9 Recipes for 9 Nights of Navratri
Navratri is one of the most vibrant and significant Hindu festivals celebrated across India. It spans 9 nights and 10 days, where devotees worship goddess Durga, fast, and engage in cultural festivities.
Navratri is celebrated in different ways across the country. Even with these diverse ways of celebration, the one thing that connects the whole country is delicious food. People in various Indian states prepare unique dishes to honour goddess Durga. We will explore nine delectable recipes from different states, each with its unique flavour that you can prepare and relish this Navratri.
- Mishti Doi (Sweet Yogurt) – West Bengal:
Mishti Doi is a delightful Bengali dessert made with sweetened, caramelized yogurt. These are traditionally made in earthen pots which helps incorporate earthy and unique flavour. Preparing mishti doi is not the same as preparing a regular curd or dahi. Sugar or jaggery is added to hung curd and then chilled for a few hours to achieve the creamy texture.
- Rajgira Paratha - Rajasthan:
Rajgira Paratha is a gluten-free option popular during the fasting season. These are crispy brown puffy breads made from amaranth flour and mashed potatoes. You can make this into an interesting recipe by adding paneer to the dough.
- Puran Poli – Maharashtra:
The name "Puran Poli" is derived from "Puran," which means sweet stuffing. Puran Poli is a sweet flatbread filled with a mixture of chana dal (split chickpeas), jaggery, and spices. In the State of Maharashtra, it represents the harvest season and the good fortune that comes with it during Navratri.
- Babru - Himachal Pradesh:
Babru is a traditional breakfast recipe from the state of Himachal Pradesh. This dish is made from a hearty mixture of black gram and wheat flour, cooked to a wholesome consistency, and is often cooked as an offering to Goddess Durga during Navratri.
- Sabudana Khichdi - Gujarat:
Sabudana Khichdi is a common fasting food made from soaked tapioca pearls, peanuts, and spices. Not only does it have a crunchy yet smooth texture but it is quite filling. Probably, this is the reason why it is a go-to recipe for many people during fast.
- Kadalai Parippu Pradhaman - Kerala:
Kadalai Parippu Pradhaman is a sweet recipe made with jaggery, boiled chana dal/ Bengal gram, and coconut milk. This creamy chana dal dessert is typically made during any festivals in Kerala, especially during Navratri and Onam.
- Lauki Ki Kheer - Uttar Pradesh:
Lauki means bottle gourd. Make this into a dessert and suddenly you will keep coming back for more! Lauki Ki Kheer, or bottle gourd pudding, is a traditional dessert enjoyed during Navratri. This sweet pudding is made from bottle gourd, milk, ghee, and sugar. It is garnished with cardamom and some nuts.
- Kuttu Ki Puri – Punjab:
Kuttu Ki Puri is a deep-fried bread made from buckwheat flour, a popular fasting staple. When prepared properly, kuttu puri can be incredibly crispy, fluffy, and flavourful. The texture of buckwheat is rich and dense. Kuttu puri has a significantly darker brown hue. Since this dish tends to generate heat in our body, it is best served with curd. It is often enjoyed with potato curry during Navratri.
- Sundal – Tamil Nadu:
Sundal is a South Indian dish made from cooked legumes, typically chickpeas or lentils. This dish features cooked legumes like chickpeas or lentils, seasoned with spices and garnished with coconut. Sundal is not only delicious but also symbolizes the celebration of good over evil, as it is often shared with friends and family during Navratri festivities.
These dishes will not only tantalize your taste buds but also allow you to partake in the age-old traditions that make Navratri a truly special time of the year. Enjoy the feast, celebrate the victory, and savour the culture of India during these 9 nights of Navratri!
If you are observing fasts this Navratri, here’s the Top 3 Navratri Vrat (Fasting) Recipes.