Janmashtami Vrat: Easy and Light Recipes
By Haneen Raihana
It is time to celebrate the birth of our favourite hero 'Lord Krishna'.
Krishna Janmashtami is a popular Hindu festival that is enjoyed with great pomp and show. Recognised as Krishna Jayanthi, Gokulashtami and Dahi Handi , this festival is believed to be a reflection of happy and ecstatic childhood of Krishna.
As a part of religious rituals, devotees observe fast on this holy day and it's majorly followed in North India. Only certain forms of food ingredients are allowed during a upavas (fasting) and Bawarchi knows very well to guide you towards an easy, comfortable fasting.
While preparations have already pumped up throughout the country, let's gaze through these simple, popular vrat recipes compiled by Bawarchi.
1.Dum Ke Aloo for Vrat
Dum Ke Aloo is a traditional vrat dish made with fresh baby potatoes. This version of Dum Aloo follows the Saatvik diet and has no onion or garlic.
The preferred upavas ingredient - Sendha Namak is used instead of regular salt. The tender potatoes cooked along with desi spices give away an aromatic flavour.
2. Vrat Ke Chawal
During a fast, it is advisable to take foods that are light on the stomach. This dish uses Samwat chawal, which is a good alternative for rice. It is high in digestible fiber and included during any form of spiritual fast.
With very few ingredients namely - samwat ke chawal, potato, cumin, black pepper and ghee, it is easy to cook and you can serve hot with any sabzi and chutney.
Sago/Sabudana provides you with the needed energy to survive long day fast, as it is loaded with large amounts of carbohydrates.
This vada is a popular snack from Maharashtra, specially prepared during a vrat. With the tasty combo of sabudana and potatoes, this snack goes well with spicy green chutney.
The potatoes have to be boiled, peeled and then mashed in advance for this recipe.
4. Gujarati Kadhi
Kadhi is a common dish during any religious vrat and this specific Gujarati Kadhi recipe uses Singhare Ke Atta , that is low in calorie.
Called as Water Chestnut flour in English, Singhare Ke Atta is added in our diet during upavas times, instead of besan.
Gujarati Kadhi is a tangy curry with a buttermilk/yoghurt base. It is best served with steamed rice or khichdi.
5. Samak Chawal Ki Kheer
This mouth-watering dessert is perfect to relish during a vrat. A wonderful millet called Samak ke Chawal is used in this recipe that provides power-packed nutrients.
Samak chawal is similar to rice in taste and texture and with yummy ingredients - cream milk, raisins, sugar and cardamom, this kheer is not to be missed!
Sabudana Khichadi is a must-have delicacy in the Krishna Janmashtami vrat platter for its nutritional benefits. It is a filling dish prepared with a lovely assortment of sago/sabudana, potato, green chillies, ginger, peanuts and authentic spices.
Make sure to cook till the millet becomes translucent. Add lemon juice, garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot.
Hari Tori is a delicious curry made with the famous Indian vegetable - Ridge gourd. As this veggie is rich in water content, this dish is ideal for those who watch their weight.
The ridge gourd is stir fried in ghee with cumin, ginger and spices to attain a flavourful curry.
8. Dahi Ki Pakodi
A lip-smacking snack that makes you crave for more - Dahi Ki Pakodi.
Kuttu Ka Atta is blended with other tempting ingredients for the batter. Kuttu Ka Atta is widely consumed during a upavas.
This delightful snack is divided into two parts for preparation: (i)Deep frying the pakori and (ii) making the dahi (yoghurt mix) for the pakori.
Yoghurt is a favourable ingredient during fasting as it keeps you hydrated the whole day! Dip the fried pakoris in the spicy yoghurt mix and enjoy it chilled.
9. Kaju Ki Barfi
This most loved Indian sweet is significant during a vrat too! This rich, milk based barfi is crowd appealing and this recipe guides you to make an easy version of Kaju Ki Barfi.
Savoury Cashewnuts, sugar and milk are only needed for this delectable sweet. Decorate with vark (silver leaves) for an added highlight.
10. Vrat Dosa with Peanut Chutney
This crispy dosa with peanut chutney makes a tasty breakfast option.
To make it healthy, dosa is made with rajgira or amaranth flour. This versatile grain is used in making variety of Indian dishes as it is considered a superfood.
This dosa is shallow-fried and stuffed with a yummy potato filling. Spicy peanut chutney is the best accompaniment for vrat dosa.
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