Chaitra Navratri is an auspicious Hindu festival which is solely dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. This festival holds lots of importance for many communities. Navratri itself symbolizes victory over evil.People fast and eat only certain kinds of food during these nine days.
Navratri word is derived from ‘Nav’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night in Sanskrit, hence ‘Navratri’ means nine nights of celebration, during which nine forms of goddesses are worshiped. Chaitra Navratri falls in the month of Chaitra and so it is termed as ‘Chaitra Navratri’. According to some popular legends, devotees believe that Lord Shiva granted permission to his wife Goddess Durga for seeing her mother for just nine days. During that time, Goddess Durga demolished demon Mahishasura. Hence Goddess Durga aka Kali is represented as a symbol of shakti – the ultimate strength. It is also said that Maa Durga has eternal divine power, which can never be created nor destroyed.
The first three days of Chaitra Navratri devotees worship Goddess Durga and her various forms.Chaitra Navratri symbolizes the beginning of the Hindu New Year which marks the beginning of the spring season. Devotees worship the three main manifestations of Goddess Shakti i.e Durga, Saraswati and Lakshmi to seek their divine blessings. May Goddess Durga shower her powerful blessings on all of us.
As a part of our 35th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme of #NavrathriSpecial , I will be sharing one of the recipes that can be enjoyed during this period. Quick to make and yummy to eat.
Recipe for Arbi Aur Sabudana Thalipeeth / Colocasia & Tapioca Pearl Flat bread
1Cup =250 ML
10 Medium Size Arbi /Colocasia boiled and mashed
1 Cup Sabudana /Tapioca Pearl
2 Green Chillies finely chopped
½ Cup Peanuts roasted and coarsely crushed
Rock Salt to taste
A bunch of fresh coriander finely chopped
1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin
½ Tsp Jeera Powder
Boil Arbi ,remove the skin and mash it in a wide bowl. Ensure there are no lumps. Soak sabudana for 1 hour. Drain excess water if any.Add Sabudana and all the other ingredients and mix well. Add 1 Tsp of oil to the arbi mixture to bind well. Add water only if needed (I have not added water).
Take a skillet, grease it with oil. Take a small ball of this mixture and pat on the skillet. Place the skillet on medium heat and cook the Thalipeeth on both sides.
You can also pat the dough on a greased banana leaf and transfer on to the hot skillet.
Repeat the procedure for the balance dough.
Serve hot Thalipeeth with Green chutney (Vrat wali chutney) or Yougurt.
Wish you all a very Happy Chaitra Navratri !!!!