Singhara – a savior during fasts

by Sanjeev Kapoor


Water chestnut flour is an indispensible ingredient on the list of vrat ka khana. Right from making breads like puri’s roti’s and thalipeet’s to kadhi’s and curries and desserts like halwa and burfi – Singhare ka aata can be used in so many ways that is sure to make your fast into a feast. Besides the fact that it is delicious and versatile there are more reasons as to why it should be a part of your diet especially on days when you are fasting.

Energy Booster

Even when you are fasting you need to make sure your body gets enough nutrients and incorporating Singhara in your fasting meals will give you just that. Water chestnuts are loaded with energy boosting antioxidants and minerals which also improve the body’s immunity. Nutrients like zinc, iron, iodine, carbs, potassium, manganese provide your body with necessary nutrition and lots of energy on days when you are fasting.

 Helps water retention

While fasting and eating only a limited set of ingredients, sodium levels in the body can get disrupted. Singhara, being high in potassium and low in sodium balances these levels and helps water retention in the body. This is one of the biggest reasons why Singhare ka atta is such a popular ingredient on a fasting menu.

 Helps weight loss

Singhara is a great ingredient to include in your diet if you want to lose weight. Water chestnuts - both the flour and fruit are high in fibre and any dish you use it in in going to keep your tummy for longer. They are virtually fat free, low in calories and also help promote digestion. So whether you are fasting or not if you want to lose weight singhara should be a part of your diet.

Vrat recipes

Try this delicious Vrat ki Kadhi with vari or with singhade kea ate ke puri or thalipeeth. It is a delicious combination.

Singhade ke aate ka sheera or burfi are some great mithais to make during Navratri. You can also serve them as Prasad.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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