Janmashtami Recipes

Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is celebrated all over India as the birth of Bhagwan Krishna. This year Janmashtami is on 30 Aug, 2021. Here I share 55 recipes that consist of sweets, snacks and fasting recipes that you can make for the Janmashtami festival. Most of these recipes are from the North Indian and Western Indian cuisine.

vector image of Bhagwan Krishna playing flute on Janmashtami festive background with text layovers

About Janmashtami

Janmanshtami is also known as Gokulashtami or Sri Krishna Jayanthi and is celebrated with great fervour all over India.

Though each region or state celebrates the festival differently. Example: In the state of Maharashtra dahi handi is played and is very popular. Whereas in some parts of North India, devotees show images of Krishna’s childhood which are placed in swings and cradles outside their homes.

Most of the temples are decorated and people visit the temples till late midnight as this is the time Krishna was supposed to be born. Places which are associated with Krishna’s childhood like Mathura, Gokul and Vrindavan are visited by many devotees.

Some families make a variety of sweets and offer to their Krishna in their home temples. Later these sweets are distributed as prasad with the family members and friends.

In North India many Hindus keep fast on this day and in this post, I am sharing fasting recipes for Janmashtami, in case you are also planning to do fast on this holy day. Fruits, dairy products and only some vegetables and herbs are eaten during the fasting period.

I list below only the grains and flour that we use during the Hindu religious fasting.

Flours and grains for Janmashtami fasting

  1. Water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta)
  2. Buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta)
  3. Amaranth flour (rajgira ka atta)  and amaranth seeds (rajgira or ramdana)
  4. Barnyard millet flour (sama ke chawal ka atta) and barnyard millet (sama chawal or vrat ke chawal)
  5. Arrowroot flour
  6. Tapioca pearls (sabudana) or tapioca flour

We use edible rock salt (sendha namak) instead of normal salt. In some of the recipes listed below, replace edible rock salt with regular salt.

All the rules which applies for Navratri Fasting applies to the recipes that you make for the Janmashtami fasting. Kindly follow your family’s rules on the ingredients like spices, herbs, oil etc you include in your fast.

Janmashtami Recipes For Fasting

In this section of Janmashtami recipes, you will find dishes that you can eat for a brunch or for a lunch or dinner. Usually some people eat only fruits and some just have one meal a day. Some of these dishes keep you full for some hours and this is the reason they are included as a part of the fasting diet.

Take into account your health, age and physical constitution when deciding to fast. Consider eating light meals and have plenty of fluids like water or juices.

Khichdi Variations

sabudana khichdi
Moderate 25 mins

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

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. 
sama chawal khichdi
1 hr 35 mins

sama chawal khichdi

Samvat rice khichdi recipe – savory porridge made with barnyard millet and potatoes.
buckwheat khichdi recipe, kuttu ki khichdi recipe
30 mins

kuttu ki khichdi

Buckwheat khichdi is easy to prepare khichdi with buckwheat groats (sabut kuttu), potatoes and peanuts for Navratri fasting. Wholesome super food.

Easy Vegetarian Mains

vrat wale aloo recipe, vrat ke aloo recipe
30 mins

vrat ke aloo

Vrat wale aloo or vrat ke aloo recipe – crumbled potato recipe for fasting without onion-garlic.
kaddu ki sabji
Moderate 35 mins

Kaddu ki Sabji (Easy Pumpkin Recipe)

Kaddu ki sabji is an easy and delicious vegan pumpkin recipe made with yellow pumpkin, whole spices and herbs. This is a satvik recipe made without onions and garlic.
vrat ki kadhi recipe, rajgira kadhi recipe, farali kadhi recipe
15 mins

vrat ki kadhi

Easy and quick to prepare rajgira kadhi for Navratri fasting or upwas.
vrat ke chawal ka pulao, samvat pulao recipe
45 mins

vrat ke chawal ka pulao

Vrat ke chawal ka pulao or samvat pulao is a simple and easy pulao made for fasting days.
jeera aloo recipe for fasting, aloo jeera recipe
20 mins

vrat ke jeera aloo

Simple and easy jeera aloo for fasting or Navratri vrat.
peanut amti recipe, shengdanyachi amti recipe
25 mins

Peanut Amti

Shengdanyachi amti recipe – a simple and easy peanut curry for Navratri fasting from the Maharashtrian cuisine.
dahi aloo recipe
28 mins

vrat ke dahi aloo

This Dahi aloo for Navratri fasting is a light curry made from potatoes and yogurt
aloo sabzi recipe, aloo tamatar ki sabzi recipe
30 mins

aloo tamatar sabzi

Aloo tamatar ki sabzi recipe is easy lightly spiced curry made with potatoes and tomatoes.
aloo palak recipe, spinach potato curry recipe
40 mins

vrat ke aloo palak recipe

Aloo palak recipe for fasting or vrat. This is a no onion no garlic spinach potato curry made for Navratri fasts.

Fasting Breads

rajgira paratha recipe, rajgira roti recipe for fasting
Moderate 40 mins

Rajgira Roti | Amaranth Paratha

Rajgira roti or rajgira paratha is a healthy gluten-free flatbread made with rajgira atta or amaranth flour for Hindu fasting days.
singhare ki puri recipe, singhare ki poori recipe
Difficult 50 mins

Singhare ke atte ki puri

Singhare ki poori is a delicious Indian fry made with water chestnut flour, mashed potatoes, edible rock salt and a few spices.
rajgira ki poori recipe, amaranth poori recipe
50 mins

Rajgira ki Poori

Rajgira poori or amaranth poori is fried puffed breads made from amaranth flour & boiled mashed potatoes.
30 mins

Kuttu ki Poori

Kuttu ke atte ki puri are crisp and tasty Indian fry bread made with buckwheat flour for religious fasting or vrat.
sabudana thalipeeth recipe
Moderate 8 hrs 30 mins

Sabudana Thalipeeth

Sabudana thalipeeth are crisp and soft pancakes made with tapioca pearls, mashed potatoes, ground peanuts and spices. They are also called as Upvasache Thalipeeth in Marathi language and can also be referred to as Sabudana roti.

Easy Janmashtami Snacks

Here you will find snacks that are made without onion and garlic. Some of these snacks are easy to make. Some are deep fried or shallow fried, but you can choose to bake or air-fry these snacks.

closeup shot of a stack of sabudana vada on top of each other in a white plate with red chilli sauce in a white bowl
Moderate 5 hrs 30 mins

Sabudana Vada

Sabudana Vada is a popular savory deep fried snack made during Hindu fasting days, featuring tapioca pearls (sago), potatoes, peanuts and herbs. They are naturally gluten-free and vegan. This fool proof sabudana vada recipe gives you a super delicious crispy vada with a soft and light interior.
sama ke chawal ki idli recipe, vrat ki idli recipe
9 hrs 10 mins

sama ke chawal ki idli

Vrat ki idli recipe – idli made without rice which you can make for fasting or for regular days too.
farali pattice recipe
Moderate 1 hr

Farali Pattice

Farali pattice is an easy snack of crispy and tasty patties made with potatoes and stuffed with a sweet filling of coconut, nuts and raisins. This dish is from the Gujarati cuisine that is made during fast or upvas.
aloo chaat recipe, potato chaat recipe
30 mins

vrat ki aloo chaat

Aloo chaat recipe – little spicy, tangy and crispy potato chaat.
sabudana tikki recipe, sabudana cutlet recipe
Easy 5 hrs 20 mins

Sabudana Tikki | Sabudana Cutlet

Sabudana tikki also known as sabudana cutlet are pan-fried thin patties made with tapioca pearls, mashed potatoes and spices. These crispy patties make for a delicious snack that will get over in no time.
sabudana bhel recipe
4 hrs 15 mins

Sabudana Bhel

This sabudana bhel is an easy and quick recipe for religious fasting days. All you need are boiled potatoes, roasted peanuts and cashews.
sabudana pakoda recipe, sabudana pakora recipe
Easy 8 hrs 20 mins

Sabudana Pakoda

These Sabudana pakora made for fasting or vrat are crisp, golden fritters made from tapioca pearls, mashed potatoes and roasted crushed peanuts.
roasted makhana recipe
10 mins

roasted makhana recipe

Healthy snack of roasted phool makhana or foxnuts.
raw banana kofta recipe, kachche kele ke kofte recipe
30 mins

banana kofta

Crisp, spiced pan fried patties made with raw unripe bananas. Navratri fasting recipe.
arbi tikki recipe
40 mins

arbi tikki

Arbi patties recipe is a simple fasting recipe made with colocasia roots.
sukhi arbi recipe
1 hr

sukhi arbi recipe

Crisp, fried and tasty spiced arbi recipe.
closeup shot of fruit chaat garnished with mint sprigs in white bowls
Easy 30 mins

Fruit Chaat

This Delhi style tasty fruit chaat is spiced, savory, sweet and tangy. Fruit chaat is made of a mix of fresh seasonal fruits and tubers like potatoes and sweet potatoes.
overhead shot of a bowlful of homemade seasoned french fries with dipping sauces
Moderate 30 mins

French Fries Recipe

Perfectly salted French Fries that are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Make these homemade french fries or finger chips recipe easily with a few techniques and customize it with your favorite herbs and spices or toppings.
palak pakora recipe for navratri fasting or vrat
30 mins

vrat ka palak pakora

Vrat ke palak pakore recipe – spinach fritters made during fasting with buckwheat flour and spinach.
kaddu pakora recipe, pumpkin fritters recipe, kaddu ke pakode recipe
40 mins

kaddu pakora

Kaddu pakora or pumpkin fritters made for fasting or religious vrat.
sabudana chivda recipe, sabudana namkeen recipe
30 mins

sabudana chivda

Nylon sabudana chivda recipe – crispy and tasty fasting snack made from nylon sabudana & dry fruits for the Navratri fasts.
sweet potato tikki recipe, shakarkandi tikki recipe
30 mins

sweet potato tikki

Shakarkandi tikki recipe is a fasting recipe made from sweet potatoes or shakarkandi.

Sides for the Snacks

phalahari chutney recipe
5 mins

phalahari chutney

Phalahari chutney recipe is a green chutney made for fasting or vrat with coriander leaves.
cucumber raita sprinkled with red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and cilantro in a white bowl on a dark brown wooden board
Easy 5 mins

Cucumber Raita Recipe

Cucumber raita is a popular savory raita dip made with cucumber and curd (yogurt). This simple, refreshing, cooling cucumber raita recipe comes together in 5 minutes.
coconut chutney recipe for fasting or vrat, fasting chutney recipe
10 mins

vrat ki coconut chutney

A no onion no garlic coconut chutney made simple and easy with just three ingredients.
close up shot of masala chaas or chaas filled in a glass with a few cilantro sprigs
Easy 10 mins

Chaas Recipe (Pudina and Masala Chaas)

The classic Chaas (Chaach/Mattha) also known as the Indian version of buttermilk is a refreshingly cooling summer drink made with creamy yogurt and seasonings. It is an excellent body cooler, digestive and appetizer. Find two easy chaas recipes – Masala Chaas and Pudina Chaas.

Janmashtami Sweets

Sweets especially milk based ones are Bhagwan’s Krishna’s favorites. You can make a variety of sweets and offer to Bhagwan Krishna and later serve this prasad to your family and friends.

I share below, Indian sweets which I have updated on the blog and do not contain cereals or grains that are not consumed during the Hindu fasting.

top shot of shrikhand with chopped pistachios on a dark green serving tray
Easy 15 mins

Shrikhand Recipe (2 Ways)

Shrikhand is a delicious and simple dessert recipe made with thick yogurt flavored with sugar, saffron and cardamom. Get two ways of making shrikhand recipe with hung curd as well as greek yogurt.
coconut ladoo recipe
15 mins

Coconut Ladoo (2 Ways)

This recipe post two easy coconut ladoo recipes. The first coconut ladoo is a quick 3 ingredient recipe made with fresh coconut, condensed milk and cardamom powder. The second recipe is made with desiccated coconut powder and sugar.
makhane ki kheer served in a black bowl
Moderate 35 mins

Makhane ki Kheer

Makhane ki kheer is a sweet dessert pudding made with Makhana (foxnuts), milk, ghee, sugar and dry fruits. This is an easy and popular sweet that is often made during Hindu fasting days.
sabudana kheer recipe
Easy 35 mins

Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana kheer is a sweet pudding made with tapioca pearls or sabudana, milk and sugar.
rajgira kheer recipe, amaranth kheer recipe
20 mins

Rajgira Kheer

Rajgira kheer is a simple easy dessert pudding made with amaranth grains. Navratri recipe.
vrat ke chawal kheer
1 hr 30 mins

vrat ke chawal ki kheer

vrat ke chawal ka kheer – a creamy kheer made with samvat rice or barnyard millet.
paneer kheer recipe
25 mins

Paneer Kheer

Paneer kheer recipe is a quick and easy cottage cheese kheer for the festive season. Ready in less than 25 minutes.
lauki kheer recipe, dudhi kheer recipe
30 mins

lauki ki kheer

Delicious kheer made with bottle gourd or opo squash.
sabudana payasam recipe, javvarisi payasam recipe, sago payasam recipe
Easy 30 mins

Javvarisi Payasam | Saggubiyyam Payasam

Javvarisi payasam or Saggubiyyam Payasam is a sweet creamy pudding made with sago(tapioca pearls), milk, ghee, sugar, raisins and cashews.
sweet potato halwa recipe, shakarkandi halwa recipe
40 mins

sweet potato halwa

shakarkandi halwa recipe – delicious halwa made with boiled mashed sweet potatoes scented with cardamom and saffron.
papaya halwa recipe
55 mins

Papaya Halwa

Papaya halwa recipe is a vegan Indian dessert made with semi ripe papaya.
basundi recipe
25 mins

Basundi

This basundi recipe is a quick and easy recipe of sweet thickened milk flavored with cardamom and dry fruits.
apple halwa recipe
Moderate 45 mins

Apple Halwa

Apple halwa recipe made with apples, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Apple halwa is a delicious halwa that is easy to make. This apple halwa 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 to the halwa. 
lauki halwa, dudhi halwa
Moderate 1 hr

Lauki ka Halwa | Dudhi Halwa

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. 
dry fruit ladoo placed on a white plate on a yellow napkin
Easy 20 mins

Dry fruits Laddu

Easy Dry fruits laddu recipe without any added sugar or fats like ghee or oil. Packed with nutrients, good fats and fibre, these energy balls are made with dates, figs and various nuts. Dry fruit laddu recipe gets done quickly and comes together under 20 minutes.
amaranth yogurt honeyed parfait recipe
Easy 15 mins

Amaranth Yogurt Parfait

Healthy and nutritious parfait made with popped amaranth, yogurt, honey, fruits & dry fruits.
coconut burfi recipe, coconut barfi recipe, nariyal barfi recipe
1 hr 25 mins

Coconut Burfi

Easy and tasty coconut burfi recipe made with condensed milk and desiccated coconut. 

This Janmashtami Recipes post from the archives (August 2013) has been updated and republished on 28 August 2021.

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5 Comments

  1. Hi dassana,
    I was looking for a granola bar recipe.
    Most recipes i looked up online were from western bloggers and guess what, many of them add honey & then bake it. Now as per ayurveda honey gets toxic on heating.
    Other recipes contain maple syrup. My Indian kitchen doesn’t have any!
    As substitute i thought of sugar syrup.. But to keep it healthy i wanted to avoid sugar or any artificial sweetner????
    Then there are the no-bake recipes but they require added effort of roasting the dry ingredients first which i feel lazy to do… Also i feel that baking would ensure ‘more even roasting’ and crispy golden texture which i’d like..
    So you see i am in such a huge dilemma ????
    Can you suggest some way out?

    Sorry i ended up rambling in the comment. If it feels too long, just edit it short as suitable

    1. hi ruchi, no problem. you can write long comments. i can understand. you can choose from the following option:

      1. dates – blend dates in a mixie and add. you won’t need to add any sweetener. you can even use dried figs along with dates. but soak dried figs in hot water for an hour before blending.
      2. dates syrup – a thick dates syrup will also help in binding.
      3. a jaggery block – since it has some stickiness and will help to bind. do not use jaggery powder, as they are dry and powdery.
      4. kakvi (jaggery molasses) – it has a lovely taste. in maharashtra we get it and known as kakvi in marathi. i don’t know what it is called in hindi. i checked on amazon and kakvi is available, so you can use this. you can read about kakvi in the eggless gingerbread cookies recipes which i have already posted on the blog.

      i searched on google and got a recipe for you from anushruti who i know and is a friend. so you can check her recipe here – https://www.divinetaste.com/homemade-granola-bars-without-honey/

      hope this helps and let me know how the granola turns for you.

  2. Wow! You have a wonderful collection of fasting foods…very informative and helpful indeed. I had been contemplating of posting them during the navratras.

  3. Hey dassana..what a wonderful recipe list u hv provided..will be making a few of them tomorrow