Must-try fasting dishes for Shravan
Give your regular culinary regime a break with these fasting dishes
Bored of eating sabudana khichdi during this vrat month? While practising culinary restrictions is common during fasting, it does not mean that you cannot explore interesting recipes. So, while consuming lighter, less oily and spicy food is the norm, one need not compromise on taste and flavour. Here’s looking at lesser-known must-try fasting dishes.
Basundi is one of the perfect dishes that satiates your sweet tooth. First, boil full-fat milk and reduce it on a slow flame. Add sugar and cardamom powder and stir continuously. Make sure you add custard apple pulp when the mixture cools completely, or else it will curdle.
Raw banana podimas
This is a south Indian delicacy in which cooked raw bananas are grated and mixed with freshly grated ginger, coconut and salt. Tossed with tempered mustard and split urad dal, this recipe gets the ultimate flavour of poriyal.
This melt-in-the-mouth Gujarati fasting dish is made with potato with a crisp coating. The stuffing is made of grated coconut, roasted and coarsely powdered peanuts, coriander leaves, chopped dry fruits, ginger-chilli paste, sugar, and lemon juice. The potato mixture is flattened and the stuffing is put in the middle and shaped round. The pattice is then rolled in arrowroot and deep-fried till golden brown.
Deep fry purple yam slices on a medium flame till they turn golden brown. Toss these wafers with rock salt and pepper powder. Let it cool completely and store in air-tight container.
Sumptuous and flavourful, this healthy kuttu (buckwheat) khichdi makes for a satiating meal. This is a variation of the traditional khichdi in which rice is replaced with buckwheat due to its high fibre content. Addition of more vegetables makes it suitable for weight-watchers too.
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