How did your weekend go ? I Hope it was all good. So, September is about to end and when October arrives, it enters with a smile 🙂 Yes, it is a month of festival, month of Navratri, the month of Diwali ( festival of light) and yes the month of thanksgiving.
Talking about Festival, Navratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights (and ten days) and is celebrated every year in the falls. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. During the festival, Goddess Durga is worshipped,devotees fast and perform puja rituals. Navratri also has a scientific significance since during Navratri, light and nutritious meals are consumed which could help in protecting the body from various seasonal infections and it is a good time to go purist in terms of food consumption.
Fasting helps you to cleanse your system and there are certain guidelines which need to be followed while fasting during Navratri. When we talk about fasting, that doesn’t really mean to go hungry ..haha..it is associated with specific set of rules ( Do’s and Dont’s). There are chosen food items which should be eaten during that time and that comprises of Milk, Yogurt, Fruits, nuts, tapioca/sago and some flours ( like buckwheat and water chestnut). Spices are generally avoided during the fast and the only opt ones are Rock salt and Black pepper.
Today i would be very jovial to share one of the most popular Navratri dish – called as Sabudana Khichdi. It is made from soaked Sabudana ( Tapioca Pearls). It is typically prepared in parts of Western and Northern India. It is available as street food and is widely eaten throughout the year and especially consumed during the fast.
It is a good source of fiber, folate and essential vitamins, which makes it a well-balanced food in itself. It improves digestion, reduces blood cholesterol level and also lowers the blood sugar level. It can be clubbed with any other veggie to increase the nutrient content.
Preparation Time : 10 minutes, Cooking time : 15 minutes, Calories : 332, Servings :3-4
- Soaked Tapioca/Sabudana – 1 Cup
- Cooking Oil – 2 tablespoons
- Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tablespoon
- Chopped Green chillies – 3-4
- Rock Salt – As per taste
- Black Pepper powder – 1 tablespoon
- Chopped Tomato – 1 large
- 1 large boiled potato
- handful of roasted peanuts
- Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
- Put the sabudana or the tapioca pearls in water and soak it in until it turns fluffy and translucent. It takes about 4 -5 hrs to soak it in properly.
- Heat Oil in pan and add cumin seeds until it starts to splutter.
- Add the roasted peanuts to the oil and fry it for 1 min.
- Now, add chopped green chillies and boiled potatoes to the same and fry for 2-3 minutes.
- Now, add chopped tomatoes and add rock salt powder and black pepper powder.
- Cover the lid of the pan and cook the mixture until the tomatoes are soft and mushy.
- Now, open the lid and add soaked sabudana to the same.
- Sprinkle it with lemon juice and add salt if needed.
The khichdi is ready to be served. Trust me, this is one of the most simplest recipe i have known and cooked. It is enriched with immense flavor and love of the festival.
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Apologize that i could not click a good picture of the dish but would update the same by this week 🙂