Thursday, 25 September 2014

Faraad Na Bateta / Upwaas ke Aloo

Faraad Na Bateta / Upwaas ke Aloo is a basic potato dish eaten during fasts. As Navratri is started today, I am sharing fasting recipes, as many keep fasts during these 9 days of Navratri. We Gujarati's just wait for this Festival eagerly, as we feel attached to the Goddess, dedicate extra time on rituals and prayers, go to Dandiya - Garba, meet friends and relatives, etc... 

Navratri is a Nine day festival, celebrated in different ways all over India. It is a festival dedicated to Goddess Amba Mata. All the nine days are dedicated to 90 forms of Mataji and worshipped, known an Navdurga. Tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashmi. 
Jai Mataji
In Gujarat and Western part, Navratri is lavishly celebrated with rituals like Ghatastapana / Kalashastapana, reciting mantras, performing Havans, pujas, aartis, dandiya-garba dance etc. In South region ,navratri is celebrated with pujas and keeping Golu and inviting families and friends. In East, Navratri is celebrated as Durga puja, on the last 3 days. 

Navratri is also such a festival where most of the people keep fasts all the 9 days,by just having only water or consuming food only once a day or by just having fasting foods.

Today I am making Faraad na Bateta, a dish that is perfect while fasting and it's very easy.

Ingredients:
Potato 2
Green Chili 1, slit
Shengdana powder / Peanut powder 1 tbsp
Salt as per taste
Curry leaves few
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp

Method:
Boil the potatoes in pressure cooker for 6 - 7 whistles. Once cool, open. Peel the skin of the potatoes and perfectly cut in cubes. 

In pan heat oil, add cumin seeds. Once it starts to splutter, add green chili and curry leaves. As it happens add the boiled cubed potatoes, red chili powder, salt, shengdana powder and mix well. 

Garnish with Freshly chopped Coriander leaves.

Serve with curd.

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