The 9 days Navratri detox

Lauki ka raita, Raajgiri roti and kaddu ki sabzi (pumpkin)

The festival season has begun, and while some of us have already started gorging on those delicious mithais and savouries, a lot of us are observing 9 days of fasting during Navratri.

At my place my family fasts for all the 9 days more out of the need to detoxify than a religious reason and it is interesting to observe the kind of food that is cooked during that time. First of all, it is all satvik food with no usage of onions or garlics, plus it is very light on your stomachs as the use of oil is also minimal. And fruits are in plenty!

It is a perfect mix of detoxification, while not leaving the festive fervour behind.

Fruit chaat is usually the staple breakfast followed with a glass of milk, while lunch usually consists of some dry fruits and chaas. It is during dinner that we usually see a full fledged meal coming together in the form of kuttu ke aate ki roti, kaddu (pumpkin) sabzi, jeera aaloo, raita and salad. The menu obviously differs with each day, where some days we’d see subudanakhichdi, or jeera kadhi and sama ke chawal, etc.

Below you can read the recipe of Lauki ka raita, a healthy and delicious preparation you can gorge on with your lunch/dinner, Navratri or no Navratri!

Lauki ka raita

Lauki ka raita


  • 1 lauki/bottleguard
  • 3 cups curd
  • 1 spoon salt
  • 1 spoon jeera powder

For tadka:

  • 1 spoon oil
  • 1 spoon rai
  • 1/2 spoon haldi
  • 2-3 curry leaves
  • 1 chopped green chilli


  • Grate the lauki and then boil it in water and rinse
  • In a bowl, add 3 cups of curd, salt, jeera powder and mix it well
  • Add the rinsed lauki to the curd
  • In a separate pan, add 1 spoon oil, 1 spoon rai, curry leaves, green chilli and let it crackle
  • Add 1/2 spoon haldi to it
  • Add the tadka to the lauki ka raita and mix well
  • Serve it in a bowl


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