This Navaratri ditch the grains and spices but not your kid’s foodgasm. Try these lip-smacking delicacies to keep their festive spirits high.
Do you remember the smell of smouldering dhuna and camphor mingled with the sweet fragrance of incense and flowers? Do you remember the crispiness of vibrant ghagras and the joy of waking up to thumping music and clinking dandiya sticks? Can you ever forget the aroma of sugar and bay leaves melting into boiling milk? It’s that time of the year again!
Navaratri offers a rainbow of colours and tastes and it’s only obvious for you to dip your hands in the yummilicious food. While we can lick our fingers away to scrumptious buffets it is important to keep a check on the wagging tongues of our kids. Below are a few interesting festive delights that your kids can relish without upsetting their tummy. Healthy and amazingly tasty!
- Banana Raita
Give the regular cucumber raita a break with this easy-peasy banana version of the same, though with a crazy twist. All you need is bananas, coconut, vanilla yoghurt and lemon. Take shredded coconut and dry roast it for 2-3 minutes. Take a bowl and mix chopped bananas with lemon juice. In another bowl, clear up the vanilla yoghurt and add a little water to make it smooth and sleek. Now, mix the ingredients in both the bowls and refrigerate for some time; garnish with mint leaves. Gape at your kids in awe as they drive away the hunger pangs with this banana raita, yummy and chilled.
- Apple Rabdi
This cuisine draws inspiration from countless seasons, celebrations and colours. A perfect concoction of the goodness of apples and creamy milk, apple rabdi is quick on the flame yet luscious to eat. Boil milk on simmer flame till it’s reduced to half the quantity. Add sugar and grated apples to it. Stir for 2-4 minutes until it becomes thick. You can add raisins, finely chopped dry fruits and thin apple slices before serving, hot or cold. And, just in case you were doubtful about its health benefits, apple rabdi lowers cholesterol levels and risk of asthma and diabetes.
- Kesa Mithoi
Quite an unpopular one on the dessert charts, kesa mithoi bears a taste that’s beatific and mouth-watering. All you need is a blended and lump-free mixture of rice flour, shredded jaggery, two tablespoon ghee, grated coconut and powdered cardamom seeds. Add karpur and a bit of freshly extracted coconut water to make a dry mixture. Using a little ghee in both palms, roundel the dry mixture with a little finger dipped in coconut water to make it easier. Remember, the ratio of jaggery and grated coconut must be equal and use only a small pinch of edible karpur.
The temptation to gobble a few more healthy and nutritious mithois, heavy with the aroma of ghee and jaggery is the best thing your kid will explore during this festive season.
- Pot Gahat Phaanu
A traditional Garhwali cuisine, this is a super healthy yet mouth-watering delicacy. Grind a bit of horse gram dal soaked overnight. To prepare the village style Gahat Phaanu, cook cumin seeds and tomatoes for a few minutes. Add chopped cabbage leaf, green onions, turmeric powder, red chilli, coriander powder, and salt. Cook the entire list on a low flame and slowly add the dal paste, stirring for a minute. Add 2 cups of water and cook for 5 minutes on low flame. Your delicious Gahat ki Phaanu is ready to serve! Full of protein and fibre, this is sure to give an energy boost to the tiring festive trips around the city.
- Farsi Puri
A must-have for Gujaratis during Navratri, Farsi puri is sure to complete your dinner spread. Easy to cook and served with any kind of vegan dish. Mix one and half cups of rice flour, half tsp of crushed black pepper, one tbsp ghee, salt to taste, water and oil accordingly. Prepare a smooth dough and equally divide it into balls so as to make small rollouts. Deep fry to make the perfect Farsi Puris. Remove excess oil and store it in an airtight container. Tag this along with nutritious meals and look at your kids lap up the puris till the last bite.
Blow the festival trumpet and shop your food attributes to try these special recipes at home. Make sure you follow the complete instructions to give your kids a dose of delicious food packed with nutrition.