Navratri is a time to celebrate the victory of good over evil. It is a period of taking a step away from worldly pursuits to attain a higher level of consciousness.
An ideal Navratri lifestyle is one that enables introspection, to feel and express gratitude and honour the feminine divine. A lifestyle where the mind and body are in synergy to evoke a positivity.
That’s the reason many families give up consuming meat during Navratri. However, somehow dairy products are well accepted on the festival menu. Let’s take a closer look at where dairy comes from and whether it is fit to be included in an auspicious Navratri menu.
Like any mammal on earth, a cow only produces milk to feed a hungry calf. This means that the very foundation of dairy is based on breaking the emotional and physical bond between a mother and her baby.
This, of course, causes insufferable pain and suffering to both. So then how can ghee, milk, paneer, cheese, butter, curd, lassi and chhach bring us peace and positivity?
That’s why an ideal Navratri menu is one that includes cruelty-free and compassionate ingredients. We need plant-based Navratri dishes that are easy to digest and nourish the mind, body and soul. Don’t you agree?
Here’s a bunch of popular Navratri dishes that are either already plant-based or can be made plant-based with super easy swaps.
These patties made with tapioca pearls, mashed potatoes and spices are a favourite fast-friendly comfort food across India.
Kuttu dosa with potato sabzi
Give the everyday dosa a healthy twist by using buckwheat which is also gluten-free.
Turn this popular crowd-favourite into a great fasting snack. All you need do to is swap the murmure / puffed rice with boiled sweet potato and crispy aloo bhujiya.
Barnyard millet or samak rice is a fast-friendly grain that can be used in khichadi. Of course, replace ghee with oil or vegan ghee.
Banana walnut smoothie with nut milk
This one is a wholesome and filling drink that provides instant energy. Use any plant-based milk like soy, almond, cashew etc. Nut milk can be easily made at home by soaking your favourite nuts and blending them with water.
Coconut water and fresh fruit juices
Stock up on some fresh coconut water and juicy fruits before Navratri to stay hydrated.
Makhane ki kheer with coconut milk
Foxnut kheer is a common Navratri dessert in many Indian households. Take it up a notch by swapping the milk with coconut milk to make it cruelty-free and healthier. Coconut milk is a versatile ingredient, and works well in most Indian desserts, even Gajar ka Halwa.