Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. Image Source: IANS

April 01 : Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty shared her way of praying during the Chaitra Navratri festival. She also mentioned that she usually prepares her own Prasad for Durga Ashtami at home. Read on to see how this fitness beauty has prepared a healthy Prasad that people could at home and stay healthy during this lockdown.

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Today marks the 8th day of the Chaitra Navratri, which is known as Durga Ashtami… I always prepare the Prasad personally. So tried the Makhana and Gur ki Barfi as an offering this time. Specially prayed for strength for all of humanity to get through these times and emerge victorious as one community in the face of adversity. ~ Happy to share details of the recipe, if you’d like to make this sweet at home too. Also, can be had during the fast: ~ Ingredients: • 1 1/2cups Roasted makhana (Fox Nuts) • 1/2 cup Roasted chopped cashews • 1/2 cup Roasted chopped almonds • 2 tbsp Roasted pistachios • 3 tbsp crushed Flaxseeds • 1 tsp crushed saunf (fennel seeds) • 4 crushed elaichi (green cardamom) • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut ~ Sweet syrup: • 1 cup water • 1 cup jaggery (gur) • 4 tbsp sugar • 4 green crushed elaichi • Grease a plate with ghee ~ Instructions: 1. Remove the outer skin of the cardamoms and grind them in the mortar. 2. Grease the tray, plate or a small thali with ghee. Keep aside. 3. Heat a wok, dry roast the makhana for about two-three minutes on medium heat. Then, crush them roughly. This can be done in a grinder. 4. Dry roast the nuts & seeds on medium heat for about a minute. Then, grind the nuts & seeds coarsely in the grinder. 5. Now, add the desiccated coconut in grounded nuts & seeds and puffed makhana. 6. Boil the jaggery, sugar, elaichi, and water in a wok/pan. After the first boil, reduce the heat and boil the sweet syrup till it thickens and makes two string syrup. (Two string syrup means that you take a drop of syrup between your two fingers and then stretch the fingers - if the syrup that sticks between the two fingers is making two threads (or strings) then the thickness of syrup is appropriate. Takes about 7-8 mins.) 7. Now, add the roasted nuts & seeds, makhane, coconut powder, and cardamom, mix well, cook till the mixture absorbs the sweet syrup. Takes about 2 minutes on medium-low heat. 8. Now, turn off the heat and set the mixture on the greased tray. Let the mixture cool down, takes about 8-10 minutes. Now, cut the burfi in required shape. . . . . . #ChaitraNavratri #20DaysofGratefulness #Day7 #stayindoors #staysafe #stayhome

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The detailed recipe was worded in Shilpa’s own creative style. Her post was a lengthy one but included the step by step recipe on how to make this healthy Prasad. Earlier the actress had announced that during the 21 days lockdown period, she would be sharing all the things that she was grateful about in life. The mother of two children, started off with being happy that her newborn daughter Samisha was 40 days old, and then every day, she would share a small story on how she spends time at home. From exercising, to playing games with her first boy Viaan, to loving her doting husband - she proved to be an all-rounder.

In this post, along with mentioning the barfi prasad recipe, she also revealed that her prayer was dedicated to give strength to mankind to pass-through this life-threatening illness and merge victoriously. She along with her husband had recently announced that they had donated 21 lakhs to the PM cares funds so that the needy people of India do not stay hungry.

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