The festive season is here and we are celebrating a string of festivals back-to-back. After marking Navratri, Durga Puja, and Dussehra, it’s time to celebrate Karva Chauth soon. A festival for married women, Karva Chauth is one of the most celebrated occasions across North India – especially in the states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar. This festival is also marked in Andhra Pradesh, where it is referred to as Atla Tadde. According to the lunisolar calendar, every year Karwa Chauth falls on the fourth day after ‘Purnima’ in the month of Kartika. This year, it falls on November 1, 2023. On this day, women observe nirjala fast from sunrise to moonrise and worship the Moon God wishing for matrimonial bliss. Another significant ritual during the festival is sargi. It is basically a meal hamper loaded with good food, jewelleries, and clothes that the mother-in-law presents to her daughter-in-law.
The women who observe the Karwa Chauth fast eat the sargi (food in the hamper) before sunrise and then begin the fast. This is why, you will find a typical sargi thali including foods that are wholesome and loads you with energy. In this article, we will highlight some of the must-have food items in a typical sargi thali that loads you with energy. Take a look.
Karwa Chauth 2023: 6 Must-Have Foods In A Classic Sargi Thali:
1. Dry Fruits:
Dry fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals that help you stay nourished and keep up the energy level to keep going throughout the day. We suggest, soaking the dry fruits before consuming them to absorb the nutrients better. This also helps you stay full for long.
Easily available in the market, feni is made with milk, sugar, saffron, and dry fruits. It looks much like sevaiyan, which you need to cook in milk after roasting. It is sweet, and fulfilling and keeps you energetic throughout the day. Click here
3. Paneer Paratha
Paneer is high in protein, fibre, and various other nutrients that keep you nourished throughout the day. We suggest, preparing a delicious paratha with it and enjoying it during sargi. Click here for a delicious paneer paratha recipe.
4. Coconut Water
Coconut water contains electrolytes and helps you stay hydrated throughout the day. It also has natural sugar that helps supply the body with quick energy. You can also have it while breaking the fast to restore the lost nutrients instantly.
Besides being an excellent source of probiotics, fibre, protein, and other nutrients, curd/dahi also makes for a cooling ingredient to soothe the tummy. Besides, it helps prevent your thirst for long, making it a perfect option to add to your sargi thali.
Fruits are light, yet fulfilling and have every essential nutrient for your nourishment. Besides, it contains water and natural sugar to keep up the energy level in your body.
While the above-mentioned food items make an integral part of a typical sargi thali, you will also find various other sweet and savoury items making their way to the meal. But remember, enjoy your sargi in limit as overdoing it might lead to bloating and indigestion throughout the day.
Eat healthy, and stay fit! And happy Karwa Chauth 2023, ladies!