The nine-day long festival of Navratri is celebrated with the spirit of divinity all over the country. During the nine auspicious days, many people also observe a fast.
“Any kind of grain or ‘Anna‘, and eat seasonal produce. Foods such as sweet potato, arbi, raw banana, potato, yam, milky/lauki or gourd are consumed. These vegetables bring a sense of grounding, which helps the body maintain calmness, stillness. These vegetables are full of micronutrients, fiber, complex carbohydrates required by the body during this fasting phase. Before the onset of winter, it is also a way to cleanse the body and rest and heal,” said Karishma Shah, nutritionist and holistic wellness coach.
Millet, fruit and nut flours are commonly used to make traditional breads, puddings and chutneys, he said. “Rajgira Atta (Amaranth Flour), Singhare Ka Atta (Water Chestnut Flour), Raw Banana Flour, Kuttu Atta (Buckwheat Flour), Sabudana are included in the fasting meal. These are calledFasting food:‘. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals, easy to digest and light on the stomach. Himalayan salt or rock salt is also a part of food during Navratri as it contains minerals and helps in purifying the body,” she shared.
Here is a mini meal plan to guide you through this Navratri season.
– 5 cashews + 1 banana
– Kuttu dosa with chutney
– Dry fruit milk shake (substitute your own milk)
– Rajgira Thepla with Doodhi / Gourd curry
– Sama Khichdi
– coconut water
– Roasted Makhana
– Sago Khichdi
– Steamed Sweet Potato Chaat
– milk thalipeeth