Image Credits: Instagram/thecuriousjalebiThis Navratri 2020, eat singhara and reap the benefits.Also known as water chestnut, buffalo nut, bat nut, ling nut or Singhara, it is actually the seed of the fruit of a floating aquatic plant. Singhara is grown in sluggish water or fresh water lakes in India. Come Navratri and one can see cart loads of this fruit being sold along the road side. The fruits are eaten as such or dried and ground to a flour. It is a phalahar and is an integral part of fasting meals. Make your Navratri meals with singhara and singhara flour.This delicious and nutritious fruit is gluten free, cholesterol free and a source of energy, protein, phosphorus and fiber. 100 gm of dried water chestnut provides 330 Kcal, 13.4gms of protein, merely 0.8gms of fat and 440mg of phosphorus. So even if it is available only for a month or two, eat up and get its benefits this season.
About Rupali DattaRupali Datta is a Clinical Nutritionist and has worked in leading corporate hospitals. She has created and lead teams of professionals to deliver clinical solutions for patients across all medical specialties including critical care. She is a member of the Indian Dietetic Association and Indian Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.