Navratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Durga, Saraswati and Lakshmi. It is largely followed in the northern part of India. During the nine days of Navratri, devotees fast while restricting themselves from intake of certain foods. These restrictions promote good health but to get the maximum health benefits you must be aware of what all is allowed during Navratri fast.
Flours that can be eaten during Navratri include buckwheat (Kuttu ka atta), sighare ka atta, rajgiri ka atta, saboodana and arrowroot.
During Navrati fast you can eat all the fruits. Raw banana, water chestnut (Singhade), pears (nashpati), coconut and pomegranate (anar) are some of the healthy fruits that people who are fasting.
Potato, pumpkin (Bhopla), sweet potato, colocassia (arbi), raw papaya, curry patta, lemon and Yam (suran) are some of the vegetables that provide enormous health benefits to people on fast. Navratra fast allow you to have all the vegetables with the exception of wheat grass. Fresh coriander and ginger are also allowed during Navratri fasts. While preparing vegetables make sure that you don’t make use of onion and garlic as they are strict ‘no’ during Navratri.
During Navratri replace your chemical salt with rock salt (sendha namak). Rock salt is a large grains salt that is mainly used during fasting. There are enormous health benefits of sendha namak. In the ayurvedic medicine it is used as cooling spice to aid laxative and digestive system. For the entire nine days of navratri use of chemical salt is not allowed.
Black zeera (cumin), choti elaichi, khash khash, water melon seeds and sabut kali mirch are some of the spices that are allowed during Navratri fasting. You can use olive oil and desi ghee to cook Navratri food.
Almonds (badam), walnuts, cashew and raisins (kishmish) are allowed during Navratri fasting.
During Navratri fast one can have green tea, black tea and coffee.
Milk products such as milk, yoghurt, cream and paneer is allowed during Navratri fasting. By using the milk products you can make singhade ka halwa or sabudana kheer. Sabudana is a rich source of carbohydrates and gives good amount of energy to your body.
Sugar, makhanna and sabudana are some of the other healthy foods that can be taken during Navratri.
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