Sabudana Thalipeeth, Shinghada Sheera: Simple, delicious recipes to try this Navratri

Three easy-to-make dishes to add to your Navratri menu.

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Garnish the Shinghada Sheera with almonds and pistachios for a delicious flavour.
Navratri, the nine-day long festival, is devoted to the worship of the deity Durga. In Hindu mythology, it celebrates the victory of goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura.

The 9 different avatars of the goddess are worshipped during this period that celebrates the emergence of good over evil. Several communities fast during this time, and a variety of delectable dishes are prepared for the occasion.

So whether you're fasting this Navratri, or simply want to enjoy the delicious spread associated with the festival, these easy-to-make recipes will come in handy.


Sabudana Thalipeeth

Sabudana Thalipeeth

Ingredients

Soaked sabudana: 175 gm
Potatoes (boiled, peeled and mashed): 2
Peanuts (crushed and roasted): 100 gm
Oil: 10 ml
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Cumin seeds: 8 gm
Green chilli paste: 5 gm
Cilantro: 5 gm
Rock ( Sendha) salt: 4 gm

Method
- Drain water from the sabudana. Knead it with potatoes, cumin seeds, green chilli paste, cilantro.
- Add a pinch of sugar and salt to soften the dough
- Spread a portion of dough on flat surface
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- Grease it with oil on both sides
- Flip and cook from both sides on a tawa

(Courtesy: Dinesh Mhatre, Executive Chef, Hilton Mumbai International Airpor)

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Shinghada Sheera

Ingredients
Waterchesnut flour: 200 gm
Ghee: 20 gm
Sugar: 100 gm
Cardamom powder: 3 gm

Garnish
Almond flakes: 5 gm
Pistachio flakes: 5 gm

Method
- Heat ghee in a pan, add waterchesnut flour. Cook on a slow flame for 4 minutes or till it turns light brown in colour, while stirring continuously
- Add 2 cups of warm water, mix well and continue to cook on slow flame for another 4 minutes, or till the water has been absorbed. Stir continuously
- Add sugar, and mix well. Cook on a slow flame for 4 more minutes
- Turn off the flame, add cardamom powder and mix well
- Garnish with almonds and pistachios

(Courtesy: Dinesh Mhatre, Executive Chef, Hilton Mumbai International Airpor)

Rajgira Roti

Rajgira Roti

Ingredients
Amaranth flour (rajgira aata): ¾ cup
Potatoes: 100 gm
Cumin powder: ½ tsp
Green chilies (chopped): 2
Rock salt
Ghee or oil

Method:
- Boil potatoes, and mash them
- Mix amaranth flour with salt, cumin powder, green chilies and mashed potatoes. Knead to a smooth dough
- Form medium sized balls from the dough. Dust with amaranth flour
- Use a rolling pin to make a medium sized circle
- Cook it, using ghee or oil, on a hot tawa
- Serve hot with curd

(Courtesy: Chef Kalia Murthy, Chef de Cuisine, Elior India.)


'Kahaani', 'Parineeta', & Other Bollywood Movies That Brought Out The Essence Of Durga Puja
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The nine-days of Navratri (in parts of North India) and Durga Puja (in East India) are celebrated with much fervour. The festivities are marked by delicious food, the fragrance of shiuli flowers, and pandal-hopping.

It is thus inevitable that the festival has made its way to the silver screen over the years. Here's a look at some movies that showcase the grandeur of Durga Puja.

The nine-days of Navratri (in parts of North India) and Durga Puja (in East India) are celebrated with much fervour. The festivities are marked by delicious food, the fragrance of shiuli flowers, a..
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Pradeep Sarkar’s ‘Parineeta’ was an adaptation of Bengali novella by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Starring Vidya Balan (Lolita), Saif Ali Khan (Shekhar) and Sanjay Dutt (Girish) in lead roles, the movie follows the lives of the three characters in 60s Calcutta. The film's Durga Puja scene shows Khan and Dutt perform the traditional dhunuchi dance. A pivotal scene, it marks the beginning of a friendship between Lolita and Shekhar.


(Image: imdb)

Pradeep Sarkar’s ‘Parineeta’ was an adaptation of Bengali novella by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Starring Vidya Balan (Lolita), Saif Ali Khan (Shekhar) and Sanjay Dutt (Girish) in lead roles, the ..
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One of the most rousing depictions of the festival in Bollywood, Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Kahaani' is set in Kolkata during Durga Puja. The film tells the story of Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan) searching for her missing husband as the city of joy gets ready to celebrate.

The climax of the film, on Vijaya Dashami, draws parallels to the festival's message of victory of good over evil, as Balan defeats her husband's killer.


(Image: imdb)

One of the most rousing depictions of the festival in Bollywood, Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Kahaani' is set in Kolkata during Durga Puja. The film tells the story of Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan) searching for he..
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Directed by Shoojit Sircar, 'Vicky Donor' shows a Delhi-Punjabi boy Ayushmann Khurana (Vicky) fall in love with a Bengali girl Yami Gautam (Ashima). The two varying cultures are depicted not just in the way their families are, but Sircar also shows the celebration of Pujo by Delhi's Bengali community, as the couple go Pandal-hopping in CR Park.

Directed by Shoojit Sircar, 'Vicky Donor' shows a Delhi-Punjabi boy Ayushmann Khurana (Vicky) fall in love with a Bengali girl Yami Gautam (Ashima). The two varying cultures are depicted not just i..
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An adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’ follows the lives of Shah Rukh Khan (Devdas), Aishwarya Rai (Paro) and Madhuri Dixit (Chandramukhi) in the Calcutta of landlords and courtesans.

While in the book, Paro and Chandramukhi don't come face-to-face, the movie showcased a bond between the two characters that begins when they meet around Durga Puja. This period marks an important turn of events in the movie, as it is during this time that Paro brings Chandramukhi, a courtesan, to her husband's home and is in turn forbidden from stepping out of the house.

The film's 'Dola re dola’ song, shot with the background of the puja celebrations, that features Rai and Dixit perform went on to become a craze.

(Image: imdb)

An adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’ follows the lives of Shah Rukh Khan (Devdas), Aishwarya Rai (Paro) and Madhuri Dixit (Chandramukhi) in the Cal..
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