The Indian cuisines are famous for their variety and special Navratri cuisine are a part of the multitude of culinary delights. Since in most of the communities, people observe fast during Navratri and eat only one meal a day at sunset, the Navratri meal has special courses and is strictly vegetarian.
Even onion and garlic are not allowed due to their foul smell. Specific ingredients and vegetables are used that may vary from region to region. However, the fasting rules also vary from one household to another, as some stop using onion and garlic in food totally, while others just don’t use them in fasting food while continue to use them in other house food.
Spices are restricted to red chilies, turmeric, and only rock salt can be used. However, one can eat milk, curd, fruits, and nuts. People avoid drinking alcohol, smoking and consuming meat during Navratri days.
Here we have assembled to what you can eat during the nine days of Navratri fasting.
- Flours – Kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour) or Singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour) can be used.
- Rice – Vrat ke Chawal (Sama rice).
- Fruits – All the fruits can be consumed.
- Vegetables – Potato, Sweet potato, Arbi, Pumpkin, Tomato, Spinach, Cucumber, Carrot, Bottle Guard can be consumed during fasting.
- Milk Products – Any form of milk product can be consumed it can be butter, yogurt, paneer or simple milk.
- Cooking Oil – Butter, refined oil or peanut oil is generally used.
- Salt – Avoid normal salt and use alternative rock salt or Sendha namak.
- Spices – You can consume cumin, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ajwain, black peppercorns, tamarind, coriander. While spices like turmeric, hing, mustard, fenugreek seeds, garam masala are avoided.
Here are some of the recipes of the goodies that can be savored during Navratri fast.