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Navratri 2018: The Best Navratri (Vrat Recipes)

Hindu devotees observe Navratri for nine days and pay their respect to different forms of Durga on each day.

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The festival has a deep religious significance and most devotees fast throughout these nine days, consuming only Vrat food. 

To help you whip up delicious and nutritious food, we have compiled a list of recipes that will guide you through the religious celebrations.

Sabudana Thalipeeth By Chef Pradeep Kumar Ahirwar, The Ashok Hotel

Ingredients

100g – Sabudana
50g – Peanut powder
10g – Sendha namak
20g – Ghee
50g – Potatoes

Methods

* Soak the sabudana in enough water in a deep bowl overnight and drain well.

* Grate peeled and raw potato and mix all ingredients in a bowl and make a rough dough.

* Divide into equal portions.

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* Flatten these like chapatti and cook in a non-stick pan well greased with ghee.

* Cook on slow fire, turn around very carefully and cook the other side.

* Serve hot with sweet curd.

Sabudana Thalipeeth is a tasty and nutritious delicacy.

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Apple Rabdi By Executive Chef Kamlesh Rawat

Ingredients

3 – Medium apples
1ltr – Milk
4tbsp – Sugar
1/4tsp – Green cardamom
8-10 – Almonds blanched and sliced
8-10 – Pistachios blanched and sliced

Method

* Pour milk in a broad vessel and bring it to a boil. Simmer until reduced to half of the original quantity.

* Add sugar and cook on low heat, stirring continuously. Peel and grate two apples.

* Add the grated apples to reduced milk and mix.

* Cook for three to four minutes. Add cardamom powder, almonds and pistachios.

* Pour into a serving dish. Thinly slice the remaining apple and arrange the slices all around the dish.

* Serve hot or cold.

Rustle up this recipe in no time.

Chukandar Stuffed Sabudana Croquettes By Chef Pradeep Kumar Ahirwar

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Ingredients

50g – Peanuts
10g – Sendha namak
5g – Green chillies
5g – Green coriander
Ghee for frying
10g -Beetroot
5g – Ginger
20g – Hung curd

Method

* Soak the sabudana in enough water in a deep bowl overnight and drain well.

* Grate boiled potatoes and mix in a bowl with all other ingredients.

* Make roundels of this and fill with a stuffing of curd, beetroot and ginger and make croquettes.

* Deep fry in ghee until golden colour.

* Serve hot.

Make your Navratri healthy with this delicacy.

Apricot Halwa By Executive Chef Kamlesh Rawat

Ingredients

25g – Ghee
50g – Sugar
½tsp – Kesar threads
200g – Dry apricots
100ml – Rabri, (reduced, thickened milk)
50g – Mawa (milk, boiled and reduced to paste)

Method

* Soak dried apricots overnight in water and chop coarsely.

* Cook apricots with ghee till it oozes out from the sides.

* Add sugar to the cooked mixture.

* Finish the halwa with grated mawa.

* Fill two-thirds of a bowl with the halwa and top it  off with rabdi.

* Gratinate the rabdi before serving.

* Garnish with saffron threads and serve hot.

Whip up the Apricot Halwa this Navratri.

Ash Gourd Halwa By Raksha Kamat

Ingredients

4 cups – Ash gourd peeled, grated and de-seeded
1.5 cups – Sugar
3/4 cup – Desi ghee/clarified butter
15 – Raisins
15 – Cashew nuts, chopped
5 – Cardamom pods, peeled and crushed

Method

* Wash the ash gourd. De-seed, peel and grate the pulp.

* Take a deep bottomed pan, add the grated ash gourd and cook over low heat till water evaporates. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking to the bottom and burning. This process will take around 30 minutes. Remember to monitor continuously.

* While the ash gourd is getting cooked, heat a small tadka on another stove and add one teaspoon ghee to it. Add raisins and remove them after they get puffed up. Similarly, fry cashew nuts and keep aside.

* Check the other pan where the ash gourd is getting cooked. If the water has evaporated, add sugar and mix well. Cook until the mixture is dry.

* After the sugar and ash gourd mixture starts drying, add ghee and mix. Keep stirring till the ash gourd halwa leaves sides.

* Add fried dry fruits and cardamom powder and mix.

Try the delicious Ash Gourd Halwa.

Which one would you like to try out? Let us know in the comments below.