Navratri Special! 5 Vrat Recipes That You Should Try This Navratri

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Navratri is a festival of happiness and joy. While most of the people start prepping for Garba a month before, others look for the delicious dishes they can prepare during those nine days. This festival is celebrated all over India with different customs and rituals. 

This auspicious occasion is marked by innovative cuisines prepared for those who are fasting. However, fasting rules differ from family to family. But, the main motto is the food should be light and full of nutrients. Here, we have compiled a few innovative recipes (faraal recipes) that are delectable and are worth trying this Navratri. 

Navratri Recipes That are Delicious and are Worth Trying

1. Rajgira Paneer Paratha

Ingredients Required

  • 1 cup of rajgira flour
  • Salt to taste
  • Grounded black pepper
  • 1/4th cup of mashed potatoes

For Stuffing
1. 1-½ cup of paneer

2. Powdered sugar

3. Chopped coriander

4. Lemon juice

5. Finely chopped green chillies

Steps to Make Rajgira Paneer Paratha

1. Take rajgira flour, mashed potatoes, rock salt, and pepper in a bowl. Use water as needed and knead a soft dough. 

3. Now, roll it again to make a flatbread. Heat a pan and cook the paratha. 

4. Serve it with fresh curd or chutney. 

2.  Chaal Potol

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Ingredients Required

  • 250gms parwal (pointed gourd)
  • Salt and sugar as required
  • 1 cup of mustard oil
  • 1-2tsp turmeric
  • Small piece of ginger
  • 1 tomato
  • 1tsp garam masala 
  • 1 cup soaked rice

Method to Make Chaal Potol

  1. Peel and scrape the skin of parwal. Apply turmeric and salt on parwal to enhance its flavor. 
  2. Heat the pan and add mustard oil to it. Fry parwals for 2-3 minutes and cover the lid (Heat the pan on medium flame).
  3. Make a puree of tomato and ginger. Take out fried parwals on a plate. Stir the pure for a minute and add fried parwals to it. Toss them well and on the flame. 
  4. Now, add rice to it and sprinkle sugar to enhance the flavor. Add garam masala and add a few drops of water. Cook until the smell of raw masala fades. 
  5. Add water as required and cook the rice. Sprinkle more garam masala and serve it hot.

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3. Goondh Pani


Ingredients Required

  • 2tbsp edible gum (goondh)
  • 1-2tbsp jaggery
  • 1-½ tbsp ghee
  • Sliced dry fruits

Method to Make Goondh Paani

  1. Heat ghee in a pan and fry goondh (edible gum) for about 10 minutes.

2. Add 1 cup of water and jaggery, and mix it until gum dissolves in water. 

3. Now add dry fruits and give it a nice stir. 

4. Serve it hot.

4. Makhana Cutlet

image source: archana’s kitchen

Ingredients Required

  • 2 cups of lotus seed (makhana)
  • 2 tbsp Roasted peanuts
  • 2tbsp Ghee
  • Black salt
  • 3 Mashed potatoes
  • 1tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/4th tsp red chili powder
  • Coriander leaves
  • Chaat masala (to taste)
  • Chopped green chillies

Method to Make Makhana Cutlet

  1. Roast Makhana in ghee and then grind it to form a powder. 

2. Add boiled potatoes and other ingredients. Also, sprinkle salt and spices to enhance its flavor. 

3. Knead the dough and make small balls from it. Heat the pan and grease it with oil. Flatten the balls and fry them in a pan until they turn golden brown. Serve it hot with green chutney. 

5. Paneer Makhana Gulgulle

image source: Ruchi’s kitchen

This delicious recipe is full of flavor and is prepared from lotus seed, potato, paneer, and several spices.

Ingredients Required:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup of lotus seed (makhana)
  • Arrowroot flour
  • Coriander leaves for flavor
  • Salt, black pepper, and other spices

Method to Make Paneer Makhana Gulgulle

  1. Roast lotus seeds on a low flame for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Stir them occasionally and make sure that they turn light brown before you off the flame. 
  3. Let them cool and then blend lotus seeds (makhana) into a blender.
  4. Now, mix paneer, makhana, arrowroot flour (or any binding agent), potatoes, and spices in a bowl. 
  5.  Form a dough and make small balls from it. 
  6. Deep fry makhana in a pan till they turn brown. 
  7. Crush cucumbers and remove excess water from it. 
  8. Garnish makhana with cucumber and sprinkle masala before serving it with chutney.

Will you try these Navratri recipes? What are the other recipes that you usually prefer to make during Navratri? Drop your comments below. 

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