Navarathri or Navratri literally means 9 nights and 10 days in Sanskrit, and is usually celebrated as a post-monsoon autumn festival across Indian sub-continent. But for most of us it’s time of the year that kicks start Indian festival season, bringing people of all ages together to share traditions and customs, worship and pay gratitude to all, and enjoy good food, fun and laughter with family and friends.
You might recollect seeing your naani or daadi busy preparing yummy snacks and hand rolled delicaies just before the start of Navratri festival. As tradition has it, from cleaning and decluttering to buying new and attractive things to decorate the houses, all forms of Mother Goddesses are heralded, worshiped and adorned with flowers, beautiful clothes and offerings during these 9 days. But the mode of celebration differs across states and among communities in India. In Gujarat it is celebrated with great pomp and show. Communities come together to dance in unison during their dancing festival call Garba. Garba raas and dandiya raas are the two beautiful form of Gujarati dance. Navratri is known as Durga Puja in West Bengal. For South-Indians, Navratri is the occasion to invite friends, relatives and neighbours over to look at the Kolu, which is basically an exhibition of various dolls and figurines. And with these decorations, they make special snacks like Sundal and Pongal that are just mouth watering.
A common thread that binds these celebrations and brings families together is ‘Food’. The saying ‘Food brings people together’ cannot be more true than during this period. Delicacies like Sweet Pongal, Sundal, Rava Laddoo, Coconut Rice, Curd Rice, Payasam etc are made in most South Indian homes to mark this occasion and make this festival special and loving for everyone.
Check out this traditional recipe that is flavorful, mouth watering and will leave everyone asking for more. Lets make this easy, healthy recipe of Samwat Ke Chawal Ki Kheer on this Navratri and continue enjoying the festivities.
Prep Time : 16-20 minutes
Cook time : 41-50 minutes
Level Of Cooking : Easy
Taste : Sweet
Ingredients for Samwat Ke Chawal Ki Kheer Recipe
- Samwat ke chawal 1/4 cup
- Milk 5 cup
- Almonds 10
- Raisins 10
- Sugar 1/2 cup
- Green cardamom powder 1/4 teaspoon
Soak almonds in half a cup of hot water for five minutes. Drain, cool, peel and shred. Keep aside. Wash rice thoroughly in plenty of water. Drain. Wash and drain raisins. Take rice and milk in a deep pan and bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, till the rice is fully cooked and the milk has reduced to half.
Add sugar and cook till the sugar has fully dissolved. Add raisins and cardamom powder and cook for another ten minutes. Garnish with shredded almonds and serve hot or chilled.
- Calories : 1902 Kcal
- Carbohydrates : 211.9 gm
- Protein : 49.4 gm
- Fat : 71.5 gm
- Other : 0
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