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March 23, 2015 at 6:20 PM  •  Posted in Featured, Special Events by  •  0 Comments

Go organic this Navratri with easy recipes specially homemade @ I Say Organic

Navratri is a spiritual time in India when people fast and feast in equal measure. Traditionally associated with Goddess Durga and her nine incarnations, during this 9 day festival people devote time to prayer and reflection and cleanse their systems by abstaining from foods like wheat, rice, meats, iodised salt, alcoholic beverages and more.

From an Ayurvedic point of view, Navratri is celebrated during the change of seasons, twice every year. Fasting gives the body a break from normal dietary routine, and allows redirection of energy to other areas. Reduced eating and avoiding certain foods help you boost immunity and avoid falling sick.

During this time, people who fast partially or wholly also use only rock salt, abstain from whole grains, very spicy food or too many veggies. The idea is simple, easy to make cuisine that also fuels you through the day. We recommend eating every two hours to keep your blood sugar levels stable.

We spoke to Mrs Kapoor, Ashmeet’s mother and accomplished cook, for a few recipe ideas to make this a delicious, healthy Navratri.


 I Say Organic Navratri Meal Plan

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 Main Course – Simple potato curry with kuttu rotis (Serves 2)

Ingredients

4 potatoes, boiled and chopped

Chaat Masala, to taste

Rock salt, to taste

Optional: Oil, sarson and green or red chillies for tadka

Method

  • Toss the potato pieces with rock salt and chaat masala.
  • Alternatively, you can prepare a tadka of oil, mustard and chillies and toss the potatoes with a little salt and chilli powder.
  • Serve hot with rotis.
  • Main Course – Buckwheat (Kuttu) rotis
  • Buckwheat is gluten free and at the same time extremely nutritious. It is high in fibre, protein,         Vitamin B, magnesium and phosphorus.
  • (Proportions for this dish depend on serving size, taste and how you normally mix rotis)

Ingredients

Boiled and mashed potato or arbi

Chopped spinach

Chopped coriander

Grated ginger

Chopped green chillies

Kuttu ki atta

Method

  • Add all ingredients. Mix without adding water. Bind the dough with mashed veggies.
  • Roll into balls and make rotis with touches of ghee while frying.

Snack – Potato and Sabutdana tikkis with Apple chutney (Serves 2)

Ingredients for Sabutdana tikkis

4 potatoes, boiled and chopped

1 cup sabutdana, soaked

Rock salt

Pepper

Dhania (Corriander)

Raw groundnut, crushed


Ingredients for Chutney

1 Apple, chopped

Mint leaves

4-5 green chillies

Lemon juice

Rock salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Method

  • Mix the potato pieces with soaked sabutdana. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Make tikkis. Fry or bake.
  • Blend all ingredients for the chutney with water to desired consistency.
  • Serve tikkis hot with chutney.

Dessert – Pumpkin Halwa (Serves 4)

Ingredients

1 kg pumpkin, peeled and chopped

2 tbsp ghee

4-5 cloves

2 tsp cinnamon powder

2-5 tbsp jaggery granules

2-3 tbsp grated dry coconut (sookha gola)

6-8 choti elaichi, crushed

Dry fruits for garnish

2-3 tbsp grated

Optional: A few saffron strands soaked in warm milk

Method

  • Heat the ghee in a pan. Add the pumpkin pieces, cover with lid and let cook. Sprinkle water sparingly if pumpkin is tough, else let cook in own juices till ghee and pumpkin separate slightly.
  • Add jaggery granules to taste and mash well. Let cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Add grated dry coconut.
  • Add dry fruits.
  • You can also add saffron at this stage.
  • Mix well. Turn off heat.
  • Serve hot.

I Say Organic Tip: This dish can also be made with potatoes. You need to boil and mash the potatoes before cooking and add more ghee. We would also suggest more frequent stirring when cooking with potatoes.


Dessert – Kheer (Serves 4)

Ingredients

1 cup samak ki chawal

1 litre milk

Jaggery to taste

Dates

Dry fruits for garnish

Powdered choti elaichi

Optional: Saffron strands soaked in warm milk

Method

  • Soak chawal for 1 hour beforehand.
  • Boil milk. Strain and add soaked chawal to milk.
  • When mixture is thick, add dates. Also add dry fruits, powdered Choti Elaichi and the saffron strands.
  • Remove milk from heat.
  • Add jaggery and mix well.
  • Serve garnished with dry fruits.

 

 

 

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