Top 3 Navratri vrat recipes for moms that kids can enjoy too


by Aarti Kapur Singh

Expert 04This Navratri, get your kids to enjoy a special feast. Here are 3 easy-to-make and yummy vrat recipes which are a must-try!

Dessert is the one thing that nobody can say no to. They give a befitting end to any meal. Indians indubitably have a penchant for sweets. Not only are desserts part of our staple fare, but they are also offered in our places of worship. Be it the karhaa prasad at Gurudwaras or the boondi ladoos (sweet jaggery balls) served at temples, desserts form an integral part of our sacred offerings. India’s celebrations and ceremonies involve copious amounts of mithais (sweets) and Navratris are no different! Now just because you are fasting does not mean you cannot have desserts that you can eat during Navratri fast. Here are a few Navratri special vrat recipes that moms and kids will love.vrat-recipes-01

1. Coconut Pannacotta/Coconut Set Pudding:

This set pudding is inspired by the Elaneer payasam (Tender Coconut Payasam), a very simple and quick to make dessert from South India. The bits of the tender coconut pieces along with the blend of evaporated milk and coconut milk makes this dish  an ideal Navratri special recipe. 

Preparation time: 1 hour

Cooling time: 1-2 hours

Ingredients:

  • Milk – 200 ml
  • Heavy cream – 400 ml
  • vanilla essence – 5 drops
  • Dried coconut powder – 75 grams
  • Sugar – 100 grams
  • Agar Agar – 60 grams

Preparation:

  1. Combine the milk with sugar and bring to a boil. And remove from flame and add vanilla. Stir.
  2. Now add agar flakes, followed by heavy cream and coconut powder.
  3. Set in desired glasses or cups and top up with nuts and fruit to serve.

2. Banana Hazelnut Laddoos:

Banana Hazelnut Laddoos are that perfect low cal mithai that not only has significantly less sugar content but is actually healthy because banana is a key ingredient. This is a sweet that is good enough for those who choose to eat healthy as well as for kids who shy away from eating fruits.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooling time: 30 minutes

Ingredients for Laddoo:

  • 2 Bananas, mashed
  • 100 Grams hazelnut powder
  • 50 Grams crushed hazelnut pieces
  • 50 Grams icing sugar
  • 30 Grams hazelnut paste/ Nutella

Ingredients for coating:

  • 250 Grams dark chocolate
  • 1 Packet digestive biscuits OR puffed rice

Preparation:

1. Combine all the ingredients (except dark chocolate and digestive biscuits) in a large bowl – best to use hands to ensure the consistency is uniform and there are no lumps. Knead the mixture for a minute like you would knead flour.

2. Take a small lump of the mixture and roll between your palms.

3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until firm.

4. Melt dark chocolate.

5. Coarsely powder the digestive biscuits and keep in a plate.

6. Dip each laddoo in the melted chocolate – roll over the digestive biscuit crumble to coat evenly.

7. Let it set in the refrigerator for half an hour. Serve chilled.vrat-recipes-02

3. Rose & Fig Bites:

The Rose & Fig Bites are the perfect dish for Navratris. They are super healthy and not so heavy. And the best thing is they look really exotic, but are unbelievably simple to make.

Preparation time: 1 hour

Cooling time: 1-2 hours

Ingredients:

  • Dried figs – 500 grams
  • Pistachios, broken –  100 grams
  • Almond powder – 100 grams
  • Butter – 50 grams
  • Dried rose petals – 20 grams
  • Castor Sugar – 100 grams
  • Water – 100 ml

Preparation:

1. Boil the figs with water and sugar until soft paste-ish texture, add the butter.

2. Fold in pistachios and almond powder and rose petals to this buttery-paste.

3. Remove from heat and spread on a tray greased and lined with paper or preferably a silicon mat.

4. Cool for about thirty minutes and refrigerate for another thirty minutes till firm.

5. Cut into square bites and serve.vrat-recipes-03

vrat-recipes-04About Chef Neha Lakhani: Neha, is a Cordon Bleu-trained Patisserie Consultant. She has trained with Chef Fredrick Monti, Stephane Treand, Stephane Glacier, Jean Francois Arnaud, Peter Yeun, Martin Lipo, Sebastian Chavilliar, Martin Lippo and Roland Delmonte, among others. She is also a member of the Indian Culinary Forum, the Penang Chefs Association, Saudi Arabian Chef’s Table Circle, and also Indian Federation of Chefs Association. You can check out some of her most amazing food recipes on Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

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