:

·Avocados 2
·Tomato 200gms
·Lemons 2

1) Roast the aubergine in an oven till soft. Take out the inside and discard the skin.

2) Mince the aubergine and squeeze out the water.

3) Dice the peppers finely, chop the parsley too. Gently fold all the ingredients together. Check seasoning.

4) For the Guacamole, mash the avocado with a fork and mix in the lemon juice. Cut the tomato petals into small squares and mix into the avocado mash.

5) To serve, place the chilled aubergine caviar in a ring on a plate. Top off with guacamole and serve with croutons or toast or even tapioca popadums or potato wafers.

4. Water Chestnut Crumble Pudding

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes


·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.

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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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