Navratri is good time to reboot your whole system by taking a break from regular diet. But a issue most people face is lack of nutrients during these days. In these conditions millet are an excellent option to include in your fats diet.
Millets are very well known for being gluten free and providing benefits in conditions like diabetes, hypertension, PCOD and high cholesterol etc.
They are high in fiber and are good source of protein, iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamins B6.
Being high in fiber they help to feel full for longer period of time and help avoid craving during fasting.
Millets like amaranth (rajgira), barnyard (samaj) are rich in protein whereas buckwheat commonly called kuttu provides great amount of Calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamins B6.
Amaranth, a pseudo cereal is highly rich in protein as compared to other cereals. Amaranth contain phytosterol which help lower the cholesterol level. It is also a good source of essential nutrients like calcium and iron. Amaranth having high fiber content makes it good for treating various digestive issues and controlling blood pressure. Amaranth is also rich in antioxidants like Gallic acid, vallinic acid and p-hydroxybenzoic acid which protect us against cancer and heart disease. You can enjoy Amaranth as ladoos, smoothie, pudding etc.
Samai or Little millet is also a great option. It has highest fiber content and help in diseases like Diabetes, heart diseases and stomach issues. Samai also contain Phenolic compound which provides antioxidants properties. Samai has excellent iron content as only 30g can provide 16% of our daily recommended iron. Another amazing fact about samai is that they can grow well in dried, poor quality or drought ridden soil. If you want to eat little millet during you can have it as khichdi or kheer.
Another great millet option for navratri is buckwheat millet commonly called kuttu. Kuttu is very commonly eaten during Navratri as puri, pakoras and cheelas. Buckwheat has an amazing nutritional content as it is rich in protein, phosphorus, magnesium. High fiber kuttu contains both soluble and insoluble fiber and also contain Vitamin B1, B6, B9. It is also rich in antioxidants. Kuttu have glycemic index of 49-51 which is helpful during diabetes. Presence of flavonoids rutin help in lowering Blood pressure and LDL(bad cholesterol)
Here are some recipes you can enjoy during Navratri:-
🔹️Take some amaranth grain and dry roast them.
🔹️Take two pans. In one pan add some water along with sugar free. In second pan add some jaggery powder with ghee and slightly mix it. Then add some water.
🔹️In a bowl add the jaggery mix and then add roasted amaranth grains. Mix it with hand and form laddoos.
🔹️In a different bowl add roasted amaranth grains and sugar free syrup. Mix with hand and form ladoos.
You can add dry fruits if you like..
𝑨𝒍𝒍𝒖 𝒌𝒊 𝒔𝒂𝒃𝒋𝒊 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒌𝒖𝒕𝒕𝒖 𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒂 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒊:
🔹️Allu ko sabji:
– Heat a pan on high flame.
– Add tomato paste into the heated pan.
– Add cumin ( jeera ) and finely chopped ginger.
– Add the boiled potatoes in it with some water and let it cook.
– In the end add iodized sendha salt.
– Your Sattvik Allu ki sabzi is ready.
🔹️Kuttu atta puri:
– Firstly heat some cold compressed coconut oil . You can also use sesame oil and peanut oil.
– In a bowl take some kuttu ka atta (Buckwheat flour)
– By adding warm water form the kuttu atta in a dough.
– Take a small ball of dough and roll it into a thin puri.
– Place the puri in the hot oil and fry them.
– Your hot and crispy puris are ready to enjoy.