Navratri 2021: What all you can eat or not eat during your fasts in Navratri?

written by Ritika Nath | October 07, 2021

Navratri, the cheerful and colourful festival, is here. The nine-day festival is centered on prayers, sattvic cuisine, and devotion to Maa Durga. Shardiya Navratri 2021 will take place from October 7 to October 15, 2021 this year.

The event commemorates Goddess Durga's arrival on Earth, and followers worship and offer prayers to Goddess Durga's nine avatars, as well as special dishes, over the course of nine days.

Devotees fast for nine days in order to satisfy Goddess Durga with their devotion. While some devotees fast for nine days, others do so in jodas (couples), which are the first and last two days of Navratri.

Here are some foods that are nutritious and also help slow down the release of insulin naturally and keep hunger pangs away.

Kuttu atta

Kuttu atta, or buckwheat flour, is abundant in fibre, which aids in body detoxification. Furthermore, fibre helps to keep hunger sensations at bay, causing us to crave less while fasting. You can also use rajgira ka atta and singhare ka stta (water chestnut flour) (amaranth flour).

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Sabudana or sago

It is easy to digest and has a cooling impact on the body.

Makhana

Fasting meal foxnut is highly popular. It's high in antioxidants and works as an anti-aging diet, reducing white hair, wrinkles, and premature ageing.

Dry Fruits

During fasts, almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts, and kishmish (raisins) are consumed.

Fruits and vegetables

During Navratri, vegetables such as bottle gourd, potato, pumpkin, bananas, arbi, potato colocasia, yam, sweet potato, lemon, honey, cucumber, raw plantain, tomato, carrot, raw papaya, and spinach are popular.

Dairy products

During an auspicious event, dairy products are deemed sacred. As a result, natural products such as milk, curd, paneer, butter, ghee, khoya, and condensed milk are safe to consume.

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Black pepper powder, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ajwain or carom seeds, black peppercorns, dry pomegranate seeds, kokum, tamarind, and nutmeg are some of the spices you can use.

What to avoid?

Non-vegetarian foods, eggs, alcohol, smoking, and carbonated beverages are all prohibited.

Wheat, rice, oats, bread, semolina, gramme flour, cornflour, millet flour such as ragi, and pear are all strictly forbidden throughout these nine days.

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Because onions and garlic produce heat and are tamasic in nature, they must be avoided in all fast-food preparations.

Salt: During this time, sendha namak is used, which has a low sodium level.

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