Chhath puja, a Hindu festival celebrated in almost every part of India. It is glorified after one week of Diwali, the festival is dedicated to Chhathi Maiya (Mother Shashti or Usha) and Sun. The devotee offers their gratitude to the goddesses- Pratyusha (last rays of the evening) and Usha (first rays of the morning) along with sun god Surya because it is believed that the Sun is a prime source of energy that encourages all lives on the Earth. This year Chhath puja is on 20th November. Besides being known for the ultimate purity practice people take during fast, it is also popular for some of the best recipes too.
Thekua is a traditional Bihari snack also used as prasad during chhath puja. It is filled with the sweetness of jaggery, grated coconut, ghee, cardamom powder and whole wheat flour. All you have to do is add jaggery and cardamom powder into a vessel and pour water, making a watery solution. Next, add ghee, whole wheat flour, grated coconut and make a dough. Now, take a handful of dough and make a shape of your choice. Roast the thekua in some ghee till golden brown. Your thekua is ready to serve.
- Chawal kheer
Chawal kheer or rice pudding is made with classic ingredients and is an ultimate dessert savoured by all Indian. Here in this recipe, we have used low-fat milk, cardamom, nuts such as almonds, cashews, raisins and pistachios, along with rose water and saffron for a flavoursome taste.
To make this amazing pudding you first have to rinse the rice and soak it for 20-30 minutes. Next, take a heavy bottom pan and add your low-fat milk, stir it well for 10-12 minutes. Once the milk is boiled, add the rice and cook it for around 25 minutes. Make sure the rice is completely cooked and the pudding is thickened. Now add jaggery, and roasted nuts and mix it well. The last step is to stir in rose water, saffron and some more nuts on the topping. You can serve it warm or chilled.
- Lauki bhaat
Bottle gourd rice or Lauki bhaat is one of the special items of Chhath puja. The sabzi is served with plain rice. For making this recipe you will need chopped bottle gourd, tomatoes, green Chili, ginger, coriander powder, cumin seeds, rock salt, black paper and desi ghee. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds. Now, add ginger and green chillies, sauté it for one minute. Add tomato puree, pepper, coriander powder and salt, sauté well. Add chopped gourd and 1/2 cup water. Cover with lid and cook till 4-5 whistles. Remove from the flame, garnish with coriander and serve with rice.
- Laal saag
This nutritious red spinach curry is very rich in iron, Vitamin E & C, potassium and magnesium. Having so many beneficial properties makes it suitable for a vrat. The ingredients required are- a bunch of lal saag, red chilly, turmeric, finely chopped ginger, a pinch of rock salt and 1 teaspoon ghee. Heat the pan and add ghee along with cumin seeds and ginger. Next, add the red spinach, and give a good stir and cook in medium-low flame for 10-12 minutes or until spinach is cooked and ghee starts to separate (do stir in intervals to avoid burning), now add spices, a pinch of rock salt and mix well, cook again for 2 minutes. Your lal saag is ready.
- Sita phal sabzi and multigrain chapati
A tasty and healthy sita phal sabzi is enjoyed by all and is simple to cook. To make this recipe you will need a finely chopped pumpkin, ginger, coriander powder, turmeric, and garam masala, and a pinch of asafetida, fenugreek seeds, jaggery, and raw mango powder (amchur powder)
To make this recipe, heat the oil in a pan, add fenugreek, asafetida and cumin seeds and ginger. Now, add pumpkin and green chillies, stir fry until the pumpkin becomes tender. Add salt, garam masala, turmeric, chilli powder, a pinch of jaggery and cook it until the ingredients become tender. Now, add amchur powder and cook for a few minutes. Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve hot with multigrain chapati.