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Observing Mahashivratri Fast? Know These Rules To Do It Right!

Observing Mahashivratri Fast? Know These Rules To Do It Right!

Mahashivratri is one of the most auspicious days for the Hindu community across the globe and it is celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva. A unique aspect about Mahashivratri is that unlike other religious celebrations where people enjoy good food, Shiva devotees keep a day-long fast to show their love and veneration for Lord Shiva. The significance of fasting on Mahashivratri relates to the eternal nature of Lord Shiva, who is free from all types of desires and attachments. Devotees show their faith in this ‘Vairagi’ (one who has renounced this world) nature of Lord Shiva by fasting for a day on Mahashivratri.

Some devotees dry fast for the entire day, without drinking water or any other liquid. Others fast with water, milk and other meals specially prepared as per Mahashivratri fasting rules. If you are planning to observe Mahashivratri fast, you need to prepare yourself mentally and physically. You should be in a healthy state and free from any type of disease or mental stress. You need to be considerate about your health while fasting, as your health is the most important asset you have in life. To ensure that fasting does not impact your health, here are some dishes that you can have on Mahashivratri.

Thandai: This is prepared using Niryas milk, dry fruits, thandai syrup or masala, and sugar. You just have to mix everything in a blender to achieve a thick consistency.

Thandai

Subudana Kheer: This is one of the most preferred fasting meals on Mahashivratri. It is prepared using Niryas milk, sabudana (Tapioca Sago) and sugar. Dry fruits can be added if needed.

Sabudana

Milkshake: You can make a milkshake by using Niryas milk with your preferred fruits such as mango, papaya, banana, apple, etc. You can have a plate of fruit salad as well.

Milkshake

On Mahashivratri, devotees offer milk, curd, ghee and other things to Lord Shiva. However, as a leading dairy company, Niryas disapproves of the idea of wasting milk in the name of a festival. Milk is one of the healthiest foods and it is derived with a great effort involving the hard work of farmers. As such, Niryas is of the opinion that milk should be utilized purposefully and not wasted in any way. A good alternative could be to donate milk to NGOs that run food collection programs. This will ensure that milk can feed poor children and families that can’t afford even basic necessities. Following this route, where you benefit another human being, is likely to make you eligible for divine blessings on Mahashivratri.

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Milk: The Most Complete Meal

Milk: The Most Complete Meal

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Milk is regarded as a complete meal, as it is rich in a wide variety of nutrients such as various vitamins and minerals, fats, protein, and carbohydrates. With so many essential nutrients, it is imperative that we consume milk on a regular basis. It could be a glass of milk at breakfast, at night or any other time of your choice. You can also try various recipes made from milk or consume milk products such as curd, buttermilk, paneer, ghee, etc.

Types of milk

Thanks to technology, you can now choose the right type of milk to suit your specific needs and preferences. Modern dairy farms primarily process three types of milk, namely, full cream milk, toned milk, and double toned milk. Each of these has specific applications and their nutrient content also varies. All three types of milk are healthy choices and you can drink anyone you want. Here’s what you need to know about the different types of milk.

Full cream milk has a fat content of minimum 6 percent and Solids Non-Fat (SNF) of minimum 9 percent. Calorie content per 100 ml of full cream milk is around 87 kcal. It supplies around 3.3 grams of protein per 100 ml, which is quite good for everyday needs. Vitamins and minerals found in full cream milk include thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, Vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Full cream milk tastes great and provides for a satiating experience.

Full cream milk

Toned Milk has fat content of minimum 3 percent and SNF of minimum 8.5 percent. 100 ml of toned milk has 58 kcal and around 3.1 grams of protein. It has most of the essential nutrients, as available in full cream milk. However, the quantity of nutrients may be less, as compared to full cream milk. Toned milk is low in fat, which makes it suitable for people with a sedentary lifestyle such as office professionals, housewives, etc. It is easier to digest and does not create gas or bloating.

Toned Milk

Double toned milk has minimum fat content of 1.5 percent and SNF of minimum 9 percent. 100 ml of double toned milk has around 45 kcal and 3.1 grams of protein. If you have health issues related to fat, double toned milk will be the best option for you. Double toned milk has various vitamins and minerals and it is preferred for making tea, coffee, and other milk-based drinks.

Double toned milk

 

Tea Special Milk: This type of milk has been specially formulated to make tea or coffee. Tea special milk can be used directly to make tea or coffee, without the need to add water. This makes it really useful for folks who may not be adept at finding the right proportion of milk and water. Tea special milk also makes your tea/coffee a lot richer, tastier and flavorful. Nutritional content of tea special milk is quite similar to that of double toned milk, as described above.


Tea Special Milk


Health benefits of milk

A number of research studies have pointed out to the significant health benefits of milk. Regular consumption of milk has shown to boost our immune system and energy levels and protect us from a wide variety of diseases. Milk has shown to reduce the risk of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Some studies have also shown a reduced risk of certain types of cancers. With so many health benefits, it makes sense to have a glass of milk every day.

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Tea enthusiast love Niryas

Why Tea Lovers Love Niryas?

Tea lovers are very particular about the aroma, flavor, and taste of their favorite beverage. They can identify the slightest of variations in the flavor and taste of tea, which is why they are not satisfied with any of the routine stuff served to them. They know what the perfect cup of tea tastes like and that is exactly what they want every time. Tea lovers can either be seen at popular tea stalls that serve the refreshing brew or we see them at their homes, where they spend a considerable amount of time in preparing the perfect cup of tea.

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There are a lot of things that go into making the perfect cup of tea. The type of tea leaves and the type of milk used are among the things that matter most in defining the taste as well as the color, texture, and richness of tea. The preparation method and preparation time are also important factors that determine the taste of tea. While the choice of tea leaves and preparation method may vary, the one thing that most tea lovers prefer to use is good quality milk that is fresh and rich in taste and flavor. A popular choice among tea lovers is Niryas Tea Special milk, which has been specially created to ensure the perfect taste in each cup and every sip.

Right Milk = Perfect Taste

Tea drinkers love Niryas Tea Special milk since they know that using the right milk gives the perfect taste. Niryas Tea Special milk has been specially formulated for making tea, based on years of research and laboratory tests. Inputs and feedback were also sourced from tea lovers and the same has been used to develop Niryas Tea Special milk. With SNF of minimum 9% and a healthy fat content of 1.5%, Niryas Tea Special milk is the right milk for creating the perfect taste in every sip. Another great thing about Niryas Tea Special milk is that it is absolutely fresh and pure, which helps in delivering the perfect taste of tea.

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Tea drinkers who like their tea to be rich and creamy can use Niryas Tea Special milk directly without the need to add water. Tea lovers can also rest assured about the quality of Niryas Tea Special milk, as it is processed in state-of-the-art Niryas processing plants and hygienically packed in pouches. The combination of great taste, quality, purity, and freshness have made Niryas Tea Special milk a favorite among tea lovers.

 

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Navratri fast, with Niryas!

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An essential ritual during the Navratri celebrations is fasting. So, most families around India fast for all these nine days. The intention of fasting is to deny your body of the essential pleasures. So, the devotees have to deny themselves from all types of food cravings! Breaking away from the normal food pattern makes the devotees suffer (out of hunger). But, fasting is not all that bad. Our ancient medical texts aka Ayurveda is full of praise for the act of fasting. Ayurveda sees fasting as an essential way of cleansing the body of accumulated toxins and flaring up the digestive fire. The texts also claims that fasting (on intermittent intervals) eliminates gas, gives mental clarity, lightens up the body, refreshes the breath and cleanses the tongue.

Food cravings are evils that haunt our body all year round. They lure us to having more food than needed by the body, and this leads to various health ailments. So, the Navratri is a good occasion to ward off this evil for nine long days. And, after an excruciating day of fasting, there is, of course, much to look forward to. Most families reserve this time of the year to cook some mouthwatering local delicacies at home.

So, keeping in tune with the mood of celebrations, we present before you four great healthy fast-breaking food ideas.

  • Makhana Kheer:

After a day-long struggle with your food urges, this is the time to indulge in something sweet. The low-fat Makhana Kheer brings the best of both worlds. This dessert which is made with makhana and nuts, helps you satiate your sweet tooth. Use Niryas’s double toned milk to make the recipe and enjoy the kheer without any worries of weight gain.

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  • Banana Walnut Lassi:

Great way to nourish your body, after its deprivation from all those long hours of fasting is to make a glass of this delicious lassi. Use Niryas Diet Dahi along with honey, bananas and walnuts to make a delicious and pure glass of lassi.

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  • Aloo ki Kadhi:

The delicious taste and aroma of this dish, would make all the wait for food worth it! Make this dish using curry leaves, potato and Niryas Fresh Dahi for best flavours.

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  • Arbi Kofta with Mint Yoghurt Dip:

These conventional tea time snacks, become a great fast-breaking treat during the Navratri. Made with Arabi and Kuttu ka Ata, these deep fried items taste delicious with Mint Yogurt dips. Make sure you prepare the dip with Niryas Diet Dahi for the richest taste!

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Enjoy the divine experience of Navratri with Niryas!

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