7 Diabetes-friendly Navratri recipes that you can make any time of the day

  • Fitterfly - Team Nutrition

  • Posted On October 07, 2021

Healthy Navratri recipes that you can make any time of the day

This Navratri, usher in the good that comes with eating healthy. With most people fasting during the 9-day festivities, here are 7 easy recipes you can quickly make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  1. Rajgira cheela

    Rich in vitamins and minerals, this delicious and healthy dish helps keeps you full for a longer time.

    So here’s what you need to make it:

    Ingredients  
    Rajgira 1 cup
    Water 3/4 cup
    Ginger 1/2 teaspoon crushed
    Green Chilli 1 no
    Cumin Seeds 1/4 teaspoon
    Rock Salt as per taste
    Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon
    Coriander Leaves handful
    Oil 1 tablespoon

    Method for preparation

    • In a bowl mix all the ingredients except oil and water. Add water gradually and make a smooth batter, it should be of flowing consistency.
    • Heat a pan and add 1/2 teaspoon oil and pour 1 ladle of the batter. Then spread it into a pancake.
    • Pour 1/2 teaspoon oil on the pancake. Cover and cook on medium heat until both sides are cooked well.
    • Repeat the same process with the remaining batter and serve hot with chutney
  2. Doodhi Raita

    Again, this recipe is rich in calcium and fibre. And what’s more, it doesn’t spike your sugars So, here’s how you make this simple recipe:

    Ingredients  
    Bottle gourd 1 cup shredded
    Curd 1.5 cup
    Cumin powder 1/4 teaspoon
    Green Chilli 2 no chopped
    Salt to taste
    Rock Salt as per taste
    Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon
    Coriander Leaves handful
    Oil 1 tablespoon

    Method for preparation

    • Take shredded bottle gourd and 2 cups water in a pan. cover and cook on medium falme until bottle gourd softens
    • Once cooked strain the bottle gourd and squeeze excess water
    • Whisk the curd and add bottle gourd, cumin powder, green chilli and salt.
    • Mix everything well and serve.
  3. Sama rice dhokla

    This recipe is rich in fibre, keeps you feeling full for longer and helps your blood sugar level stay in check.

    Ingredients  
    Sama rice / bhagar / vari rice 1 cup
    Curd 1 cup
    Grated ginger 2 tsp
    Green chilli paste 2 tsp
    Baking soda 1/4th tsp
    Ghee 1 tsp
    Cumin seeds 1 tsp
    Coriander Leaves 1 tbsp
    Sendha salt (Sendha namak) As per taste

    Method for preparation

    • On low heat, lightly roast sama rice for 3-4 minutes. It should just be toasted and not change in colour.
    • Mix sama rice, curd, green chilli paste, ginger paste, and sendha namak.
    • Cover and set aside to ferment for at least 4 hours. This will help the little millet soften a bit as well.

    Cooking the Upvas ka Dhokla

    • Add some water to your steamer or pressure cooker and let the water come to a boil.
    • Grease a plate or a flat dish with edges using a little ghee or oil.
    • Mix 1/4 tsp soda or 1 tsp Eno into the dhokla batter and wait for 2-3 minutes. Small bubbles will appear on the surface.
    • Pour the batter into the greased dish.
    • Place the dish into the steamer or pressure cooker.
    • Steam for 10 minutes.

    Prepare the Tempering

    • In a ladle or a pan, heat the ghee.
    • Add cumin seeds and stir-fry till the cumin starts to change colour.

    The Final Touches

    • Run a small sharp knife blade along the edges of the dish to loosen the Dhokla.
    • Place a plate on the dish and invert it to remove the Dhokla.
    • Pour the tempering over the steamed Farali Dhokla.
    • Scatter the chopped coriander on the Dhokla.
    • Cut into 3 inches pieces.
    • Serve warm with green chutney or upvas ka chutney.
  4. Peanut Amti

    This chutney is a good source of protein and saturated fat, helps in maintaining blood sugar levels

    Ingredients  
    Peanuts 3/4th cup
    Green chilli 1
    Cinnamon 1 stick
    Cloves 2
    Kokum 2-3
    Cumin seeds 1 tsp
    Ghee 1 tsp
    Rock salt As per taste
    Coriander leaves 2 tbsp

    Method for preparation

    • Dry roast the peanuts in a pan on a low flame till golden. Remove and let the peanuts cool.
    • Remove the peel of the peanuts
    • Take the peanuts in a grinder and powder them coarsely.
    • Then add green chilies, cinnamon, cloves and 1/2 cup water in the same jar.
    • Grind the peanuts along with the rest of the ingredients to a smooth paste.
    • Heat ghee in a pan.
    • Splutter the cumin seeds in the ghee.
    • Add the peanut paste followed by 1.5 cups water.
    • Stir very well.
    • Then add the kokums and salt
    • On a low flame simmer the peanut curry for 7 to 8 minutes with stirring at intervals.
    • If the curry thickens, then thin it slightly by adding little water.

    Serve the peanut curry garnished with coriander leaves with vari rice or vari pulao

  5. Little millet upma

    This recipes is a good replacement for rava upma. Sam or little millet is good source of fibre it also has protein and slow digesting carbs makes it a good meal for diabetics

    So, here’s how you make this simple dish:

    Ingredients  
    Little millet 1/2 cup water
    Cashews 5 to 10 chopped
    Peanuts 1 tablespoon
    Curry leaves 4 to 5
    Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
    Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
    Coriander leaves 1 handful
    Ghee 1 teaspoon
    Green chilli 2 no chopped
    Salt as per taste
    Water 1/2cup

    Method for preparation

    • Wash and soak little millet in water for 2 hours.
    • In a pan, heat ghee and add cumin and mustard seeds.
    • Once they splutter add cashes, peanuts, green chilli and curry leaves and saute until they turn golden in color.
    • You can also add vegetables of your choice while making this recipe.
    • Add the soaked millet, salt and mix well.
    • Add1/2 cup water and close the pan with a lid and cook until millet is cooked.
    • Serve hot with curd.
  6. Rajgira kadhi

    This recipe is a good source of calcium and protein, apart from these it also has minerals like phosphorus and magnesium. It has lesser effect on your blood sugar levels.

    Ingredients  
    Curd 1 cup
    Amaranth Flour ( Rajgheera atta ) 3 tbsp
    Jeera 1/2 tsp
    Ginger chilli paste 1.5 tsp
    Oil 1 tbsp
    Coriender few leaves
    Water 1/2 cup
    Rock salt Pinch

    Method for preparation

    • Take 1 cup fresh curd in a mixing bowl. Whisk it till smooth.
    • Then add 3 tbsp rajgira atta or amaranth flour. If you don't have amaranth flour then you can also add buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta), arrowroot flour or water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta).
    • Mix again very well. Then add 1/2 cup water.
    • Whisk the whole mixture very well. There should be no lumps.

    To make the Rajgheera Kadhi

    • In a pan heat 1 tbsp oil. Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and saute till they are fragrant and change color.
    • Then, add 1 to 1.5 tsp crushed ginger and green chili paste.
    • Stir and saute till the raw aroma of the ginger goes away.
    • Lower the flame and then add the curd mixture. Season with rock salt (sendha namak).
    • Stir very well and allow the rajgira kadhi to simmer. Do stir on occasions. The kadhi will thicken.
    • Garnish vrat ki kadhi with chopped coriander leaves and serve vrat ki kadhi hot or warm with sama pulao, sama khichdi, plain sama rice or rajgira paratha, kuttu ka parathas or rajgira pooris.
  7. Singhada Chilla

    Singhada Chilla is rich in fibre and helps keep you feeling full for longer, and in turn helps maintain your blood sugar levels. It is also rich in magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.

    Ingredients  
    Singhada atta 3/4 cup
    Green chilli 1
    Dhania 1/2 tbsp
    Jeera 2 tsp
    Haldi 1/2 tsp
    Black pepper 2 tsp
    Salt To taste
    Oil 1 tbsp

    Method for preparation

    • Begin making Singhara Atta Cheela by taking a mixing bowl and adding all the ingredients.
    • Mix the ingredients with enough water till you get a pouring consistency.
    • Heat a flat non-stick pan and add one ladle of the batter and spread it a little using the back of the ladle.
    • Do not spread too much as it will get stuck to the pan. Swirl the pan so the cheela batter spreads on its own.
    • Add a teaspoon of oil or ghee and sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional) and cook on both the sides for 2 minutes till it is done.
    • Serve your hot Singhara Atta Cheela with Apple Tamatar Ki Subzi or Coconut Peanut Chutney.

With these seven all-day Navratri fasting recipes you won’t ever get bored of the food that is served during the fast, and neither will you be pushed to eat unhealthy.

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