Did you know? Your Navratri diet may be the best detox diet if done correctly!
During Navratri fasts, satvik food is usually consumed which is extremely healthy.
Navratri for most of the millennials is only about garba and glamour, and very few really have the curiosity to understand the importance of this festivals and the rituals.
Well, we must have seen our elders following a specific diet during this time, and we always wondered why they were so rigid on eating certain food items. But we’ve finally come to conclusion, that the Navratri diet, might actually be the best Detox diet for your body if it is followed correctly!
The word “Navaratri” is a conjunction of two words “nava” (meaning “nine”) and “ratri” (meaning “night”). Spread over 9 nights and 10 days, it is one of the most sacred festivals in Hinduism where we worship Goddess Durga or Shakti, which represents the energy of the universe, in her 9 beautiful forms with great reverence.
There are various reasons why Navratri is celebrated, and each has its own significance in different parts of India. But let’s see how the fasting and certain food items eaten during this period actually helps the body to detox.
Navratri is celebrated twice–once during spring (vasant), and once during fall (sharadiya). These are two major season changes when our bodies become more vulnerable to diseases.
A good diet is important to boost our immunity. Hence generations back people introduced certain diets in the name of festive so that the body gets the strength to face the weather change.
Well, everyone knows that Ayurvedic recommendations are usually solutions for the longer run than a quick fix. During Navratri fasts, satvik food is usually consumed which is extremely healthy. This type of diet is also advised by modern dieticians and nutritionists.
The flours and grains that are usually included during this time are buckwheat (kuttu) flour, water chestnut (singhara) flour, amaranth (rajgira) flour, and millet (saame) flour. Did you know that these are all gluten-free, and recommended as healthier alternatives to wheat flour all over the world?
Introduction of New Nutrients
You must have also noticed, that many of the regular ingredients consumed on the daily basis are also replaced by another version of the same item or similar one. Rock salt, or sendha namak, which is the only salt one can use during Navratri, is good for your blood pressure and helps absorb minerals better than common salt.
In fact, you’ll find that all the food items that make the body feel heavier, bloated, or induce acidity, are not consumed.
Nutrition before Taste
The whole structure of the Navratri vrat supports a healthy lifestyle and only if you do not make a fancy fried version of it for your taste, it will make a difference to your health.
Do not end up having fried potatoes and pakoras and vadas, it will actually beat the whole purpose. Team it up with a generous amount of water and see a visible change in yourself.
Here’s the list of things that are usually consumed during Navratri:
Water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta)
Buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta)
Amaranth flour (rajgira ka atta)
Barnyard millet (vrat ke chawal)
Black pepper (kali mirch)
Rock salt (sendha namak)
Green cardamom (ilaichi)
Green chilli (Hari mirch)
Mint leaves (pudina)
Sweet potato (shakarkandi)
Bottle gourd (lauki)
Milk and milk products (paneer, curd, ghee, khoya)
Quick Healthy Vrat Recipe
Kuttu Dosa Recipe
Ingredients:1 cup Kuttu Aata, 2-3 Mashed Boiled Arbi, Sendha Salt, Ajwain, Chopped Green Chilli, Chopped Ginger, Water
Procedure: Mix all ingredients as per taste and make into a dosa batter. Pour this batter over the nonstick pan and make dosa out of it with little oil. Serve hot with curd.