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7 Foods to Break Your Navaratri Fast

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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.

Traditional Garba Dance
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Best Dandiya Events You Can Head To This Navaratri

The much awaited Navaratri festival brings the zeal of nine nights and ten days where one cannot resist swaying to the beats of the traditional Garba and Dandiya. These nine days the entire nation is caught on by the fever of Dandiya. The authentic Dandiya night and the rhythmic beats of Garba ushers you to the colourful euphoria of nine extravagant nights.

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Traditional Garba Dance
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However, you need to be at the right events to witness the best celebrations across the country.

Here’s a list of places you should be at to enjoy this Navaratri season and take pleasure in the festive delicacies.

Loveshack, Bangalore

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Loveshack, Bangalore
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Dandiya event is organised in the plush interiors of the Loveshack where visitors can groove to the beats of the music along with digging in a huge variety of delicious food. The Bollywood music played at the venue is the main highlight which attracts everyone to hit the dance floor.

Vivantaby Taj, Chennai

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Vivanta By Taj
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DandiyaGarbaRass is organised by Vivanta that is full of fun, dancing, enchanting food and much more. This event is one of the most awaited festive events in the city. One can witness the traditional Gujarati way of celebrating Navaratri by performing the authentic Garba and Dandiya.

Sofitel Hotel, Mumbai

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Most of the crowd in Mumbai heads to Sofitel Hotel for the best Dandiya experience during Navaratri. Mumbai has always earned the distinction of organising the best of events. Dandiya is no exception. The event is more of a classic party where you can experience much more than just Garba and music. The large spread of food can well excite your taste buds here.

Naramada, The Gate Way, Ahmedabad

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Naramada-The Gate Way
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The vivid regional food delicacies at the Gate Way makes your Dandiya night even more enticing and euphoric. Ahmedabad is the best destination to experience the vibrant colour and festivity of Navaratri. The authentic Gujarati cuisine and culture defines this festival like no other.

5 Recipes to Try Out This Navaratri

The onset of Autumn in India marks the beginning of the series of celebrations and festivals. The festive season rolls out with Navaratri. The occasion lasts for nine days filled with celebrations and fasting. You must be wondering how come festivals be fun without food. Well then here’s the catch- The fasting comprises of intake of certain food which is surprisingly irresistible and mouth-watering. The deity is worshipped for her significance as the universal power.

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Highlights From Navaratri Celebrations
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Here I have compiled a list of the 5 best recipes one can savour this Navaratri.

Sabudana Kheer

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Sabudana Kheer
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This is an Indian dessert that is usually cooked while fasting as per the traditions. The recipe is quite easy and can be cooked in less than 20 minutes or so. All you need is tapioca grain pearls, milk and dry fruits. The pudding is usually served hot flavoured with cardamom and saffron. The thicker and denser the ‘kheer’ is, the more delicious it tastes.

Singhare K Atte K Samose

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Samosa
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This all-time favourite tea time snack is worth gorging on. The ‘samosas’ are cooked out of water chestnut flour. As per your own tastes you can prepare the filling and deep fry these triangular dumplings.

Sheera

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Sheera
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It is a sure hit dessert among most Indians. The ‘bhog’ that is offered to the deity is incomplete without ‘sheera’. The basic ingredient is semolina, milk and ghee. The dish perfectly justifies our love for sugary preparations. Interestingly, this dessert is cooked is almost every part of the nation yet is known with different names. So, if you love indulging in sweet dishes, you must put on your cooking gloves to try this one out.

Banana Walnut Lassi

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Banana Walnut Lassi
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This filling drink boosts you up while fasting. The delicious preparation comprises of the goodness of walnut, milk, yogurt and banana. The bananas used are preferably sweet to avoid the addition of extra sugar to keep the drink carb-free. One can garnish it with raisins and cashews.

Aloo Tamatar ki Sabzi

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Aloo Ki Sabzi
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‘Aloo’ is an absolute favourite of all. Tomato is the most versatile ingredient that can find its place in most of the dishes. This particular preparation is cooked while fasting and thus includes no garlic or onions.  To make the dish tastier, you can shallow fry the baby potatoes before adding them to the rich thick gravy.