With the onset of Navratri, many people fast (including myself), here is my take on the special meals prepared during this period to keep the hungry stomach not only full but to nourish your body with nutrition and fibre. Varicha Bhaat is made from Samo seeds is accompanied by Aamti made of coconut and peanuts.
Bhaat – Vari (Bhagar) 1/2 cup, a tabspoon of ghee, cumin seeds and salt to taste.
Aamti – grated coconut 1/2 cup, 2 tabspoon crushed peanuts, green chilli 4/5, cumin seeds 1tsp, curds 1 cup. Sugar 2 tsp, salt to taste and juice of lemon 1/2 tsp. Ghee 1 tsp.
Bhaat – Heat ghee in a pan and tamper with cumin seeds. Wash the Vari and add to the tampered cumin. Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups water and season it with salt. Let it boil on high flame and then simmer it to cook. Keep the lid on. It takes Max 7/8 mins to cook.
Aamti – In a wet grinder add curd, coconut, chillies, peanuts, cumin seeds, sugar and lemon juice. Grind it into fine paste. In a sauce pan heat some ghee and add the grinded paste to it. Pour a cup of water or more as per your consistency. Season it with salt. Let the curry boil on high for 7/8 mins.
Serve hot … varicha Bhaat with shengdana aamti.
Happy fasting !