The usual fasting menu includes sabudana khichdi, rajgira wadas, kuttu ke atte ki poori or makhane ki kheer but now the vegetarian vrat thaali boasts of innovative items.
Says Maya Patel, an avid cook who fasts for all the nine days of Navratri, “Many people are trying to tweak the traditional recipes by using ingredients which adhere to the fasting food norms. So, we have some innovative dishes out of the regular. Not only children but even those who have been eating the same vrat ka khana over the years enjoy these variations. We make crackers or cookies from kuttu atta, singhada atta ka samosa, sama chawal ka upma, kheere ke pakode, etc quite often.“
MEETING THE NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
The food grains used for fasting are not only nutritional but are also easy to digest.
Chef Kayzad Sadri, who has designed a special Navratri menu, says, “During these nine days, a lot of people observe a special vegetarian diet that is light on the stomach, by avoiding heat-generating ingredients. Methi singhara is one such recipe which is delicious and healthy .“