Karwa Chauth Recipes: Satisfy your post-fast cravings

Published on 04th Nov 2020 by BlogBuster Editorial Team

The Karwa Chauth fast is a popular tradition in India wherein wives observe a fast for the long-life of their husbands. The custom is celebrated in various parts of India and begins early morning (at dawn) and lasts till the moon is visible at night. 
The day-long fast comes to an end with the husband offering the first sip of water and food to their wives. This is usually followed with a grand meal full of delicious delicacies to satiate the day’s hunger while also celebrating the couple’s love for one another. 
Here, we bring you some of the best Karwa Chauth recipes to brighten up your evening. 
 

Meethi Mathri

Meethi Mathri is a special food for Karwa Chauth made from refined flour and sugar syrup. 
Ingredients-
1 cup Maida (All Purpose Flour)
1/4 cup Ghee (you can use oil in place of ghee)
1/4 cup Warm Water 
1/2 tsp Salt 
Oil to fry
For sugar syrup:-
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Water
3 Cardamom Pods (Powdered)

Preparation-
In a mixing bowl, add flour and warm ghee and combine well with your fingers. 
Make the dough by adding warm water little by little. Keep in mind the dough should be hard, not soft, so avoid adding too much water at a go. 
Cover the dough with a wet cloth for 30 mins and leave to rest 
Divide the dough into medium balls and roll them into a thick mathri each.
Prick every mathri well with a fork to ensure they cook evenly. 
In a frying pan, add oil and fry the mathris. Keep aside to cool. 
For the syrup, in a saucepan add water and sugar and boil till it reaches a thread-like consistency. Mix cardamom powder and move the pan from the heat. 
Once the syrup is room temperature, soak the mathris in the mix, remove and cool. 

Meethi Mathri
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Masala Paneer

1 Bay Leaf
1 Moti Elaichi
1.5 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
1 teaspoon Kasoori Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
Pinch of Hing
1 tablespoon Cream
Salt to taste
4 tablespoon Oil

Preparation-
In a pan, add oil and hing. Next add bay leaf, moti elaichi and cumin seeds. Mix well for about 30 seconds and add the tomato puree. 
Cook the tomato puree well till it begins to release oil and add the ginger paste. Cook for 5 minutes while stirring. 
Now add all the dry masalas and cook for another 5 minutes till it is well-integrated. Then add the cream and mix well. The blend of spices and cream make this one of the most exciting Karwa Chauth recipes. 
Next, add paneer cubes and garam masala and coat them well in the gravy. Add a bit of water and cook the gravy till everything comes together, and serve. 
 

Masala Paneer
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Ajwain Puri

Crisp, flaky and delicious – Ajwain puris are the perfect bread to enjoy your post-fast cravings and special food for Karwa Chauth.
Ingredients-
200 grams Atta (Whole Wheat Flour)
1 teaspoon Ajwain Seeds
1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder 
Salt as per taste
Oil to fry

Preparation-
In a bowl, combine atta, ajwain seeds, turmeric powder and salt together. Mix the dry ingredients well and then form a dough by adding little water at a time. 
Make sure to knead the dough well but keep it firm, not soft. Add a bit of oil to the dough for a smoother consistency. 
Next, divide the dough into even-sized balls and roll into puris. They should not be thick like mathris or thin like roti – keep the consistency somewhere in between. 
In a pan, heat the oil for frying and fry the puris one after the other. 
Once done, remove and place the puris on blotting paper to remove excess oil. 
 

Ajwain Puri
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Archanas Kitchen
Peas Pulao

If you’re looking for the perfect accompaniment to enjoy your favourite Karwa Chauth recipes, make this sweet and spicy pulao to enhance your dinner experience. 
Ingredients-
1 cup Basmati Rice
2 cups Water
0.5 cup Peas
3 Onions, sliced
1 piece Cinnamon
1 Moti Elaichi
2 Green Cardamom
3 Cloves
1 Bay Leaf
1 tablespoon Cumin Seeds
3 teaspoon Ghee
Salt as per taste

Preparation-
In a pan, add ghee and wait till warm. 
Next, add all the spices and stir for a couple of minutes on a sim flame. The spices will start to sputter and release their aroma. 
Add the onions and cook them till they are golden brown. Keep the flame low for evenly cooked onions. Next, add the peas and cook for a minute. 
Add the washed and drained rice to the mix followed by water. Add salt and mix well while stirring gently. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. 
Serve and enjoy hot. 
 

Peas Pulao
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Archanas Kitchen
Stuffed Bhindi Masala

Easy and delicious, this is one of the popular Karwa Chauth dishes cooked for the post-fast meal. 
Ingredients-

500 grams Bhindi
1/4 cup Besan
1.5 teaspoon Coriander Powder
1 teaspoon Amchur Powder
1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1 teaspoon Garam Masala
Salt as per taste
Oil to cook

Preparation-
Wash the bhindis and place them on a kitchen towel to dry.
Slit the bhindis lengthwise for the stuffing. 
To make the stuffing, in a pan, dry roast the besan for 5-10 minutes. Add all the dry spices and mix well. 
Take half a teaspoon of this mix and stuff inside each bhindi. Be sure to add the masala to the entire length for maximum flavour. 
Once you have stuffed all the bhindis with the masala, keep aside. 
In a pan, add oil and place all the bhindis to cook. Make sure there is enough room for all of them to be cooked well. Cook on a low flame. Check after a few minutes and stir gently to ensure the bhindi retains its shape. 
 

Stuffed Bhindi Masala
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Black Dal Restaurant-Style

As this festival is largely a North Indian tradition, it is safe to say that a good back dal has to be at the top in everyone’s list of their favourite Karwa Chauth recipes. Here is a delicious recipe to add flavour to your meal. 
Ingredients-
1 cup whole Urad Dal
1/4 cup Chana Dal 
2 medium Onions, finely chopped
1 large Tomato, finely chopped
3 Green Chillies, deseeded and chopped
3 cloves of Garlic, grated
1 small piece of Ginger, grated
1 Cinnamon Stick
1/2 teaspoon Ajwain Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
Salt as per taste
Cooking Oil

Preparation-
Soak the dal overnight. Next day, add the dal in a pressure cooker with water to boil. Add a bit of turmeric powder and salt to this mix. Pressure cook the mix till the dal is cooked. 
For the masala, in a saucepan, add oil followed by onions, ginger and garlic. Keep the flame low and cook the mix till the onions are soft and tender.
Next, add tomatoes, green chillies and spices to the mix and stir well. Cook till all the ingredients are well-integrated. 
To this mix, add the cooked dal and mix well. In case you want to make it more liquid, add a bit of water at this stage. Cover and cook for a few minutes till the dal is ready. 
 

Black Dal Restaurant-Style
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