The literal meaning of Navratri is 9 nights. During this period, 9 forms of goddess Shakti are worshiped throughout India. There are 4 major Navratris but only two are celebrated. The first is ‘Chaitra Navratri’ that comes in summers (March-April) and second is ‘Sharad Navratri’ that comes in winters (Oct-Nov).
During Navratri, many people do fasting in Northern and Western India. It is said that it is a great time to make spiritual progress and purify your body and mind.
The recipes for fasting are similar to those that of Janmashtami, Mahashivratri and Ekadashi. In this post, we will cover some of the great recipes for Navratri Vrat.
Grains and Flours used for Navratri Fast
- Singhare ka atta: Using this, you can make paratha, singhare ki poori, halwa and pakoras.
- Kuttu ka atta: Some good recipes include, paratha, halwa, poori and pakora.
- Rajgira(Amarnath) Ka Atta: Dishes that can be made include pooris, paratha, vrat ka halwa and thalipeeth.
- Sama Ke Chawal Ka Atta: Using this, you can make vrat ke uttapam, dosa, idli and pooris.
- Vrat Ke Chawal: Dishes include pulao, dalia, kheer, dosa, idli and upma.
Vegetables Allowed For Fasting
- Potatoes: You can make halwa, jeera aloo, dahi aloo and vrat ke aloo.
- Pumpkin: Some good recipes include kaddu ki sabzi, khatta meetha kaddu sabzi , pakoras and halwas.
- Shakarkandi(Sweet Potato): One can make tikki, halwa or chaat.
- Arbi(Colocasia): Many dishes can be made from arbi including dahi arbi, sukhi arbi, arbi cutlet and arbi tikki.
- Raw Banana: One can make banana fries, banana chips and sabzi.
- Raw Papaya: One can make salad or papaya halwa.