Grains and Flours to Stock in Your Kitchen for Navratri
By Nmami Agarwal
Happy Navratri! Navratri is a combination of two words. ‘Nav’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night. So this festival is celebrated for nine days. And the tenth day is celebrated as ‘dussera’. Every Indian festival has significance and there is a reason behind its celebration. These nine days people practice purification of one-self and restrain themselves from eating certain foods.
Grains and cereals are worshipped during Navratri so eating them is avoided during this period. People replace their meals with alternative cereals like buckwheat, sago, chestnut or Samak rice.
In a research, it is found that pseudo-cereals like amaranth, chestnut and Samak are rich in proteins and carbohydrates. These grains are gluten-free and are the great source of minerals and vitamins. It’s better to have your kitchen stock ready with such grains instead of an extended period of fast.
Let’s see what healthy grains and flours should be included in your diet during Navratri
- Water Chestnut (Singhara): This highly nutritious food is a great source of carbohydrate, iron, copper, and sodium. It is made with the nut but has more starch content than other nut flours, hence the result is fluffier, lighter confections.
Tip: You can make rotis, cheelas, and paratha from chestnut flour. Various fried, sweet and mouth-watering recipes can be made from this flour as well.
- Buckwheat Flour (Kuttukaatta): Buckwheat flour is gluten-free and at the same time extremely nutritious. It is rich in fiber, vitamin, magnesium, and phosphorus. It’s dietary fiber content is also very high compared to other grains.
Tip: Khichdi made from kuttu serve as a balanced diet with proper carbohydrate, minerals, and other vitamins. Buckwheat chapatti, poori, and pakora are very popular during Navratri.
- Sago (Sabudana): Sabudana or sago is rich in nutrients and it is consumed as a stable in regular diet. It is a good source of carbohydrates, and that is why it is used in fasting food the most.
Tip: Sabudana can be eaten either as a khichdi or kheer is made from it. Such recipes not only enhance the taste buds but also provide quality nutrition.
- Amarnath Flour (Rajgiriaata): Amarnath flour serves as a great option during fast as it is enriched with antioxidants, and essential vitamin and minerals. Protein content in amaranth flour is greater than wheat as well.
Tip: It is suitable for making breakfast dishes like porridge etc. Roti made from rajgi riaata is a great option for those who prefer paratha and puri.
- Barnyard Millets (Samak Rice): Samak is a seed and is usually eaten with hull, which retains a majority of its nutrients. It’s effortless to cook this rice, which makes time for celebration as well.
Tip: This rice can be used to make kheer, khichdi, idli, dhokla, and other delicious recipes.
Over to You:
Hence, it would be good to incorporate these grains & flour in your regular diet, even after Navratri celebrations are over. As it promotes digestion, improves energy, prevents diseases andfostersr a feeling of lightness.
Diet Plan for Navratri: Day 7
Breakfast: Pineapple Milkshake + handful of nuts
Mid Meal: Indian fusion lemonade with senda namak
Lunch: Lauki OR paneer subzi+ kuttu ke atta ki roti (1 in no.) + Pomegranate Raita
Snack: Green tea/ Tea/ Coffee (without sugar); Fruits
Dinner: Potato Sago Tikki (2 pc)
Post Dinner: Turmeric Golden Milk or Fruits
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