VRAT LUNCH FOR NAVARATHRI






This Vrat lunch has  dishes from South India as well, normally not seen in a North Indian vrat plate.
It is very difficult for us South Indians to give up totally on our dishes at least some of them even for a North Indian Vrat plate.

So after looking at the list of permitted ingredients and spices I realized we have several South Indian dishes which can easily be consumed after making very tiny changes.which  was a relief to me!

So here goes...


1. Kuttu dosa ( buck wheat flour)   

Ingredients:


1 cup kuttu flour ( buck wheat flour)
3/4 cup cooked , grated arbi( colacassia)
Rock salt ( sendha namak)
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tsp chopped green chilies
2 tsp chopped coriander leaves.
Oil/ ghee for making dosas .


Method:

Make a smooth batter, lump free, not too thick, add other ingredients and rest for 15 minutes.
Make dosas in a pan with oil around edges.
Enjoy delicious healthy kuttu dosas with curd, potato sabzi ( vrat ) or potato raita with curd, peanut curd chutney.

2. Samo chawal sevai 



Ingredients:


1 cup samvat chawal soaked in water for 2  hours..
Grind to smooth paste in mixie like a thick batter.

Next take a small non stick pot or deep pan ,  add the batter , pinch of rock salt and add little water if batter is too thick and pasty, then cook it on a very low flame till the dough becomes shiny .
Remove from flame, let it cool down .
This is the basic dough with which we shall make the string hopper , steam it and then make other dishes out of the steamed string hoppers.
After it is cooled a bit , while still warm, make small balls of the sevai dough, put each ball in the sevai press.
Make small rounds  of the sevai strings   in a greased idli plate , in each mould, squeeze out small rounds of sevai by pressing the sevai press..
After making sufficient nos. steam in a idli steamer for 12 minutes or till cooked.
Remove and let it cool, down
Now separate the string hoppers for different dishes like coconut sevai, peanut sevai etc,


To make Peanut Sevai ( Vrat)




1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp coarsely powdered pepper
Pinch of rock salt
1 tsp oil
2 tbsp roughly  broken roasted peanuts.
1 tsp green chillies.
some curry leaves.
2 tsp lime juice

Method:


In a pan, add the oil ,cumin seeds, green chilies chopped finely, curry leaves, broken roasted peanuts.
Add the cooked prepared sevai, stir gently. Add lime juice.
Serve with sambar ( vrat) .


3. Pumpkin raita


1 cup pumpkin pieces.
1 cup thick whisked yogurt.
Pinch of Rock salt ( sendha namak)
1 tsp cumin seeds roasted and powdered.
1 tsp green chilies finely chopped.
1 tsp grated ginger.

Method


Mix the cooked pumpkin pieces with yogurt and other spices, stir well. Refrigerate till serving time.


4. Banana stem gravy 

( recipe modified to suit Vrat requirements )





Method:


Wash the stem and remove the outer covering which is thick and between the covers you will see the single white tender stem which has no outer cover but a shiny skin.

Remove the layers of thick cover till you see the white stem and , peel the shiny skin on the tender stem, slice into thin roundels. You need to keep taking off the fibers which comes in thin strands   as you slice .

Drop the thin slices into  a bowl of buttermilk to retain the white colour.
After you have finished slicing the stem into roundels, chop them into small pieces and keep them also in buttermilk.

Take a broad pan and cook the chopped pieces in  little buttermilk itself and add some salt.
Meanwhile grate the 1/2 coconut or the use the dry coconut powder / or kopra and grind into paste with little water along with 2 green chillis  and 1 tsp of cumin seeds.

The stem pieces would have cooked  quickly if they are very tender and and then add the ground paste and let it simmer on low flame , add the whisked yogurt and keep for a minute on the  gas and then remove. Do not let it cook further once yogurt is added. Just a gentle boil will do.

The gravy would have thickened after adding the coconut paste and the yogurt. 

Take a small pan for the tempering, with 1 or 2 tsp of oil, add cumin  seeds and sprigs of curry leaves, 1 red round chili  (boriya mirchi )) and pour the seasoning on the gravy.

Serve hot with  samvat chawal for vrat during Navarathri  .





5. Coconut ladoo ( vrat )



INGREDIENTS:



1 cup home made condensed milk . (Recipe for quick home 

made condensed milk given below.)

1 cup milk powder

1/2 cup icing sugar or granulated sugar
1/2 cup hot milk or very hot water.
1 tbsp melted butter.


Method:

Blend all the ingredients well till creamy and to the consistency you desire. 
To thin it, use little more hot water or milk.

Store in a bottle and refrigerate.
Stays good upto 5 days .

Ingredients to make coconut  ladoos

1 cup home made condensed milk

1cup milk powder ( optional) if not used during vrat , then skip milk powder

3-4 cups of  desiccated coconut  or Grated Fresh white Coconut
1/4 tsp. green cardamom seeds powder

Some strands of saffron soaked in little milk.

1 tbsp. melted ghee

some fried cashew nut bits and fried raisins.

Method :


Heat the 1 tbsp ghee in a deep non stick kadai over a medium-low flame till it melts
.
Add the freshly grated / coconut or the unsweetened desiccated coconut powder , keeping some desiccated coconut powder aside for rolling the ladoos in it., in ghee and saute them on low flame . Around 3 minutes only.

Add the sweetened condensed milk and milk powder into  the nonstick kadhai and mix all the ingredients well.
.
lower the gas flame flame and keep stirring making sure the contents do not stick to the pan.

Add the green cardamom seeds powder and few strands of saffron, mix well. Add some roasted or fried cashewnuts and raisins sauteed in ghee into the mixture.

Cook the above mixture for 2 to 3 minutes or so till the whole mixture comes together.

Switch off the gas and let the mixture cool down before you roll them into ladoos.

Grease your palms if necessary before rolling small balls of ladoo, actually it wont be needed as we have added ghee in the beginning itself.

Finally roll the small balls of ladoo in some reserved desiccated coconut powder or reserved grated fresh coconut.

These yummy coconut balls will remain good for a week in the refrigerator and also by keeping in the refrigerator, they will firm up even more and remain non sticky. 


6. Rasam for Vrat

Ingredients:


2 cups chopped yellow pumpkins cubed

2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp dhaniya seeds
2 red round chillies dry ( boriya)
Rock salt ( sendha namak)

1  tbsp lime juice ( to make up for tamrind )
2 tsp oil or ghee for tempering
1/2 tsp cumin seeds for tempering.
curry leaves or coriander leaves for garnishing.


Method

Cook the 2 cups of peeled cubed yellow pumpkins till soft , keep aside.

Next dry roast the spices, 2 tsp cumin seeds, pepper, dhaniya seeds, red chillies and powder in a mixie , keep aside.


Blend  2 cups of cubed cooked pumpkins in a blender
Pour it in a vessel to make rasam. Add the powdered spice mixture to it, add the rock salt, curry leaves .
After boiling, add little more water to thin it. 

Remove and prepare the tempering of cumin seeds with oil or ghee, add curry leaves or coriander leaves for garnishing.

Add lime juice after removing from gas.

Tasty vrat based rasam is ready even without using lentils.