Navratri is a very auspicious time of the year and is celebrated over the period of 8-9 days. During this time period, devotees observe fast from the first day to the ninth day. People eat only one meal a day, prepared with grains and vegetables that are healthy and easy to prepare. Besides grains and vegetables, nuts, fruits and fruit juices/smoothies can also be consumed.
I follow a very simple diet and refrain from consuming onion and garlic dishes in Navratri. But I do understand that some follow a very restricted diet and avoid eating few spices and veggies that are mentioned in my recipes. Some families do not consume veggies like carrots, peas and beans, feel free to omit them and plan your meal accordingly. Likewise spices like amchur powder, mustard seeds, haldi , chaat masala, kalonji are not consumed, please leave them out and follow your family vrat guidelines.
Cooking a meal is easy but planning that meal can be a daunting task. Meal planning is my routine and I do meal planning every Saturday and shop accordingly. Not only it saves time, it saves some money too. To help you get started I have penned down my this year’s Navratri VRAT MEAL PLANNER. Feel free to make alterations and move around the recipes to suit your taste buds.
VRAT/FALAHARI MEAL PLANNER
During Navratri, many Hindu families avoid eating onion-garlic meals. Why avoid onion-garlic meals during Navratri? In Hinduism, food is categorized into three categories – Tamasic, Rajasic, Sattvic. Follow this link to learn more about No onion no garlic cooking.
Not all people in the family observe fast. Below is the no onion no garlic dinner meal planner that me and my family will follow during Navratri. Feel free to shuffle around the recipes to suit your busy schedule.
NO ONION NO GARLIC DINNER MEAL PLANNER