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. 🙂 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!! 😀 ). 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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Baked Samosa Bites

Cut the fat and retain the flavor and texture of a traditional Samosa with these easy Baked Samosa Bites recipe!

Baked Samosa Bites Recipe | How to Bake Samosas |Healthy Snacks | How to bake a Samosa Recipe | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of www.Foodomania.com And now I present Baked Samosa Bites.

The traditional deep dried Samosa is and will always be the best way to make this snack. However, one has to look for better alternatives if he/she plans to eat this often.

They take a little bit longer to get ready than the regular version; but if you could avoid all the fat and yet retain all the flavor – wouldn’t you wanna make them this way all the time?  Baked Samosas are almost exactly same as deep fried Samosas. The only difference is in the method of preparation. You could use your favorite filling for these or make the typical Samosa filling we all love. Similarly, you could make them in the conical samosa shape – or do what i did – roll them into bite sized pieces and call them Samosa bites! 🙂 They all taste the same – no matter what shape you roll them into!   (more…)

Paal Payasam

Smooth, creamy, delicately sweet Paal Payasam is the star of many a festival menus in India… Now you know how easy it is to make this dessert! 🙂

Paal Payasam Recipe | Rice Kheer | South Indian Risotto Pudding Sweet 4 ingredients. That’s all you need to make this dessert.

It is as easy as throwing all of them together in a pot and cooking them for 45 minutes until all the flavors come together to make a hearty bowl of paal payasam.

Which brings me to the word “paal payasam“. For all my non-south-Indian friends out there, it loosely translates to “milk sweet“. But that doesn’t really give out much information about the dessert itself because off the top of my head – I could give you 10 other sweets made with milk. (Hellllooo… remember Rabdiiiii??) But it is what it is. I don’t know much about its nomenclature. But I could tell you that making this milk & rice dessert could not be easier.  (more…)

Sabudana Vada (Low fat version)

Sabudana Vada is my favorite Maharashtrian snack. Not only do I love Sabudana (Pearl Tapioca), but the simplicity of cooking up this snack makes the dish even better! Of course, traditionally, this is a deep fried snack. I’m trying to cut back on the oil so I went with the shallow fried version; which trust me – was beyond amazing! In fact, the absence of excess oil made the snack healthy and refreshing! (more…)