Navratri food recipes are made by devotees during 9 days of Navratri fast. North Indian devotees take food with rock salt, only one time after Sun set.
People who are fasting eat one meal a day and at one sitting. The meal is taken after doing evening puja and the meal must firstly be offered to Devi Durga Maa and then it should be consumed as a bhog. In day time, one can eat kheer, fruits, juice and milk. Although during fasting time, people eat Navratri recipes but during making recipes some food products are not allowed so you should know and avoid during Navratri time.
Food that are not allowed in Navratri fast
People should not consume non-veg during Navratri. Alcohol, onion and garlic are strictly prohibited in Navratri. Whole wheat flour, besan, sooji, lentils, legumes, rice, rice flour etc. are not allowed. Fenugreek seeds, garam masala, coriander powder, turmeric (haldi), asafoetida (hing),and mustard (sarson or rai) should not be consumed in fasting.
Food allowed in Navratri fast
Vegetables,potatoes, tomatoes, spinach are allowed. All fruits and dry fruits can be consumed. All milk products are allowed. Sabudana, coconut, coconut milk, cucumber, sugar, jaggery, honey, lemons, kokum, melon seeds, ginger, green chili, peanuts and groundnut oil are allowed. Avoid using any seed based oil except peanut. Stay calm, centered and peaceful. Don’t get angry or think negative or criticize anybody.
What to do during navratri fasting?
For navratri fast you need to follow proper procedure. To start with, you need to clean the house and house temple and sprinkle gangajal all over. Remember not to use onion or garlic in the food even if the other members are fasting or not. You may decide to fast for all nine days or alternate days or on the first and the last day. It is preferred to fast on the last two days as that procedure is good for health.
You can use potatoes and sendha namak to complete the diet. On the first day, you can make cow ghee ka bhog as it brings good health and keep the diseases away. Second day, make sugar and fruit as a bhog as it increases the longevity of your family. Third day, you can make milk bhog like kheer. Banana bhog, honey bhog, gur ka bhog, coconut bhog and til ka bhog are some of the popular and healthy bhogs you can make during navratri festival.