Mahashivratri Special Fast Food | India Canteen

Mahashivratri Special Fast Food | India Canteen

MahaShivratri festival is a celebration of the Lord Shiva’s wedding with his consort Devi Parvati. The special feature of Shivratri is that only one meal is permitted on this day. That is why; you have to restrict your feasting to the evening. The usual translation of Mahashivratri is “the great night of Shiva”.

This festival is largely celebrated in India and Nepal. This year, Mahashivratri will be on 4th March 2019. It is believed that on this night, Lord Shiva performed the Tandava or the prehistoric creation, preservation and destruction dance.

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Mahashivrati is a festival of Hindus celebrated by Hindus all across India. Followers fast on the night of Mahashivratri and sing hymns and praises for Lord Shiva.

Temples all across India are decorated with colorful lights and flowers and devotees spend the night praying and singing devotional songs in the name of Lord Shiva.

Devotees also offer wood apple leaves, cold water and milk to the Shiva Lingam for they are believed to be the favourites of Lord Shiva.

The legends also have it that Lord Shiva brings good luck to devotees who fast on the night of Mahashivratri and offer prayer to him. Ujjain – believed to be the home of lord Shiva is the place where this festival is celebrated with glory.

Like it happens for all other festivals, the way of celebration of this festival differs from state to state and region to region. In Varanasi, the Kashi Vishvanatha Temple celebrates the Linga considering it as the symbol of the pillar of light, and the manifestation of Shiva as the light of supreme wisdom.

As we always keep saying all the time, what is in a festival until there is a good food to look forward to?

Many people fast on Maha Shivratri, Sabudana dishes are very popular. Be it Sabudana kheer, pakora or khichdi, you can always prepare these delicacies for breaking your fast. Eating rice or normal salt is not allow on Shivratri. That is why; vrat ke chawal or samvat rice is used instead. Rock salt or sanda namak replaces normal salt in all Shivratri fast food. all these dishes are strictly prepared without using onion and garlic.

So let us look at 5 healthy yet super tasty fast food you can try your hands on this Mahashivratri. Here we go!

Saboodana Khichdi:


  1. Sabudana granules: 2 cups
  2. Roasted groundnut: 1/2 cup
  3. Grated potatoes: 2 cups
  4. Chopped tomatoes: 2 cups
  5. Green chillies: 6 pcs
  6. Oil: 1/4 cup
  7. Finely chopped coriander leaves
  8. Turmeric powder (according to the requirement)
  9. Salt (according to taste)
  10. Curd for serving


  1. Initially, wash and drain saboodana. Keep aside for one hour.
  2. Grind roasted ground nuts, chillies with some salt. Do not add water and keep the powder aside.
  3. Then heat oil in a pan.
  4. Mix groundnut and chilli powder with drained out saboodana.
  5. Add this mixture in a heated pan.
  6. Cook it at low fire for half an hour. Keep mixing.
  7. Then add chopped tomatoes and grated potatoes.
  8. Similarly add coriander leaves and serve hot with curd.

Green Gram Fry:


  1. Green gram: 1 cup
  2. Water: 3 cups
  3. 1 chopped Onion
  4. 5-6 tablespoons of Oil
  5. 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  6. Red chilly powder (according to the requirement)
  7. Salt (according to taste)


  1. Boil green gram till it is properly cooked.
  2. After boiling, keep it aside.
  3. Take a pan, heat it and add oil to it.
  4. Once the oil heats up, add mustard seeds followed by onion and red chilly.
  5. When it is properly fried, add the cooked gram.
  6. Then add salt and squeeze lime for more tang and taste.

Sweet Potato Tikki:


  1. Sweet potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed coarsely: 3 pcs
  2. Singhare ka atta : 1/2 cup
  3. Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  4. Green chillies, finely chopped: 5 pcs
  5. Black pepper powder: 1/4 teaspoon
  6. Kala Namak: 1/4 teaspoon
  7. Oil (for shallow fry)
  8. Salt (according to taste)


  1. Mix all ingredients (except oil) until smooth.
  2. Mix into a nice soft dough.
  3. Shape into round thick flat patties.
  4. Grease the pan with a little oil and heat it.
  5. Place the patties on the heated pan and shallow fry till golden in colour.
  6. Then fry on both sides till golden in colour.
  7. Serve hot with chutney.

Lauki (Bottle Gourd) ka Halwa:


  1. Fatty milk: half Litre
  2. Peeled Lauki (Bottle Gourd): Half
  3. Sugar: 3/4 cup
  4. Khoya: 100 gram
  5. Elaichi powder: 1 teaspoon
  6. Assorted dry fruits (almonds, raisins, cashews): 1/2 cup


  1. Peel and grate the lauki (Bottle Gourd).
  2. Boil lauki in a pan in a very small quantity of water (1/2 cup).
  3. Once the lauki is boiled, drain the whole water and let the soft lauki remain in the pan.
  4. Put milk in a large pan and boil for about 20 minutes on medium flame.
  5. Keep stirring the milk.
  6. Once the milk starts boiling, add the boiled and grated lauki to it.
  7. Keep mixing until it all becomes a semi-solid state.
  8. Similarly, add the grated khoya to the mixture.
  9. Then add sugar and mix till it dissolves.
  10. Add dry fruits & elaichi powder. (according to the requirement)
  11. The halwa is ready to serve.

Pachi Pulusu (Raw Rasam):


  1. Tamarind: 50 gram
  2. Onions: 2 small
  3. Sesame seeds 25 gram
  4. Green chillies: 25 gram
  5. Coriander: Small bunch
  6. Salt (according to taste)


  1. Soak tamarind in water for about an hour.
  2. Dry roast sesame seeds in a frying pan until light brown.
  3. Grind roasted sesame seeds into powder in a mixer. You may add a little water if you cannot grind dry sesame seeds properly.
  4. Chop onions and chillies finely and mix thoroughly in a bowl with sesame powder and set it aside.
  5. Extract juice from soaked tamarind and discard the tamarind pulp.
  6. Mix extracted tamarind juice with the onion-chilli-sesame powder mixture.
  7. Similarly, add chopped coriander to this.
  8. Then add salt (according to taste) and this is ready to be served with rice.

So this Mahashivratri, share your knowledge of this festival with your children and feed them and your entire family with the interesting and healthy dishes especially curated for you.

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