Delicacies that become inspired culinary treats in India during Navratri season
“Navratri is one of the most noteworthy festivals of the Hindus not only in India but abroad too. Apart from Garba and auspicious times, the drool-worthy delicacies give a touch of taste to this globally celebrated festival. Let’s discover Navratri special food.”
Navaratri Foods in India - Navratri is one of the most noteworthy festivals of the Hindus not only in India but abroad too. Apart from Garba and auspicious times, the drool-worthy delicacies give a touch of taste to this globally celebrated festival. Let’s discover Navratri special food
One of the most lively and propitious festivals of India, Navratri is celebrated with full fervor across the length and breadth of the nation. The strokes of dhols, dances and flamboyant shows might vary from state to state but the vigor around these nine days is truly charmed everywhere.
While for most of the people, the period is emphasized by fasting and cleansing to better adjust to climatic changes or beginning of winter, for others it is an ideal reason for dining. It is that time of the year when kuttu (buckwheat), rajgira (amaranth), singhara (water chestnut), sabudana (sago) and vratke chawal or samvat rice (barnyard millet) delicacies become staple in most of India. For others, eating binge differs between farsaan, naivedyam, luchipoori and a lot more.
Here’s a looking at how food outlines the festive zeal of this season in different parts of India.
# Eastern Part of India
Encompassing states like Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, and Assam, Navratri is witnessed as Durga Puja and it is celebrated in the last four days of Navratri. These days are referred to as Saptami, Ashthami, Navami and Dashami. Durga Puja is the primary festival of the population in West Bengal. Durga Puja is celebrated with unmatched splendor and gleam in various parts of the states in big pandals, where large-sized idols of Goddess Durga on her lion, demon Mahishasur, Lord Ganesha, Kartikeya and Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati are raised. Some of the great delicacies served during Navratri are khichuri with vegetables like potatoes and cauliflower, served with tomato and dates chutney and baingunbhaja (fried eggplant), bandhakopirdalna or torkari, aloo posto (potato with poppy seeds), pathishapta (pancake with coconut filling), ghugni (chickpeas served with sliced onions and chutneys) and mishtidoi (sweet curd). For non-vegetarians, the available options are kathi rolls, mutton chops, fried fish and more. In Bihar, you can get a chance to savor the delicious kuttu kofta (taro root and buckwheat fritters) and singharamalpua (pancake).
# Northern Part of India
In Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab, Ramlila performances are organized in various community grounds that depict the story of Ramayana. Both adults and children visit the fairs to indulge in a range of food and activities. In homes, the most commonly prepared delicacies are makhana ki kheer (foxnut pudding), dahi wale aloo (curd potato), khattameethakaddu (sweet and sour pumpkin), sago vadas and khichdi, buckwheat chapattis or pakoras, fried potatoes, raw banana kebabs and diverse cottage cheese foods, all prepared using green chilli, cumin, black pepper, anardana (pomegranate seeds) and sendhanamak (rock salt) only. On the 9th day of Navratri, little girls are invited for kanjak - a meal of halwa, poori and chana, and gifts. In Rajasthan, this feast is celebrated with kadhi, kheer, pakoras, meethepue (sweet dumplings) and kachodi.
# Western Part of India
Garbha dance of Dandiya is the most integral part of Navratri in Gujarat. While jalebi and fafda continue to top the chart as great breakfast options, the snacks or farsaan such as dhokla, paatra, bhajiya, chivda, become the most preferred options for quick bites amidst dancing and celebrations. The typical fasting dishes in Gujarat are as delicious as they sound – samanikhichad (a dish prepared from barnyard millet), rajgiranipoori/thepla/kadhi, surannikhichad (made of yam) and shinghara no sheero (water chestnut dessert).
# Southern Part of India
Like other parts of the country, the Navaratri (Navratri) is celebrated with great consecration in South India too. The culinary options related to Navratri in South are heavily diverse with many to choose from. In Karnataka, it is known as Nadahabba while the festival is characterized by kolu dolls (known to be the army of Goddess Durga) in Tamil Nadu. In Kerala, it’s time to learn new things, it becomes Bathukamma in Telangana. The famous delicacies are sundal (legumes toughened with coconut), sweet or savory venpongal (rice and lentils), kadhambasaadham (rice made with lentils and vegetables), payasam (rice and milk pudding), neiappam (sweet rice-based fritter), tamarind rice, curd rice, coconut rice, milk kesari (semolina-milk pudding) and a range of laddoos.