Navratri 2023: 6 Vrat-Friendly Nibbles For Your Festive Fasts
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Finally, the most-awaited festival of this season, Navratri, is going to arrive. It starts on October 15 and ends on October 24 with Dussehra. With prayer, devotion, and fasting, we seek the blessings of Goddess Durga on this festival. It is a nine-day-long occasion where we worship the different avatars of the goddess and celebrate the victory of good over evil.  

Besides pujo, we also enjoy Navratri with dandiya and delicious vegetarian recipes. Onion, garlic, and non-vegetarian foods are avoided on this auspicious festival; rather, we go for vrat-friendly recipes like sabudana kheer, kuttu ki poori, vrat wale aloo, and fruit chaat. It is also a time to detox your body and follow a Sattvik diet. 

If you are looking for some vrat-friendly snacks to relish on this Navratri, here are six delicious recipes for you: 

Singhare Ke Atte ka Samosa

Samosas are a beloved snack in India. They are tasty as well as filling. However, due to the addition of onion and garlic, we usually avoid eating it during Navratri. But why punish your taste buds when you can prepare this snack at home in a vrat-friendly way? This samosa is made with chestnut flour, arrowroot powder, chironji, rock salt, and spices. It can be served with both green and red chutney. 

Sabudana Vada 

Sabudana, or tapioca pearls, are a popular fast food that is consumed on many festivals. They are very versatile and healthy. This vada is prepared with sabudana, boiled potatoes, salt, and spices like chilli powder and cumin seeds. It is a crispy snack that is commonly paired with chai or coriander chutney. 

Samak Aloo Tikki 

This is another vrat-friendly snack that you can prepare during Navratri. Made with barnyard millet, boiled potatoes, and spices like black pepper, amchur powder, and cumin seeds, this crispy and delicious snack is shallow-fried in hot oil. Samak aloo tikki goes well with red as well as green chutney.  

Shakarkandi Chaat 

Shakarkandi chaat is a delicious and healthy snack that is very easy to prepare. It is very filling and provides you with the right energy for fasting days. It is prepared with very few ingredients, like boiled sweet potatoes, black pepper, amchur powder, lemon juice, and rock salt. You can also enhance its flavour by adding green chutney on top of the chaat. 

Kuttu Ke Pakore 

This is another crispy and fried snack you can relish during Navratri. Also known as buckwheat fritters, they are delicious as well as filling. Kuttu ke pakore is best served with tea and tamarind chutney. To prepare this snack, all you need is buckwheat flour, boiled potatoes, cumin powder, rock salt, and green chillies. You can also add dry anardana and peanuts to make it more delicious.  

White Peas Sundal 

This is a classic South Indian dish that is prepared during Navratri. Also known as pattani sundal, it is made with white peas, carrots, coconut, raw mango, curry leaves, and spices like mustard seeds, dry red chilli, and asafoetida. Packed with protein and other essential nutrients, this snack is perfect for fasting days.