Fasting or Feasting

Navratri has started and so am fasting. Fasting from regular food since it’s not a water fast. Anytime there’s a mention of fast, first question is what do you eat. Funny, it’s it ? Should be Less focus on food.

As weather changes, transition time brings more sicknesses and so fasting helps to cleanse , change energy and get ready for summer or winter.

Any change you make is good Of course if you want to. Skip a meal or 2, skip wheat and rice, become vegetarian for a weak , no alcohol for a week are some of the things you can try. You know what you want to change.

Last night meal of barnyard millet khichadi with some plain yogurt.


Navratri 2020 – Buckwheat Khichadi

Buckwheat khichadi made in electric pressure cooker.

  • Add buckwheat groat 1 cup with 2 cups of water in cooker.
  • Add chopped potatoes.
  • Add sindhov salt .
  • Cook for 15 minutes. Time varies depending on your cooker and groats.
  • You can just cook on stove to too.
  • Season by crackling some cumin seeds, black pepper powder.
  • You can add lemon juice and little sugar.
  • Add roasted cashews , peanuts or any nuts you like.
  • Garnish with cilantro .
  • Gluten free khichadi ready.
  • Enjoy!

Navratri Dinner 2020

Are you doing Navratri? Well, even if you are not, this Navratri thali was very tasty. I probably ate too much . Oops…

Rajgira roti – no potatoes in it. It’s gluten free.

Sweet potato cooked in coconut oil. Crackled some cumin seeds in it and fresh black pepper powder and Sindhov salt. Add some roasted cashews or any nuts you like.

Little yogurt.

Try to eat different or just skip 1 of your big meal this Navratri and observe changes.

Follow guidelines.

Why Fast ?

Some ppl say why torture body when i am fasting? What abt all the things we put keeping in our tummy everyday like garbage even when there’s no output? It all gonna stink inside . Isn’t it ?

Everyone knows the benefits of fasting and if not, there’s so much on net. My reason of fasting is fun. Yes , fun. It’s so much fun to observe your mind during fasting. Like y’day afternoon all I wanted was a piece of chakli, Indian snack. No, I had no craving for it . .. I just wanted to make that “kurum kurum ” sound . Ha.. ha.. I found it funny and laughed at myself . No, I didn’t eat it. How your favorite food shows up when you are fasting. Lot of things come forward …. It’s more mental than physical.

Growing up when I used to do “Aloona ” vrat for 5 days. My brother will have so much fun eating everything in front of me that I would get so upset and cry. He will savor each bite in front of me of things I like and how tasty it is and will ask me if I want to eat it. I never ever broke my fast and ate anything but it provided fun to everyone.

Got my gift for fasting from Goddess. Insta pot. Yay… I already had electric pressure cooker but now I got insta pot. Don’t know what I will use it for besides boiling peanuts but am sure it will be useful.

Happy Navratri !

Navratri 2019 Dinner

Today is 5th day of fast and so far so good. I posted this potato banana cutlet recipe long back and forgot abt it . Made yesterday and today again. It is so tasty and you don’t need to fast to enjoy it . Sabudana I feel is the worst thing to eat during fast and so I stay away from it . Deep fried food kills the purpose of fasting. You want to eat simple meal with less ingredients. If you find yourself spending too much time making meals then you are feasting.

I also made Kheer with Samo rice. Kheer would have been better with Amaranth seeds/Rajgira but I forgot to cook it in advance. Rajgira has more protein I think.

Oh and I have to tell this to you readers. In India, they say god takes your test and today I was tested on my fasting. There was a lunch plan for colleague retiring and I wasn’t sure abt going since I can’t eat. But good friend that my colleague is, convinced me to just come and enjoy everyone’s company. So I went and enjoyed and all the food, smell didn’t bother me at all. I was perfectly fine sipping water. God never test you before you are ready I guess.

Alright , enough of drama. Try cutlet fasting or not fasting.

It would be nice to hear if you tried some ideas from justlunchideas .

Here’s the simple cutlet link;