Chaitra Navratri is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Hindus. The nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped in the space of nine days. Many devotees observe the vrat during the nine days of Chaitra Navratri. Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar has shared three dietary tips that could come in handy during the festivities. In the caption, she wrote, “In terms of foods, upavas are a proven method of adding diversity to our diets around the changing seasons. Diverse diets are known to improve health outcomes and well-being. The focus is on overlooked or underutilized foods and recipes.
Rujuta shared three tips to help you maximize diversity in your diet. We have also attached some recipes alongside.
1) Start your day with a combination of nuts and dried fruits like raisins and almonds, dates and walnuts, figs and cashews or apricot and pista. You can choose a different combination every day. Having these combinations every day during the festivities will help keep you healthy.
You can make a delicious date and nut kheer for your sweet cravings. As we usually prepare kheer on special occasions, a holiday like this might give us all the more reason to prepare this healthy dessert. You can also make anjeer kaju bread, which combines figs and cashews. It is a festive dessert made with everything healthy and tasty. The added benefit is that you can prepare it and store it for a few days to have later.
2) Include one of the proven fasting foods such as rajgeera roti or thalipeeth or sabudana khichdi. Even Kuttu Poori or Sama Chawal would do. You can have one dish a day.
Sabudana khichdi is a lightly spiced dish made from sagu or sabudana usually relished on Navratri or in general during fasting. This dish is made with roasted peanuts and loads of spices. Usually it is served with fresh coriander leaves on top and curd. Kuttu ki puri is another easy recipe. You don’t need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen to do this. These crispy and flavorful puris are made with buckwheat flour and fried in desi ghee.
3) Don’t forget the pulses – sundals, amba dal and chana poori. Depending on the tradition of your region, you can choose a new legume every day and cook dishes accordingly.
Sundals are high in protein. So, don’t forget to include them in your diet this Navratri. You can make sundal with any legume of your choice – kidney beans, chickpeas, green gram, black-eyed peas, etc. One of the easy sundal recipes would be chana dal sundal.
When it comes to kala chana, there are different ways to prepare it. One of the recipes could be kala chana rasedaar, and you can pair it with Pooris
Take a look at Rujuta Diwekar’s post:
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At the end of his article, Rujuta Diwekar mentioned that apart from traditional recipes, you can also include foods such as makhana, jhangora kheers, alu halwas, pumpkin, sweet potato, and sooji.