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15-Minute Navratri Fasting Recipe – Zucchini Sabzi

15-Minute Navratri Fasting Recipe – Zucchini Sabzi

Zucchini, with its mild flavor, tender texture, and versatility, is used in various recipes. Consuming it feels light and fresh, so it can be used in salads, sabzi, and stir-fry. In this blog post, we will explore a simple yet satisfying Zucchini Sabzi recipe. It is a traditional Indian vegetable dish that can be paired with soft Kuttu Ki Roti (Buckwheat Flour Tortilla) during Navratri. It is nourishing, delightful, and feels comforting during the fasting season.

Health Benefits of Zucchini

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s have a look at the impressive nutritional benefits of Zucchini.

  1. Nutrient-Rich: Zucchini is low in calories but high in essential nutrients like vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium, manganese, and folate. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber, which supports digestive health.
  2. Hydration: Zucchini has a high water content (over 90%). It keeps you refreshed and satisfied, during the hot summer months. It feels light and will keep you full.
  3. Weight Management: Zucchini can be a good addition to your diet to manage your weight. This is because it is low in calories and has high fiber content.

What is the Navratri Festival?

Navratri (also known as Navaratri or Navrate), is a joyous Hindu festival. It is celebrated over 9 to 10 days. “Navratri” is a word from the Sanskrit language – Nav means nine and Ratri means night. This festival is celebrated two times a year, once in the spring (Chaitra Navratri) and once in the autumn (Sharad Navratri). Sharad Navratri falls during September or October and is widely celebrated all across India.

One of the main aspects of Navratri is fasting (known as Vrat or Upvas). During fasting, devotees avoid eating some foods, like grains, pulses, onions, garlic, alcohol, and non-vegetarian items. But they eat fasting food items like fruits, nuts, dairy products, etc.

Navratri fasting

What food items are allowed in Navratri?

Food items that are allowed during the Navratri season are as follows:

  1. Vegetables like potato, tomato, arbi, cucumber, carrot, bottle gourd, eggplant, pumpkin, etc.
  2. Fruits
  3. Dairy Products
  4. Coconut
  5. Nuts and Seeds
  6. Quinoa, Buckwheat, Little Millet (Samai or Samak), Water Chestnut Flour (Singhade Ka Aata).
  7. Spices like cumin seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cardamom, carom seeds (ajwain), cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, etc.
  8. Rock Salt

What food items are not allowed in Navratri?

Food items that are not allowed during the Navratri season are as follows:

  1. Onion and Garlic: They are Tamsik in nature and hence not consumed.
  2. Lentils and Pulses like moong dal, chana dal, kidney beans, chickpeas, etc.
  3. Grains and their flours like wheat flour, gram flour (besan), etc.
  4. Eggs, Non-Vegetarian Food Items like chicken.
  5. Alcohol (some people avoid smoking too).
  6. Salt
  7. Canned Food Items

Everybody has their own beliefs and follows their own rules during the fasting period. That is why, I suggest you adjust the recipes based on how you follow your fasting and celebrate Navratri.

Is this recipe vegan-friendly?

Yes. The ingredients used in this recipe are vegan and plant-based.

Ingredients List – for quick reference

Zucchini Sabzi

Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

Zucchini Sabzi

Zucchini Sabzi

More Navratri Fasting Recipes

  1. Roasted Makhana
  2. Makhana Curry
  3. Makhana Kheer
  4. Quinoa Cutlets
  5. Sabudana Thalipeeth

Conclusion

Zucchini Sabzi may seem like a simple and boring recipe but it is perfect for a quick and light dinner. It has mild flavors, a soft texture, and is very satisfying. This simple Sabzi will surely satisfy your taste buds and nourish your body. So, try this recipe the next time you’re looking for a healthy and delicious way to incorporate zucchini into your diet.

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Kuttu Ki Roti (Buckwheat Tortilla)

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15-Minute Navratri Fasting Recipe – Zucchini Sabzi

Nutritious. Light. Comforting.

Zucchini, with its mild flavor, tender texture, and versatility, is used in various recipes. Consuming it feels light and fresh. Try this simple yet satisfying Zucchini Sabzi recipe. It is perfect for a quick and easy dinner. 

2

Servings

5 min

Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

20 min

Total Time


Ingredients

Steps

  1. Heat oil in a skillet or kadhai. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
  2. Add chopped zucchini and all the spices. Mix well. Cover and cook on medium-low flame until soft, about 10 to 15 minutes. Keep stirring in between. 
  3. Once zucchini is cooked and soft, mash a little using the back of your spatula. Switch off the flame. 
  4. To make it more mushy, add 1/2 cup water, mash, and cook for another 5 minutes. I prefer this way.
  5. Serve hot with Kuttu Ki Roti or Vrat Ke Chawal (Samai or Samak). Enjoy this simple, light, and satisfying meal during your Navratri fasting. 

FAQs

What are the health benefits of zucchini?
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Zucchini is very mild in flavor and tender in texture. It is a light and nutritious vegetable. Below are the benefits of zucchini:

  1. Nutrient-Rich: Zucchini is low in calories but high in essential nutrients like vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium, manganese, and folate. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber, which supports digestive health.
  2. Hydration: Zucchini has a high water content (over 90%). It keeps you refreshed and satisfied, during the hot summer months. It feels light and will keep you full.
  3. Weight Management: Zucchini can be a good addition to your diet to manage your weight. This is because it is low in calories and has high fiber content.

What is the Navratri Festival?
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Navratri (also known as Navaratri or Navrate), is a joyous Hindu festival. It is celebrated over 9 to 10 days. “Navratri” is a word from the Sanskrit language – Nav means nine and Ratri means night. This festival is celebrated two times a year, once in the spring (Chaitra Navratri) and once in the autumn (Sharad Navratri). Sharad Navratri falls during September or October and is widely celebrated all across India.


What food items are allowed in Navratri?
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Food items that are allowed during the Navratri season are as follows:

  1. Vegetables like potato, tomato, arbi, cucumber, carrot, bottle gourd, eggplant, pumpkin, etc.
  2. Fruits
  3. Dairy Products
  4. Coconut
  5. Nuts and Seeds
  6. Quinoa, Buckwheat, Little Millet (Samai or Samak), Water Chestnut Flour (Singhade Ka Aata).
  7. Spices like cumin seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cardamom, carom seeds (ajwain), cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, etc.
  8. Rock Salt

What food items are not allowed in Navratri?
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Food items that are not allowed during the Navratri season are as follows:

  1. Onion and Garlic: They are Tamsik in nature and hence not consumed.
  2. Lentils and Pulses like moong dal, chana dal, kidney beans, chickpeas, etc.
  3. Grains and their flours like wheat flour, gram flour (besan), etc.
  4. Eggs, Non-Vegetarian Food Items like chicken.
  5. Alcohol (some people avoid smoking too).
  6. Salt
  7. Canned Food Items

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