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दशहरा - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Dassera recipes in Hindi)
દશેરા - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Dassera recipes in Gujarati)

The Right Foods to Celebrate Dusshera

Navratri, the nine days when India and Indian souls across the world are charged with spiritual fervour is a time for worship, festivities, fasting and spiritual enhancement. The nine days of fasting and prayers culminate in Vijayadasami or Dusshera, the tenth day, which marks the victory of good over evil. This day is usually celebrated as a gala event, with dancing, bhajans, pujas and of course, food.

Although different parts of the country have different reasons and different ways of celebrating Navratri, it is nevertheless a pan-Indian festival!

In South India, the festival celebrates the victory of Shakthi over the demon Mahishasura. The first three days commemorate Durga, then Lakshmi and finally Saraswati. On the tenth day or Vijadasami, these three key forms of the Goddess unify into one all-encompassing force that vanquishes the demon. During Navratri, women invite each other to their homes for haldi-kumkum. There are pujas and recitals in houses as well as community centres, and the region is constantly buzzing with activity! In North India, people celebrate the victory of Rama over Ravana. While people perform pujas and Ramayan recitals and observe fasts during the initial days of Navratri, the last few days are celebrated as a community event culminating in the burning of Ravana’s effigy on Vijayadasami.

Eastern India celebrates Dusshera as Durga Puja, an event that has gained international acclaim. People from all over the world flock to Bengal to watch the grandeur with which Maa Shakthi is celebrated. All over India, Dusshera is a busy time. Women, especially, have multiple dimensions to handle, from the pujas and religious activities to social gatherings and of course, fasting too! Like feasting, fasting is an art too. While fasting properly is a great way to cleanse your body and tone your soul, doing it wrong can make you tired and irritable. Nothing can be worse than doing it wrong for nine days at a stretch!

Here we share with you loads of recipes, which adhere to religious guidelines while also being nourishing and tasty enough to serve to guests too. Once you know which ingredients are to be avoided, you can comfortably replace them with permitted ingredients and prepare tasty foods, ranging from snacks and sweets to one-pot meals. Generally, grains like rice and wheat, and sea-salt are avoided. Instead, flours like singhada atta, milk products, potatoes and fruits are consumed. Several interesting dishes can also be prepared with these ingredients. This article provides an appropriate selection of khichdi (one-pot meal), thalipeeth, pancakes and kadhi recipes for you to fast healthily. Enjoy these soulful recipes, and serve them with love and care to your guests too!

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Jaggery Malpua recipe
Jaggery has a rich taste that lingers in the palate for a while. Jaggery Malpua is a delicious but quick dessert characterised by this luxuriant flavour, speckled with exciting tinges of fennel. These melt-in-the-mouth whole wheat flour malpuas should ideally be served right off the tava, garnis ....
Instant Jalebis, Quick Jalebi Recipe recipe
Instant Jalebis, you would never have thought that jalebis can be made so easily! Born in the north only to become famous all over India, the intricate jalebis have a somewhat chewy texture with a crystallized, semi-fermented, sugary exterior coating, which contributes to the unique flavour of t ....
Kala Chana Sundal, Sundal Recipe recipe
This is how South Indian love to have their chana, and it’s so tasty that everybody will enjoy it, without a doubt! Cooked kala chana is tempered with mustard, urad dal and other traditional ingredients, and garnished with fresh and juicy grated coconu ....
Malpua Recipe ( Quick Shallow Fried ) recipe
Hot malpuas are irresistible, whether had plain or with a topping of cold rabadi . Try making this delightful treat at home itself, and with a slight twist. In this version, I have avoided deep-frying the malpua ....
Paneer Kheer (  Diabetic Recipe) recipe
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this cardamom-flavoured low-fat Paneer Kheer. By replacing traditional sweeteners with sugar substitute, and by doing away with unhealthy thickeners, we ward off those unnecessary carbohydrates and calories too. So, you can enjoy the rich texture and wonderful flavour o ....
Fafda Chutney, Besan Chutney recipe
A breakfast of Fafda served with this Besan Chutney is every Gujarati’s idea of a perfect start to Sunday or any holiday. It may be made at home or bought readymade. Also enjoyed on Holi and other holidays this awesome chutney amazes you with its brilliant flavour and mouth-feel. What makes it u ....
Buckwheat Khichdi, Farali Kutto Khichdi Recipe, Vrat Recipe, Fasting Recipe recipe
One look at this recipe and you know that faaral foods can be more sumptuous and often more flavourful than everyday meals! The garnish of sesame seeds and coriander is to this khichdi what a cherry is to icing! It really boosts the aroma and flav ....
Chum Chum recipe
Chum chum also known as cham cham or chom chom is another Bengali delicacy made using chenna. These oval shaped mithai are cooked in sugar syrup and stuffed with a mixture of mawa. We have added refined flour (maida) to the prepared chenna which provides sti ....
Panchamrut, Panchamrit recipe
Panchamrut is a traditional recipe used in Hindu religious functions. It is believed to be purifying and nourishing and is used during the pujas and later given as prasad too. The name signifies that this nectar-like substance is made with five ingredients, including dairy products and honey ....
Sweet Boondi recipe
Sweet boondi, a very easy and quick way to make these delicious boondi. Serve them hot to your guest and they will surely relish it!
Jalebi recipe
This sticky, sugary, spice-tinged mithai is an all-time favourite in West and North India. It is so popular that for many, by default dessert means Jalebi! Deep-fried in ghee and resplendent with the goodness of saffron and cardamom, Jalebi is as rich as a
Upvaas Thalipeeth (  Faraal Recipe) recipe
A satiating thalipeeth made of rajgira flour is the perfect food to have on a fasting day. Perked up with grated potatoes and crushed peanuts, not to forget some lemon juice and green chilli paste, the Upvaas Thalipeeth is a real treat t ....
Mawa Peda, Quick Mava Peda, Khoya Peda recipe
Festival or no festival, Indians love sweets! And, with the festival season just around the corner, the search for easy but tasty sweets like Quick Mawa Peda only becomes more intense. Well, here is one recipe that is sure to make it to your book of favourites. The trad ....
Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa recipe
Many a shortcut there might be, but sometimes the traditional method of making a mithai yields the richest taste! This authentic recipe of Gajar Halwa proves that! Made with grated carrots, khoya, milk, dry fruits and ghee, this halwa has a divine taste and aroma that take you to another world. ....
Lapsi, Pressure- Cooked Broken Wheat Dessert Recipe recipe
Lapsi, a yummy dessert hardly needs any introduction! Broken wheat normally takes time to cook. However, in the Pressure Cooker it cooks properly and swells promptly. Relish this Gujarati
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