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Navratri Special

Keep away the sabudanakhichdi and potato wafers…Navratri doesn’t have to mean boring food, not any more. Here are 9 exciting vrat approved recipes to add the feast quotient to your fast.

Crunchy sabudana munchies

Fasting can be fun, especially when you can munch on something as delicious as sabudanachakli sticks. Made with simple vrat approved ingredients like sago, samo rice, chillies, potatoes and salt – making this is child’s play.


Grilled Pineapple Shikanji

Why stick to just regular shikanji when you can make this super fruity one. Grilled pineapples add a caramel like sweetness to the drink which is balanced out with a hint of black salt and lemon juice. It is an instant refresher.


Shhakarkand Ki Tikkiyaan

Sweet potatoes and raw bananas are super popular during navratri. Make tikkis out of them to add a dollop of deliciousness to your fast food plate. Slightly sweet, slightly spicy and very tasty – these tikkis are a crowd pleaser, fast or no fast.


Farali Pattice

Spicy, with a hint of sweet in each bite, faralipattice is a must have on fasting days.  Soft potato patties stuffed with a mixture of fresh coconut, chillies and dry fruits, deep fried to golden brown perfection.  You will wonder why you haven’t made these before.



This khichdi is proof that satvik food is indeed for the soul. You can use vratkachawal, if your fasting ritual doesn’t permit you to eat regular rice. There is also plenty of freedom when it comes to adding veggies, serve it up with a spicy arbikikadhi and make a delicious meal out of it.


Vrat ki Kadhi

Those who find comfort in kadhichawal are in for a treat during Navratri. Singhada or water chestnut flour givesthe kadhi a nutty flavor which tastes great with rice and even bhakris. Vratkepakode’s make a crunchy addition to the meal.


Kuttoo ki khichdi

 If you are fed up of the usual fasting staple of sabudanakhichdi, this buckwheat flour one will come to the rescue. The spicy kuttukeattakhichdi is spiked with crunchy peanuts, fried potatoes, lemon juice and a generous sprinkling of sugar, so you get a plethora of flavours in each bite.


Energy ke Laddoo

There is no dearth of sweets and mithais to be made during Navratri, but these laddoos are going to become a regular. 1. They are easy to make 2. They are deliciously addictive 3. They give you the much needed energy boost so you can garbathe night away!


Gulabi Kheer

 This kheer is everything you need in a dessert. A creamy coconut base, studded with chunks of tender coconut flesh, crunchy nuts and the lightest aroma and hue of rose petals –little rewards for all the good deeds one has done in life.


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.