Barfi, Puri, And More; 6 Singhara Recipes For Fasting Days
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Nine days of utmost happiness are celebrated in India and by Indians residing all across the globe. Many devotees fast during Navratri and singhara flour is considered a "vrat" or fasting-friendly ingredient. It is not derived from grains like wheat or rice but from singhara or water chestnuts. Singhara flour is loaded with essential minerals, vitamins, and fiber. This makes it a good choice to provide sustenance during fasting. Moreover, singhara flour is naturally gluten-free and has religious significance too. 

Water chestnuts also have cooling and digestive properties. This can be particularly helpful during fasting when the digestive system may be sensitive. Best part? Singhara flour can be used to prepare a wide range of dishes, both savoury and sweet, providing variety and flavor during the fasting period. Let us take you through six dishes that you must enjoy during the fasting days.

Singhara Roti

Singhara rotis a wholesome meal for fasting days. To make it at home, singhara flour is mixed with water and seasonings to make a dough, which is then rolled out into flatbreads and cooked. These rotis are commonly consumed during fasting days and can be served with various side dishes.

Singhara Pakoras

Yes, you can actually use pakodas during your Navratri fasts. All you need to do is use singhara flour to make a batter of pakoras. Just slices of potatoes, arbi, spinach leaves, or other vegetables and dip them in the batter. Deep-fry them to make crispy and delicious fritters. Enjoy!

Singhara Aloo Tikki

Singhara aloo tikki could be a tasty vrat-friendly snack. All you need to do is combine singhara flour with boiled and mashed potatoes, spices, and herbs to make tikkis or patties. These tikkis are shallow-fried until they are golden brown and are served with chutney.

Singhara Puri

Just like singhara rotis, singhara flour can be used to prepare puris as well. The dough is rolled into small rounds, deep-fried, and served hot with vrat-friendly accompaniments like potato curry or curd during fasting days.

Singhara Halwa

If you crave a dessert during fasting days, singhara flour can be your one-stop destination. Singhara flour is used to make a sweet halwa. All you need to do is cook it with ghee, sugar, and water to create a rich and satisfying dessert. Often, it's garnished with nuts and raisins.

Singhara Barfi

Also known as Katra in Chhattisgarh, Singhara barfi is a common delight during Navratri fasts. To make this dish, singhara flour is combined with sugar, ghee, and milk, and then set into a square or rectangular shape. Once it cools and solidifies, it is cut into pieces and served as a sweet treat.