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 Best Navratri, Vrat Recipes, Recipes for Fasting

  Last Updated : Oct 27,2023

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Navratri recipes, Vrat Recipes, Recipes for Fasting

Navratri is a joyful and busy time of the year. Women, especially, have multiple dimensions to handle, from the pujas and religious activities to social gatherings and of course, fasting too! Like feasting, fasting is an art too. While Navratri fasting is a great way to cleanse your body and tone your soul, doing it wrong can make you tired and irritable. Nothing can be worse than doing it wrong for nine days at a stretch!.

Farali Pattice ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )Farali Pattice ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )

So, we dedicate this article to fasting recipes like Farali Pattice, Potato Wafers, Singhada Sheera, which will ensure that you stick to all the religious guidelines while still supplying your body the required energy and nutrition to go about its activities robustly.

Once you know which ingredients are to be avoided, you can comfortably replace them with permitted ingredients and prepare tasty foods, ranging from snacks and sweets to one-pot meals.

Singhada Sheera, Farali Singhara Halwa, Vrat RecipeSinghada Sheera, Farali Singhara Halwa, Vrat Recipe

Snacks for Navratri, Vrat

Snacks are the best foods most people love to indulge in. We all look forward something delicious during fasting too. These recipes are designed to be served during fasting days, and take into consideration factors like taste, aroma, attractiveness and elegance. Try the famous Sabudana Vada, which needs no introduction.

Sabudana VadaSabudana Vada

Maharashtrians would like the Upvaas Thalipeeth, made using rajgira flour and potatoes. The peanuts give a nice crunch to the thalipeeth. Learn to make this Thalipeeth with 20 amazing step-by-step images. You will find this snack is truly satiating!

Upvaas ThalipeethUpvaas Thalipeeth

Buckwheat Dhokla, is yet another Navratri, Vrat recipe for fasting. Buckwheat is said to be a faraal grain. It is quite nourishing also. It is, in reality, the only grain which has all the 9 essential amino acids, thus making it a protein rich food. Read All Health Benefits to Buckwheat. This dhokla recipe requires no fermentation too, so it is ready to be served rather quickly.

Buckwheat DhoklaBuckwheat Dhokla

Kand, also called purple yam, which is seen in the market quite often during the festival of Navratri.

The Kand Sandwich gets its tongue-tickling flavour not just from green chutney but also from the rock salt and pepper that are mixed with the yam slices before making the sandwich. 

Kand Sandwich, Faraali Purple Yam Sandwich Recipe

Kand Sandwich, Faraali Purple Yam Sandwich Recipe

Kand Tikki a perfect recipe to try when you are bored of potato-based snacks. In a smart twist, this recipe enables you to use kand instead of potatoes to make tikkis.

 Kand TikkiKand Tikki

Fasting Meals for Navratri, Vrat

Buckwheat Khichdi, Farali Kutto Khichdi RecipeBuckwheat Khichdi, Farali Kutto Khichdi Recipe

This section will provide an appropriate selection of Buckwheat Khichdi (one-pot meal), to Peanut Kadhi (accompaniment) too. Ready in 10 minutes, Buckwheat Khichdi is one the easiest recipes to make during fasting. Try them out, to make fasting more enjoyable this Navratri.

Peanut Kadhi, Farali Mungfali Kadhi, Vrat ki Kadhi

Peanut Kadhi, Farali Mungfali Kadhi, Vrat ki Kadhi

Aloo Khichdi or Potato Khichdi is also very famous in the western parts of India. All you need is grated boiled potatoes, a tempering of jeera and green chillies, peanuts, lemon juice and rock salt to pep it up further. Green chutney is a great combo for this delectable dish.

 Potato Khichdi , Faraal Aloo KhichdiPotato Khichdi , Faraal Aloo Khichdi

Even Parathas can be eaten for Navratri, Vrat. Surprised? Check the recipe of Rajgira Paneer Paratha. This is an interesting variation of the whole wheat flour and paneer paratha with the zest and tang of lemon juice, coriander and pepper powder. Make these delicious parathas for your family or guests and watch them disappear in a jiffy.

 Rajgira Paneer Paratha ( Faraal Recipe)

 Rajgira Paneer Paratha ( Faraal Recipe)

Indian Mithais for Navratri, Vrat

Indian cuisine is quite vast. There is a recipe for each occasion and each festival. Fasting also holds a very special place in Indian cooking.

Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe

Rasmalai Recipe

There are umpteen mithais which can be enjoyed during Navratri, Vrat. Milk based and mawa based sweets are the most famous. Try Rasmalai and Quick Kalakand.

Quick  Kalakand
Quick Kalakand Recipe

Sabudana Kheer is yet another Indian sweet enjoyed by many during fasting.

 Sabudana Kheer, Indian Dessert for Fasting
 Sabudana Kheer, Indian Dessert for Fasting

It has a shahi touch to it, due to the addition of saffron and cardamom powder for colour and flavour along with cashews and raisins for a pleasant crunchy mouth-feel.

Dates are allowed on the allowed list for fasting. We have specially ised them innovatively to make Dry Fruit Stuffed Dates. With their pretty looks, each one is sure to get tempted to try it at least once.

Dry Fruit Stuffed DatesDry Fruit Stuffed Dates

The famous Bengali Sandesh can also be enjoyed for fasting, provided there is no use of cornflour. Try this Quick Orange Sandesh. It is a yummy, melt-in-the-mouth treat with the contrasting flavours of milk and orange!

Quick Orange Sandesh

Quick Orange Sandesh

Idlis and Dosas for Navratri, Vrat

You can also enjoy South Indian delicacies like idlis and dosas during the auspicious days of fasting. No rice, no dal, no grains and yet enjoy all of them. Our special recipe of Faraali Dosa is sure to entice you. A combination of sanwa millet and rajgira flour which is fermented with sour curd is used to make dosa. Learnt the art if making them.

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As you enjoy a hot plate of Idli-Sambhar in a restaurant on Sunday morning, so would you enjoy this Faraali Idli-Sambhar recipe. While the idli is made with sanwa millet as its base ingredient, the sambhar has a powder of coriander seeds, boriya mirch, peanuts and coconut. Vrat-friendly veggies like bottle gourd, potatoes and yam have replaced usual veggies like drumstick and onions.

Faraali Idli Sambhar ( Faraali Recipes)

Faraali Idli Sambhar ( Faraali Recipes)

Dry Snacks for Navratri, Vrat

Wonder what to munch on if you feel hungry in between these meals. We have dry snack options for that. Try these faraali Potato Wafers. Aloo, oil, rock salt and pwpper powder is all you need.

 Potato Wafers, Farali Potato Chips Recipe, Fasting RecipePotato Wafers, Farali Potato Chips Recipe, Fasting Recipe

You will find Kand Wafers equally tempting to reach out for. Thinly slice the kand, deep fry in oil, sprinkle rock salt and pepper powder. You crunchy snack for fasting is ready.

 Kand WafersKand Wafers

The same Kand can be used to make Kand Puri also. Always make a large batch of these puris and store them in an airtight container which will last for all 9 days of Navratri.

 Sweet Kand Puri, Maharashtrian Upwas RecipeSweet Kand Puri, Maharashtrian Upwas Recipe

best navratri, vrat recipes, recipes for fasting

This faraali version of Potato Wafers is much, much tastier than regular wafers, because it is perked up with rock salt and black pepper. These two ingredients add a lot of zest to the Potato Wafers, making it a real treat to the palate. The irresistible crunch of Potato Wafers now comes together with a power-packed flavour too! Besides relishing these wafers with your faaral food or on days you are fasting, you can also serve these wafers as an evening tea snack or along with sandwiches and burgers .
farali pattice | farali aloo pattice | Mumbai roadside farali pattice | with 29 amazing pictures. Who says a person cannot feast when fasting! Faral means "fast" and farali pattice are designed specifically for those who are fasting. The name itself says, “Farali” meaning fast and pattice meaning “dumpling”. Farali pattice is a famous Gujarati snack which is consumed especially during the fasting days or religious occasions or also can be even had as a evening snack. The steps for making farali aloo pattice are divided, firstly the stuffing is made and the key ingredient to the stuffing is coconut. Other ingredients like roasted and coarsely powdered peanuts, finely chopped coriander (dhania), chopped raisins (kismis), chopped cashew-nuts (kaju), ( Both raisins and cashew-nuts enhance the taste and the mouthfeel of the Farali pattice) ginger-green chilli paste, sugar and lemon juice are also added and mixed together. Next mixture for potato only needs potatoes and arrow root for binding, we have used arrowroot flour as this is a fasting recipe. If you are not fasting then use cornflour. The potato mixture is flattened and the stuffing is put in the middle and is sealed by bringing all the sides together and shaped round. The farali aloo pattice is then rolled in arrowroot till evenly coated from all the sides, the coating of arrowroat adds a unique dimension to this otherwise common dish and further it is deep-fried till turns brown in colour. It is a famous mumbai street food dish and is also sold in some mithai shops. Whenever I make farali pattice, everyone gulps it down in minutes. It makes fasting better with its unique taste. My mother would make farali pattice alternate days for family members fasting during Navratri, also it would always be on the menu even when their would be another religious days like Ekadashi. You can have farali pattice with with sweetened curds and teekha chuntney to complete the mast experience! Enjoy how to make farali pattice | farali aloo pattice | Mumbai roadside farali pattice | recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
buckwheat khichdi recipe | kutto khichdi | farali kutto khichdi | healthy kutto khichdi | with 15 amazing images. One look at this buckwheat khichdi recipe and you know that faaral foods can be more sumptuous and often more flavourful than everyday meals! The garnish of sesame seeds and coriander is to this kutto khichdi what a cherry is to icing! It really boosts the aroma and flavour of the kutto khichdi. As you start making this kutto khichdi, you might have some concerns about the stickiness of buckwheat, and the curdled look of the buttermilk when cooked. Worry not, everything will turn out perfectly when done! Team this irresistible kutto khichdi with Peanut Kadhi to make a satiating meal. See why we think this is a healthy kutto khichdi? Buckwheat, a cereal not known to many, is a good source of calcium. To stock up on your calcium and protein reserves and boost your bone health, apart from greens you should also include this cereal in your meals. Apart from buckwheat itself, other ingredients like curd, peanuts and sesame seeds used in this khichdi also lend substantial amount of calcium. In all this khichdi fulfills 27% (164.9 mg) of your daily calcium intake. Learn to make buckwheat khichdi recipe | kutto khichdi | farali kutto khichdi | healthy kutto khichdi | with step by step photos and video below.
farali pancakes recipe | sweet farali pancake | buckwheat pancake for upvas | kuttu ka cheela - navratri, vrat recipe | sweet farali pancake are a sweet treat for fasting days. Learn how to make buckwheat pancake for upvas. Enjoy these banana and coconut flavoured sweet farali pancake post dinner. These farali pancakes acquire their sweetness not only from bananas, but also jaggery. This traditional buckwheat pancake for upvas is subtly flavored with cardamom and has an intense aroma. The addition of coconut adds a slight bite to these luscious pancakes. You can serve these pancakes during the fasting days. Perfect Navratri dessert , recipes for Shravan Ekadashi Recipes, Ekadasi sweet dish and even Janmashtami sweet dish. To make farali pancakes, clean, wash and soak the sanwa millet and buckwheat separately in enough water for atleast 1 hour. Drain and keep aside. Blend the sanwa millet along with ¼ cup of water in a mixer and blend till smooth. Blend the buckwheat by adding 2 tbsp of water in a mixer till smooth. Combine the samwa paste, buckwheat paste, coconut, jaggery, banana, rock salt and cardamom powder in a deep bowl and mix very well with your hands. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), grease it with little ghee, pour a ladleful of the batter and spread it in a circular motion to make a 100 mm. (4") diameter thin pancake. Cook, using little ghee, till it turns golden brown in colour from both the sides. Repeat with the remaining batter to make 12 more pancakes. Serve immediately. Tips for farali pancakes. 1. Grate the jaggery with a thin grater so it mixes well. 2. Use freshly grated coconut for best flavours. 3. A pinch of rock salt is a must. It always balances the sweetness in mithais. 4. If you find them difficult to spread and cook, use a mini uttapa pan. 5. Serve immediately to enjoy its texture. Enjoy farali pancakes recipe | sweet farali pancake | buckwheat pancake for upvas | kuttu ka cheela - navratri, vrat recipe | with recipe below.
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upvaas thalipeeth recipe | rajgira faraali thalipeeth | Maharashtrian upvaas thalipeeth | with 20 amazing images. A satiating thalipeeth made of rajgira flour (amaranth flour) is the perfect food to have on a fasting day. Thalipeeth, a spicy and savoury pancake, popular in Western India is loaded with nutrition. Maharashtrian upvaas thalipeeth is an all-time favourite Maharashtrian dish, which is often had for breakfast or supper. With a few small tweaks like using sendha namak instead of sea salt, it is also used to sustain oneself on a fasting day. Popular during fasts, it's also well known as rajgira thalipeeth faraal food. It is mostly had during fasting days like Navratri, Ekadashi and Mahashivratri. Upvas thalipeeth is quick and easy to make, take rajgira flour also known as amaranth flour in a deep bowl. Add the peeled and grated raw potatoes. Potatoes act as binding agent for your upvaas thalipeeth. Grated Potatoes are added as they give a nice mouthfeel but if you want, you can add boiled potatoes and mashed potatoes instead. Add coarsely crushed peanut for the crunch. Add green chilli paste according to your preference of spice. We have used rock salt as this is a rajgira upvas thalipeeth . Further, add coriander, enough water and knead into a soft dough. Heat a non-stick tava, grease your hands with ghee. Place a portion of the dough on the tava (griddle) and pat it evenly with greased fingers to form a 100 mm. (4”) diameter circle. Be gentle when you are patting it to prevent cracks in your upvaas thalipeeth. You will not be able to roll the dough as it would be too sticky to be rolled out. You can either pat it on the tava directly or pat it between 2 thick plastic sheets and then place it onto the tava. Cook properly from both the sides and serve Maharashtrian upvaas thalipeeth with green faraali chutney!! Perked up with grated potatoes and crushed peanuts, not to forget some lemon juice and green chilli paste, the rajgira faraali thalipeeth is a real treat to your palate too. Remember to season your upvaas thalipeeth with rock salt, and garnish generously with chopped coriander for a perky aroma! Serve it hot with tasty green chutney. If you are looking for more upvas recipes using rajgira flour then check out our other recipes like Farali Dosa, Khandvi, Rajgira Paratha Canapés and Farali Puranpoli. Enjoy upvaas thalipeeth recipe| rajgira upvas thalipeeth | Maharashtrian upvaas thalipeeth | with detailed step by step photos and video below.
peanut kadhi recipe | farali mungfali kadhi | vrat ki kadhi | healthy peanut kadhi | with 37 amazing images. peanut kadhi recipe | farali mungfali kadhi | vrat ki kadhi | healthy peanut kadhi shares its appearance with Gujarati kadhi, but makes use of a few ingredients which are upvas friendly. Learn how to make farali mungfali kadhi. To make peanut kadhi, combine the curds, rajgira flour and 2 cups of water in a deep bowl and whisk well. Keep aside. Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the ginger–green chilli paste and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds. Add the peanut powder and sauté on a medium flame for another 30 seconds. Add the curds- rajgira flour mixture, rock salt and sugar, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 4 to 5 minutes, while stirring continuously to avoid any lump formation. Garnish with coriander and serve hot with rajgira paratha or sabudana khichdi. Kadhi can now be enjoyed during upvas, vrat too! Isn't it exciting? This farali mungfali kadhi has been carefully formulated to avoid items that cannot be had on fasting days. It is made with roasted peanut powder and fresh curds and further thickened with rajgira flour instead of besan. This vrat ki kadhi is slightly thin in consistency. If you wish, you can add an extra tablespoon of rajgira flour. This tasty treat that you can have on Janmashtami, during Navaratri, or any other day for that matter. Serve with minty sanwa to make a satiating meal. All the health conscious can benefit from the protein and calcium from the curd. Its probiotic property is soothing for the stomach too. On non-fasting days, this healthy peanut kadhi can be served with phulka and a sabzi like matki sabzi to make a protein filled meal. Tips for peanut kadhi. 1. Add rock salt to taste. If you are not fasting then you can use regular salt. 2. If you don't stir the kadhi continuously, then the curd will split. 3. Serve peanut kadhi with rajgira paratha. See rajgira paratha recipe. 4. Serve peanut kadhi with Sabudana Khichdi. See sabudana khichdi recipe. 5. Add 1/2 tsp sugar. This helps sweeten the sour curds and form the perfect balance for peanut kadhi. So add the little sugar. Enjoy peanut kadhi recipe | farali mungfali kadhi | vrat ki kadhi | healthy peanut kadhi | with step by step photos.
farali dosa recipe | faral dosa | sama rajgira dosa | rajgira dosa | with amazing 17 images. farali dosa recipe is one of several forgotten gems from South Indian cuisine, which people are vehemently attempting to bring back to the fore now. As the name suggests, farali dosa is popularly consumed during fasting days and is made out of millets. Vrat, Upwas or fasts is observed by may Hindus on auspicious festivals like Navratri, Shivratri or even days like ekadashi or Karwa chauth. The ingredients consumed during these fasting days differ from religion to religion and person to person. So, if you are not consuming any ingredients mentioned in this farali recipe, simply skip it. The combination of sama and rajgira flour gives rise to a sumptuous sama rajgira dosa that is sure to please your palate on a fasting day. Sour buttermilk is added to the batter to help in fermenting. The fermentation time is just two hours, so you do not even have to plan for this sama rajgira dosa the previous day itself. This farali dosa has a wonderful, crispy texture if made thin and must be eaten immediately. If you make farali dosa too thick and have it later, it might be chewy. Have this sama rajgira dosa hot and fresh with Peanut Curd Chutney or Faraali Idli-Sambhar. You can also try other faraali recipes like the Maharashtrian favourites – Upvaas Thalipeeth and Faraali Misal, or the popular Gujarati Layered Handva. Enjoy farali dosa recipe | faral dosa | sama rajgira dosa | rajgira dosa | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
peanut curd chutney | faral chutney | farali chutney for sabudana vada | healthy shingdana chutney | with amazing 8 images. peanut curd chutney or faral chutney is a quick and easy farali chutney eaten during fasting days! faral chutney compliments really well with farali food like sabudana vada and potato chips! farali chutney is a 5 ingredient recipe made off unsalted peanuts, curd, ginger green chilli paste, lemon juice, jeera and can be ready in a jiffy! When peanuts and fresh curds are combined, what you get is a spicy, crunchy and tangy shingdana chutney accompaniment that goes well with Sabudana Khichdi and Sabudana Vada , Kand Aloo Pakoda and Faraali Pattice.We have used unsalted peanut and would suggest you to do the same during fasting. Some people also skip table salt during their fasting days and use rock salt that’s why we have used rock salt in preparing the peanut curd chutney! The best part is that this farali chutney for sabudana vada involves zero cooking time! Just pop everything into the blender, whir, and it’s ready! Do not add any water while grinding, or the peanut curd chutney might become watery!! Complete your farali thali with healthy peanut curd chutney on the side! All ingredients used in peanut curd chutney are healthy. Learn to make peanut curd chutney | faral chutney | farali chutney for sabudana vada | healthy shingdana chutney | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
yam raita recipe | farali suran raita | senai pachadi | upvas, vrat recipes | with 13 amazing images. yam raita is a popular vrat or Faral recipe when you need too fast. Tastes splendid when served chilled. Learn how to make suran raita. To make yam raita, combine the yam, curd, rock salt, sugar, green chilli paste, pepper powder and coriander in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve chilled. Think beyond the traditional cucumber when making raita. How about using boiled and mashed yam? Try it and you are sure to love this unconventional accompaniment - farali suran raita. While we have used rock salt in senai pachadi, you can also use the table salt if you wish to. Coriander, on the other hand, is also optional. Some enjoy it as a flavoursome treat, while others do not consider it as a part of upvas cooking. So you can make your choice amongst these 2 ingredients. You can serve this faral, upvas, vrat recipe with Potato Khichdi or with Dahiwali Aloo ki Subzi and Rajgira Puri to relish a complete vrat thali. It is sure to satiate you even on a fasting day! Tips for yam raita. 1. To cook yam, wash it and keep the whole yam peeled or unpeeled in a vessel filled with little water in a pressure cooker. Cook it for 2 to 3 whistles. Cool and peel and mash it using an aloo masher. 2. Use fresh curd for best flavour. 3. Black pepper powder can be substituted with roasted cumin seeds powder. Enjoy yam raita recipe | farali suran raita | senai pachadi | upvas, vrat recipes | with step by step photos below.
singhada halwa, sheera recipe | farali singhare atte ka halwa | vrat, fasting sheera | water chestnut flour halwa | with 12 amazing images. singhada halwa, sheera is a quick and easy Indian mithai with a touch of rich nuts. Learn how to make farali singhare atte ka halwa. singhada halwa is made from singhoda, ghee sugar and cardamom powder. This farali singhare atte ka halwa was indigenously once made in every household in the past. This is a treat for elders who usually opt for fasting and are always looking for soft, easily chewable food which is palatable at the same time. The use of ghee and the addition of cardamom powder give the sheera a very rich aroma, which is typical of most Indian sweets. Garnish vrat, fasting sheera generously with nuts, to add to the sumptuousness of this delightful dessert. To make singhada halwa, sheera, heat the ghee in a broad non-stick pan, add the water chestnut flour and cook on a slow flame for 4 minutes or till it turns light brown in colour, while stirring continuously. Add 2 cups of warm water, mix well and cook on a slow flame for another 4 minutes or till all the water has been absorbed, while stirring continuously. Add the sugar, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 4 more minutes, while stirring continuously. Switch off the flame, add the cardamom powder and mix well. Serve hot garnished with almonds and pistachios. Who can resist a ladleful of sheera, even on a fasting day! Well, why not. Here is a lip-smacking water chestnut flour halwa that is perfectly acceptable on fasting days as well. You won’t miss the atte ka sheera – neither in terms of texture or appeal. Tips for singhada halwa, sheera. 1. Roasting the water chestnut flour sufficiently, till it turns golden in colour, is very essential to bring out a rich aroma and do away with the raw smell of the flour. 2. After adding sugar, cook it for the exact time given, else the excess cooking of sugar might lead to crystallization and might not give the perfect smooth texture. 3. Cook the mixture on a slow flame only throughout and keep stirring it continuously so it doesn’t burn and stick to the sides of the pan. Some more dessert recipes to enjoy on fasting days -Paneer Kheer, Shakarkand Ka Halwa, Piyush. Enjoy singhada halwa, sheera recipe | farali singhare atte ka halwa | vrat, fasting sheera | water chestnut flour halwa | with step by step photos and video below.
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