Navratri is a traditional Hindu festival that is celebrated in the glory of the Divine Mother, Goddess Devi. Navratri is a nine-day festival that is celebrated in September or October every year in different ways across the country.
During Navratri, people generally fast for nine days and only certain flours and grains are used during this period. The flours which are used during the upwas are:
All Navratri recipes are prepared with sendha namak (vrat ka namak), which is mainly used when fasting. All the dishes are prepared without including onion and garlic and these regimes are strictly followed to maintain the sanctity of the festival.
The traditional recipes prepared during Navratri in North India are singhare ki poori, kaddu ki sabzi, kuttu ke pakore, sabudana khichdi, sweet potato tikki, aloo chaat and some of the most traditional sweet recipes. In South India, sundal, bele obbattu, kodubale, chakli, halubai, jamoon, coconut barfi, ambode, etc. are prepared.
Though Navratri is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India, the regimen of avoiding certain flours, onion and garlic, etc., is strictly followed across the country. Specific naivedyam is prepared and offered to Goddess Devi and then partaken after the prayers. The naivedyam is distributed to all and everybody enjoys a widespread of the upwas food