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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Sabudana Khichdi

Sabudana Khichdi, from the western lands of Maharashtra, is a simple one pot meal dish commonly prepared for breakfasts or during religious festivals. Plump pearl tapioca cooked with ground peanuts and very mild spices can give you that subtle feeling of being infinitely satisfied with something so humble! 🙂

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe | Quick & Easy Indian Sago Upma | Maharashtrian Sabudana Upma Recipe by Foodomania.com

I’m excited to share a dish I’ve long been enamored with – the Sabudana Khichdi.

Is it THE most healthy dish you could ever make? Probably not. With clarified butter and potatoes and pearl tapioca, you can a good dose of starch and fat (something that healthy food these days seem to lack). However, it is a wholesome dish which would give you everything you need to keep up your energy all day  long.

And did I mention how easy it is to put this together?

Not to mention how simply deliciously chewy this Khichdi is?
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Over 100 Awesome Holi Recipes

Celebrate Holi – the Indian festival of colors with these delicious, mouth-watering recipes!

Holi Recipes Roundup

I’m re-posting this post from last year, to show you guys how many amazing options you have to celebrate the festival of colors this year! 🙂

Holi, known as the festival of colors is celebrated all over India and Nepal. This festival announces the arrival of spring – the season of hope and new beginnings. During Holi, people get together and rejoice with colors, foods, and drinks to express happiness and symbolically celebrate life with the victory of good over evil and spread the message of love, unity, and peace.

It is worth visiting India during this time to witness and experience the exuberance of this festival. Food is, as always, a very significant aspect of this festival. An Indian intoxicating drink – Bhang Lassi – is very popular this time around. Besides this, a lot of delicious, deep fried goodies and sweets are made to celebrate Holi. Here are a few ideas for you to prepare good food during this festival time —> (more…)

Chickpea Sundal

High protein Chickpea Sundal is a south Indian offering to the salad world – complete with “dressing” and all.

Chickpea Sundal Recipe | Indian Garbanzo Bean (Chole) Salad

 

Re-posting a very, very old post today. I had somehow missed this recipe when I started Foodomania. This reminds me of my very beginning days of blogging. This recipe still is as good as it was when I made it over 3 years ago! 🙂

Garbanzo beans (Chickpea/ Chole). Such beautiful legumes! There isn’t a single savory dish you could make with chickpeas that I’d dislike. With their natural high protein content, garbanzo beans make for a natural choice for diet-conscious vegetarians. Here is another recipe from the southern regions of India, accentuating the deliciousness of chickpeas!

Sundal – a word that could possibly mean Salad. There are various kinds of Sundal that South Indians make. Think – as many lentils & legumes there are, twice or thrice as many (known) Sundal recipes exist! The most commonly prepared and loved Sundal though is this Chickpea Sundal.

The “dressing” is made up of my mom’s concocted spice blend and some coconuts, curry leaves & mustard seeds cooked in a little splash of oil. (Before you cringe – a little fat is GOOD for your health, okay?!) If you’ve been put off by bland bean salads before, give this one a chance and you’ll be surprised to find a new favorite. 🙂 (more…)