By Dr. Shikha Sharma
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Navratri Recipes for Weight Loss – Day 7

Navratris is a time when many people celebrate by observing fast and only consuming foods which are permitted during Navratri .  Many people observe the fast for an additional reason where they wish to not only do it for religious reasons but also improve their self discipline and make their body healthier . The fasting period offers an excellent opportunity to not only lose weight but also detoxify the body , which supports the mind to become calm and have more clarity .


The benefits of the special weight loss recipes over regular recipes are as follows

Helps detoxify the body , which helps people reduce high cholesterol.

Helps improve skin texture and bring a glow to the skin.

Helps control diabetes.

Helps reduce weight  and lose inches measurably ,if done sincerely all nine days.

Brings focus and clarity and calmness to the mind


The special recipes with an objective to get multiple physical and mental benefits have been designed by a team of Allopath Doctor , Ayurvedic Doctor and  Nutritionists to be scientific and medically verified .


Break fast : 

Recipe Name: Fig Smoothie with Grated Coconut


8-10 dried figs, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 tablespoons grated coconut

1/2 cup Greek yogurt (optional, for creaminess)

1 tablespoon Jaggery Powder (adjust to taste)

1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Ice cubes (optional)



Begin by soaking the dried figs in warm water for 30 minutes to soften them.

After soaking, drain the figs and chop them into smaller pieces for easier blending.

In a blender, add the soaked figs, grated coconut, coconut milk, Greek yogurt (if using), jaggery powder, cardamom powder, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

Blend all the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and creamy. If you prefer a colder smoothie, you can add a few ice cubes and blend again until they are fully incorporated.

Pour the Fig Smoothie with Grated Coconut into glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of grated coconut or a small fig slice.

Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious and nutritious fig smoothie!


Nutrition Value: 

Calories: Approximately 250

Protein: 4 grams

Carbohydrates: 40 grams

Fiber: 6 grams

Fat: 9 grams

Sugar: 30 grams

Vitamin A: 2% DV

Vitamin C: 1% DV

Calcium: 6% DV

Iron: 10% DV


Health Benefits:

Digestive Health: Figs are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which can aid in digestive health and help prevent constipation.

Heart Health: Figs are rich in potassium, which may help regulate blood pressure and promote heart health.

Immune Support: Figs contain vitamins and antioxidants that can support the immune system.

Skin Health: The antioxidants in figs may contribute to healthier skin by protecting it from oxidative stress.

Energy Boost: The natural sugars in figs provide a quick energy boost, making this smoothie a great choice for a pre- or post-workout snack.

Coconut Benefits: Coconut is a good source of healthy fats and may provide additional benefits for skin, hair, and overall well-being.



Recipe Name: Cucumber Pomegranate Raita


1 cup of thick yogurt (curd)

1 small cucumber, finely grated

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

1/2 teaspoon black salt

1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (optional)

Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Sendha Salt to taste



In a bowl, whisk the thick yogurt until it becomes smooth and creamy.

Add the grated cucumber, pomegranate seeds, cumin powder, black salt, and regular salt to the yogurt. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.

Taste the raita and adjust the seasoning according to your preference. You can add a little more salt or black salt if needed.

Sprinkle the roasted cumin seeds and red chili powder (if using) on top of the raita.

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves for added flavor and a pop of color.

Chill the raita in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Nutrition Value:

Calories: Approximately 100 kcal

Protein: 5 grams

Carbohydrates: 14 grams

Fat: 3 grams

Fiber: 2 grams

Vitamins and Minerals: Cucumber is a good source of vitamin K, pomegranate is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, and yogurt provides calcium and probiotics for gut health.


Health Benefits:

Cooling Effect: Cucumber and yogurt have a cooling effect on the body, making this raita an excellent choice, especially during the Navratri fasts when you may be avoiding spicy or hot foods.

Digestive Aid: Yogurt contains probiotics, which can help improve digestion and maintain a healthy gut.

Hydration: Cucumber has a high water content, helping to keep you hydrated during fasting.

Antioxidants: Pomegranate seeds are rich in antioxidants, which are beneficial for overall health and may help boost the immune system.

Low-Calorie Option: This raita is relatively low in calories, making it a guilt-free addition to your Navratri meals.


Recipe Name: Grated Carrot and Pumpkin Seed Salad


2 cups grated carrots

1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (coriander leaves)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

Sendha Salt and pepper to taste



In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated carrots, roasted pumpkin seeds, and chopped cilantro.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, cumin powder, salt, and pepper until well blended.

Pour the dressing over the carrot mixture and toss everything together until well coated.

Let the salad sit for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the carrots to soften slightly.

Serve your Grated Carrot and Pumpkin Seed Salad chilled and enjoy!


Nutrition Value:

Calories: 120

Total Fat: 6g

Saturated Fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 180mg

Total Carbohydrates: 15g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Sugars: 9g

Protein: 4g

Vitamin A: 200% DV

Vitamin C: 15% DV

Calcium: 4% DV

Iron: 10% DV


Health Benefits:

High in Fiber: Carrots are rich in dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and helps maintain a healthy gut.

Nutrient-Rich: Carrots are a good source of vitamins, particularly vitamin A, which is essential for vision and immune system health.

Protein and Healthy Fats: Pumpkin seeds provide plant-based protein and healthy fats, making this salad satisfying and nutritious.

Antioxidants: Carrots and cilantro contain antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.

Low in Calories: This salad is low in calories, making it a great option for those looking to manage their weight.

Delicious and Refreshing: The combination of sweet carrots, nutty pumpkin seeds, and zesty dressing makes for a refreshing and flavorful salad, perfect for Navratri or any time of the year.



Recipe Name: Ghiya and Paneer Cutlet


1 cup grated bottle gourd (ghiya)

1 cup crumbled paneer (cottage cheese)

2-3 green chilies, finely chopped

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

1/2 cup finely chopped mint leaves

1/2 cup water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta)

1/2 teaspoon saindha salt (rock salt)

1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) for frying

Oil for greasing and shallow frying



Begin by grating the bottle gourd (ghiya) and then squeeze out the excess water from it using a clean kitchen towel or your hands. The drier the gourd, the better the cutlets will hold together.

In a mixing bowl, combine the grated bottle gourd, crumbled paneer, chopped green chilies, fresh coriander leaves, mint leaves, water chestnut flour, saindha salt, black pepper powder, and cumin seeds. Mix well to form a dough-like mixture. If the mixture is too wet, you can add a little more chestnut flour.

Divide the mixture into equal portions and shape them into small patties or cutlets.

Heat ghee in a pan for shallow frying. You can also use oil if you prefer.

Place the cutlets in the hot ghee/oil and cook on medium heat until they turn golden brown on both sides. Ensure they are well-cooked from the inside.

Once cooked, remove the cutlets from the pan and place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Serve hot with mint coriander chutney 


Nutrition Value (per serving):

Calories: Approximately 100-120 kcal

Protein: 6-8 grams

Carbohydrates: 8-10 grams

Dietary Fiber: 2-3 grams

Fat: 5-6 grams

Vitamins and minerals from bottle gourd and paneer


Health Benefits:

Low in Calories: This recipe is relatively low in calories, making it a good choice for those looking to maintain or lose weight.

Rich in Protein: Paneer is a good source of protein, which is essential for muscle development and repair.

Low Glycemic Index: Water chestnut flour has a low glycemic index, which means it doesn’t cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels, making it suitable for those with diabetes.

Bottle Gourd Benefits: Bottle gourd is high in water content and rich in vitamins and minerals. It is known to be good for digestion and can help with weight management.

Saindha Salt: Saindha salt, also known as rock salt, is often used during Navratri as it is considered a purer salt option. It contains several essential minerals and may be less processed compared to regular table salt.


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