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- हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Dassera recipes in Hindi)
The Right Foods to Celebrate Dusshera
- ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Dassera recipes in Gujarati)
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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A radically different dessert
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