Navratri Special Recipe: Mysterious Grey Shingada Mini Wada

Navratri Special Recipe: Mysterious Grey Shingada Mini Wada

It’s the third day of Navratri and today’s colour is the rather enigmatic grey. The colour grey looks nondescript, quite like us mums on some days, but when we our loved ones are in trouble, we can turn into a thundering grey storm to drive their troubles away, isn’t it? (we turn into grey storms when our husbands don’t listen to us as well. :) )


Now, which food is grey yet appetising? It’s water chestnut flour, or shingada atta!


Nutritious and tasty, shingada is the perfect Navratri upwas (fasting) food. Where’s the grey you ask? Well, these mini wadas made with the grey flour when fried, turn golden  and mouthwatering!


BTW, if you missed the recipe for Day 2 - the mouthwatering Simply Green Pesto Chilli Cheese Toast, read it here.



  • 1 cup shingada atta (water chestnut flour)
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1+1 tsp oil (+oil for frying)
  • 2 medium potatoes boiled and mashed
  • ½ tsp jeera
  • ½ tsp dhania-jeera powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 whole green chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • Pink salt to taste(some people avoid  table salt during fasting)




1. Heat 1tsp oil in a kadhai, add jeera and let it splutter.



2. Now, add green chillies followed by dhania jeera powder


3. Next add the mashed potatoes, followed by the turmeric, garam masala and pink salt



4. Now add coriander leaves and mix well. Take the kadhai off the stove and let this mix cool



5. To make the shingada dough, take the flour in a bowl. Add some salt, 1 tsp oil and mix. Now add water and make a tight dough.




6. Roll out roundels and flatten them out.


7. Now use a round cutter or small bowl or lid and make some circles.



8. Fill each circle with some of the potato mix and make a mini round wada out of it.



9. Heat oil in a kadhai. When the oil is hot, put 5-7 wadas at time and fry till they are golden brown.




10. Serve hot!



Shingada (Water chestnut) benefits

  • Shingada is a great source of potassium
  • It helps ease out nausea
  • Shingada is a source of vitamin B6
  • During pregnancy, it is helpful in the growth and development of the fetus
  • It is good for hair growth and healthy skin
  • It facilitates secretion of breast milk


We have a recipe to tickle your sweet tooth to celebrate tomorrow’s colour! Can you guess what it could be?


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Also read: Navratri Special: Navratri Special: Simply Green Pesto Chilli Cheese Toast

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