Fasting recipes for Navratri: Baked potatoes and more!
Navratri is a time to rejoice, but it doesn't have to be a time to starve. Enjoy this year's festivities with lip-smacking delicacies that are easy to make and serve. Go the whole hog and throw a Navratri Party with this three-course menu!
Baked Potato Italian Style
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 kg potatoes
- Pepper, oregano and rock salt (to taste)
- 3 tbsps lemon juice
- Wash the small potatoes thoroughly.
- Do not peel. With the skin on, make cuts as if slicing into four quarters but don't go all the way down; let the potato remain in one piece.
- In a baking dish, put the potatoes, pour olive oil and lemon juice on top. Sprinkle the seasoning.
- Bake at 35 degrees F for 50 minutes.
- Serve as a snack
- 1/2 kg taro root (arbi)
- Paste of 1-inch ginger and 2 green chillies
- A pinch of mango powder (amchur)
- Rock salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp each of carom seeds (ajwain), red chilly powder and coriander powder (dhania)
- Choose small pieces of the arbi. Peel and boil.
- Remove from water and chop each into four pieces.
- Heat oil in a wok and deep fry the cooled arbi till golden.
- In another pan, heat one tbsp oil, add ginger-chilly paste and fry for a few minutes.
- Add the arbi on a low fire and stir for a few minutes.
- Add seasoning, cook for two minutes and serve with Kuttu ki Puri.
- 4 mashed bananas (ripe and large)
- 75 gms grated coconut
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tbsps ghee
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
- Heat a pan with the milk and cook the mashed banana in it till milk condenses and mixture becomes thick.
- While stirring, add ghee. Keep stirring till mixture turns brown and then add coconut, sugar and walnut.
- Stir to mix well. Remove from flame.
- Put butter paper on a dish and spread the mixture such that the thickness is half an inch.
- When cool, place in the fridge. When the barfi sets a little, cut it into various shapes like diamonds, squares and round.
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