Every time #Navratri
comes around, I get these flashes of childhood memories that make me break into sudden grins! I am not sure if kids today get the same Navratri experience (I highly doubt it)..but back then, being a girl-child in the right age bracket was a great deal on #Ashtmi
in India! ;) One day prior, all of the neighborhood aunties would call up our Mums to invite us to their respective homes at an allotted time. Mum would wake me up early morning and after getting ready, all the kids would gather at the gate of our multi-story and we would begin our house-hopping to be part of the festive rituals at multiple houses. We would go to each house and be treated like celebrities!! They would serve us food, tie religious threads on our wrists and give us various gifts (or a crisp 5 Rs note) which we would safely tuck-in our little purses, before strolling to the next house like queens! I mean, we would be walking on the street in a group and these stranger aunties would beckon us from their windows to invite us for Pooja at their home to complete a mandatory figure of at least 9 girls. I don’t remember if we went to them lol, but those were such fun days! After visiting 3-4 houses, we would be sooo full that we'd go the rest of the day without eating after all the houses were done. With changing times, I can't imagine the scenario being the same nowadays, but I am glad we are the part of the last few generations who enjoyed our childhood in such simple times.
I always nostalgically prepare the traditional meal of Pooris, Potato curry, spiced yogurt and halwa during the final days of Navratri. This time I have made Peas & Mint 'Bedmi' Pooris with a family classic from my maternal side- ‘No-onion no-garlic’ Aloo-tamatar sabzi! Recipe is updated on the blog! To everyone celebrating across the world, HAPPY NAVRATRI! May these auspicious days bring peace, joy and positivity in all of our lives!!✨✨ #navratri2018 #festivalsofindia #traditionalfood #alootamatar #poori #spicedyoghurt #indianfood #indianrecipes #afoodiehousewife #foodblogger #foodblog #india #foodphotography #foodstyling #nikon #foodstagram #instafood #foodgasm #foodporn