Navratri is known to be one of the biggest Hindu festivals and is right around the corner now. It refers to the nine auspicious days when nine incarnations of Goddess Durga are worshipped. Each of the nine different incarnations of the deity signifies a distinct power. Navratri is celebrated twice a year, at the beginning of spring and during the onset of autumn. The latter is Sharad Navratri which begins from 7th October this year and would end on 15th October 2021 with Dussehra. The nine-day festival is celebrated across Hindu households in India with much fervour. Many people observe fasts during this period as a ritual to mark their devotion towards Goddess Durga, and refrain from eating meat, fish, eggs, pulses, cereals, grains and legumes. While the fast does cut out many food options to get us going through the day, there are still many options that one can consume even during fasting to keep up the energy levels.  

From kuttu flour, sabudana, fruits to vegetables like aloo are permitted to be consumed during Navratri fasting. Here are 5 light vrat-friendly snack ideas that one can try at home to munch on during the day to boost energy.

1. Aloo Chaat

Yes, you can have your favorite chaat while fasting too! All you need to do is replace that regular salt with rock salt along with chaat masala and a drizzle of lemon over some boiled potatoes. Toss it all well and you’ll have crispy, chatpat chaat to relish on.  

2. Roasted Makhana

Isn’t it quite a favourite on regular days too? I personally love crispy salted roasted makhanas on the side while working since not only are these a healthier alternative to fried snacks but also super delicious! Roast some makhanas lightly over a pan and sprinkle some rock salt and you have yourself a delightful snack.  

3. Fruit Chaat

Fruits are a hit during Navratri. Everything from bananas and apple to pomegranate are perfect to toss up together with chaat masala, rock salt and lemon. Healthy, wholesome, yummy and vrat-friendly! I can honestly have it everyday, what do you think? In this particular recipe, replace the normal salt with rock salt.

4. Vratwala Dhokla

Yes, you can make light and fluffy vrat-friendly dhokla too at home. You simply need to replace regular rice with samvat ke chawal, which is a special rice used during the festival of Navaratri, and salt with rock salt.

5. Nuts Ladoo

Nuts and dry fruits are the best way to keep your energies up for the day and they are also permissible during Navratri fasting. You can prepare a dry fruits and nuts ladoo by simply roasting dates, almonds and cashews on the pan, blend them together and make ladoos out of them. Decadent, wholesome and quick!

Happy Navratri 2021!