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7 Foods to Break Your Navaratri Fast

Devi durga, the Navaratri Goddess http://goo.gl/VZ29Hk

Devi Durga, the Navaratri Goddess
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If you thought Navaratri happens only during autumn, then wrong thoughts. A typical hindu calendar brings in Navaratri twice in a year – once in spring and the other around October. The nine-day Navaratri celebration that happens during spring is called ‘Basant Navratri’. Since it starts from the very first day of hindu month ‘Chaitra’, thus, it is also called Chaitra Navaratri. The celebration of this spring based Navaratri is more popular in North India, where devotees nine forms of Devi Durga.

This year Basant Navaratri will be observed from 8 April (Friday) to 15 April (Friday), 2016.

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Navaratri Rituals
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To honor and pay gratitude to the goddess, many observe fast during Basant Navaratri. Few fast only on the first and last day, while others abide it during all nine days of celebration. The food one consumers to break the fast holds immense importance as it affects the body to a great extent.

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A Sattvik meal
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Preference is given towards Sattvik diet, where consumption of alcohol and non veg food is absolutely prohibited. Also, certain items like fresh vegetables, milk, yogurt or rock salt are included in the diet as these act as catalyst to detoxify the human body, especially after long fasting.

Many keep wondering what exactly to prepare from this Sattvik menu, so that it becomes easy to prepare and good to eat. To sort your problem, here are five dishes you can make to break your fast this Navaratri.

Sabudhana Khichdi

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Savudhana k Khichdi
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Depending on the kind of sabudhana one uses the preparation of it might have to start a night before. Yet, less of spices and boil only recipe makes it a very healthy and heavy intake right after fasting. Savudhana is full of starch which gives the body the much-needed energy after prolonged gap from food.

Chawal Dhokla

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White Chawal Dhokla
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Samwant Chawal, a special variety of rice is available in the Indian markets only during Basanta Navaratri. Thus, foodies make Gujarati snack ‘dhokla’ out of it served with ample ghee and chutney. Addition of tamarind in the chutney with sweet coconut makes the dhokla flavorsome right after your fast.

Coconut Laddoo

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Coconut Laddoo
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Many prefer breaking the fast with sweets. In that way, heavy milk preparations become difficult to digest. Thus, these simple coconut laddoos can be the choice. Small in size, one can have as many as possible and this one is indeed quick and easy to prepare.

Singhare ka Halwa

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The sweet pancake
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When it comes to breaking fast, Hindus have a knack for halwa or sweet pancake. During the spring session of Navaratri, they prepare it with Singhare ka aata or water chestnut flour which is considered a healthy intake after the fasts. This sweetmeat becomes a heavy dish due to the addition of ghee, milk and dry fruits.

Chironjee ki dal

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A bowl of Chironjee k Dal
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When it comes to main course food, Indians like adding a bowl of dal. Salty and spicy, dal are heavy and tastes good both with rice or roti. The specialty for this particular dal is the use of chironjee, believed to be used as an ingredient only in India. The dal is usually yellow and heavy in texture.

Khide ke Pakode

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Crunchy pakodas
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When it comes to pakodas or munchies, Indians use ample variety of ingredients to do the filling. In this case, they use cucumbers as the main ingredient of pakodas, added with green chilly and singhare ka atta . When served hot with any sauce or chutney, these pakodas taste delightful.

Banana Walnut Lassi

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Banana Walnut Lassi
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Breaking the fast with a juice or shake is always good as it gives the tummy some time to adjust with food. Also it’s served cold which makes it easy to consume or digest right after a long fast. In this case, addition of bananas and walnut adds protein to the shake which helps in energy building after the fast.

Food in Amritsar

Amritsar, a city located in the north-western part of India, in Punjab, is one of the prime food hubs for pure North Indian cuisine. The variety available is surprising and endless. The food is absolutely delicious. Thick creamy gravies, fresh vegetables and great, strong flavours of North Indian spices are classic characteristics of North Indian Punjabi cuisine that Amritsar’s rich culinary culture says.

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Paneer Bhurji
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Food in Amritsar has a different level of excellence, altogether. Grand dishes like Amritsari kulcha, Amritsari parantha, sarson ka saag, dal makhni, kadai paneer, phirni, kesar wali lassi, paneer bhurji, chole bhature, malai chai, halwa, fish fry, rajma chawal, kebabs, matka kulfi and kulfi faluda. Sounds enticing, doesn’t it?

Well, there are numerous restaurants cropping up in Amritsar and this BYT blog lists out a few for you to choose from.

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Murg Saagwala
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Oka Open Kitchen at Astoria is a restaurant that is known for their service and great food. Fish butter fried, paneer shahi, chicken saagwala, dal makhni, mutton rogan josh, missi roti, garlic naan, keema kulcha with gravy and keema egg curry are quite popular here. The restaurant is simple and does not have much of an extraordinary decor to be described but the food and the popularity is amazing!

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Kohliwada Fried Chicken
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The Beer Cafe in Trilium Mall, White Avenue, Amritsar, is a rather cheerful place with loads of beer and superlicious finger food! A whole range of Kingfisher beers, Fosters, Tuborg, Hoegaarden, Carlsberg, Bavaria and more are there alongside some impressive array of liquors, both, domestic and international labels. With all this chill-sips, there comes a wide range of amazing dishes like Fish Amritsari, Chicken Tikka, Chicken Malai Tikka, Kohliwada Fried Chicken, Mushroom Tikka, Dal Makhni, Butter Chicken and more that you can enjoy with some yummy Indian breads! If you want to try something more unique and unconventional, you can have various types of maggi! A very innovative blend of ingredients with maggi is a good option to try out!

Call 076767 76767 for reservations via BYT.

Nawab Saheb – Renaissance Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai

Renaissance Convention Centre Hotel is tucked away in the recesses of Powai. This restaurant is a part of the prestigious International hotel brand Marriott. The hotel is elegant with contemporary work of art and overlooks the serene Powai Lake. Housing many five-star restaurants, Renaissance is a highly preferred hotel for fine-dine options. Among these many restaurants and lounges, Nawab Saheb is one. Nawab Saheb – Renaissance Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai is quite explicit about what the hotel serves. Pure Indian cuisine!

Nawab Saheb - Renaissance Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai

Seating arrangement at Nawab Saheb

Located at the lobby level of the hotel, Nawab Saheb is given thumbs up by food connoisseurs when it comes to fine Indian dining. The interiors are very elegant with touches of traditionalism. An Indian restaurant, the speciality of Nawab Saheb is the rich cuisine of the Northern frontiers of India, where dining and food are considered a fine art. Showcasing a menu from the far reaches of Awadh, Kashmir, Mewar, Sindh and Delhi, the cuisine brings forth the unique cultural expression of each of these regions.

Nawab Saheb - Renaissance Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai

Nawab Saheb interactive kitchen

The menu of Nawab Saheb has undergone a makeover and now it is even better and royal under the celebrated Chef Surjan Singh Jolly. He is the new executive chef of the restaurant. In gleaming silver plates topped with silver spoons, get treated to a royal feast from Awadh, Mewar, Rajasthan and Hyderabad. However, the restaurant does not have any a la carte menu. They have some fixed-course menu well-compiled with a special seafood menu.  Well researched, the menu at Nawab Saheb is a fine blend of contemporary and traditional.

Nawab Saheb - Renaissance Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai

Shikar Maas ka Soola
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Nawab Saheb - Renaissance Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai

Galouti Kebabs
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The best dishes of Nawab Saheb includes Galouti Kebab, Lobster Kalimirch and Lasooni Jhinga. The menu also includes some lost-over-the- ages scrumptious Rajasthani delicacies like Jungli Kokada Hara Lehsun, Shikar Maas ka Soola and Paasley Angeera. These dishes are exceptionally light in flavours and textures that is quite a contrast from the robust flavours that is reminiscent of Rajasthani cuisine.

Nawab Saheb - Renaissance Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai

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Finish your meal with drool-worthy delicacies like Shahi Balai Tukda, Kesar Pisteywaali Kulfi, Balai Rabadi, Sheera, Gajar ka Halwa, Malpua, Almond Halwa, Dudhi Halwa, or Jamun Khaas. Welcome to a world of true blue royal flavours. For reservations at Nawab Saheb, visit bookyourtable.


Culinary Tour of Amritsar

Amritsar is one of the most vibrant cities of India, be it from the aspects of tradition, culture or food! The Golden City of India is undoubtedly a foodie’s haven! every nook and corner of the city is packed with some yummilicious Punjabi delicacy, be it a roadside little resto or a full-fledged restaurant!!

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Golden Temple in Amritsar
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There are quite a few ‘must have’ dishes in Amritsar because Punjabi cuisine is so varied and so tasty that there are hardly people who talk against it. Yes, one thing is that, you really cannot concentrate on calorie counts once you’re into the world of Punjabi cuisine! But for the love of food, once in a while, who cares, right??

It is not surprising that Amritsar comes up with new recipes, new concoctions everyday alongside their already established amazing traditional dishes. The Amritsari cuisine is a perfect blend of contemporary and conventional palates!!

The best 7 dishes have been enlisted here for you and some suggestions as to where to find them in Amritsar are there, as follows:

1. Tandoori (Chicken / Fish/ Gobi or Cauliflower florets)

Usually well marinated with sharp and gusty masalas and then cooked over slow heat in deep ‘chullahs’ or clay ovens, the result is always juicy, tender meat or vegetables with a deep flavour. Amritsar does not believe in adding the red colour but rather the colour comes naturally from the blend of spices. This dish is just amazing and goes very well with chilled drinks!

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Tandoori Chicken
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2. Fish Fry

One of the most popular food, sold in every second shop on the roads of Amritsar, is fish fry. Fat, fresh fillets of fish are well marinated for a considerable amount of time before being deep fried and served hot. The fish feels juicy, crispy, hot and tangy, all at the same time, in every bite.

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Fish Fry
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3. Amritsari Kulcha

Amritsari Kulcha is one of the most sought-after Punjbi dish that you must have while in Amritsar. It is usually a kind of stuffed parantha and has a sweet and salty taste that is served with chhole masala and a tamarind based chutney. The freshly fried paranthas are served with a dollop of menting butter! The taste is unparalleled by any other Indian breads!

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Amritsari Kulcha
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4. Lassi

Punjab is all about thick, creamy and fresh milk products. Lassi is one of the most common coolers that all Punjabis love. It is generally so heavy that it suffices for a meal in itself. Made with fresh yogurt, milk, jaggery, sugar and topped with cream, a glass full of Lassi is almost more than a tummy’s stretch! A variant made with kesar / saffron is highly recommended as well.

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5. Paneer Bhujri

The most enticing, delicious and fresh paneer bhurji is found in Amritsar. Paneer or Cottage Cheese is a rather regular item to be made into various delectable dishes like palak paneer, paneer butter masala and kadai paneer. But paneer bhujri is an amazing stir fry that is simply made with well blended spices and garnished with generous amounts of finely chopped coriander and chillies and, of course, benevolent spoonfulls of butter!

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Paneer Bhurji
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6. Halwa

There are different sorts of sweets found in Amritsar but halwa, specially ‘gajar ka halwa’ or carrot and kheer halwa is the most dominant. Halwa is a type of dish made with milk, thickened to a creamy consistency, sugar, jaggery, cashews, raisins and lots of grated carrots, all mixed and cooked with clarified ghee! It is actually an awesome dish and definitely beguiles a sweets-lover!

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7. Rabri & Phirni

These two are both incredibly tasty and awesome dishes that you just cannot do without, post your complete Punjabi meal! Rabri is a form of thickened milk, by bloining it over slow heat for hours and sweetened with portions of jaggery and sugar. Phirni is another type of rice pudding made with little grains of broken rice, little saffron and left to set in mud bowls. later they are covered in edible silver foils, garnished with pista and cashew nuts! Yummmmm…!

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To find out the best places in Amritsar and try these culinary marvels, check out www.bookyourtable.com or call on 076767 76767 and get reservations in the most apt restaurant.