Sunday onwards, Air India is going to serve special Navratri meals to its domestic passengers during the entire Navratri festival. Air India will serve a festive menu over and above different types of meals being served presently to the air flyers. The festive meal will include – French fries, potato dishes, pakoras, plain yoghurt, tamarind chutney, dry fruit-based puddings etc. Chefs will use rock salt to prepare the Navratri meals.
It is believed that Navratri (spring and autumn) also signals a change in weather, and thus the human body becomes more prone to diseases. Hence, the Navratri diet is based on Ayurvedic science. As per Ayurveda, food items such as – garlic, onion, legumes, lentils, fenugreek, alcohol, meat, poultry, mustard ( sarson), asafoetida (hing), radish and other natural products are considered tamasic (sloth-inducing). Hence, they are avoided.
Millions of people across India fast during this festival. They refrain from eating not only meat and egg-based dishes, but also grains such as – wheat, maida, ragi, bajra etc. Only traditional grains such as – kuttu or buckwheat, barnyard millet, sabudana and water chestnuts are consumed during the festival.