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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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Instant Jalebis, Quick Jalebi Recipe
Recipe# 33137
06 Nov 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
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 ....
Malpua Recipe ( Quick Shallow Fried )
Recipe# 1520
19 Oct 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
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 ....
Buckwheat Khichdi, Farali Kutto Khichdi Recipe, Vrat Recipe, Fasting Recipe
Recipe# 33302
30 Oct 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
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 ....
Kala Chana Sundal, Sundal Recipe
Recipe# 32816
15 Oct 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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 ....
Chum Chum
Recipe# 2013
05 Oct 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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 ....
Sweet Boondi
Recipe# 37970
23 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
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# 1991
03 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
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
Paneer Kheer (  Diabetic Recipe)
Recipe# 7471
12 Apr 15

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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 ....
Upvaas Thalipeeth (  Faraal Recipe)
Recipe# 32557
30 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
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 ....
Fafda Chutney, Besan Chutney
Recipe# 42452
22 Sep 18

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by Tarla Dalal
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 ....
Mawa Peda, Quick Mava Peda, Khoya Peda
Recipe# 2057
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Festival or no festival, Indians love sweets! And, with the festival season just around the corner, the search for easy but tasty sweets only becomes more intense. Well, here is one recipe that is sure to make it to your book of favourites. The traditional, evergreen mithai Mawa Peda has been ma ....
Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa
Recipe# 4102
07 Jun 18

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by Tarla Dalal
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# 33374
13 Jan 16

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 by Tarla Dalal
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
Ven Pongal, South Indian Breakfast
Recipe# 32896
24 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Ven Pongal is South India’s equivalent of the North Indian khichdi. Cooked rice and moong dal are flavoured with ginger, crushed peppercorns and cumin seeds, and garnished with ghee-roasted cashew nuts and curry leaves. Ven Pongal has a unique flavour and consistency, which are rich yet soothing ....
Pineapple Basundi
Recipe# 3603
10 Jan 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The rich and intense flavour of boiled milk tinged with enchanting spices like saffron and cardamom, is uniquely coupled with freshly-grated pineapple in this innovative Pineapple Basundi. The flavour of pineapple is quite strong in this dessert, as the fruit is grated rather than chopped. Make ....
Badam ka Halwa
Recipe# 3915
02 Oct 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A delicacy rooted in Indian tradition, Badam Halwa is indispensable for celebrations of any kind. It is good to have on normal days too! Infact, grandmas unfailingly advice their grandchildren to have a spoonful of this wholesome halwa every morning, all through the winter. This is one delicious mor ....
Chitrana Rice ( Jain Recipe)
Recipe# 7558
21 Nov 07

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by Tarla Dalal
Tangy rice dish, flavoured with peanuts and malagapadi, a south indian spice mixture.
Quick Rabri, Instant Rabri, Easy Rabdi Recipe
Recipe# 2067
03 Jun 16

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 by Tarla Dalal
Milk thickened with fresh bread crumbs to give you an instant rabdi.
Mawa Kesar Roll, Khoya Kesar Roll
Recipe# 2063
03 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Another variation of mawa peda which resembles a Swiss roll and is attractive to serve for any festive Occasion like Diwali , Di ....
Malpuas
Recipe# 2856
26 Nov 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
Malpuas are rich, soft deep fried pancakes which are soaked in saffron flavoured syrup and eaten warm topped with rabdi or just chopped almonds and pistachios. Traditionally malai malpuas are made from thickened milk or rabdi but this recipe is of instant malpuas using cream. You will find it eas ....
Bengali Mixed Vegetable Dry Sabzi,  Panch Phodoner Chorchori
Recipe# 41468
22 Mar 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A fascinating name coupled with a fabulous flavour makes this Bengali Mixed Vegetable Dry Subzi a must-try recipe! Chorchori is a famous Bengali vegetable preparation made with loads of oil and ghee. This healthy version limits the amount of oil and fats used, giving you the same awesome flavour ....
Atte ka Malpua
Recipe# 3911
19 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Atte ka Malpua is just what you need to warm your heart on a cold, winter’s day. It is not surprising then that this is a traditional favourite in Rajasthani households, especially during the unrelenting winter days. The smell of sugary, spicy whole wheat batter deep-frying in ghee, especially the p ....
Mishti Doi, Baked Yoghurt
Recipe# 1537
29 Nov 16

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by Tarla Dalal
A radically different dessert , which will take your party by storm! Mishti Doi is a creamy dessert of thick curds, cream and condensed milk, baked in moulds, and then chilled. Curds when complemented by t ....
Bengali Payesh, Bengali Rice Kheer
Recipe# 41474
08 Feb 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
In all regional cuisines of India, Kheer made of milk and rice is very popular. This Bengali Payesh is also a variant of this milk and rice kheer. Here, long-grained rice is cooked in milk and flavoured with classic Indian spices ....
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