Fasting Recipes for Navaratri Festival

Fasting Recipes for Navaratri Festival


Navaratri is a vibrant festival celebrated by Hindus all over the world. It is a nine-night festival dedicated to the worship of the goddess Durga. During Navaratri, many people observe a fast as a way of showing devotion and seeking blessings. Fasting, however, does not mean compromising on taste. In this article, we will explore some delicious and nutritious fasting recipes that you can enjoy during the Navaratri festival.

Delicious Fasting Recipes

Sabudana Khichdi

Sabudana Khichdi is a popular fasting recipe made from tapioca pearls. It is a light and flavorful dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Here’s how you can make it:


  • 1 cup sabudana (tapioca pearls)
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, boiled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely crushed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped for garnishing


  1. Rinse the sabudana in water and soak it for 4-5 hours.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan and add cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add green chilies.
  3. Add the boiled potatoes and cook for a few minutes until they turn golden brown.
  4. Drain the soaked sabudana and add it to the pan. Mix well.
  5. Cook for a few minutes until the sabudana becomes translucent and soft.
  6. Add crushed peanuts, salt, and lemon juice. Mix well.
  7. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot.

Kuttu Ka Dosa

Kuttu Ka Dosa is a nutritious and gluten-free dosa made from buckwheat flour. It is a perfect option for those who are fasting during Navaratri. Here’s how you can make it:


  • 1 cup kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • A pinch of black pepper powder
  • Sendha namak (rock salt) to taste
  • Water, as required
  • Ghee for greasing


  1. In a mixing bowl, add kuttu ka atta, yogurt, green chili, cumin seeds, black pepper powder, and rock salt. Mix well.
  2. Gradually add water and whisk the batter until it reaches the desired consistency (similar to dosa batter).
  3. Heat a non-stick tawa or griddle and grease it with ghee.
  4. Pour a ladleful of the batter onto the tawa and spread it in a circular motion to make a thin dosa.
  5. Cook on medium flame until the dosa turns golden brown from both sides.
  6. Serve hot with coconut chutney or any fasting accompaniment of your choice.

Singhare Atte Ka Halwa

Singhare Atte Ka Halwa is a lip-smacking dessert made from water chestnut flour. It is a rich and indulgent dish that will satisfy your sweet cravings during Navaratri. Here’s how you can make it:


  • 1 cup singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour)
  • 3/4 cup ghee
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Chopped nuts for garnishing (optional)


  1. Heat ghee in a pan and add singhare ka atta. Roast it on low flame until it turns golden brown and gives a nutty aroma.
  2. In a separate saucepan, heat water and sugar. Stir well until the sugar dissolves completely.
  3. Slowly pour the sugar syrup into the roasted atta, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  4. Cook on low flame until the halwa thickens and starts leaving the sides of the pan.
  5. Add cardamom powder and mix well.
  6. Garnish with chopped nuts (optional) and serve warm.


Navaratri is a time of devotion, celebration, and fasting. These fasting recipes can add flavor and joy to your Navaratri festival. Whether it’s the Sabudana Khichdi, Kuttu Ka Dosa, or Singhare Atte Ka Halwa, these dishes are not only delicious but also nutritious. So, go ahead and indulge in these fasting recipes during Navaratri while seeking the blessings of goddess Durga.

Sumann Senguptaa

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