Navratri inspired 2 healthy food vegetarian recipes to combat weather related flu


by Vaishali Sudan Sharma updated on October 13, 2015

Presenting to you 2 healthy food soup recipes without onion and garlic that are sure to boost immunity and fight against weather-related infections. This Navratri, serve them hot to your little one!

Today is the first day of Navratri. Most parts of India dedicate these 9 days to celebrations, worshipping and fasting. Nine different forms of Goddess are worshipped and one the 10th day, Dussehra is celebrated across India. Diwali, the festival of lights follows soon after (20 days post Dussehra). But, all you mommas and papas must be wondering, what has kids meal got to do with Navratri?

Well, Navratri also means welcoming a new season, that is Autumn and around this month of the year, we see a massive weather change. Due to this, often health gets affected. Different kind of bugs out there in the air responsible for cold and flu that can cause poor health, especially among children. Also, during Navratri, for religious reasons, since most Hindu families avoid using onion and garlic in their food preparation. So, the absence of these natural immune defenders in the diet can also result in catching infections easily. Having said that, it is still possible to come up with healthy dinner recipes and lunch ideas that can be served to your little ones to combat infections.

TCT brings to you 2 super healthy vegetarian recipes for healthy kids this Navratri. These 2 varieties of soup also happen to be comforting and qualifies for excellent kids snack recipes. Check them out right away:Healthy vegetarian food recipes 01

1. Coriander Lemon Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Handful of coriander leaves (freshly chopped, reserve the stems)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 Inch piece long ginger (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp gram flour (besan)
  • 2 1/2 Cups vegetable stock
  • 2 Small carrots (cubed or grated)
  • 1 Big or 2 small tomatoes (chopped)
  • Rock salt and crushed ground pepper to taste

PreparationIn a pan, heat some oil and add ginger. When it turns slightly brown, add gram flour, vegetable stock, coriander stems, carrot cubes, tomato chunks and bring to a boil. Add crushed ground pepper, rock salt (to taste) and continue to boil. Add chopped coriander leaves and cook for 7 minutes (approx). Now, strain and keep aside cooked vegetables. Heat the strained soup. Add a few drops of lemon juice and gently stir the soup. The soup is ready to be served with whole-wheat bread. 

Tip: The strained veggies can be added in the soup to make it a wholesome meal or just use them in your choice of vegetable salad!Healthy vegetarian food recipes 02

2. Tomato Potato Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5 Medium potatoes (boiled chopped/cubed)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil or unsalted butter
  • 3 Cups water
  • 6-7 Medium tomatoes (small chunks/diced)
  • 2 Small cups toned milk
  • Rock salt and crushed ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1/2 Tbsp of fresh basil or chives (snipped)

PreparationAdd boiled cubed potatoes and diced tomatoes to a pan with vegetable oil (medium heat). Stir the mixture till it acquires paste like consistency and add hot water to convert it into soup. Now add milk, rock salt and crushed ground pepper to taste. Add baking soda towards the end. For seasoning, you can add fresh basil/chives/any other seasoning herbs too. You can add a few drops of fresh cream 🙂 Serve it hot with whole wheat bread sticks!

Hope you liked these recipes. Happy Navratri and stay healthy, fit and fine! Above all, keep blooming 🙂

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