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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.

Best North Indian Cuisine Restaurants In Mumbai – 1

Called the New York of India, Mumbai, is described as the city of dreams by Indians. It’snot that every Indian dreams to be a part of Mumbai in their life time but yes, a major portion of Indian population definitely wishes so. Hence, the current population of the capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai has crossed 100 million.


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Awake and alive after the wake of terrorist attacks and natural calamities, this ‘never say die’ community of citizens are called Mumbaikars. As the different religions, castes and creeds accumulate under the sub genre of being called Mumbaikars, it’s evident that the lifestyles and existence are regularly revolting over renaissance.

Arabian Sea, Mumbai

Arabian Sea, Mumbai
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With assorted sections of the country settling down in the Bollywood film city, the food and beverage aspect is also developing. At the fast pace progress its experiencing the options for availability of ready made food is also going. As Bookyourtable attempts to help you in the selection process from the long list of restaurants and food joints in Mumbai, here we enlist few of them who are raising heads as the den for north Indian cuisine. Take a look:

All Mumbaikars knows this street king among food halts around Gateway of India, though the restaurant underwent a recent makeover and is now a fine dine luxurious encounter. Considered to serve the best of sheekh kababs in the country, the Bademiya family considers their USP is a secret masala i.e blend of many ground spices used over five generations to run the restaurant. The owners ensure good health and nutritious taste to the food as raw materials are bought, butchered, marinated, processed and used in preparations. The legendary restaurant will continue to serve generations with enticing north Indian cuisine. It’s you who need to soon make a drive there to glee your taste buds.

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Entrance of Bademiya
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Chicken Sheek Kabab at Bademiya
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Peshwari- ITC Maratha
What new speak about a restaurant delivered by the ITC at the center of Mumbai?
The first impression of the gigantic palace enhances your lust for a rustic dining
experience. The Indian takeover does not restrict to food alone. It spreads over the ambiance, the welcoming ‘namaste’, décor, utensils and a lot more. The signature dish prepared of the palace is Dal Bukhara. The chef confirms that it takes almost 22 hrs for this to get ready as they keep Dal in water overnight before cooking. North India also resides in the dessrts like Gulab Jamun or Ras Malai they serve. When you end up in this marvelous experience, do keep barra kebabs, the sikandari raan and the Daal Makhani in your wishlist.

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Assorted Non-Veg Platter
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Prataps- The Dhaba
This North Indian food hub at Andheri is remembered for its Chura papad, fried garlic, vodka in Panipuri, ajwain roti and tandoori aloo. Wonder is, how they manage such prompt service and out of the world taste though thousands accumulate on a regular basis? The dhaba set up at Pratap is complete rejoice for Punjabis turning Mumbaikars. They live a mini Punjab at the city of Juhu.

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Pratap, The Dhaba
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Amazing Restaurants in Dehradun

Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand and a Union Territory is quite a prominent name in the Indian geographic and economic paraphernalia since it is an important gateway for people travelling to tourist destinations such as Mussoorie, Nainital, Auli, the Hindu holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh and the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Char Dham. Located in the Doon valley, it is a rather alluring place with amazing natural beauty of Himalayas and lush greenery, clear sky, rippling brooks and rivers. The Yamuna and Ganges flows on either sides of it! This magnificent Dehradun also has quite a few popular restaurants. Three of them have been enlisted in this BYT blog, as follows:

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Noodles at China Bistro
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China Bistro is quite an established favourite of the people here in Dehradun. It serves authentic Chinese food, without the heavily spiced influences of Indian cuisine and lots of monosodium glutamate (commonly known as ajinomoto)! If you love Oriental food, this is the place you should visit. The ambiance is commendable as the air is a mood-lifting one with the scents of aromatic, delicious food and rambles of happy customers around! Sometimes they arrange bon-fires and sitting out in the open beside a raging wood-fire while sipping into piping soup and yummy dumplings or slupring in tasty noodles and a piece of well-cooked fish/chicken, is definitely heavenly! What do you say?

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La Mia Casa
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Most probably run by an Italian, the Italian restaurant of La Mia Casa is yet another of those amazing little places you must visit if you care for the tastes of authentic Italian food and not the common Indianised versions and you’re in Dehradun. This is a restaurant that has a domestic atmosphere since it is a house that has been modified into a restaurant and thus it has the warmth of home locked in it and the love in its food! Pizzas and pastas are a must have here, not because they are synonymous to Italian food, but because they are really different and very tasty here.

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Thin Crust Pizza
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The third one to be mentioned here is The Old Monkeys Cafe, in Pacific Mall, Jakhan, Dehradun. They have booth outdoor and indoor seating and the menu is pretty varied. The atmosphere is apt for those who love to spend time over striking intelligent conversations or reading or unwind with friends but away from loud bangs of a boombox. The restaurant has a pretty pumped up look but fuels on humility!  Thin crust pizzas, burgers and coffee are quite popular among the patrons.

For reservations via BYT, please call 076767 76767.

Carrots N Celery, Sun N Sand Hotel – Pune

After a tough working week it is so relaxing to enjoy with your friends and family on Sunday Brunch in a restaurant where you are not only served delicious appetizer but also enjoy the pleasure of sitting beside a pool. What else we need than this? Sun N Sand Hotel offers all these luxuries experiences at its restaurant Carrots N Celery in Bund Garden Road, Pune.


The restaurant has an elegant decor, wood-work on the walls and floor which give it elite look. The seating arrangement is very classy and has two option for dinning; either you can sit around the wooden table with metal chairs or can be comfy on soft and cosy sofas.  The restaurant serves the buffet with various cuisines like Continental, North India, Chinese and Thai. They have so much to offer that on every visit the menu comes to be a big surprise because you never know what will be served on your plate and the food is always flavoursome.

Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum Soup
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It is always better to start food with luscious soup, and at Carrot N Celery the chef has a lot to offer. But the Tom Yum stands out in the list of soups. It is an aromatic spicy soup with lemon grass, galangal and kafir lime, which is a Thai dish. The words “tom yum” are derived from Thai dictionary; where “Tom” refers to boiling process, while “yam” stands for a kind of Lao and Thai spicy and sour salad.

Chiang Mai Goong

Chiang Mai Goong
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If you are a big sea food lover and never got to try it with veggies, than you should taste Chiang Mai Goong, a Thai dish which comes with stir-fried prawns with vegetables in chiang mai sauce, and can be ordered with vegetable fried rice or vegetables Hakka noodles. The dish is named after the city Chiang Mai of northern Thailand.

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Kwality Restaurant, MG Road, Pune

Kwality Restaurant which is located at MG Road in Pune, is one of the best restaurants in the city since decades.  It is the place you would love to visit for several reasons: delicious food, good service, and ethnic ambience.

Inside the Kwality Restaurant

Inside the Kwality Restaurant
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Kwality Restaurant has been designed to give the ethnic look with large replica copper coins on the walls which gives the impression of the Maurya period and an impressive dome with colourful paintings of females dressed in Medieval attires, and kings shown enjoying their luxurious life which is inspired from Ajanta and Ellora, adds charm to the interior, which is the point of attraction at the restaurant.

The Kwality Restaurant has the bar counter under its roof, where the glinting cocktail and wine glass kept along with the various varieties of drinks, which is descent enough to calm your hunger and thirst.

Chicken Chop 3

Variety of Pusan Chicken

For appetizer Kwality Restaurant offers delicious cuisines like North IndianContinentalSea Food . And if you are missing out on your portions of Bul Go Gi, Bon Bon Chicken and Yaki Mandu here you can find delicious Pusan Chicken. Pusan is a traditional Korean sauce where “Pu” refers “kettle” and “san” refers “mountain”.


Fish- finger
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The Punjabi food has no match for its spicy food and at Kwality Restaurant you can experience the best ever tasted Punjabi Flavours. And the Chatpatta Amritsari Fish finger is the must-haves of the restaurants. The fish is cooked with various secret Indian spices and a touch of egg is added to it to give the dish a palatable taste.

Delicious ice-cream

Delicious ice-cream
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If you have never tried the “ Ice-cream Paan” in your dessert, you should give it a try. At Kwality Restaurant the ‘Paan Shot’ is served in a unique style, where Betel leaf is stuffed with ice-cream which is more like a “paan ice-cream” but quite creamy and delicious. apart from it the restaurant serves different flavored ice-cream with a twist in taste, and hot Gulaab Jamuns.

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