Janmashtami Fasting Recipes | Krishna Jayanthi Sweets & Snacks

Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is celebrated all over India as the birth of Bhagwan Krishna. This year Janmashtami is on 6 September, 2023. Here I share 95 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. I have also shared many South Indian recipes that are made during this Krishna Jayanthi festival.

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

About Janmashtami Festival

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 have shared some 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

Note: 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. Also feel free to omit or add the herbs, spices according to your family practices while making these fasting recipes.

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

closeup photo of sabudana khichdi in a cream plate.
Moderate 25 minutes

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Sabudana Khichdi is a delicious preparation of tapioca pearls (sago) made with potatoes, peanuts, a few spices and usually had during Hindu fasting days like Navratri, Ekadashi, Mahashivratri. It is also a gluten-free recipe. Make the best non-sticky Sabudana ki Khichdi with my recipe.
sama chawal khichdi
1 hour 35 minutes

sama chawal khichdi

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

Kuttu ki Khichdi | Buckwheat Khichdi

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

Easy Vegetarian Mains

vrat wale aloo recipe, vrat ke aloo recipe
Easy 30 minutes

Vrat Wale Aloo | Vrat ke aloo

Vrat wale aloo is a fasting dish made with potatoes, tomatoes, spices and herbs.
kaddu ki sabzi served on a white bowl placed on a white tray.
Moderate 35 minutes

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
Moderate 15 minutes

Vrat ki Kadhi | Rajgira Kadhi for Fasting | Farali Kadhi

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

Samak Rice Pulao (Barnyard Millet Recipe)

Samak Rice Pulao is a simple, healthy and tasty pulao made during Hindu fasting days like Navratri and Ekadashi. Also known as samak/sama/samvat/samo/bhagar and Barnyard Millet in English, this is a popular ingredient used in dishes that are made during the religious fasting days in India.
jeera aloo recipe for fasting, aloo jeera recipe
20 minutes

vrat ke jeera aloo

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

Peanut Amti

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

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
Moderate 30 minutes

Easy Aloo ki Sabji | Satvik Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji

Aloo ki Sabji or Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji is an easy to make lightly spiced gravy featuring potatoes, tomatoes, a few spices and herbs. A satvik recipe made without onion and garlic.
aloo palak recipe, spinach potato curry recipe
40 minutes

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 minutes

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 minutes

Singhare 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
Moderate 50 minutes

Rajgira Puri | Amaranth Puri

Rajgira Poori or Amaranth Poori are deep fried puffy breads made from amaranth flour, boiled mashed potatoes and edible rock salt. It also happens to be naturally gluten-free and vegan. Amaranth flour or seeds are usually eaten during the Hindu fasting or vrat season in India.
30 minutes

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 hours 30 minutes

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.

Fasting 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 hours 30 minutes

Sabudana Vada Recipe

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
Moderate 9 hours 10 minutes

Sama Chawal Idli | Vrat Ki Idli | Vari Rice Idli

Sama Chawal Idli or Vrat Ki Idli is a unique variation to the South Indian Idli. These are made without the regular rice and lentils, but with Sama also known as Barnyard Millet in English. Thus, a perfect choice of dish for your vrats or fasts and even on regular days. A vegan, gluten free and quite a nutritious recipe.
farali pattice recipe
Moderate 1 hour

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 minutes

vrat ki aloo chaat

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

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 hours 15 minutes

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
Moderate 8 hours 20 minutes

Sabudana Pakoda | Sabudana Pakora

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
Easy 10 minutes

Roasted Makhana Recipe

Roasted Makhana is a healthy snack that is made with slow roasting/toasting phool makhana or foxnuts with spices and seasonings.
raw banana kofta recipe, kachche kele ke kofte recipe
Moderate 30 minutes

Kele ka Kofta | Banana Kofta

Kele ka Kofta are crispy, spiced pan fried patties made with raw green unripe bananas or plantains, spices, herbs and a binding flour. A special snack that you can make during the Navratri fasting period or on any other regular day.
arbi tikki recipe
40 minutes

arbi tikki

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

Arbi Sabji | Arbi Recipe | Ghuiya Ki Sabji

Crispy, perfectly spiced and tasty Arbi Recipe made with Taro Roots (also called Arbi and Ghuiya in Hindi), a few spices and herbs. This Arbi Sabji is an easy way you can have a variation in your everyday meals.
closeup shot of fruit chaat garnished with mint sprigs in white bowls
Easy 30 minutes

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 minutes

French Fries Recipe (Crispy & Perfect)

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 minutes

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 minutes

kaddu pakora

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

Sabudana Chivda | Sabudana Namkeen

This Nylon sabudana chivda is a crispy and tasty fasting snack made from nylon sabudana and dry fruits for the Navratri fasts.
sweet potato cutlet garnished with coriander leaves and served in a steel platter.
Moderate 30 minutes

Sweet Potato Cutlet | Indian Sweet Potato Patties

Sweet Potato Tikki is a delish snack that can be made during the period of Hindu fasting or vrat. These are basically sweet potato patties spiced with the usual Indian spices and herbs.

Sides for the Snacks

phalahari chutney recipe
5 minutes

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 minutes

Cucumber Raita

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 minutes

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 minutes

Chaas Recipe (Mattha Recipe)

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.

Gokulashtami 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 minutes

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 placed in a circle and in the center on a white plate on a red table
Moderate 15 minutes

Coconut Ladoo Recipe | Nariyal ke Laddu Made In 3 Unique Ways

Make coconut ladoo with three recipes. The first one is a quick 3 ingredient recipe made with fresh coconut, milkmaid and cardamom powder. The second recipe has 2 ingredients – desiccated coconut and condensed milk. The third recipe is made with desiccated coconut and sugar.
makhane ki kheer served in a black bowl with a spoon kept on it.
Moderate 35 minutes

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
Moderate 35 minutes

Sabudana Kheer | How to make Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana Kheer is a sweet, creamy pudding made with tapioca pearls or sago pearls (called sabudana in Hindi), milk, sugar, nuts and flavored with cardamom & saffron. Sabudana Kheer is also a popular pick as fasting food during the Hindu Navratri festival. It is simple and easy to make, and tastes absolutely delicious.
rajgira kheer recipe, amaranth kheer recipe
20 minutes

Rajgira Kheer

Rajgira kheer is a simple easy dessert pudding made with amaranth grains. Navratri recipe.
samak ki kheer served in a bowl with text layovers.
1 hour 30 minutes

vrat ke chawal ki kheer

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

Paneer Kheer

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

lauki ki kheer

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

Javvarisi Payasam | Saggubiyyam Payasam | Sago Payasam

Javvarisi Payasam also referred to as Saggubiyyam Payasam or Sago Payasam is a sweet creamy pudding made with sago(tapioca pearls), milk, ghee, sugar, raisins and cashews. The recipe is super easy and a great way of using tapioca pearls in a dessert form. It is also gluten-free.
sweet potato halwa garnished with fried cashews, rose petals and served on a white colored plate.
Moderate 40 minutes

Sweet Potato Halwa (Shakarkandi ka Halwa)

Sweet Potato Halwa also called Shakarkandi ka Halwa in Hindi is a delicious Indian sweet made with boiled and mashed sweet potatoes and scented with cardamom, saffron.
papaya halwa recipe
Moderate 50 minutes

Papaya Halwa (Papaya Sweet)

Papaya Halwa is a Indian sweet or dessert made with papaya. This Papaya Sweet is prepared by slow-cooking semi-ripe papaya, sugar and almond powder in oil. With hints of lovely cardamom, it makes for tasty dessert to end your meals with.
closeup shot of brass spoon filled with basundi on top of a brass bowl with basundi
Moderate 25 minutes

Basundi Recipe | Basundi Sweet

Basundi is a flavored, thickened and sweetened milk made with whole milk, sugar, fragrant spices and nuts. It is a popular sweet made in the western parts of India. This basundi recipe is a quicker version made with sweetened condensed milk and comes together under 25 minutes.
apple halwa recipe
Moderate 45 minutes

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 hour

Lauki 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 minutes

Easy Dry Fruits Laddu Recipe

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 minutes

Amaranth Yogurt Parfait

Healthy and nutritious parfait made with popped amaranth, yogurt, honey, fruits & dry fruits.
coconut burfi slices on a white platter with a rakhi in the background.
Moderate 1 hour 25 minutes

Coconut Burfi | Nariyal ki Barfi

This Coconut Burfi is a delish, melt in the mouth fudge made with sweetened condensed milk, milk, and desiccated coconut. 

Krishna Jayanthi Recipes

In the Southern Indian states also Krishna Jayanthi is celebrated with a lot of joy and fervor. The South Indian snacks and sweets that are made are different from the North Indian ones.

I have below listed some basic ingredients that you can make at home to make these snacks and sweets. I have also shared some special dishes that are made on the occasion of Krishna Jayanthi.

Do It Yourself Homemade Recipes

block of butter on brown wooden board
Easy 20 minutes

How to Make Butter (White Butter)

Make pure, fresh, homemade butter – called makhan in Hindi, without any additives, coloring agents or preservatives. I’ll also share the method of making homemade cultured butter.
clear can shaped glass filled with golden ghee and a small silver ladle removing some
Easy 25 minutes

How to Make Ghee | Homemade Ghee Recipe

This nutty flavored and high smoke point fat has been used for thousands of years, with deep roots in Ayurvedic practices. Making ghee at home is simple, easy and cost effective and will render much better flavor than commercially available varieties. Follow along with me as I show you how to make homemade ghee recipe in the traditional Indian way!
rice flour in a black rimmed white bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 2 hours 20 minutes

How To Make Rice Flour | Rice Flour Recipe

Prepare rice flour at home any time you need it to make various snacks or sweets. Making homemade rice flour is not difficult and all you need is a good mixer-grinder or blender or a grain mill to grind the rice grains.
homemade khoya mawa served on a white plate with some in the spoon kept on the left side.
Moderate 2 hours

Khoya Recipe | Mawa Recipe

Homemade Khoya Recipe or Mawa Recipe made with the traditional method of slow cooking and simmering milk in a kadai (wok) until it thickens, reduces and becomes slightly granular. Khoya is also known as Mawa or Khoa and is a key ingredient for making many Indian sweets.
how to make paneer recipe
Easy 15 minutes

How to Make Paneer | Homemade Paneer Recipe

Make fresh paneer at home with only a few simple ingredients. This easy homemade paneer recipe creates the softest, most tender paneer cheese from scratch.

Krishna Jayanthi Sweets

closeup shot of rava kesari served in dark green plate.
Moderate 25 minutes

Kesari Recipe | Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari is a popular South Indian pudding like sweet that is made with rava or suji (semolina), ghee, cashews, raisins, sugar, water and saffron. This Kesari recipe gives you a really delicious melt in the mouth sweet that can be made in less time.
rava kesari with milk, kesari recipe with milk, rava milk kesari recipe
30 minutes

Rava Kesari With Milk

This Milk Rava Kesari is an easy to prepare delicious kesari variety made with milk, semolina (rava), sugar and dry fruits.
paal payasam garnished with dried rose petal chiffonade in a brass bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 1 hour

Paal Payasam | Rice Payasam

Paal Payasam is a simple South Indian variant of a slow cooked rice pudding made with only 4 ingredients. This recipe is of a typical Tamil style Rice Payasam that is creamy and delicious.
20 minutes

Aval Payasam

Delicious poha kheer or payasam made with flattened rice, ghee and milk.
Moderate 20 minutes

Paruppu Payasam | Moong Dal Payasam

Paruppu Payasam is simply a Moong Dal Payasam. It is a creamy, decadent pudding of yellow moong lentils, jaggery, coconut milk and flavored with cardamom. This South Indian sweet treat is also called Pasi Paruppu Payasam.
semiya payasam garnished with cashews and raisins in a brass bowl
Easy 20 minutes

Semiya Payasam Recipe

Semiya payasam is a creamy, sweet vermicelli pudding from the South Indian cuisine. This cardamom scented vermicelli payasam recipe comes together in 20 minutes and can be made by beginners too.
paneer kheer recipe
Easy 25 minutes

Paneer Kheer

Paneer kheer recipe is a quick and easy Indian cottage cheese kheer for the festive season. Ready in less than 25 minutes.
badam kheer recipe
Moderate 50 minutes

Badam Kheer

Badam kheer or almond payasam is a delicious creamy kheer made with blanched almond paste, milk and saffron.
sweet poha recipe
5 minutes

sweet aval

Sweet poha is a sweet snack made with poha (flattened rice), jaggery, milk, coconut and banana.
rava ladoo in a circle with lit earthern lamp in center on a bronze plate
Moderate 30 minutes

Rava Laddu Recipe (Suji Ke Laddu)

An easy peasy method to make Rava Laddu for Diwali or any festival. This Rava Ladoo also known as Suji ke Laddu are sweet balls made with rava (sooji or semolina), coconut, powdered sugar, dry fruits, nuts and ghee.
aval laddu recipe, poha laddu recipe, atukula laddu recipe
Moderate 15 minutes

Aval Laddu | Poha Laddu

Aval laddu also called Poha Laddu are delicious ladoo or sweet balls made with thick poha or aval (flattened rice or parched rice), jaggery, cashews, raisins, milk and ghee. They make for an easy festive sweet.
besan ke laddu, besan ladoo
Moderate 30 minutes

Easy Besan ke Laddu Recipe

Besan Ladoo or Besan ke Laddu is a popular Indian sweet made during festivals. These are round sweet balls made with gram flour a.k.a besan, powdered sugar and clarified butter (ghee).
sunnundalu or urad dal laddu served on a white plate.
Moderate 17 minutes

Sunnundalu Recipe | Urad Dal Laddu

Sunnundalu is a special and unique Andhra festive sweet made with urad dal (black gram), ghee and sugar or jaggery. These protein rich treats are tasty and keeps well for a few days at room temperature.
maladu recipe, maa ladoo recipe
Moderate 12 minutes

Maladu Recipe | Maa Laddu | Roasted Gram Ladoo

Maladu or Maa Laddu (Pottukadalai Ladoo) is quick South Indian recipe of ladoo made from roasted gram or roasted chana dal flour. Maladu is made with just 3 main ingredients – roasted gram flour, ghee and sugar.
moong dal laddu served on a white plate.
Moderate 17 minutes

Moong Dal Laddu

Moong Dal Laddu are nutty sweet balls made with moong lentils, ghee, sugar and flavored with green cardamoms. These Moong Dal Ladoo are quite addictive too.
til ladoo recipe, sesame seeds ladoo recipe
Difficult 20 minutes

Til Ke Laddu | Sesame Laddu

Til ke laddu is a healthy, delicious, and nutty ladoo prepared with sesame seeds, jaggery, peanuts, and desiccated coconut. A vegan recipe and also a Makar Sankranti festival special sweet.
motichoor ladoo recipe, motichur laddu recipe, motichoor ke ladoo recipe
Moderate 30 minutes

Motichur Laddu (Motichoor ke Ladoo)

Motichur laddu are soft, delish melt in the mouth ladoo made mainly with gram flour, sugar, and spices.. One of the most popular Indian sweet.
top shot of six boondi laddu in pink muffin liners on a white plate placed on pink napkin
Difficult 35 minutes

Boondi Laddu (Boondi ke Ladoo)

Boondi laddu is a popular Indian sweet made by combining lovely little bits of fried and sugar-soaked batter (made with gram flour) with seeds and fragrant spices. Each bite is a delightful blend of smooth, soft, and melt-in-the mouth texture.
ragi ladoo recipe, nachni ladoo recipe
Easy 15 minutes

Ragi Ladoo

This is a quick, easy and tasty ragi laddu made with three ingredients – ragi, jaggery and ghee.
squares of kalakand laid out on a piece of parchment
Easy 20 minutes

Kalakand Recipe | Kalakand Sweet

This two-ingredient, super fast recipe for Kalakand (a.k.a. Indian Milk Cake) comes together in just 15 minutes thanks to the help of a can of sweetened condensed milk.
7 cup burfi
Moderate 30 minutes

7 Cups Sweet Recipe | Easy 7 Cup Burfi | 7 Cup Cake

7 cup burfi is a easy and delicious South Indian sweet made with gram flour, ghee, fresh coconut, milk and sugar. It is also known as 7 cup cake or 7 cups sweet as it is made with 7 measures of ingredients.
cubes of mysore pak on a wooden serving tray on a table.
Difficult 25 minutes

Mysore Pak Recipe

Mysore pak is a popular and super delicious Indian sweet from the city of Mysore in the Karnataka state in South India. Mysore pak is made with only three ingredients – gram flour, ghee and sugar. It is rich, luxurious and melt in the mouth sweet.
kaju katli stacked spirally
Moderate 20 minutes

Kaju Katli Recipe | Kaju Barfi

These Kaju Katli are the way they are actually meant to be – thin, smooth, melt in the mouth slices of cashew goodness. A popular Indian sweet made with cashews, sugar and water.
barfi recipe, khoya barfi recipe, mawa burfi recipe
Moderate 20 minutes

Barfi Recipe | Khoya Barfi

This easy, delicious Indian sweet is a quick Barfi Recipe. This Mawa Barfi is made with khoya/mawa (evaporated milk solids), sugar, nuts and some flavorings. It comes together in 20 minutes, right from the preparation to the cooking.
7 peda pieces on a red plate placed on white doilies.
Moderate 15 minutes

Peda Recipe | Doodh Peda | Milk Peda

This rich peda recipe is a delightfully sweet fudge-like confection made with khoya (dried milk solids), sugar, nuts and fragrant spices. Make this simple and quick doodh peda recipe (milk peda) for any festival or celebrations.
closeup shot of malpua with rabdi served in a oval plate
Moderate 1 hour

Malpua Recipe (Classic Homemade Sweet)

Malpua is a traditional and popular Indian sweet of pan fried or shallow fried flour pancakes dipped in sugar syrup and served with rabdi or sweetened thickened milk. These crispy and fluffy pancakes are made with all-purpose flour, curd (yogurt), spices, khoya (dried milk solids) and topped with nuts.
unniyappam recipe, unni appam recipe
Moderate 3 hours 50 minutes

Unniyappam Recipe | Unni Appam

Unniyappam are sweet fritters from the Kerala cuisine and are made with rice, banana, a few spices and coconut.
wheat appam recipe, sweet paniyaram recipe with wheat flour, instant wheat paniyaram recipe
35 minutes

Wheat Appam

These are instant appams made with whole wheat flour, jaggery and bananas.

Krishna Jayanthi Snacks

four murukku pieces in a metal jar
Moderate 50 minutes

Murukku Recipe | Murukulu Recipe

Murukku is a popular South Indian crunchy and crispy snack made with rice flour and lentil flour. It is also known as murukulu, chakralu and jantikalu in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
butter murukku served in a cane bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 30 minutes

Butter Murukku | Butter Chakli

Butter Murukku is a South Indian fried snack made with butter and rice flour. It can also be called Butter Chakli. This recipe is surely for the win as it is scrumptious and tasty.
ribbon pakoda served in a cane basket.
Moderate 30 minutes

Ribbon Pakoda | Ribbon Murukku

Ribbon Pakoda or Ribbon Murukku are fried crisp ribbon shaped savory snack from South India. They are easy to prepare and tastes good too. They are also known as ola pakoda or nada thenkuzhal.
thattai placed on parchment paper in a cane bowl.
Moderate 40 minutes

Thattai Recipe | Thattu Vadai

Thattai or Thattu Vadai are deep-fried crispy rice crackers served as a snack and made during festivals like Krishna Jayanthi (Gokulashtmi) or Diwali. Thattai are made with rice flour, spices and herbs having a spiced, crunchy and crispy taste.
karasev served in a black bowl.
Moderate 35 minutes

Sev Recipe | Karasev | Besan Sev

This spicy Sev Recipe is made from gram flour (besan) and hence also known as Besan Sev or Karasev. These sev have a crispy texture and are a quick, savory snack prepared during the Diwali Festival.
kara boondi served in a red-rimmed white ceramic bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 45 minutes

Kara Boondi | Masala Boondi Mixture

Kara boondi is a spiced version of boondi and a mixture consisting of boondi, peanuts, cashews, curry leaves and a few spices.
madras mixture served in a red-rimmed white ceramic bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 1 hour 15 minutes

Mixture Recipe | Madras Mixture

One of the popular South Indian snacks made during Diwali is this Madras Mixture Recipe which is basically a mix of various edible ingredients, nuts and dry fruits. It is also called as Omapodi Mixture.

This Krishna Jayanthi Recipes post from the archives was first published in August 2013. It has been updated and republished on August 2023.

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  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