2—Kuttu (Buckwheat) Khichdi
There is an easy to prepare khichdi with buckwheat groats (sabut kuttu), potatoes and peanuts for Navratri fasting as a wholesome super food.
- 1 cup buckwheat or buckwheat groats/kuttu
- 2 medium potatoes, chopped in small cubes
- 2 cups water
- 1 green chili, chopped
- Half inch ginger, finely chopped
- Half tsp cumin seeds/jeera
- 1 teaspoon (tsp) organic unrefined cane sugar or regular sugar
- 2 tbsp raw peanuts
- 1 tbsp ghee or 1 tbsp peanut oil
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
- Lemon juice or as required (optional)
- Rock salt as required
- Roast peanuts in a frying pan or tava till they become crunchy and golden. Let them cool.
- Remove and make a coarse powder of them in a mortar-pestle or in a coffee grinder. Keep the powdered peanuts aside.
- Pick and then rinse the buckwheat a few times in water and keep aside.
- Heat ghee or oil in a pan or pot. Add the cumin and saute till they crackle.
- Then add the green chili and ginger and sauté for a few seconds.
- Add the potato cubes and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes till the potatoes become crisp from the edges. Stir often. Its better to chop the potatoes in smaller cubes, so that they cook faster.
- Add the ground peanuts and sauté for half a minute. Later add the rinsed buckwheat. Stir well and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add the water, sugar, salt.
- Stir and cover the pan and allow the buckwheat to simmer on a low flame.
- Cook till all the water is absorbed and the buckwheat is cooked well.
- Add coriander leaves and give a final stir.
- Serve buckwheat khichdi hot or warm drizzled with lemon juice.
Why Navratri is celebrated twice a year?
Every year the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter are two very important junctures of climatic change and solar influence. These two junctions have been chosen as the sacred opportunities for the worship of the divine power because: