Navratri Recipes – In this post, you will find a compiled list of navratri fasting or vrat recipes that are made during the Navratri festival. Or you can browse the complete collection of Vrat Recipes here. This year Sharad Navratri begins on 17 October 2020 and ends on 25 October 2020.
Navratri is one of the most celebrated festival in my home. As a devi-bhakt, I spend these 9 days in the worship of the goddess. Not only these 9 days, but for me not a single day goes without remembering the Mother Goddess.
Navratri festival is celebrated all over India. The method and ways of celebrating is different in each part of India.
In North and Western India, 9 days fasting or vrat is kept during the Navratri festival. In Bengal and other parts of Eastern India, Durga Puja is celebrated with much fanfare.
Navratri is also celebrated in South India. Fasting is not strictly observed here but food is made without the addition of onion and garlic. People do worship the deities and make sundals or sweet recipes to offer as prasadam. Golu which is a lovely display of deities idols, dolls and animal figures is set up in many homes during the festival.
In India, fasting rules varies from community to community. It is always better to check with your family members before deciding the menu. If you plan to keep fast during Navratri then do check this list of Navratri fasting food and rules.
Below you will find both North Indian and South Indian recipes listed. Also mentioned towards is a list of flours and cereals consumed during the fasting period.
Most of the fasting recipes are very quick and easy to make. As many spices and herbs are not allowed during fasting days. Moreover you don’t have to chop onions, garlic etc.
Kindly skip or alter the ingredients according to your family traditions. I have also listed a few recipes which are made without onion and garlic but does include cereal flours.
In these instances, substitute the corn flour or besan (gram flour) with fasting flours like water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta), buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta) or arrow root flour or potato starch. Do remember to use sendha namak or rock salt in recipes where I have not added them.
Fasting food is not only quicker to prepare but it is also easiest to digest. A good time to purify body-mind and get connected to your inner nature and to the Mother Goddess.
In North India only certain ingredients comprising of flours and grains are consumed during the 9 days of fasting.
- Singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour)
- Kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour)
- Rajgira ka atta (amaranth flour) and rajgira (amaranth)
- Sama ke chawal ka atta (barnyard millet flour) and vrat ke chawal (barnyard millet)
- Arrowroot flour
- Sabudana or sago
- Nuts & Dry fruits
- Rock salt (sendha namak)
- Spices and herbs varies from community to community. Generally, green chilles, black pepper powder, and ginger are used. You can check my compiled list of Navratri fasting food or ingredients.
104 Navratri Recipes
Listed below are 104 navratri recipes ranging from meals that can be served for lunch or dinner, snacks and sweets. Some of these snacks can also be made for breakfast. Do eat light if possible and drink lots of water. If possible have fruits or fruit juices.
I have categorized the lunch and dinner meals in various breads or grains based dishes that you can make. I have also added a section of gravy or vegetable sides that you can accompany with a bread or a grain based dish.
Bread & Grains
Listed below are dishes that are made with grains and flours that are consumed during fasting. You will get both flat breads and well as fried breads.
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.
Curry, Gravy and Veg Sides
Breakfast or Snacks
Here I have added recipes that you can make for breakfast or snacks. Some of them are fried and for a healthier version, you can make these in an appe (paniyaram) pan or bake them.
Chutney & Raita
Both chutney and raita accompany a main course or a snack very well and can be used as a dipping or topping sauce. Listed below are chutney and raita recipes that you can make for navratri fasting.
Sweets & Desserts
Can a meal be complete without any sweet? You will find here some easy sweets that you can make and store during the navratri festival. You can even offer these sweets to the Mother Goddess. Some of them are fruit based sweets and some are regular Indian sweets that can be had during vrat or fasting.
Lauki halwa is also called as dudhi halwa. It is a rich Indian sweet made with bottle gourd (opo squash), milk, sugar and ghee. The method of making lauki halwa is similar to making gajar halwa. Making lauki halwa is easy but takes some time. This is a slow cooked halwa and what you get after minutes of slow cooking is super deliciousness.
Apple halwa recipe made with apples, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Apple halwa is a delicious halwa that is easy to make. This apple halwa recipe does not use sooji (rava), milk, khoya or milk powder. Just apples, sugar (optional) and ghee. Flavorings and nuts of your choice can be added in the apple halwa.
Drinks & Beverages
All fruits can be had during Navratri fasting. So you can make shakes, juices or smoothies from fruits. Milk and milk products can also be consumed during fasting.
South Indian Navratri Recipes
The food that is made in Southern parts of India is very different and makes use of all cereals, grains and vegetables that are prohibited in the North Indian fasting dishes without the addition of onion and garlic.
Listed below are some recipes that are made during navaratri festival in South India. All the recipes are without onion and garlic. But if you want to keep fast as observed in North India then you should not make these recipes as they are not actual fasting or vrat recipes.
Coconut chutney is a side dish that is served with idli, dosa, vada and Pongal. This coconut chutney recipe is an easy and simple recipe versatile enough to go with any South Indian tiffin breakfast or tiffin snacks. The recipe is easily adaptable and can also be made with desiccated coconut flakes. This recipe can be halved or doubled or tripled.
Sundals are legume or lentil dishes made during Ganesh Chaturthi or during the nine days of the Navratri festival in South India. They can be made from different legumes or lentils like black eyed peas, sweet corn, moong beans, bengal gram, peanuts. The method to prepare sundal is more or less the same with minor variations.
This post from the archives (October 2013) has been republished and updated on 7 October 2020.