Jai Mata Di!
The Sharad Navratri begins from tomorrow. And we’re looking forward to seven days of fasting and nine days of festivities
For Hindus, every month brings a new set of festivals and celebrations. Our faith allows us reverance of so many Gods and Goddesses and each time we bow our head before our deity, we celebrate.
The Sharad Navratri is like a harbinger of the festivities to come . Nine days of celebrating the most powderful Mother Goddess Durga, is followed by Dussehra. Then Sharad Poornima,Karwa Chauth, Dhan teras, Diwali, Bhai Dooj, Goverdhan Pooja ,etc. These are the few That I know of. Every community, every region ,every clan has their own list of celebrations.
But common to most is the Falahaar or fasting with flours made from seeds and fruits and not grains. Buckwheat flour or Kuttu ka atta is one flour that we use. A lot of people on a gluten free diet use this flour regularly. I’ve been experimenting and tasting. And I am going to share a few of my favourites.
Buckwheat flour is a hundred percent gluten free flour that is made from a seed or buck wheat groats and hence can be eaten by those who are gluten intolerant and also those who are fasting. Commonly available only during navratri and in small quantities. Mostly ,there is a fear of adulteration with regular flour or poisonous weed like substances that cause food poisoning. So you can check the organic buckwheat flour available from Organic Farmers Co.
The traditional Indian recipes for farali / Falahaar or fasting foods are generally very indulgent, with copious amounts of dry fruit, ghee, oil and starchy vegetables ensuring that the party does not get hungry very fast and feel satiated enough so that he can survive on one single me meal
But it’s common knowledge that it’s not wise to eat everything in one go.
So, it is better to eat smaller portions and those kinds of meals which will make you feel full and pack a large amount of Nutrition so you will not be missing on the essential nutrients while you are fasting
Also because of the large amount of vegetables that are used in this stir fry, the dish is balanced and extremely healthy.
For this we need to prepare buckwheat flour crepes as gluten free flour is difficult to knead and roll out.
You would require a good quality cast iron Skillet or a non-stick Pan so that the crepe does not stick to the pan.
I have used purple cabbage, carrots, cucumbers and Tofu to keep the stir fry vegan or use any other vegetable according to your choice.
I have also used a lot of coriander because coriander and lemon counter the heaviness that buckwheat flour can cause in your tummy.
This recipe will make 6 Tacos
Buckwheat Crepe Tacos with Asian Style Stir Fry Baketitude
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder -optional
1 tablespoon cooking oil or ghee
Cold water as needed
Whisk the buckwheat flour salt and baking powder-if you are using it. It will give you lacier and lighter crepes
in a steady stream pour in cold water and whisk to get a lump free batter just like crepe batter. if you’re batter is not thin the crepe will not spread.
Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes.
Heat your pan and wipe it with a tissue and a few drops of oil.
Drop a ladle full of batter and quickly turn the pan around so as to get a round thin crepe with the better spreading on its own.
if you are batter is not the right consistency you will not get a lacy Crepe. remember if the batter is too thin then you will not be able to flip the creep over. Dot the crepe with a few drops of oil and wait for the bottom to cook and carefully flip the crepe over.
The first Crepe will give you an idea if your batter is thin or thick and you can add buckwheat flour or water accordingly.
Prepare the remaining crepes in the same way.
place each crape on parchment paper so that they don’t stick to each other.
For the Asian style stir fry
100 grams of Tofu or paneer
1/4 cup each sliced cabbage, Shredded carrots
½ cup each sliced Cucumber and shredded lettuce
Green coriander and green chilies to taste
1 tsp sesame oil or any ghee
1/2 tsp Sesame seeds optional
1/2 tsp chopped Ginger
1 tsp honey
1 tsp Soya sauce( if you’re using it) or simple salt and pepper will do
1 tbsp roasted peanuts
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper/ red chilli flakes to taste
Cut the Tofu into bite size pieces and marinate in half teaspoon soya sauce, half teaspoon Honey and some pepper.
Quickly Fry the tofu or Paneer on very high heat in the saucepan and remove the pieces on to a plate.
In the same pan add the remaining oil and allow it to heat
Add in the Ginger and the sesame seeds and allow them to pop.
Now add in the peanuts. After a few seconds, add the cabbage and carrots toss them well. add the remaining soya sauce and honey.
chop over some coriander and green chilies. mix in the fried tofu or paneer.
Squeeze the lemon juice over and taste for salt.
Set with the chopped lettuce and cucumber.
Remove to a bowl.
Slice the cucumber into thin slices and add a little bit of salt and pepper and Chillies.
Place a buck wheat crepe on your plate. Spoon over some stir fry. Add some lettuce and cucumber, fold like a taco and enjoy.
Fasting and penance is supposed to noursih the soul and the body. But then , thats what I believe. It’s all a matter of your personal faith.And buckwheat flour is a powder house of nutrients ,if you feel the need to tey alternative grains. After all, the ancestors used buckwheat flour too.
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