With the onset of Chaitra Navaratri, the time of fasting has also arrived. Devotees will now be fasting- either partially or wholly – to celebrate this festival and to invoke the deity. Since only certain food can be consumed when you are fasting during Navaratri, we bring to you a list of 10 items which you can relish. Sans onion-garlic, these food items will satiate your hunger and refresh your palate at the same time. This period of nine-day fasting also serves as a good time for people who wish to shed a few pounds. Keeping that in mind, we are sharing some gluten-free food items which you can munch upon. Following is the list. Scroll down for the details.
Top 10 food items which can be consumed during Navaratri:
Sabudana or Sago: It’s an ingredient best kept for days like these. Low in fat and protein, sabudana is a healthy option during Navaratri. A variety of dishes can be prepared from it- sabudana khichdi, chaat, kheer and even roti. (Also Read: Chaitra Navratri 2018: Fasting Rules You Should Follow)
Potatoes: Colloquially known as ‘Aloo’- the universal vegetable comes handy every single time, even during fast. Rich in carbohydrates, aloo is a great option as it can be taken as a snack as well as a full meal. Boiled aloo makes it even better. For those of you who wish to lose some weight, do not go for the processed chips.
Tomatoes: You can either consume tomato juice or add them whole to your meal. It can also be taken as a salad or made into raita by adding yoghurt to it. (Also Read: Chaitra Navratri 2018: What Food to Eat and What to Avoid While Fasting)
Cottage cheese or Paneer: Vegetarian’s delight, Paneer is a good source of protein and is another great option during Navaratri. You can make a full meal out of it or even take it as a snack. Loaded with calcium, paneer is an ideal choice.
Kuttu: Kuttu becomes a great replacement for wheat during Navaratri. Rotis or puris made out of kuttu complete your meal during this fasting period. It is a great source of protein, fiber and antioxidants.
Singhada: Like Kuttu, Singhada is another option for making rotis and puris. Also known as water chestnut, singhada is rich in vitamin and minerals and is used as a thickener for other dishes.
Samak Rice: Since you cannot consume regular rice, this is your go-to option. Make yourself a samak khichdi or kheer- a sweet dish – out of this healthy option.
Makhanas or Fox Nuts: An amazing low-calorie snack that you can binge upon through the entire day during this nine-day long fast. Makhanas are full of calcium and work as a wonder while one is fasting. Roast it with a pinch of rock salt and you are good to go.
Arbi or Guinya: Yes, you can have this vegetable too. Loaded with fibre and carbs, this too makes for a perfect recipe during Navaratri.
Fruits: You can have every single of them. Whip up a smoothie, take out the juice, cut it for a salad or just eat it as a whole; fruits are the best thing to have during the fasting period. And what more, fruits also help in detoxification.
So, with this complete list, we wish you readers have a perfect fast this Navaratri. Jai Mata Di!