Navaratri is celebrated for nine nights and ten days in the beginning of autumn. One can participate in Navaratri celebration in many places in Phoenix like Ekta Mandir in north Phoenix and Hindu temple of Arizona in Scottsdale. Many people fast during Navaratri and abstain from meats, eggs and food cooked with onions, garlic and certain kinds of grains. Below is a list of food that can be eaten during Navaratri days 6-9. For the previous article and food eaten in first 5 days of Navaratri check the article http://knotmove.com/indian-food-in-phoenix/navaratri-holistic-food-for-nine-day-festival-part-1
Day 6: Rawa khichri
Rawa is semolina flour. A simple khichri or gruel made with semolina and vegetables can be eaten on Sashti or day 6 when one abstains from grains like rice or wheat flour. It is a popular Navaratri dish from South India.
- 1 cup Rawa (or sooji)
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 2 red chilies
- 2-3 curry leaves
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2-3 chopped green chilies
- 3 cups water
Heat ghee in a pan and add mustard seeds, red chilies and curry leaves. Now fry the vegetables till they are soft. Add salt, ginger paste and sugar. Next, add the raw sooji and roast it for 4-5 minutes. Add 3 cups water and cook till the semolina is cooked. Add chopped chilies and serve warm with coconut chutney
Day 7: Sweet potatoes kheer (Modified from http://www.lifepositive.com/body/holistic-recipes/recipes/food-fast.asp)
This is another popular fasting food from Southern India. It uses sweet potatoes or yams and is like a potato pudding.
- 1 cup grated sweet potatoes (yams)
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup fresh coconut scraped
- 4 green cardamoms (ground)
- 1 pint whole milk
Wash, peel and grate the sweet potatoes. Boil milk in a deep pan and cook the sweet potatoes in it till they soften and the mixture thickens. Then add sugar, cardamom powder and coconut and cook for a few minutes. Serve hot or cold.
Day 8: Boiled Chana
Chana or Bengal gram is another food good for fasting. It is rich in protein and lots of people in North India eat poori, halwa and boiled chana during Navaratri especially during Ashtami. To make boiled chana soak 2 cups chana in water overnight. Pressure cook the soaked chana along with 2 tsp sindhav salt. Serve warm and sprinkle some chaat masala on top for added flavor.
Day 9: Fried Sweet potoatoes
This is another popular fasting food in northern India. Wash, peal and dice sweet potatoes. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan. Now add the sweet potatoes and fry in batches till they are golden in color. Season with sindhav salt, chaat masala and a dash of lime juice. Serve hot.
Day 10: Gokul pithe
Day ten is Dusshera or Vijayadashami. It is celebrated with great fanfare especially in Bengal. A lot of sweets are made and consumed on Dashami. Gokul pithe is a sweet dish from Bengal and made with fried dough stuffed with milk solids and soaked in syrup. Get the recipe at http://knotmove.com/indian-food-in-phoenix/halloween-recipe-sweet-ghost-blankets