‘new‘means nine more’Shivratri‘ means nights. Therefore, the festival of Navratri is a Hindu festival that lasts for nine nights and ten days where devotees worship the nine incarnations of Durga. It symbolizes the victory of Durga over the demon Mahishasura, who symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
In northern and western parts of India, Ram Leela (repetition of Ramayana mythology) is held and the celebration ends with Dussehra where effigies of Ravana are set on fire to mark the victory of Rama over Ravana. Fasting is observed by the devotees, either on all nine days or in pairs, in the first two or last two days of Navratri, to please Durga and seek her blessings.
As you skip meals made of onion, garlic, ginger, lemon and tomato in these days of Navratri, here are the mouth-watering sabudana or tapioca and pumpkin pudding with watermelon berry and pineapple mango smoothie- Along with this are some easy recipes of Lip Smacking Mix Fruit Mini Tarts. To reduce your sweet craving.
1. Mix Fruit Mini Tarts (serves 10-12)
all purpose flour
fresh mint leaves
Sieve the flour and grate the cold butter in it and crumble it well with both hands. Slowly add cold water and knead soft dough, wrap cling wrap and keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Add fresh cream and chopped fruit and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile take out the fruit cream and flour from the fridge. Pinch a small ball from the dough and roll it into a small disc.
Grease and dust the tart shell and place the rolled disc in it, take another tart shell and place it on top of the disc and press gently so that the dough takes the proper shape of the shell.
Remove the shell above, scraping off the excess from the edges. Bake for 15 minutes or until they are golden and crisp.
Let them cool completely, remove the cooked balls from the mold and pour a spoonful of fruit cream and serve.
Enjoy your food!
2. Molasses Tapioca Pudding with Candied Pumpkin Seed Praline (makes 3 small bowls)
1/2 cup small tapioca pearls (sago)
2 1/2 cups coconut milk
3/4 cup jaggery
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup water
rose petals to decorate
Soak tapioca pearls in 1 cup of coconut milk for an hour to soften and bloom. In a saucepan, add soaked tapioca pearls, remaining coconut milk and jaggery and heat over medium heat until boiling.
Then lower the heat and let it cook for 15 minutes until the pearls are cooked and all this thickens. Keep stirring occasionally to prevent tapioca from sticking to the bottom.
If you want to make it thinner, add another cup of coconut milk. Pour over bowls or ramekins and let cool in the fridge. Roast the pumpkin seeds on a tava (griddle) for 3-4 minutes and place them on a silicone mat.
Cook water and coconut sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring gently with a metal fork, until melted and golden. Cook the caramel, without stirring, until deep golden.
Immediately run it over the pumpkin seeds placed on the silicone mat, spreading it around so that it hardens. Let it cool and set at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Then break pieces of praline and pour over tapioca pudding. Decorate with rose petals.
3. Watermelon Berries Smoothie (serves 4-5)
fresh watermelon slices
Combine all the ingredients and mix until the mixture becomes smooth. Enjoy your food!
4. Pineapple Mango Smoothie (serves 4-5)
1/2 cup pineapple chunks (chopped)
1 cup fresh orange juice
3 cups ice cubes
lemon slices to garnish
1/2 cup mango pieces
Beat pineapple slices, orange juice, mango slices and ice until smooth and frothy. Pour the smoothie into a cold glass.
Serve garnished with lime. Enjoy your food!
5. Tropical Sunshine Smoothie (serves 4-5)
fresh mint sprig
Roast the almond flakes and keep aside. Blend remaining ingredients into a smooth texture. Enjoy your food!
Sago or Sago Pearl or Tapioca Promotes strong bones and muscles, improves digestion, lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels and prevents stomach related problems. It is naturally gluten free, a rich source of carbohydrates which gives the body an energy boost and is a cooling food item which has a cooling effect inside our body which in turn impacts our metabolism.
jaggery material Jaggery Makes it more nutritious because this nutritious byproduct of the sugar making process is removed when making refined sugar. Jaggery is rich in vitamins and minerals, makes a great immunity booster, forms a shield against health ailments like cough and cold and leads to better digestive health, prevention of anemia, liver detoxification and better immune function.
BananasWhether mashed or otherwise, they help in reducing stress levels as they are rich in potassium which is an essential mineral needed to regulate water balance, acidity level and blood pressure. They not only improve digestive health and aid in weight loss but also support heart health, improve insulin sensitivity and are powerful antioxidants.
Mango Vitamin A and keratin content that encourages hair growth and health, helps protect cells from harmful radicals, due to its many antioxidants, reduces facial wrinkles And helps in avoiding loose skin and is also rich in nutrients like vitamin K. , potassium and magnesium.
Unless consumed in excess, there are no side effects of eating mangoes which are high in Vitamin C, help to deeply cleanse the skin, treat pores and make the skin glow. Their vitamin C content helps produce the skin protein – collagen.
Due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content, cranberry Considered a superfood that not only reduces the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) but also helps prevent certain types of cancer, improves immune function and lowers blood pressure. They are rich in Vitamin C which helps in promoting collagen production which improves the elasticity of the skin and makes it soft, glowing and firm.
Orange juice It is an excellent source of vitamin C which supports our immune system and can be effective in fighting the common cold. It is nutritious and rich in antioxidants and micronutrients such as folate, potassium, magnesium, fiber, beta-carotene and flavonoids.
It keeps skin hydrated and its colorful plant pigments called carotenoids can help maintain a youthful glow in addition to promoting hair growth and reducing hair loss. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and other antioxidants that can help with weight loss.
Almond They are packed with healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E and help reduce appetite while promoting not only weight loss but also lowering blood pressure as well as lowering blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. Huh. According to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating almonds in place of normal snacks can reduce the drop in heart rate variability (HRV) that occurs during mental stress, thereby improving heart function.