40 Navratri Prasad Recipes

This list of Navratri Prasad Recipes will give you a wide variety of choices on what to make during this grand Indian festive season! If you are an Indian who celebrates the auspicious festival, you would love these simple, vegetarian, no-onion & no-garlic recipes!

Navratri Prasad Recipes by Foodomania.com

(Reposted from 2014!)

Navratri translates to 9 Nights. ūüôā The festival of Navaratri / Navratri lasts for 9 Nights and 10 Days, during which time 9 versions of Shakti (or the Goddess) are worshiped. ¬†As all Indian festivals are, this period too is celebrated with great pomp and show! Traditions vary from region to region, but largely – people follow a simple, sattvic diet, worship different Goddesses and share the “Prasad” (which is the food offered to the Goddess) with their friends and family. You can read a lot more about this festival here.

Food during Navratri is simple and light on the stomach (unlike other festivals where its all about deep frying!! ūüėÄ ). Meat products are usually avoided during this period. Most people confine their diets to fruits and fruit juices and eating just once during the day. While South Indians avoid onion, garlic from their diets, North Indians are known to be more strict with their diet and allow only certain types of flours and grains to be consumed during the period. It would be difficult to exactly tell you what is followed, since traditions tend to vary so much. However, I’ve tried to put together a list of Navratri prasad recipes commonly¬†prepared in various households.

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Rajma Masala

This Rajma Masala is an Indian version of the Bean Chilli РSoft kidney beans cooked with exotic spices in an onion & tomato based gravy. 

Rajma Masala Recipe | Punjabi Vegetarian Side Dishes | Spicy Kidney Beans Curry | Veg Restaurant style rajma masala recipe by Foodomania.com

Kidney beans are referred to as Rajma in India. And the spicy gravy based dish that is commonly prepared is known as Rajma Masala. It is usually served with Rice or Roti. Rajma Chawal, a combination of the rajma masala and rice is one of the most popular meals served in many parts of Northern India.

Once a week, I get my dose of proteins from kidney beans. I like them in almost any form. Boiled, made into a patties, tossed with a salad dressing or cooked into this deliciously spicy curry. I like to serve Rajma with Jeera Rice. In my opinion, the mildly fragrant Basmati rice paired with a delicious bean curry has got to be the best meal ever.

Now, before we move on to the recipe, let me tell you what is different about this rajma masala recipe and why you should definitely try this one… (more…)

Butter Kulcha

After Naan, a plain Butter Kulcha is the most popular and loved¬†Tandoori bread. This¬†recipe doesn’t require yeast and makes lovely, soft & spongy Kulchas!

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Here’s a¬†bread fresh from the Tandoor to tickle your taste-buds! Kulchas are easier to make than Naan;¬†but also give you¬†an almost similar texture –¬†spongy, chewy and soft!¬†Requiring no yeast, these flour tortillas (or breads.. whatever you want to call them) are super easy to make and taste delicious with¬†any side dish of your choice.

Usually cooked in a Tandoor, these breads have a smoky taste that is not hard to replicate at home. Using an iron griddle to partially cook the Kulchas and finishing them off in direct flame, you can get an almost similar texture and taste at home. And they are really quick to cook too!

The next time you decide to have an Indian feast, go ahead and make these Kulchas – with or without the butter. They are perfect vehicles to scoop up the many delicacies that Indian cuisine boasts of!¬† ¬† (more…)

Paneer Tikka Masala

Here’s my version of the classic Paneer Tikka Masala! It’s classic, simple and oh-so-flavorful!

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A good paneer recipe can make my heart skip a beat. Among¬†most Indian-food lovers – especially the vegetarian ones – Paneer is revered because it is¬†the one ingredients that can made into whatever their heart desires… Kind of like an avocado. ūüėČ

I experiment¬†with Paneer quite often. This is my absolute favorite recipe for a Paneer Tikka Masala. It is classic, simple, zingy, flavorful and oh-so-spicy! This is the kind of recipe that Indian food dreams are made of! Admittedly, this recipe does involve a few steps that may not be an impatient guy’s cuppa tea. However, the recipe steps are quite easy and absolutely doable by any home-cook!

Indian restaurants make big bucks selling paneer tikka masala to Indian food enthusiasts. While a good curry in the restaurant is definitely worth the buck, you’d be better off if and when¬†you make it at home – knowing fully well what goes into the gravy and well in control of the spices, salt and oil. And of course, a homemade dish is always going to leave you feeling satisfied.¬†So without further ado, here’s how I like to make Paneer Tikka Masala.¬† (more…)