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Navratri Fasting Recipe – Kuttu Ki Kadhi | Healthy Millet Recipe

Navratri Fasting Recipe – Kuttu Ki Kadhi | Healthy Millet Recipe

Kuttu ki Kadhi is a delicious curry recipe made of Kuttu Ka Aata (Buckwheat Flour) instead of Besan (Gram Flour). It is quick, easy, and tastes good with Kuttu Ki Roti (Buckwheat Flour Tortilla). During Navratri fasting, we can not eat grains and pulses and have other dietary restrictions. That is why, this is made with yogurt, buckwheat flour (Kuttu Ka Aata), and some basic spices.

With this recipe, you can get some protein in your fasting meal. Let’s quickly dive into the recipe for this comforting Navratri delicacy and learn how to prepare this yogurt-based curry.

What is Kadhi?

Kadhi is a traditional Indian dish with a thick gravy made of yogurt or buttermilk, gram flour (besan), and seasoned with some spices. It is a popular Indian curry and every region has their unique style of preparing it. It tastes good because of its tangy flavor and creamy texture.

You can enjoy kadhi as a soup or pair it with steamed rice, roti (Indian flatbread), or khichdi. It is often served during festive occasions, religious ceremonies, and as a comforting meal during fasting periods. In most Indian homes, it is a delicious weekend treat and enjoyed with the whole family.

In this recipe blog post, this curry is made for fasting. It has no gram flour because we can not eat that while fasting.

What is Kuttu or Buckwheat?

Buckwheat, also known as Kuttu in India, has a long history dating back thousands of years. Native to Central Asia, buckwheat was cultivated in China and later introduced to Europe by the Crusaders in the Middle Ages.

It is a gem of the ingredients for its versatility and impressive nutritional profile. Despite its name, it is not related to wheat. It is not a grain but a seed. Buckwheat flour has been cherished for centuries in various cuisines worldwide, prized for its distinct nutty taste and numerous health benefits.

BUCKWHEAT

What are the health benefits of Buckwheat?

Buckwheat is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Consuming it regularly contributes to overall health and well-being. Let’s dive into the health benefits of Buckwheat (Kuttu).

  1. Gluten-Free – It is naturally gluten-free. That is why, it is perfect for those sensitive to gluten.
  2. Rich in Protein – It is a good source of plant-based protein. It also contains all nine essential amino acids needed for muscle repair and growth.
  3. High in Fiber – It is rich in dietary fiber and promotes digestive health. It regulates blood sugar levels and helps lower cholesterol levels.
  4. Nutritious – It contains vitamins and minerals like magnesium, iron, and zinc.
  5. Good For Heart: It reduces inflammation and improves blood flow. That is how it protects against heart diseases.

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?

This recipe of Kuttu Ki Roti is vegan because all the ingredients used in this recipe are plant-based.

Ingredients List – for quick reference

Navratri Fasting Kuttu Ki Kadhi

Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

Navratri Fasting Kuttu Ki Kadhi

Navratri Fasting Kuttu Ki Kadhi

Navratri Fasting Kuttu Ki Kadhi

Navratri Fasting Kuttu Ki Kadhi

More Navratri Fasting Recipes

  1. Creamy Makhana Curry
  2. 15-Minute Zucchini Sabzi
  3. Kuttu Ka Cheela (Savory Buckwheat Pancakes)
  4. Ultra-Soft Kuttu Ki Roti (Buckwheat Flour Tortilla)
  5. Aloo Paneer Curry

Conclusion

Buckwheat is a highly nutritious and wholesome ingredient. That is why, you need to include it in your regular meals. This Kadhi recipe is perfect for celebrating Navratri or any festive occasion. Pair it with some soft Kuttu Ki Roti or Samak Rice. It would make a comforting and satisfying Navratri meal.

Grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make this delicious Navratri meal. It is quick, easy, and gets ready in 30 minutes.

Navratri Fasting Buckwheat Millet Flour Kadhi (Kuttu Ki Kadhi)
It contains buckwheat millet flour, yogurt, spices.

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Navratri Fasting Recipe – Kuttu Ki Kadhi | Healthy Millet Recipe

Tangy. Creamy. Comforting.

Are you craving some comforting and delicious curry while fasting? If yes, try this traditional Indian curry made especially for Navratri fasting. It is tangy, and creamy, and gets ready in just 30 minutes. 

2

Servings

5 min

Prep Time

25 min

Cook Time

30 min

Total Time


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Spices & Herbs

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Steps

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the buckwheat flour and whisked yogurt. Gradually add water while whisking continuously to form a smooth and lump-free batter. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, dissolve red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt with water.
  3. This prevents burning of spices.
  4. Heat oil in a large saucepan or kadhai over medium heat.
  5. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and fenugreek seeds. Let them splutter for a few seconds. 
  6. Add cinnamon and cloves. Stir for a few seconds. 
  7. Add curry leaves and dry red chili. Stir again for a few seconds. 
  8. Then add your dissolved spice mix of red chili powder, salt, and turmeric powder. Mix well until the water is evaporated and spices are cooked.
  9. Carefully pour the buckwheat flour and yogurt mixture into the pan, stirring continuously to prevent lumps from forming. Mix well to combine everything. Stir frequently until it comes to a boil to prevent curdling.
  10. Once it boils, lower the flame and cook until smooth, creamy, and thick, about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  11. Cook until the raw taste of the buckwheat flour is cooked out and the kadhi thickens slightly. Keep the consistency as needed.
  12. Once the kadhi is cooked and reaches the desired consistency, remove it from the heat and garnish with coriander leaves. Mix well. 
  13. Serve hot with Rajgira (Amaranth) Roti, Kuttu (buckwheat) Roti, or Sama (barnyard millet) rice. Enjoy. 

FAQs

What is Kuttu or Buckwheat?
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Buckwheat, also known as Kuttu in India, has a long history dating back thousands of years. Native to Central Asia, buckwheat was cultivated in China and later introduced to Europe by the Crusaders in the Middle Ages. It is a gem of the ingredients for its versatility and impressive nutritional profile. Despite its name, it is not related to wheat. It is not a grain but a seed. Buckwheat flour has been cherished for centuries in various cuisines worldwide, prized for its distinct nutty taste and numerous health benefits.

What are the health benefits of Buckwheat?
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Buckwheat is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Consuming it regularly contributes to overall health and well-being. Let’s dive into the health benefits of Buckwheat (Kuttu).

  1. Gluten-Free – It is naturally gluten-free. That is why, it is perfect for those sensitive to gluten.
  2. Rich in Protein – It is a good source of plant-based protein. It also contains all nine essential amino acids needed for muscle repair and growth.
  3. High in Fiber – It is rich in dietary fiber and promotes digestive health. It regulates blood sugar levels and helps lower cholesterol levels.
  4. Nutritious – It contains vitamins and minerals like magnesium, iron, and zinc.
  5. Good For Heart: It reduces inflammation and improves blood flow. That is how it protects against heart diseases.

How to make soft Kuttu ki roti without potatoes?
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To make soft Kuttu ki roti without potatoes, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Boil 1 Cup Water.
  2. Once the water boils, add Kuttu Ka Aata (Buckwheat Flour) to the water.
  3. Stir continuously until the dough comes together.
  4. Remove from the flame and knead for 5 minutes until it forms a smooth dough.
  5. Let it rest for 30 minutes.
  6. Take a small ball and roll it in a circular shape (preferably).
  7. Cook on low flame from both sides until you see dark spots on the surface.
  8. Enjoy with your choice of curry or dal.

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. Nuts and Seeds
  5. Quinoa, Buckwheat, Little Millets (Samai or Samak), Water Chestnut Flour (Singhade Ka Aata)
  6. Coconut
  7. Spices like cumin seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cardamom, carom seeds (ajwain), cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, etc.
  8. Rock Salt (Sendha Namak)

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
  2. Lentils, Pulses and Grains
  3. Eggs and Nov-Vegetarian Food Items
  4. Alcohol (some people do not smoke too)
  5. Canned Food
  6. Salt

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