Navratri is not just about performing puja or keeping a fast. It is also a way to cleanse your body of all toxins. There are several nutritious foods available at your disposal during Navratri which usually gain popularity only during these nine days. These foods are often low on oil and sugar, which makes them the perfect choice to make while your body is on detox. So, why just Navratri? You can savour these delicious yet healthy foods throughout the year and keep your metabolism on an all-time high.
Sabudana Khichdi :
Sabudana khichdi is probably the most popular and preferred meal during Navratri. Made in a variety of different ways, the most basic recipe of Sabudana khichdi includes potato, peanuts, tomato, curry leaves, grated coconut and some mild spices. Sabudana is rich in carbohydrates which keeps your energy high, while you are fasting. Khichdi is always a healthy option to include in your diet, which is why you can easily eat Sabudana khichdi around the year.
While fruit chats are quite popular during Navratri, Shakarkandi chaat too is preferred by many people. The sweet potatoes are boiled, peeled and diced into small cubes. With some lemon juice, rock salt and chaat masala on top, shakarkandi chaat tastes appetizing. Sweet potatoes are rich in fibre and keep you full for long. They are also a storehouse of vitamin B, C, iron and calcium.
Makhanas also known as fox nuts are widely eaten during Navratri in different forms. While some people add these to their kheer, some prefer making a chaat with them. Fox nuts are loaded with nutrients and can be eaten throughout the year as well. You can just lightly roast makhanas and sprinkle some rock salt on them. They are low in sodium and high in potassium, which makes them a wonder food for people with high blood pressure
When it comes to drinks, nothing beats the energy coconut water provides. Loaded with antioxidants, drinking coconut water is the best way to detox your body. It hydrates your body well and acts as a natural sports drink. Rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium, coconut water is a must have, especially during scorching summers.
Do you just love having kuttu ka dosa during Navratri? Then why not have it the whole year round! Kuttu dosa is an easy to prepare, healthy dosa recipe which uses minimal oil. Also known as buckwheat, kuttu is a high-protein flour which is loaded with fibre. Kuttu is easy to digest and is also low on calories. You can also add some potato or paneer stuffing in it to make it more filling and delish.
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