Navratri, a time when all Hindus across the globe follow a calm and subtle lifestyle. Many of us observe fasts and be busy in offering prayers to Maa Durga. As the name says it all, these pious nights are full of festive vibes and devotional feelings. During the festival, people worship nine avatars of goddess Durga and offer prasad or naivedyas on each day. The prasad for Maa Durga is prepared with utmost love and cleanliness. But, we all follow some guidelines and avoid using many ingredients while making prasad for goddess Durga. Let’s have a look what all dishes are loved my goddess Durga and how to prepare them.

1. Sooji ka Halwa: The oldest and the most loved prasad recipe which is served during Navratri. Sooji ka halwa is a sweet dish prepared from semolina, ghee and sugar. It is an all time favorite and is even offered in kanya bhoj. Here is the quick recipe.
Ingredients :
● 1 cup ghee
● 1 cup sooji
● 1 cup sugar
● 4 cups of water
● A pinch of cardamom
● ½ cup mixed nuts
1. Heat ghee in a kadhai, add sooji and cook it till it turns light golden in color.
2. Add sugar, mix well and keep stirring.
3. Once sugar is dissolved, add water and stir the halwa.
4. Cook the halwa for 5-10 minutes, add cardamom powder and mixed nuts.
5. Serve the halwa.

2. Kala chana : A popular spicy prasad cooked during Navratri. Kala chana is easy to prepare and is loved by everyone.
Ingredients :
● ½ cup kala chana soaked overnight.
● 2 tbsp ghee
● 2 green chillies chopped
● 1 tsp jeera
● 2 inch ginger chopped
● ½ tsp coriander powder
● ½ tsp chilli powder
● Rock salt to taste

Method :
1. Pressure cook tha kala chana with water and rock salt for 4-5 whistles.
2. Once done, strain the chana and keep aside.
3. In a kadhai add ghee, jeera, green chillies, ginger and boiled chana.
4. Now add coriander powder, chilli powder and rock salt and mix well.
5. Cook for 4-5 minutes and serve.

3. Sweet Pongal : A famous Navratri prasad recipe served in West Bengal. Sweet Pongal is prepared in almost every religious festival is South India.
Ingredients :
● ½ cup rice
● ½ cup moong dal
● A pinch cardamom powder
● 2-3 tbsp ghee
● 1 tbsp raisins
● 12 cashew nuts
● 2 cloves
● 2 tbsp sliced coconut
● ½ cup grated jaggery
● 2 ½ cups

Method :
1. Roast chana dal in a heavy bottom pan till fragrant.
2. Add rice to dal and pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles.
3. Make syrup by adding grated jaggery to a pan.
4. Pour in water and cook on low flame till jaggery melts and turns thick.
5. Add this syrup to cooked rice and dal mixture along with cardamom powder.
6. Cook for a few minutes.
7. In a pan add ghee and fry coconut, cashew and raisins.
8. Add this to prepared dal, rice and jaggery mixture.
9. Serve hot.

Do let us know what are you preparing in bhog this year. Offer these prasad recipes during Navratri and make your festival extra mazedar.


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