Sawan Mass 2019: 5 Easy-To-Make Fasting Recipes For 3rd Sawan Somvar Vrat Today

Sawan is considered as a holy month of the Hindu calendar and fasting on Sawan Somwar is said to fulfil your desires.

1. Mango Mint Lassi

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Sawan 2019 is here. Festivals are an inseparable part of every person’s life. If you ask us, they break the monotony of our everyday lives. While most festivals in India last a day or week, one, in particular, goes as long as a month. Sawan aka Shravan maas aka Shraavana 2019 started from 23 July 2019 and ends on 22 August 2019. Unlike most of the festivities, Sawan is not just all celebration and revelry but also devotion, prayers, traditions, and sacrifice or rather an abstinence. Sawan is considered to be a very holy month of the Hindu calendar and dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva. Sawan Somwar (Shravan Somvar) is believed to be an auspicious day – which is every Monday of the month and thus, most people observe a fast on this day. Some people keep a solah somwar fast which begins from the first Monday of Sawan and is observed for 16 consecutive Mondays thereafter.  Fasts are not so easy, especially when you are a die-hard foodie. Besides, one may get confused with what to eat and what to skip. Hence, we thought of sharing five simple and quick fasting recipes that are healthy and will keep you full at the same time.

Mango mint lassi: For those thinking Sawan is all tradition and culture, there is scientific evidence backing the fact that you should eat light during this period. Mango mint lassi is a great combination of taste and health, plus, very easy to prepare! Blend curd, mint, some mango pulp or pieces together, add sugar if you like, and there you go. A complete delight-on-the-go, the probiotic component in curd will keep your digestive system happy too.

2. Sabudana Khichdi

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Sabudana Khichdi: Sabudana or sago is the widely consumed plant-based fasting food. There is no denying that it keeps your hunger pangs satiated for long and is easy to digest too but that’s not even the best part. Soak sago for some time and the preparation time is literally 15 minutes tops. A few mild spices such as rock salt, black pepper, red/green chilli, crushed peanuts, and freshly cut coriander to nail this easy-to-make dish.

Take oil in a pan, heat it and add cumin seeds. After they sizzle, add chopped green chillies, curry leaves and saute these ingredients together. Add potatoes, and sendha namak – one used for fast recipes. Add crushed peanuts and coconut, once the potatoes turn light brown. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes. Now add the sabudana, mix gently.

Make sure the sago doesn’t stick together and is cooked well. Add coriander leaves to garnish.

Recipe taken from spiceupthecurry.com

3. Dahi Aloo

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One of the easiest and tastiest dishes for fasting, dahi aloo. To prepare, take yogurt in a bowl, add water, make a smooth paste and leave it aside. Cut boiled potatoes into sizes you like, chop green chillies and grate some ginger cloves.

Take ghee in a pan and heat it. Add cumin seeds next, allow them to sizzle. Add green chillies and ginger, saute together. Put crushed peanuts, cook for one minute and then add a few spices – red chilli powder, cumin powder, and salt as per taste. Don’t forget to lower the flame when adding spices. Add water, depending on the thickness of the gravy you require.

Now add the yogurt, and let the gravy simmer. While adding yogurt, constantly stir the mixture. After 7-8 minutes, add the potatoes. You can mash a few pieces to thicken the gravy. Allow it to cook well, and the gravy to get mixed with the potatoes.

Serve hot, garnished with coriander leaves.

Recipe taken from spiceupthecurry.com

4. Rajgira Paratha

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Rajgira roti or Rajgira paratha is one of our personal favourites, plus extremely nutritious. To make the dish, begin by boiling potatoes. Let them cool down, peel and then mash.

Take some rajgira flour in a bowl, add salt, ginger paste, chopped green chillies, coriander leaves and the mashed potatoes to it. Add ghee, yogurt and knead the flour into a dough. After kneading, keep it aside for half an hour, covered. 30 minutes later, make smooth balls depending on the size of the paratha you want and apply ghee on the sides, when roasting on a tawa.

Recipe taken from spiceupthecurry.com

5. Coconut Ladoo

Sawan Somwar vrat - Coconut Ladoo
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No Indian meal is complete without sweets. Thus, coconut ladoo. In a pan, heat grated coconut. Roast it for a couple of minutes, but don’t let them turn brown. Add condensed milk, simmer till it boils. As the mixture starts to thicken, you see bubbles form. Keep constantly stirring. Turn off the flame after you see no more bubbles.

Add dry fruits of your choice like cardamom powder, cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios to the mixture. Allow it to cool down. Now make small balls – ladoos of it. If the mixture is sticky, take some ghee in your hands. The last step is optional, roll the ladoos inf finely grated coconut powder.

Recipe taken from spiceupthecurry.com

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