Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Carrot Milk {Navratri Special Colab with Oriya Rasoi & Delish Potpourri}

As a Parsi living in India, I've always been fascinated by the colours and sheer opulence that festivals that are celebrated here bring along. People fraternize socially and there is an air of jubiliation all around, however all festivals have a religious connect unlike in the west where fests are for social intermingling only. Here each household will carry out certain religious rituals, practices and prayers which I as an outsider (community wise) could never get my head (or tail) around.

The festival of Navratri for example was a time when friends pre-booked passes for gala community garba dances that happened in Mumbai (but on a much massive scale in Gujarat) and people decked up to the nines and danced like there was no tomorrow. This practice is carried on for nine nights (nav- nine, ratri-nights) every year which lead up to the tenth day on which the festival of Dussehra is celebrated.

The nine days that lead up to Dussehra are significant for they mark a period of fasting for people of many Hindu communities.

The 9-day long Navratri fast also has a scientific reason. Navratris come twice a year and both at the time when the weather is changing. According to experts, this is the time when our body's immunity level is at an all time low and we must eat light and nutritious meals. That's the reason we cannot eat meats, grains, common salt or anything that can be heavy on ones system.

Ayurvedic experts feel that foods like onion and common salt attract and absorb negative energies and that is the reason they should be avoided during this time. So what can one eat during this fast? One can have fruits, gluten-free kattu ka atta (buckwheat flour), sendha salt (rock salt - salt in its purest form) or seasonal vegetables like pumpkin, bottle gourd and singhaada (water chestnet). In addition all fruits are also freely consumed.

Now since the premise is to stay light yet keep ones immunity at its peak, I thought of incorporating three healthy, power packed ingredients into one little glass and have simple christianed it "Carrot Milk", a great snack for adults and an even better energy booster for children. The best part is that kids wont even know that mums have disguised a vegetable, his/ her most disliked dry fruits and nuts and their biggest rival - Milk!, Oh and a must mention here that all the raw ingredients remain that -raw!, as the carrots are blanched in warm milk vis-a-vis knocking the nutrients off them by boiling or pressure cooking.

Exited yet?

Recipe below....

Makes 2 glasses.
You will need:
1 large carrot
2 tbsps powdered nuts of choice
2 cups warm milk'
Sugar to taste.

In a bowl put in finely sliced carrots along with some nuts.

Now pour in freshly warmed milk and allow the flavours to steep till the carrots get soft.

 Next in a blender add in the carrots and nuts along with 2 tbsps of the milk and blend well.

You will now have a thick paste.

Add this paste into the remaining milk and mix well, Here all in desired amount of sugar as well.

And you are done!

Refrigerate before serving.


Looking for more Vrat recipes?, then check out, Oriya Rasoi's Panjiri recipe here

and Delish Potpourri's Chenna Bara Tarkari here


  1. Light and delicious, this one is perfect for fasting days !! Loved the write-up about the Navratri celebrations and fasting :)


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