Karwa Chauth Recipes | Karwa Chauth Vrat Vidhi & Procedure

This post shares Karwa Chauth recipes, Karwa Chauth vrat vidhi or procedure and Karwa Chauth rituals like sargi, baya, group pooja, song and how we break karwa chauth fast in our family.

a vector image with four women in indian saree celebrating karwa chauth festival

Karwa Chauth is on 4th November 2020. I am sharing this Karwa Chauth recipes collection so that it is easier for you to decide your menu in advance. Please don’t add onions and garlic in any recipe which you make because they are not allowed during Karwa Chauth vrat. So skip adding them, onion and garlic.

Karwa Chauth Vrat 

Karwa Chauth vrat is kept by women in North India for the health, well being, prosperity and long life of their husband.

The word Karwa means diya (small earthen lamp). Karwa also means a pitcher or pot and Chauth means fourth. Since it falls on the 4th day after the full moon in the kartik month.

The day begins at dawn and in my family we have Gobi paratha or Aloo paratha with Raita and a sweet dish like Sooji halwa or Vermicelli kheer or Feni. 

Sometimes we have Chaat recipes. If not Paratha than we have Aloo Gobi with phulkas.

All these delicious food are consumed before sunrise or better to say when the stars are still there in the sky (taaron ki chaaon main).

I also have tea and then lots of water too because the whole day goes in Karwa Chauth vrat or fasting without eating anything and even drinking water.

After the Karwa Chauth rituals and pooja are over during the day we wait for the moon to come up. It is customary that the sky will be cloudy and moon will come very late.

After waiting and waiting – finally we get to see the moon through a sieve and offering water to the moon we seek its blessings.

The wives are given the first sip of water and the first morsel of food – usually Mathri by their husbands. (The whole Karwa Chauth vrat vidhi and guidelines are given below in the post after the recipes section).

At home we usually have a dinner of Rajma masala or Punjabi  chana or Dal makhani or Mah ki dal with rice or roti and some veggie dish. This is how we celebrate Karwa Chauth in our home.

Plan your Karwa Chauth menu in advance. So your whole day goes smooth and hassle free. Eg: You can make the Chutney a day before. Also mathri can be made a day or two before. 

Enjoy making the recipes and having them so that you are able to fast for the whole day.

Karwa Chauth Recipes

I am sharing recipes that you can make for dinner (after breaking your vrat) and the recipes that are included in the sargi. The dishes that make up the sargi platter is had before taking the fast.

Kindly note that some of the recipes listed below have onion and garlic in them as I did not make them on the occasion of Karwa Chauth but on some regular days.

If making these recipes on Karwa Chauth, then do omit the onions and garlic from them. You can add a pinch of asafoetida (hing) in the dish to mimic the flavors of onion and garlic.

You can also check this category of No Onion No Garlic Recipes.

Sargi

Sargi is the meal which is had before dawn and before taking up the karwa chauth fast. In this section you will find the breakfast dishes that can be made easily.

I have also added some sweets recipes. You can prep some of the dishes a day before and refrigerate them. The sweets can also be made a day before and refrigerated.

Breakfast & Snacks

overhead shot of gobi paratha in a white plate topped with two green chillies at the side
Moderate 50 mins

Gobi Paratha

Cauliflower paratha is unleavened whole wheat flatbread stuffed with a spiced grated cauliflower filling. Gobi paratha is often made for breakfast in Punjabi homes as well as served in restaurants and Punjabi dhabas.
aloo paratha recipe
Moderate 50 mins

Aloo Paratha

Punjabi aloo paratha is a popular Indian breakfast of unleavened whole wheat flatbread stuffed with a spiced potato stuffing. Learn to make these flavorful and tasty aloo paratha with my tried and tested family recipe.
folded paneer paratha on top of a paneer paratha on a white plate
Moderate 45 mins

Paneer Paratha

Paneer paratha is a popular North Indian flatbread made with whole wheat flour dough and stuffed with savory, spiced, grated paneer (Indian cottage cheese) stuffing. Paneer paratha is one of the most popular stuffed paratha varieties from Punjab and usually made for breakfast.
methi thepla rolls placed stacked vertically in white square plate on a dark blue black board
Easy 50 mins

Thepla Recipe | Methi Thepla

Thepla recipe comes from the Gujarati cuisine and are popular flatbreads made with whole grain flours. Spiced and savory methi thepla are healthy flatbreads made with fresh fenugreek leaves and multi grain flours.
aloo gobi recipe, aloo gobi dry recipe
55 mins

Aloo Gobi Sabzi

This is an easy, simple and delicious homely aloo gobi ki sabji.
aloo gajar matar recipe, dry gajar aloo matar recipe
Easy 30 mins

Aloo gajar matar

Aloo gajar matar is a quick and easy dry curry made with potatoes, carrots and peas. No onion no garlic dry gajar aloo matar.
jeera aloo served in a ceramic bowl with a side of puri
Moderate 30 mins

Jeera Aloo Recipe

Jeera aloo is classic potato side dish loaded with cumin and fresh herbs, and is naturally gluten-free and vegan. It gets ready in less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
gajar matar recipe
30 mins

gajar matar recipe

Gajar matar sabzi recipe – delicious dry sauted carrots and fresh green peas.
dahi puri recipe, dahi batata puri chaat recipe
1 hr

Dahi Puri (Mumbai Style)

Dahi puri also known as dahi batata puri is a delicious, yummy, chatpata chaat snack from Mumbai. It is sweet, sour, tangy, spicy and crispy chaat.
overhead shot of sev puri on a dark purple plate on a a dark blue table
Moderate 45 mins

Sev Puri

Sev puri recipe is a canapé like snack -where crispy fried flour discs are topped with flavorful condiments, veggies, herbs, ground spices and more. Spicy, sweet, tangy, savory, crunchy, crispy flavors – all bursting in your mouth in each bite. Learn to make this mouthwatering snack with my authentic Mumbai style recipe.
40 mins

Aloo Tikki (Crispy & North Indian Style Recipe)

Aloo tikki is a popular North Indian snack of spiced, crisp potato patties.
papdi chaat recipe, papri chaat recipe
50 mins

Papdi Chaat

Papdi chaat is a popular North Indian street food made with papdi, boiled chickpeas, potatoes, pakori and curd
aloo chana chaat recipe
30 mins

Aloo Chana Chaat

Aloo chana chaat is a spicy, tangy, sweet chaat made with boiled potatoes and white chickpeas.
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.
veg cutlet recipe, veg patties recipe, vegetable cutlet recipe
45 mins

Veg Cutlet

These are crisp and tasty veg cutlet made with mixed vegetables. These vegan patties are a good tea time snack.
farali pattice recipe
1 hr

farali pattice

Farali patties recipe – crisp potato patties stuffed with a sweet-tangy coconut-dry fruits stuffing. A popular Gujarati snack that is made during fasting.
green chutney recipe for chaat recipes
15 mins

green chutney

Green chutney for chaat snacks recipes
imli chutney recipe, sweet chutney recipe, sweet tamarind chutney recipe
Easy 4 hrs 12 mins

Tamarind Chutney

Tamarind Chutney or Imli chutney is a sweet and tangy chutney made with tamarind, jaggery and ginger powder. It is also known as saunth chutney.

Sweets

suji halwa recipe
Easy 15 mins

Suji ka Halwa | Sheera Recipe

Suji ka halwa or Sheera is a classic Indian semolina pudding made with sugar, ghee and dry fruits. The recipe I have shared is a family heirloom recipe. We have been making this suji halwa recipe for decades during family get togethers, special occasions & festivals. The sooji halwa recipe can be easily halved, doubled or tripled.
meethi seviyan recipe, sweet vermicelli recipe, dry seviyan recipe
25 mins

Meethi Seviyan

Meethi seviyan is a sweet dessert made from whole wheat vermicelli, ghee, milk, sugar and dry fruits.
gulgule recipe
Easy 25 mins

Gulgule Recipe

Gulgule are crispy, soft fried Indian doughnuts made with whole wheat flour, banana, sugar or jaggery and fennel seeds. A North Indian special sweet.
vermicelli kheer recipe, seviyan kheer recipe, semiya kheer recipe
20 mins

Vermicelli Kheer

Vermicelli kheer also known as seviyan kheer or semiya kheer is often served during festival or any occasion of celebration.
rice kheer recipe
Easy 50 mins

Kheer Recipe | Rice Kheer

Rice kheer is a popular Indian sweet dessert made with basmati rice, milk, nuts and saffron. Rice kheer is easy to make and is made with a one pan or one pot method. Rice kheer is basically Indian rice pudding and makes for a creamy delicious pudding. 
besan ke laddu, besan ladoo
Moderate 30 mins

Besan Ladoo

Besan Ladoo is a popular ladoo made from gram flour, powdered sugar and clarified butter (ghee).
rava ladoo in a circle with lit earthern lamp in center on a bronze plate
Easy 30 mins

Rava Laddu

An easy method to make rava laddu recipe for Diwali or any festival. This rava ladoo recipe is made with rava (sooji or semolina), coconut, powdered sugar, dry fruits and ghee.
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.
carrot halwa recipe
Easy 1 hr 10 mins

Carrot Halwa | Gajar ka Halwa

A carrot halwa recipe made in the traditional way and slow-cooked – with just carrots, whole milk, ghee, sugar and some nuts. You will love this evergreen and popular gajar ka halwa recipe.
peda recipe, milk peda recipe, doodh peda recipe, how to make peda recipe
15 mins

Doodh Peda Recipe

This doodh peda recipe is made with khoya and taste too good. Peda is one of the popular Indian sweets.
atta ladoo recipe, wheat ladoo recipe
15 mins

Atta Ladoo

These wheat ladoo make for a good sweet snack for kids as well as for the whole family.  easy and quick to prepare delicious ladoo made with whole wheat flour, sugar and ghee.
Easy 30 mins

Phirni Recipe | Firni

Phirni is a classic creamy sweet pudding made with ground rice, sugar, milk, almonds, saffron and cardamom.
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.
apple halwa recipe
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 recipe 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 in the apple halwa. 
badam kheer recipe
50 mins

Badam Kheer

Badam kheer or almond payasam is a delicious creamy kheer made with blanched almond paste, milk and saffron.
sheer khurma in a steel spoon on top of white bowl
Easy 28 mins

Sheer Khurma

Sheer khurma is a rich sweet pudding made with vermicelli, milk, dates, dry fruits and ghee. 'Sheer' means milk and 'khurma' is dates in Persian language.

Dinner

Included in this section is food that you can have after breaking the fast. I have listed mostly Punjabi recipes and the ones which we make in our family.

You will also find some starters and appetizers in this section. You can serve the dal or the curries with roti or steamed rice. Pulao can be served with raita or a side salad.

Lentils & Beans

dal makhani recipe
Easy 9 hrs

Dal Makhani

This Dal Makhani recipe is a restaurant style version with subtle smoky flavors and creaminess of the lentils. Dal Makhani is one of the most popular lentil recipes from the North Indian cuisine made with whole urad dal (black gram) and kidney beans.
overhead shot of rajma recipe in a blue rimmed white bowl on a jute cloth with a brass spoon and bowl with onion rounds and lemon wedges
Easy 9 hrs 45 mins

Rajma Recipe | Rajma Masala

This Rajma recipe is a creamy, tangy and spiced curry made with dried kidney beans. This restaurant style Rajma Masala is made in a base of sautéed onions, tomatoes, spices and cream making it truly delicious.
chana dal recipe, punjabi chana dal fry recipe
Easy 30 mins

Chana Dal (Authentic North Indian Recipe)

This chana dal fry is Punjabi style recipe of bengal gram lentils or spilt chickpeas tempered & flavored with onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices.
dal tadka garnished with cilantro and a topped with fried red chilli with some fried cumin and some red colored oil in a small brass bucket on a light brown jute mat
Easy 30 mins

Dal Tadka (Restaurant Style Recipe)

This restaurant style dal tadka is a smooth and creamy dal tempered with Indian spices with a smoky charcoal flavor.
amritsari chole recipe
8 hrs 45 mins

Amritsari Chole

Amritsari chole masala is white chickpeas curry made in Punjabi style.
amritsari dal recipe, langarwali dal recipe
4 hrs 45 mins

Langarwali Dal

This amritsari dal is simple and tasty Punjabi dal made with whole black gram and split chickpea (chana dal).
maa ki dal recipe, kali dal recipe, black gram dal recipe, sabut urad dal recipe
Easy 1 hr

Maa ki dal

Black gram dal or kali dal or maa ki dal is a popular and delicious Punjabi dal recipe made with sabut urad dal.

Vegetarian Gravies & Curries

paneer butter masala served in a blue rimmed white pan, garnished with cream and cilantro
Easy 40 mins

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala is one of India’s most popular paneer recipe. This recipe with Indian cottage cheese cubes in a creamy tomato sauce is a best one that I have been making for a long time.
palak paneer topped with cream, garnished with ginger julienne and served in an orange bowl on a white board
Easy 40 mins

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer that is delicious, smooth and creamy. This easy palak paneer recipe is made with fresh spinach leaves, paneer, onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices. This is one of the most popular North Indian dish.
shahi paneer topped with some saffron strands and served in a white bowl with a spoon
Easy 40 mins

Shahi Paneer

This Shahi Paneer is deliciously rich and creamy, making it one of the most popular recipes in Mughlai cuisine.
veg kurma or korma in a white bowl on a dark green wooden tray
Moderate 45 mins

Veg Kurma (Hotel Style)

Absolutely flavorsome and delish is this Vegetable Kurma – a warming, spiced and complexly flavored curry from the Indian Cuisine made with nuts, seeds, spices and mix vegetables.
veg kadai
1 hr 20 mins

Veg Kadai

Restaurant style Punjabi kadai vegetable curry.
close up shot of matar paneer on white rectangle plate on white marble table
Moderate 30 mins

Matar Paneer Recipe (Mutter Paneer)

Matar paneer, a popular Indian curry dish made with green peas and cottage cheese, is from the versatile Northern Indian cuisine that has many different (and delicious) variations. I’m sharing our family recipe of a flavorful and simple home-style mutter paneer.
navratan korma recipe
1 hr 10 mins
Navratan korma is a rich aromatic vegetable curry made with nine ingredients.
Easy 30 mins

Aloo Matar | Aloo Mutter

This Aloo Matar or Aloo Mutter is a simple, delicious, comforting curry recipe of potato and green peas in an onion, tomato, spice laden base.
pav bhaji served in a rectangular serving tray with buttered pav and chopped onions, cilantro and lemon wedges on a white table
Moderate 40 mins

Pav Bhaji Recipe

Pav Bhaji is a hearty, delightsome, flavorful meal of mashed vegetable gravy with fluffy soft buttery dinner rolls served with a side of crunchy piquant onions, tangy lemon and herby coriander. You will love this pav bhaji recipe for its Mumbai style flavors. I share the traditional method of making Pav Bhaji and a quick Instant Pot recipe.
methi matar malai recipe
Easy 30 mins

Methi Matar Malai

Methi matar malai is a delicious North Indian curry made with fenugreek leaves, peas and cream.
aloo puri recipe
1 hr 15 mins

Aloo Puri

This aloo puri is a traditional Punjabi spiced potato curry served with pooris.

Pulao & Rice Recipes

jeera rice recipe
55 mins

Jeera Rice

Give a makeover to the simple steamed rice by adding cumin (jeera) and some fragrant spices. This restaurant style cumin rice recipe is mildly spiced, fragrant and tastes too good. Recipe post shares two methods of making jeera rice. Choose the recipe method that suits you. 
pulao recipe
Easy 40 mins

Pulao Recipe | Veg Pulao

Trying to get more vegetables in your diet? Try this vegetarian one pot meal of pulao. Use the vegetables that you like most, like peas, potatoes, and green beans. Make this simple veg pulao that packs a punch of flavor!
top shot of khichdi in a bowl with a spoon inside
Easy 40 mins

Khichdi Recipe (Dal Khichdi)

Khichdi recipe is a delicious one pot meal of rice and moong lentils. Moong Dal Khichdi is light and easy to digest healthy food. Stove-top pressure cooker, Instant Pot and Stove-top Pan instructions are included in the recipe card.
overhead shot of green peas pulao in a white shallow bowl with a brass spoon and cucumber slices placed at the left side on a white marble table
Easy 25 mins

Peas Pulao | Matar Pulao

Peas pulao also known as matar pulao is a tasty rice and green peas dish made with caramelized onions and aromatic spices. It can be prepared entirely in a stove-top pressure cooker or in a pan or in the Instant pot. I share all three ways to make this delish peas pulao.
Kashmiri pulao in a brown bowl garnished with fried nuts and onions and a few fresh mint leaves next to a bowl of tomato raita on a beige table cloth
Moderate 45 mins

Kashmiri Pulao

Kashmiri pulao is a delicious variant of rice pulao from Kashmiri cuisine made with nuts, dried fruits, saffron and fresh fruits. It is aromatic, mild and faintly sweet in taste.
yellow colored lemon rice served in a white bowl on a white cotton cloth
Easy 25 mins

Lemon Rice | Chitranna Recipe

Lemon Rice also known as chitranna or nimmakaya pulihora is a crunchy, flavorful and tangy rice dish that is easy to make and tastes so good.
paneer pulao recipe
50 mins

Paneer Pulao

This is a fragrant and lightly spiced paneer pulao made with freshly ground pulao masala which really brings in a lot of flavor and aroma in the recipe. 
mushroom pulao recipe
50 mins

Mushroom Pulao

This is a mild, flavorful mushroom pulao recipe made with coconut milk.
rajma pulao recipe, rajma rice
9 hrs 35 mins

Rajma Pulao

Aromatic spiced rice pulao made with kidney beans, herbs and spices.

Indian Breads

roti recipe, phulka recipe
40 mins

Roti recipe

Method to make roti or phulka from whole wheat flour.
paratha recipe, plain paratha recipe
Moderate 1 hr 5 mins

Paratha Recipe (Indian Flatbread Recipe)

Crisp as well as soft unleavened whole wheat flat Indian bread. Plain paratha are popular breakfast or tiffin recipe that can be served with pickle or any side veggie dish.
naan recipe
2 hrs 50 mins

Best Naan Recipe (No Yeast)

Easy naan bread recipe without yeast on tawa or stovetop – soft, chewy and delicious naan bread made on stove-top and on a griddle.
perfect golden puri placed on white parchment paper
Moderate 40 mins

Poori Recipe | Puri

Poori or Puri is a traditional Indian fried unleavened bread made with only whole wheat flour, salt, and water. Make crispy, fluffy, and soft poori to enjoy with your favorite meals.
kulcha recipe
2 hrs 45 mins

Kulcha Recipe

Kulcha is a popular soft leavened North Indian flatbread. they can be made in the tandoor as well as on a tava or griddle.
tandoori roti recipe, butter roti recipe
1 hr 5 mins

Tandoori Roti

These tandoori roti are soft, chewy and slightly charred butter roti made on stovetop or tava.
rumali roti recipe
1 hr

Rumali Roti

Rumali roti is one of the unleavened Indian breads that is made traditionally in the Awadhi, Mughlai and Hyderabadi cuisine. Rumali roti are thin soft rotis and can be folded like a handkerchief. Hence the name rumali or roomali roti. The word ‘rumal’ means handkerchief in hindi language.

Starters Snacks & Soups

hara bhara kabab recipe
Moderate 50 mins

Hara Bhara Kabab

Hara bhara kabab is made with fresh spinach leaves, green peas and potatoes. So they are nutritious as well as delicious. Hara bhara kebab makes for a good Indian starter or snack. This green kabab can also be stuffed in burger buns or sandwiches can be made from them. 
paneer tikka
2 hrs 30 mins

Paneer Tikka (Restaurant Style)

This Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka is a popular and delicious tandoori snack where paneer (Indian cottage cheese cubes) are marinated in a spiced yogurt-based marinade, arranged on skewers and grilled in the oven.
chilli paneer, chilli paneer restaurant style
Moderate 30 mins

Chilli Paneer (Restaurant Style Recipe)

Chilli paneer is one of the popular recipe from the Indian Chinese cuisine. This chilli paneer gives restaurant style taste and flavor.
aloo tikka recipe, tandoori aloo recipe
40 mins

tandoori aloo

Marinated & spiced potatoes which can be grilled or pan fried.
45 degree angle shot of khaman dhokla squares on a white plate garnished with cilantro, curry leaves and the fried curry leaves and spices mixture
Easy 20 mins

Khaman Dhokla Recipe

This khaman or khaman dhokla recipe makes a wonderfully soft and fluffy, lightly sweet and savory cake that's perfect to enjoy anytime of the day. It's easy to prepare steamed on the stovetop or even in the Instant Pot with my instructions.
cheese balls recipe
Moderate 45 mins

Cheese Balls (Fail-proof Recipe)

Easy to prepare tasty recipe of cheese balls made with potatoes, gram flour and cheese. This popular snack is vegetarian and gluten free, making it the perfect appetizer to share.
closeup shot of gobi 65 filled on a white plate placed on beige napkin
Moderate 1 hr 10 mins

Gobi 65 Recipe (Cauliflower 65)

Spicy, crispy, vegan Gobi 65 is a fried cauliflower appetizer or snack that everyone will love. Crunchy and savory cauliflower 65 is perfect to serve with tomato ketchup, red chili sauce, chutneys, or your favorite condiment to dip.
arbi fry recipe, seppankizhangu fry recipe
32 mins

arbi fry

Spiced colocasia or taro roots fry for Navratri fasting.
sweet potato chaat recipe, shakarkandi ki chaat recipe
15 mins

sweet potato chaat recipe

Sweet potato chaat is one of the easiest to prepare chaat recipe with sweet potatoes or shakarkandi.
dahi arbi recipe
45 mins

vrat ki dahi arbi

Dahi arbi recipe – colocasia-taro roots in a thin yogurt gravy
kala chana chaat recipe
12 mins

Kala Chana Chaat

Kala chana chaat is a tangy and tasty snack made from black chickpeas
arbi cutlet recipe
30 mins

arbi cutlet

Arbi cutlet recipe – spiced crispy pan fried arbi or colocasia roots. Vegan & gluten free recipe.
aloo chaat recipe
15 mins

Aloo Chaat

Aloo chaat is fried crisp potatoes tossed in spicy & sweet chutneys, a few spice powders and then topped with curd or pomegranate arils or sev.
tomato soup in a black wooden bowl with a silver spoon and topped with bread croutons and parsley
Easy 25 mins

Tomato Soup Recipe

Comforting, velvety smooth tomato soup recipe from scratch perfect for enjoying as a hearty lunch or light dinner.
cream of mushroom soup recipe
30 mins

Cream of Mushroom Soup (One Pot)

This cream of mushroom soup is a one-pot quick, easy and tasty cream of mushroom soup recipe. 
palak soup recipe, spinach soup recipe
30 mins

Palak Soup

This spinach soup is an easy, creamy and low-calorie soup made with spinach leaves, onions, spices and herbs.
carrot soup
Easy 30 mins

Creamy Carrot Soup (Healthy One Pot Recipe)

Carrot soup. A delicious one pot, creamy and thick carrot soup that you will be making again and again. The recipe is also vegan and gluten-free.
carrot ginger soup recipe
Easy 30 mins

Carrot Ginger Soup

This vegan carrot ginger soup is an easy recipe of a comforting soup made with carrots and spiced with ginger.

Karwa Chauth Vrat Vidhi

(These below mentioned rules are followed at my house for Karwa Chauth vrat. Few rules might vary from family to family. I am sharing this Karwa Chauth vrat vidhi for your reference. If in doubt then please consult your family elders or family pandit and always follow the rules followed in your family)

  • Karwa Chauth vrat can also be kept by unmarried girls, if the engagement ceremony is already done.
  • Onion and garlic are strictly not eaten through out the day even after breaking the vrat.
  • Women dress up in their best clothes. Some women also wear the dress they wore on wedding day. Mostly red, orange, golden or bright color clothes or sari is worn. Just avoid wearing white or black color clothes as these colors are not consider auspicious for this occasion. Usually sari or ghagra-choli is worn.
  • Women are not supposed to do any household work on this day. Instead they apply heena or mehndi and dress up in their best clothes and do make up.

Karwa Chauth Sargi

(This is mostly done in Punjabi families)

  • Sargi is given by the mother in law which includes mathri, coconut (must), fruits like banana, apple etc and sweets or as per your wish. Usually dish made from pheni and milk is also part of sargi.
  • Money is also given by the mother in law one day in advance so that the daughter in law can purchase cosmetics or shringar item like bangles, bindi, mehendi, lipstick, hair band, chunri or clothes etc.  if the mother in law is not staying with you then she can send/transfer the money.
  • On the Karwa Chauth morning, before eating sargi the daughter in law will touch 7 items which she has decided that she is going to offer/donate to the Panditani (religious lady or priestess) in the evening after doing Karwa Chauth group pooja. So just touch the 7 items and then you can eat sargi.  these 7 items usually are mehendi, fruits, almonds or cashews (nuts & dry fruits), mathri, coconut and money.
  • While having sargi, first eat the sweets or dish made from pheni and milk. It is to start the day with sweet or on a positive note.

    After this you can eat coconut and then main course meal. The coconut is usually broken by the husband.

    Eat a lot and drink a lot of water. As you are not supposed to drink water or eat food after the sun rises (once the stars have set) and till you do the moon pooja in the night and moon is visible very late on this day.
  • Before eating sargi, put bindi and take red color chunri on your head. Head bath is taken one day before the Karwa Chauth vrat in evening and the head is kept clean (sucha in Punjabi language).
  • The Daughter-in-law also offer clothes and dry fruits like almonds or cashews to her in laws after the Karwa Chauth fast is over (explained later in the post).

Karwa Chauth Group Pooja

  1. Some people also worship Bhagwan Shiva and Parvati maa in the morning. But in our home, we only worship Parvati maa in the form of Gauri maa in the group pooja which is done in the evening around 4 pm or 5 pm.
  2. Before the sunset, all ladies from the locality gather in one place for the group pooja. In their thali they bring the items like sweets, mathri, fruits and sari and clothes.

    These items are called as ‘baya’. Baya items are bought from the money the daughter in law has received from her mother or father.

    If they stay close by then they can send the baya in a basket. But normally daughter in law buy baya items from the money send by her parents.
  3. Apart from baya items there are other things in the thali which includes one diya with mustard oil, sindhur, surma and all the 7 items which you have kept in the morning meant for priestess.

    Also bring one glass (lotta) of water (this is the same water which will be offered to moon in the night). In the water rice grains and sugar is also added. Also tie a mauli (red string) around the lotta.
  4. All the ladies sit around the gauri mata image with their items and gauri mata worship is done. All the ladies put surma, lipstick, sindhur to the gaura mata. Its like doing shingar to gauri mata.
  5. One elderly lady or panditani tells Karwa Chauth katha or story and 7 times the thali containing the baya is rotated. While rotating thali a song is also sung.

Karwa Chauth Ka Gana (Song)

  • For first six rotation or feri the song is “veero kudiye karwara, sarv suhagan karwara, aye katti naya teri naa, kumbh chrakhra feri naa, aar pair payeen naa, ruthda maniyen naa, suthra jagayeen naa, ve veero kuriye karwara, ve sarv suhagan karwara”
  • After every rotation, once the thali comes back, then it is first kissed and then kept it along with lotta containing water.
  • And for the 7th thali rotation the song is “veero kudiye karwara, sarv suhagan karwara, aye katti naya teri nee, kumbh chrakhra feri bhee, aar pair payeen bhee, ruthda maniyen bhee, suthra jagayeen bhee, ve veero kuriye karwara, ve sarv suhagan karwara”
  • The gauri maa pooja is to pray for the well being and long life of your husband.
  • You can offer the 7 items (which you have touched in the morning before eating sargi) to the panditani or religious lady in this pooja after hearing the Karwa Chauth katha.
  • In some families, after the group pooja is done then it is allowed to drink cup of tea or cold drink (but not both). I think, this could be the modern day alteration to make this fast little easier.

    Anyways, as per rules whatever drink you choose on your first Karwa Chauth the same drink you can have rest of your life while keeping Karwa Chauth vrat.
  • Baya items which are worshipped (Mansana) with the help of panditani or priestess is later given to mother in law and father in law.

Few activities to be avoided during Karwa Chauth vrat:
(These are actually mentioned in the song which is sung during first 6 rotation of the thali.)

  • Don’t weave or stitch any cloth.
  • Do not use scissors and needles.
  • Don’t go to fields.
  • Don’t wake up any person who is sleeping.
  • Don’t try to please someone with whom you have or had a conflict.

How we break Karwa Chauth fast?

When the moon is visible (which is always late on this day) then we take a thali in which one diya made with atta or wheat flour, mustard oil, one cotton wick is lit and mathri is kept. Also the water which you have taken with you in the evening pooja of gauri ma is also taken.

Take the red color chunri on your head. Remove your sleepers and keep one wooden stick or piece below your feet and in a sieve (chhanni), place this lit diya and the woman see the moon indirectly via the sieve.

At our home, we repeat the below line 3-4 times while seeing the moon indirectly via sieve. “Haath khari phair chari main suhagan arg den khari” (which means, my hands are spread, I am standing with a wooden stick below my feet and I am a married woman standing here to offer water to you).

(Translation: haath (hands), khari (standing or spread), phair (feets), chari (wooden stick or piece), suhagan (married lady), arg (water), den (to give), khari (standing).

After saying the above lines 3 to 4 times, throw the diya backwards. Then see the moon directly and pour water downwards in the direction of moon.

Throw 5 to 6 mathri pieces also downwards in the direction of moon. Empty the entire water from the glass/lotta. Don’t drink this water at all.

Then see your husband through the sieve (chhanni). Many women also touch the feet of their husband at this stage. At this point you can also internally pray for your husband well being.

After this, to break the fast, husband will offer water and mathri to you. In our home, we eat rice and dal makhani after this. But onion and garlic can not be put in this dish also.

I pray and hope everyone has a fulfilled Karwa Chauth and this Karwa Chauth adds more harmony, understanding and love into the marriage. I hope both partners help each other in the inner and outer well being of body, mind and soul.

This post from the archives (Oct 2011) has been republished and updated on 3 November 2020.

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50 Comments

  1. Dear Mam….

    This is my first Karwachawth. i m working women so i m far away from my in-laws & husband. even in our community Karwachawth fast has not kept but i wanted to do for my husband’s health, wealth & long life. i have some queries can you please resolve that on urgently.
    1. I m alone where i m working right now. noone is performing Karwachawth pooja. how can i perform thali rotating ritual without anybody with me.
    2. My mother in low can’t send sergi but before few days when i visit to my home, she gave me dry fruits. i used that as a sergi & make sevaiya also. is that ok ?

    1. Hi Mitali, Wish you a Happy Karwa Chauth Festival. You can do a small pooja in your home temple worshipping the Divine Mother with a thali having lit diya (lamp), some red flowers, incense and sweets. There is no need to perform the thali rotating ritual. Yes, you can use those dry fruits, but do tell your mother-in-law to tell you on phone that you can use the dry fruits as sargi. Your mother-in-law can also send some money to you (online in your bank etc) which you can use to buy the sargi items. That is what my mother-in-law does as she does not stay with us. I hope this is helpful.

  2. Hi wish you a very happy Karwachawth. Wanted to know if I can use knife on karwachawth if I have to cook food as it’s mentioned somewhere not to use pointed items.

    Regards
    Priyanka

    1. Thanks Priyanka. Wish you too a happy Karwa Chauth festival. Yes, you can use the knife for chopping veggies or herbs etc. I do cook breakfast and lunch and then the dinner for the rest of the family. So I do have to chop herbs and veggies. Just do not use needle or scissors for cutting and stitching any cloth.

  3. Dear Dassana,

    Here’s wishing you a very Happy Karwa Chauth 2018!

    Regards,

    Neeti

  4. Dear Dassana,
    Here’s wishing you a very happy Karwa Chauth 2017. Have browsed through your guidelines this year too so that I can follow all the rituals correctly. Thanks a lot!
    ????
    Regards,

    Neeti

  5. Be blessed and have a Karvachauth which only bring tons of love n affection in your relationship!

  6. Dear Dassana,
    Greetings!

    Since getting inspired with your detailed post last year, I’ve started fasting on Karwa Chauth! (even though this festival is not celebrated in my community) ?

    Now, I just wanted to ask about the karwa used in the pooja. You’ve mentioned that it’s the earthen lamp, but on the internet it’s shown and mentioned as the lota from which we offer arghya to the moon. I’m confused! Please help! Where and how exactly do you use it? What do you do with it once the rituals are completed?
    Looking forward to your prompt reply and guidance…Have a wonderful Karwa Chauth on the 19th! ?

    1. thats nice to know. wish you a happy karwa chauth festival.

      karwa means earthern diya as well as the pitcher or pot from which arghya is offered to the moon. i use only the diya made from the atta dough. this atta diya i keep it in my terrace garden and let it organically decompose. and the pitcher or lota, i use it for karwa chauth or any pooja occasions. i keep the pitcher separately. i will change this part about the karwa in the post.

      1. Hi Dassana,

        Thanks a lot! Loved your idea of using the atta diya in the garden! So, if I use a mitti ka karwa (pitcher), it should be okay to immerse it in water (like other biodegradable Nirmalyam items) after offering arghya, and use a fresh one next year. Right? And if I get a metal karwa, I can reuse it every year. Hope I’m right in understanding the nuances of these rituals…

        1. welcome neeti. i think you can use the mitti ka karwa next year too. there is no need to immerse in water. just keep it aside or you can use it for some other pooja rituals. i also have mitti ka pitcher, but i have always used metal one right from the beginning, so have stuck to that. metal based pot can be reused.

  7. Is it really important to hv sargi ? My mil is far away from me n can’t send anything like this. And my mom never had sargi.m really confused.It’s my third karwachauth after mrg n I didn’t had sargi but my neighbors r saying it’s a important ritual.pls help.
    And one more thing I love ur recipes..ur all recipes r awesome.

    1. thanks radhika. its just a matter of faith. if the mother in law is not staying with you then she can send/transfer the money online or deposit in your account. with that money you can buy the sargi stuff yourself.

  8. Hi , loved your recipes . I just wanted to know whether A southindianmarried women can perform karwachauth rituvals bcz we worship maa gouri/parvathi for sowbagyam socan i perform it

    1. yes a south indian woman can do karwa chauth rituals. any hindu married woman can follow the karwa chauth rituals.

  9. I am a south Indian. I really love the karwa chauth festival. I didnt knew of the rituals. It is really a very awesome day where every women can go for it . I m so glad that after having known about it i feel i too will do it for my loving hubby. Thank you dear for such a message given

  10. Thankyou so much smfor the lovely post..I was wondering how to follow allt he rituals…Thank you so mucn…I really like your dishes too….u have made my vrat easy…

  11. I want to know the lota water to be given to moon. Then which water to drink after breaking fast. Bcz i see in movies that lady drnk water frm Lota. And wn to fill the utensils for drinking water. At a tym or before. And one more think i see the lota use in 4-5 pm pooja, Ladies empty it on sun after pooja. I hope u understand. Then which water on Moon. I have 2 lota. One of mud and another is steel one(decorated)

    1. poonam, offer all water to moon god. your husband will make you drink fresh water. back home we don’t offer water to sun god, so can’t say about that. it might be done in some other community. use any lota. fill the water when you go for evening pooja.

  12. I am fasting today for my fiance but i accidentally drank water. I have no idea what to do know. is it OK for me to continue or if there is anything I can do to fix it.
    Please help 🙁

    1. as per vrat rules you cannot do it. but if its happened, its happened. let be.

  13. Really it is a auspicious
    I love my partner a lot but we still not engaged officially/legally.
    I hope we will soon so for him I want to keep fast I.e.”KARWA CHAUTH”.
    Thanks for fruitful information.

  14. Nice explamation for the vrat vidhi. Thanks a lot. Thanks for the recipe. we generally make Mal pua (or Pua) ,Punjabi Kadi, Puri & Dahi vada in karwa chauth

  15. wow an awesome article with all the necessary information. Receipes are tempting…a good post for people who are far away from home and does not have the required information…..i have sent the same to my friend who was looking for such an articles…it fulfilled all sections…

  16. That’s beautiful! I’ve been observing Karwa Chauth fast since my marriage, and we often break in dinner with Rajma Chawal. This one looks tempting!

  17. It was nice to learn more about karwa chauth, learning something every day. Looks wonderful and inviting Dassana. I am off checking out your makhani dal.

  18. Hey Happy Karwa Chauth Dassana, it’s so much fun eating and fasting both on this day :)!

  19. hey Dassana good to know ur camera is working..now we will get many diwali recipes to try.. m waiting for them ..meanwhile i have bookmarked my share of karwa chauth recipes..thanks for helping us on every occasion..

    1. thanks suhani. finally will be able to post some diwali recipes…. what a relief for me 🙂

  20. yummy and mind blowing receipes. thanks a lot for this receipes