Navaratri Fasting Recipes – Recipes for Navaratri fasting and celebrations!
Shri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated all over India to mark the birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna. This year it will be celebrated on 3rd September. All temples will be decorated with lights and flowers and at midnight, “Krishna Janm” will be celebrated in most temples and houses. Since I am from Mathura, this day is even more special for me. At midnight, the city of Mathura is a lovely sight. People come up to their roofs of their houses, and ring bells, drums, plates with spoons – to mark the time of birth of Shri Krishna. An entire city creating these sounds in unison, and you participating in it, seeing people on their rooftops to kilometres in every direction – is a very unique and special sight. Do try and visit Mathura on Janmashtmi eve once!
This year promises to be a special Janmashtmi at our house – we will be doing the annaparasan of my grandson, Aniruddh, on the same day. He turns 5 months old :). We all have been very tempted to get him started on food, and are really looking forward to this very special Janmashtmi in our house.
Several sweet and savory items are prepared in each and every home for Krishna Janmashtami celebrations. Dhaniya ki panjiri, Sabudana khichdi and Mewa paag are made with other prashad items. Most Krishna devotees fast on janmashtami and do only falahaar.
Hindu religious fasting i.e Janmashtami, Navratri, Shivratri, Ekadashi, only permit certain grains, vegetables and spices are used. This list varies according to every family’s specific traditions, but these are the main grain, vegetables, and spices which are used during fasting –
- Flour – kuttu aata, rajgiri atta, singhoda aata, sama/ samu/ varai , sabudana, arrowroot
- Spices – sendha namak, amchoor/mango powder, kali mirch/pepper powder, cumin/jeera
- Vegetables – aloo/potato, arbi/colocasia, yam/jimikand,Raw banana, lauki/ bottle gourd , yellow pumpkin /kaddu, lemon, green chili, ginger, and green coriander
- Fruits and Nuts – All the dry fruits and fruits can be used in fasting.
I am sharing few Fasting Recipes which you can make for Krishna Janmashtami celebration-
- Buff vada/ Nariyal aloo kachori
- Phool makhana kheer
- Kuttu aloo pakodi
- Aloo mongphali ki sabzi
- Rajgiri poori aur Jeera aloo
- Sabudana vada
- Paneer kheer
- Batayacha Kees
- Dhaniya Panjeeri
- Sabudana Thalipeeth
- Aloo Halwa
- Aloo Lachcha Chivda Namkeen
- Vrat ki aloo ki sabzi
- Milk Halwa / Palkova
- Rajgiri paratha
- Namkeen Phool makhna