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THE ASIAN AGE. | MERIN JAMES
Published : Sep 28, 2017, 12:47 am IST
Updated : Sep 28, 2017, 12:47 am IST

Here are a few recipes to make this year’s Navaratri shine brighter than ever.

Palak Makhana
 Palak Makhana

The festival of Navaratri is celebrated with a lot of vigour and passion. And when it comes to namma oooru, the one thing that is unavoidable is golu hopping during the evenings and munching on various varieties of sundals!

However, sundal being standard fare which most families have already perfected (we hope so) — we put together some other interesting Navaratri food recipes that you can try at home. Those who love to gorge on delectable food should definitely try making these dishes shared by two prominent bloggers.

Palak Makhana

Ingredients:

  • Spinach leaves (palak) — 300 grams
  • 2 tomatoes — diced
  • Lotus seeds — 1 cup
  • Cumin seeds — 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder — 1        tsp
  • Red chilli powder — 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder — 1/2  tsp
  • Cinnamon stick — 1
  • Milk — 2 tbsp
  • Ghee — 1 tbsp
  • Salt — to taste

Method:

  • Wash the spinach thoroughly under running water. Drain the water and cook the spinach in a pressure cooker with little bit of turmeric powder, cumin seeds and green chillies for two whistles.
  • Once the whistle is done let it cool down till the pressure comes out naturally. Blend it into a paste and keep it aside.
  • Roast the makhana (lotus seeds) with ghee on a flat bottomed non-stick pan. Remove the makhana and in the same pan add little bit of oil and temper cumin seeds and add the tomatoes. Cook until they loose all the fluids and add all the spice powders.
  • Add little water and simmer it for two minutes. Add the blended spinach
  • mixture along with milk and simmer it for three minutes again.
  • Finally, add the makhana and bring it to a boil.
  • You can serve your creamy Palak Makhana with ajwain puri or jeera pulao to make a complete wholesome meal.

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Sabudana Pulao

Ingredients:

  • Sabudana (tapioca pearls) — 1 cup
  • Finely chopped carrot — 1
  • Finely chopped green beans — 1/4 cup
  • Green peas — 1/4 cup
  • Finely chopped green chilli — 1
  • Cloves, pounded — 2
  • Cardamom pods or seeds, pounded — 2
  • Bay leaves — 1
  • Boiled, peeled and sliced almonds — 2 tbsp
  • Toasted cashew nuts — 4-5
  • Salt to taste (rock salt)
  • Ghee required for cooking

Method:

  • Soak the sabudana in water for about 4 to 6 hours. Then drain the water and keep it aside.
  • In the mean time, keep all the vegetables prepped and ready. Heat a heavy bottomed kadai with little bit of oil and add cardamom and clove and fry till the aroma is released.
  • Add all the vegetables and saute them for about 10 minutes till it is done. Once the vegetables are cooked, add the spice powders and saute it.
  • Now add the soaked sabudana and give it a stir. Half cover the kadai with the lid and cook it for 10 more minutes till the sabudana cooks and separates.
  • Serve your sabudana pulao with cucumber- green chilli raita .

Recipes by Archana Doshi of Archana’s Kitchen

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Vella Puttu 

Ingredients:

  • Rice Flour — 1/2 cup
  • Jaggery — 1/3 cup
  • Coconut — 2 tbsp
  • Cashews — 5 broken
  • Cardamom powder — 1/4 tsp
  • Edible camphor — a tiny pinch
  • Ghee —2 tsp
  • Water — 1/4 cup(for jaggery syrup)

Method:

  • Dry roast rice flour till it changes colour to light brown. Cool down, then sprinkle water little by little and make the entire flour wet and keep mixing.
  • The mixture should hold together when you press it with your palms and should crumble and fall when you leave it (pidicha pidikkanam vitta uthuranum!). Now, collect the mixture in a clean muslin cloth and tie the ends to make a bag. Steam the mixture for atleast 8-10 mins.
  • Cool down and then crumble it with your hands to break the lumps formed. Set it aside. Now, start preparing the jaggery syrup, add water to crushed jaggery till it immerses.
  • Strain the syrup to remove impurities. Then heat up the syrup in a pan. Keep water in a plate to check the consistency. Keep boiling until you reach a consistency —it should form a soft ball. Fry the cashews in a tsp of ghee and keep it ready.
  • Keep the flame in sim and immediately add the cooked rice mixture. Now add ghee, cardamom powder and edible camphor. Keep mixing till it becomes dry and all the jaggery syrup is absorbed. Add coconut, ghee fried cashews, mix well and switch off.

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Atta Halwa

Ingredients:

  • Wheat flour — 1/4 cup
  • Sugar — 1/2 cup
  • Water — 1/2 cup + 1/8 cup
  • Ghee — 1/8 cup + 2 tsp
  • Cardamom powder — a tiny pinch
  • Sliced almonds — 4

Method:

  • Measure ghee and transfer it to a pan and heat it up for a few seconds then add wheat flour and start roasting.
  • Keep roasting for atleast 20 minutes (its better to keep an eye at the timing).Then add water (1/2 cup + 1/8 cup).
  • Be quick, use a whisk and mix it well. It will get cooked very quickly and gathers into a mass.
  • Once everything gathers together without sticking, add sugar. The sugar will start to melt and the whole mixture will turn slightly gooey. Keep stirring until it becomes shiny and leave the sides of the pan.
  • Add remaining 2 tsp ghee, cardamom powder and give a quick mix. Finally add chopped almonds and serve.

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Makhana Moongphali Ki Kadhi

Ingredients:

  • Lotus seeds roasted in ghee — 1/2 cup
  • Steamed raw peanuts — 2 tbsp
  • Yogurt — 1 cup
  • Rajgira flour (Amaranth flour) — 1 tbsp
  • Green chilli — 1
  • Sugar — 1/2 tsp
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves — 2 sprigs
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for Seasoning

  • Ghee — 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds — 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick — 1 inch

Method:

  • In a saucepan, combine the yogurt, rajgira flour, salt and sugar along with two cups of water. Whisk well.
  • Take a pan and heat ghee then toast the makhana (lotus seeds) and keep it aside.
  • To the same pan add little more ghee and crackle the cumin seeds, green chilli and cinnamon. Keep aside.
  • Heat the yogurt mixture, salt and sugar and cook well on low heat for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir continuously for no lumps. Add the makhana and the steamed peanuts along with the seasoning to the kadhi and garnish.
  • Serve the dish with sama khichdi or palak khichdi.

Recipes by Sharmilee Prakash of Sharmis Passions

Tags: palak makhana, sabudana pulao