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Mahashivratri Vrat (Fasting Recipes)

vector image of black shivlinga with dark pink lotus on top and water splashing all around with a text of maha shivratri listed above the shivlinga

Mahashivratri means the great night of Bhagwan Shiv (Lord Shiva). Shivratri comes once every month on the 13th night or 14th day of Hindu Lunar Calendar. However, Maha Shivratri is the most revered night in Hindu Tradition along with Janmashtami which is celebrated as the birth of Bhagwan Krishna. Many Hindus keep a mahashivratri vrat this day. I hope this collection of 51 fasting or vrat recipes for the mahashivratri festival will be helpful to you.

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Legends of Maha Shivratri

There are many stories associated with this festival.

  • One of the popular legends is that on this night Bhagwan Shiv performed the Tandav dance which signifies the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution (going back to the source) of existence.
  • Another popular legend is that Mahadev (Bhagwan Shiv) got married to Goddess Parvati. That is the Shiv (Consciousness) meeting Shakti (Energy).
  • Another legend is that the Mahadev drank the ‘Halahala’ poison during the Samudra Manthan (Churning of the ocean). The temple associated with this event is in Rishikesh and is called as “Neelkanth Mahadev Temple”. It is a famous pilgrimage spot in Rishikesh. I have been to this temple during my visit to Rishikesh.

Significance of Maha Shivratri

It is one of the most important festivals for Hindus, particularly for Shiva devotees. According to ancient holy Hindu scriptures, Bhagwan Shiv is credited with blessing us with Yog (Yoga), Meditation, Tantra, Aghora, Dance, Music, Martial Arts etc.

All these divine gifts are a way to raise your consciousness and get enlightened or have a samadhi experience.

The state of enlightened consciousness is represented as Shivlinga. On this day, Many devotees pour water on Shivlinga with a lot of devotion or from a state of no-mind (no thoughts).

The idea is to connect with the deeper and higher state of pure consciousness where the ego is not there and you can connect with your inner divinity.

The maha shivratri day and night are especially potent for raising your consciousness and good for doing spiritual practices.

Many people keep fast or vrat and remember Shiva and chant the sacred mantras related to Bhagwan Shiv.

Maha Shivratri is celebrated in the months of Feb or March depending upon the lunar calendar. This Year Maha Shivratri will be celebrated on 11 March 2021.

What can be eaten on Mahashivratri vrat or fast?

On this auspicious day, many devotees keep a mahashivratri vrat or fast and eat light, satvik food or the food which is had during religious fasting.

  • Cereals, lentils, grains are avoided.
  • Onions and garlic are not included.
  • Rock salt (sendha namak) is used instead of normal salt.

To know more about fasting food you can check this post of Navratri Fasting Rules.

If you are also planning to keep a Shivratri vrat then this collection will really help you in deciding your Shivratri menu.

Eat light food which is easy to digest. Also if possible have a complete fast or only one meal in a day. Many people who don’t keep fast they avoid using onion and garlic in their meal.

Do try to visit a Shiva Temple and spend time in the temple remembering Shiva or practicing meditation. It’s also a good day for charity.

Fasting Recipes for Maha Shivratri

I have divided this North Indian fasting recipes for mahashivratri list into the following categories:

  1. Breakfast or snacks
  2. Lunch or dinner
  3. Sweets
  4. Beverages

You can choose to have just one meal a day be it breakfast or lunch. I usually have a few fruits on this day and have only one light meal for dinner. I meditate and chant shiva mantras and try to be awake the whole night.

These 51 fasting recipes for mahashivratri will easily help you to decide your menu on this pious day.

NOTE: Kindly use edible and food grade rock salt in place of regular salt or black salt in the recipes listed below. Skip the ground spices if you prefer or add fewer spices.

Kindly take into consideration your age, body and health factors when fasting. Remember to drink lots of water to keep the body hydrated.

Breakfast or Snacks

sabudana khichdisabudana khichdi

25 mins

Sabudana ki khichdi is a delicious dish of tapioca pearls (sago) made with potatoes, peanuts and usually had during Hindu fasting days like Navratri, Ekadashi, mahashivratri. It is also a gluten free recipe. In this recipe post, you will get many tips and suggestions to make the best non-sticky sabudana khichdi. 

sama ke chawal ki idli recipe, vrat ki idli recipesama ke chawal ki idli recipe, vrat ki idli recipe

9 hrs 10 mins

Vrat ki idli recipe – idli made without rice which you can make for fasting or for regular days too.

25 mins

These Vrat ke uttapam are made from sama ke chawal or vrat ke chawal flour (barnyard millet flour).

farali pattice recipefarali pattice recipe

1 hr

Farali patties recipe – crisp potato patties stuffed with a sweet-tangy coconut-dry fruits stuffing. A popular Gujarati snack that is made during fasting.

Sabudana Vada Recipe, Sago Vada RecipeSabudana Vada Recipe, Sago Vada Recipe

5 hrs 30 mins

Sabudana Vada are crisp fried patties made with tapioca pearls, peanuts and mashed potatoes. They are slightly sweet and spiced to taste.

fruit chaat recipefruit chaat recipe

25 mins

This is a Delhi style tasty fruit chaat that is spiced, savory, sweet and tangy. Fruit chaat is made of a mix of fresh seasonal fruits and tubers like potatoes and sweet potatoes.

arbi tikki recipearbi tikki recipe

40 mins

Arbi patties recipe is a simple fasting recipe made with colocasia roots.

farali batata vada recipefarali batata vada recipe

40 mins

Farali batata vada is a delicious snack of potato vadas or potato bonda made for fasting or vrat.

vrat ke pakore recipe, kuttu ke pakore recipevrat ke pakore recipe, kuttu ke pakore recipe

50 mins

Vrat ke pakore or kuttu pakoras – deep fried fritters made with buckwheat flour and mashed potatoes, roasted peanuts and dry pomegranate powder.

kaddu pakora recipe, pumpkin fritters recipe, kaddu ke pakode recipekaddu pakora recipe, pumpkin fritters recipe, kaddu ke pakode recipe

40 mins

Kaddu pakora or pumpkin fritters made for fasting or religious vrat.

sabudana thalipeeth recipesabudana thalipeeth recipe

Moderate
8 hrs 30 mins

Sabudana thalipeeth are crisp and soft pancakes made with tapioca pearls, mashed potatoes, ground peanuts and spices. They are also called as Upvasache Thalipeeth in Marathi language and can also be referred to as Sabudana roti.

sabudana tikki recipe, sabudana cutlet recipesabudana tikki recipe, sabudana cutlet recipe

Easy
5 hrs 20 mins

This sabudana tikki or sabudana cutlet is a fasting recipe of pan-fried patties made with tapioca pearls, potatoes and minimal spices.

sabudana bhel recipesabudana bhel recipe

4 hrs 15 mins

This sabudana bhel is an easy and quick recipe for religious fasting days. All you need are boiled potatoes, roasted peanuts and cashews.

Lunch or Dinner

You can opt to have a simple one meal like khichdi or have a two course meal like vrat ki roti with a veggie side dish or vrat rice with a side gravy or yogurt.

Vrat Rice Based Recipes

sama chawal khichdisama chawal khichdi

1 hr 35 mins

Samvat rice khichdi recipe – savory porridge made with barnyard millet and potatoes.

vrat ke chawal ka pulao, samvat pulao recipevrat ke chawal ka pulao, samvat pulao recipe

45 mins

Vrat ke chawal ka pulao or samvat pulao is a simple and easy pulao made for fasting days.

buckwheat khichdi recipe, kuttu ki khichdi recipebuckwheat khichdi recipe, kuttu ki khichdi recipe

30 mins

Buckwheat khichdi is easy to prepare khichdi with buckwheat groats (sabut kuttu), potatoes and peanuts for Navratri fasting. Wholesome super food.

Fasting Bread Recipes

rajgira paratha recipe, rajgira roti recipe for fastingrajgira paratha recipe, rajgira roti recipe for fasting

40 mins

Rajgira roti or rajgira paratha is a healthy gluten-free flatbread made with rajgira atta or amaranth flour for fasting.

rajgira ki poori recipe, amaranth poori reciperajgira ki poori recipe, amaranth poori recipe

50 mins

Rajgira poori or amaranth poori is fried puffed breads made from amaranth flour & boiled mashed potatoes.

kuttu ka paratha recipe, vrat ka paratha recipekuttu ka paratha recipe, vrat ka paratha recipe

40 mins

Kuttu ki roti or paratha are gluten free flatbreads made with buckwheat flour and mashed potatoes. These healthy flatbreads are usually made during the Navratri fasting period in India.

30 mins

Kuttu ke atte ki puri are crisp and tasty Indian fry bread made with buckwheat flour for religious fasting or vrat.

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40 mins

Rajgira roti or rajgira paratha is a healthy gluten-free flatbread made with rajgira atta or amaranth flour for fasting.

Fasting Curry Recipes and Sides

vrat wale aloo recipe, vrat ke aloo recipevrat wale aloo recipe, vrat ke aloo recipe

30 mins

Vrat wale aloo or vrat ke aloo recipe – crumbled potato recipe for fasting without onion-garlic.

kaddu ki sabjikaddu ki sabji

35 mins

Kaddu ki sabzi recipe is an easy to prepare delicious vegan pumpkin recipe.

aloo sabzi recipe, aloo tamatar ki sabzi recipealoo sabzi recipe, aloo tamatar ki sabzi recipe

30 mins

Aloo tamatar ki sabzi recipe is easy lightly spiced curry made with potatoes and tomatoes.

vrat ki kadhi recipe, rajgira kadhi recipe, farali kadhi recipevrat ki kadhi recipe, rajgira kadhi recipe, farali kadhi recipe

15 mins

Easy and quick to prepare rajgira kadhi for Navratri fasting or upwas.

aloo palak recipe, spinach potato curry recipealoo palak recipe, spinach potato curry recipe

40 mins

Aloo palak recipe for fasting or vrat. This is a no onion no garlic spinach potato curry made for Navratri fasts.

dahi aloo recipedahi aloo recipe

28 mins

This Dahi aloo for Navratri fasting is a light curry made from potatoes and yogurt

coconut chutney recipe for fasting or vrat, fasting chutney recipecoconut chutney recipe for fasting or vrat, fasting chutney recipe

10 mins

A no onion no garlic coconut chutney made simple and easy with just three ingredients.

phalahari chutney recipephalahari chutney recipe

5 mins

Phalahari chutney recipe is a green chutney made for fasting or vrat with coriander leaves.

Sweets

sabudana kheer recipesabudana kheer recipe

Easy
35 mins

Sabudana kheer is a sweet pudding made with tapioca pearls or sabudana, milk and sugar.

makhane ki kheer, phool makhane ki kheermakhane ki kheer, phool makhane ki kheer

35 mins

Phool makhana kheer is a dessert that is often made during Navratri fasting or vrat

vrat ke chawal kheervrat ke chawal kheer

1 hr 30 mins

vrat ke chawal ki kheer

vrat ke chawal ka kheer – a creamy kheer made with samvat rice or barnyard millet.

rajgira kheer recipe, amaranth kheer reciperajgira kheer recipe, amaranth kheer recipe

20 mins

Rajgira kheer is a simple easy dessert pudding made with amaranth grains. Navratri recipe.

pumpkin kheer recipe, kaddu ki kheer recipepumpkin kheer recipe, kaddu ki kheer recipe

40 mins

Pumpkin kheer is a flavorsome, easy to prepare, traditional Navratri sweet dish with pumpkin.

sama ke chawal ka halwa recipesama ke chawal ka halwa recipe

25 mins

Swang ke chawal ka halwa or vrat ka halwa recipe – a delicious halwa made with sama ke chawal (barnyard millet) which can be had during any fasting occasion like Navratri, Ekadashi, mahashivratri and chaturthi.

lauki kheer recipe, dudhi kheer recipelauki kheer recipe, dudhi kheer recipe

30 mins

Delicious kheer made with bottle gourd or opo squash.

paneer kheer recipepaneer kheer recipe

25 mins

Paneer kheer recipe is a quick and easy cottage cheese kheer for the festive season. Ready in less than 25 minutes.

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Easy
20 mins

Easy Dry fruits laddu recipe without any added sugar or fats like ghee or oil. Packed with nutrients, good fats and fibre, these energy balls are made with dates, figs and various nuts. Dry fruit laddu recipe gets done quickly and comes together under 20 minutes.

dry fruit barfi recipedry fruit barfi recipe

25 mins

Easy method and recipe of dry fruit barfi. No sugar added.

sweet potato halwa recipe, shakarkandi halwa recipesweet potato halwa recipe, shakarkandi halwa recipe

40 mins

shakarkandi halwa recipe – delicious halwa made with boiled mashed sweet potatoes scented with cardamom and saffron.

ash gourd halwa recipe, kashi halwa recipe, white pumpkin halwa recipeash gourd halwa recipe, kashi halwa recipe, white pumpkin halwa recipe

40 mins

ash gourd halwa or kashi halwa or dumroot halwa is a delicious halwa made with ash gourd or white pumpkin.

shrikhand recipe, kesar elaichi shrikhand recipeshrikhand recipe, kesar elaichi shrikhand recipe

5 hrs 15 mins

Shrikhand is a traditional Indian sweet made with hung curd and flavored with saffron and cardamom.

Beverages

Find some drinks that will keep you refreshed and hydrated during the fasting. Drink lots of water and have fresh fruit juices. I also share the recipe of thandai that can be had when the mahashivratri fast is over.

pomegranate juice recipepomegranate juice recipe

15 mins

Pomegranate juice recipe with step by step photos – one of the healthy juices made with pomegranate or anar.

watermelon juice recipewatermelon juice recipe

15 mins

Watermelon juice is a cooling and healthy drink for summers.

musk melon juice recipemusk melon juice recipe

15 mins

Musk melon juice recipe is a healthy and refreshing drink.

pear juice recipepear juice recipe

Easy
10 mins

Refreshing and energizing pear juice recipe. 

mango juice recipemango juice recipe

10 mins

Mango juice recipe – smooth, juicy and mangoes in their purest form.

fresh pineapple juice recipefresh pineapple juice recipe

Moderate
15 mins

This pineapple juice is a refreshing juice made from fresh pineapple and flavored with black salt and roasted cumin powder.

lassi recipe, sweet lassi recipe, punjabi lassi recipelassi recipe, sweet lassi recipe, punjabi lassi recipe

10 mins

Sweet Punjabi lassi flavored with cardamom powder and saffron.

shikanji recipe, indian lemonade recipeshikanji recipe, indian lemonade recipe

5 mins

Shikanji or shikanjvi is a cooling Indian drink made during summers

thandai recipethandai recipe

1 hr 30 mins

Thandai is a traditional cooling drink, popular in the northern parts of India. It is made with a mix of dry fruits, seeds and a few spices.

This Mahashivratri Vrat Recipes post from the archives (February 2020) has been updated and republished on 8 March 2021.