Monday, September 21, 2009

Happy Navratri...!!!

I am a bit late but still didn’t want to miss to wish everybody a happy Navratri. It already started on Saturday and for all who don’t know, Navratri is a festival celebrated for 9 days in which the female divinity in her different forms is worshipped. In these days many people keep a fast or at least abstain from certain foods. In my family in-law most of the people keep a fast either for all days or just 2-3 days. In this fasting time only some foods are allowed and just one meal per day is consumed. Foods that are allowed include dairy products, fruits, vegetables, nuts, buckwheat and some spices (rock salt or sindalu salt, black pepper, coriander and cumin seeds).

I will be posting some Navratri recipes over the next days which are common with my family in India. On our first fasting day I made kuttu roti, tomato-cucumber raita, aloo-mutter sabzi (potato- peas vegetable) and sabudana kheer (tapioca kheer) and was also able to snap a picture of this for you to see.
Today I start with the recipe for Kuttu roti (Buckwheat roti) which is made every day in my mother-in laws house during fasting time.


- 2 cups buckwheat flour ( kuttu atta)
- 2 medium potatoes, boiled and peeled
- Pinch rock salt or sindalu salt
- 2-3 Tbsp. water
- 2 Tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
- Ghee for brushing


Mash the potatoes without any lumps in a bowl. Add salt, flour, coriander leaves and water. Knead to a smooth dough. Heat a pan or tava on medium heat and form the dough into 7-8 balls. Grease your hands with some drops of ghee and flatten one ball, flipping from one hand to the other to make it bigger and rounder. You won’t be able to roll this dough with a rolling pin as it is very fragile and tears easily. Cook the roti on the tava till small bubbles appear on one side, then flip and brush some ghee on top.

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