Navratri or Navarathri is one of the important Hindu Festival. Vrat ka khana or Navratri fasting recipe also goes very well in another fasting like Janmashtami, Shivratri, Ekasdshi.
Goddess Durga is worshipped during this time in her 9 different forms. Read more about Navratri here. During fasting, we follow some general guidelines. With minor changes, almost similar rules are applicable for other fasting days as well.
What is the Navratri Festival?
Navratri mean, Nav- nine, ratri- nights. It is a festival of nine days where goddess Durga is worshipped in all her different forms including Lakshmi and Saraswati. The 10th day is Vijayadashmi or Dussehra. This year Navratri begins from 10oct,2018 and ends on 18oct,2018. Each day is devoted to different forms of Goddess Durga and consider a different color for each day.
During this festival, devotees observe fast and worship the goddess. The nine manifested forms of Goddess Durga (Gauri) are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidhatri. These nine forms of Durga, are worshipped as “Navadurga” in Navratri festival.
How Navratri is celebrated?
Durga Pooja, Ramlila, Garba, and Golu are very famous customs, celebrated in different parts of India during nine days. The traditional method of the celebration includes fasting for a day, or partially for every nine days and worshipping goddess Durga. There are restrictions over food what to eat during Navratri fasting days which I am covering in next heading.
Food allowed in Navratri Fasting | Vrat or upvas Ka Khana
Allowed Flours and Grains
Arrowroot flour(same as Hindi name), sabudana (tapioca pearl), sabudana atta (tapioca flour), kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour), rajgira atta (amaranth flour), singhade ka atta(chestnut flour), samo rice (barnyard millet), samo rice atta (barnyard millet flour).
Allowed Fruits And Vegetables
All kind of fruits can be consumed. In vegetable lauki (bottle gourd), kaddu (pumpkin), aloo (potato), arbi (colocasia), shakarkand (sweet potato), carrot.
- kaccha Kela (plantain), cucumber and tomato are also used in some places as per their customs.
Milk Products And Dry Fruits
Milk, curd, paneer, homemade butter, ghee, condensed milk. All the dry fruits are allowed to eat. Specially lotus seed, almond, cashew, pista, peanut, magaj ke beej (melon seeds), raisins. Lotus seed and peanut are commonly used.
Sendha namak (rock salt), sugar, honey, gur (jaggery), cumin seed, peppercorn
- some household uses red chili powder, mustard seeds, dry mango powder, and whole spices. However, ask from your elders.
Green chili, green coriander, ginger, and lemon juice.
Here I listed recipes which are suitable for fasting or vrat or upwas and can be customized as per each household preference of ingredients. However, I request you to consult with your family just in case if any ingredient should be avoided or included. These are general guidelines documented as per my knowledge and the way my mother did.
- Replace salt with sendha namak or rock salt in the below recipes. And avoid using turmeric as per requirement.
Navratri Fasting Recipes | Vrat Ka Khana | Upwas Ka Khana
|Peach Chutney||Sama Rice Paratha|
Avoid turmeric powder, replace plain salt with sendha namak or rock salt and anything that’s you don’t use during fasting in recipes. Use the guidelines as mentioned above.