Mahashivratri Vrat (Fasting Recipes)

Mahashivratri means the great night of Bhagwan Shiv (Lord Shiva). Shivratri comes once every month on the 13th night or 14th day of Hindu Lunar Calendar. However, Maha Shivratri is the most revered night in Hindu Tradition along with Janmashtami which is celebrated as the birth of Bhagwan Krishna. Many Hindus keep a mahashivratri vrat this day. I hope this collection of 51 fasting or vrat recipes for the mahashivratri festival will be helpful to you.

vector image of black shivlinga with dark pink lotus on top and water splashing all around with a text of maha shivratri listed above the shivlinga

Legends of Maha Shivratri

There are many stories associated with this festival.

  • One of the popular legends is that on this night Bhagwan Shiv performed the Tandav dance which signifies the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution (going back to the source) of existence.
  • Another popular legend is that Mahadev (Bhagwan Shiv) got married to Goddess Parvati. That is the Shiv (Consciousness) meeting Shakti (Energy).
  • Another legend is that the Mahadev drank the ‘Halahala’ poison during the Samudra Manthan (Churning of the ocean). The temple associated with this event is in Rishikesh and is called as “Neelkanth Mahadev Temple”. It is a famous pilgrimage spot in Rishikesh. I have been to this temple during my visit to Rishikesh.

Significance of Maha Shivratri

It is one of the most important festivals for Hindus, particularly for Shiva devotees. According to ancient holy Hindu scriptures, Bhagwan Shiv is credited with blessing us with Yog (Yoga), Meditation, Tantra, Aghora, Dance, Music, Martial Arts etc.

All these divine gifts are a way to raise your consciousness and get enlightened or have a samadhi experience.

The state of enlightened consciousness is represented as Shivlinga. On this day, Many devotees pour water on Shivlinga with a lot of devotion or from a state of no-mind (no thoughts).

The idea is to connect with the deeper and higher state of pure consciousness where the ego is not there and you can connect with your inner divinity.

The maha shivratri day and night are especially potent for raising your consciousness and good for doing spiritual practices.

Many people keep fast or vrat and remember Shiva and chant the sacred mantras related to Bhagwan Shiv.

Maha Shivratri is celebrated in the months of Feb or March depending upon the lunar calendar. This Year Maha Shivratri will be celebrated on 11 March 2021.

What can be eaten on Mahashivratri vrat or fast?

On this auspicious day, many devotees keep a mahashivratri vrat or fast and eat light, satvik food or the food which is had during religious fasting.

  • Cereals, lentils, grains are avoided.
  • Onions and garlic are not included.
  • Rock salt (sendha namak) is used instead of normal salt.

To know more about fasting food you can check this post of Navratri Fasting Rules.

If you are also planning to keep a Shivratri vrat then this collection will really help you in deciding your Shivratri menu.

Eat light food which is easy to digest. Also if possible have a complete fast or only one meal in a day. Many people who don’t keep fast they avoid using onion and garlic in their meal.

Do try to visit a Shiva Temple and spend time in the temple remembering Shiva or practicing meditation. It’s also a good day for charity.

Fasting Recipes for Maha Shivratri

I have divided this North Indian fasting recipes for mahashivratri list into the following categories:

  1. Breakfast or snacks
  2. Lunch or dinner
  3. Sweets
  4. Beverages

You can choose to have just one meal a day be it breakfast or lunch. I usually have a few fruits on this day and have only one light meal for dinner. I meditate and chant shiva mantras and try to be awake the whole night.

These 51 fasting recipes for mahashivratri will easily help you to decide your menu on this pious day.

NOTE: Kindly use edible and food grade rock salt in place of regular salt or black salt in the recipes listed below. Skip the ground spices if you prefer or add fewer spices.

Kindly take into consideration your age, body and health factors when fasting. Remember to drink lots of water to keep the body hydrated.

Breakfast or Snacks

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 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.
25 mins

vrat ke uttapam

These Vrat ke uttapam are made from sama ke chawal or vrat ke chawal flour (barnyard millet flour).
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.
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.
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.
arbi tikki recipe
40 mins

arbi tikki

Arbi patties recipe is a simple fasting recipe made with colocasia roots.
farali batata vada recipe
40 mins

farali batata vada

Farali batata vada is a delicious snack of potato vadas or potato bonda made for fasting or vrat.
vrat ke pakore recipe, kuttu ke pakore recipe
50 mins

kuttu ke pakore recipe

Vrat ke pakore or kuttu pakoras – deep fried fritters made with buckwheat flour and mashed potatoes, roasted peanuts and dry pomegranate powder.
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 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.
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.

Lunch or Dinner

You can opt to have a simple one meal like khichdi or have a two course meal like vrat ki roti with a veggie side dish or vrat rice with a side gravy or yogurt.

Vrat Rice Based Recipes

sama chawal khichdi
1 hr 35 mins

sama chawal khichdi

Samvat rice khichdi recipe – savory porridge made with barnyard millet and potatoes.
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.
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.

Fasting Bread Recipes

rajgira paratha recipe, rajgira roti recipe for fasting
40 mins

Rajgira Roti

Rajgira roti or rajgira paratha is a healthy gluten-free flatbread made with rajgira atta or amaranth flour for fasting.
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.
kuttu ka paratha recipe, vrat ka paratha recipe
40 mins

Kuttu ka Paratha

Kuttu ki roti or paratha are gluten free flatbreads made with buckwheat flour and mashed potatoes. These healthy flatbreads are usually made during the Navratri fasting period in India.
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.
rajgira paratha recipe, rajgira roti recipe for fasting
40 mins

Rajgira Roti

Rajgira roti or rajgira paratha is a healthy gluten-free flatbread made with rajgira atta or amaranth flour for fasting.

Fasting Curry Recipes and Sides

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.
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.
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.
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.
dahi aloo recipe
28 mins

vrat ke dahi aloo

This Dahi aloo for Navratri fasting is a light curry made from potatoes and yogurt
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.
phalahari chutney recipe
5 mins

phalahari chutney

Phalahari chutney recipe is a green chutney made for fasting or vrat with coriander leaves.


sabudana kheer recipe
Easy 35 mins

Sabudana Kheer

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

Rajgira Kheer

Rajgira kheer is a simple easy dessert pudding made with amaranth grains. Navratri recipe.
pumpkin kheer recipe, kaddu ki kheer recipe
Moderate 40 mins

Kaddu ki Kheer (Pumpkin Kheer)

Kaddu ki kheer or pumpkin kheer is a flavorsome, easy to prepare, traditional sweet dish with pumpkin.
sama ke chawal ka halwa recipe
25 mins

Sama Ke Chawal Ka Halwa

Swang ke chawal ka halwa or vrat ka halwa recipe – a delicious halwa made with sama ke chawal (barnyard millet) which can be had during any fasting occasion like Navratri, Ekadashi, mahashivratri and chaturthi.
lauki kheer recipe, dudhi kheer recipe
30 mins

lauki ki kheer

Delicious kheer made with bottle gourd or opo squash.
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.
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.
dry fruit barfi recipe
25 mins

dry fruit barfi

Easy method and recipe of dry fruit barfi. No sugar added.
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.
ash gourd halwa recipe, kashi halwa recipe, white pumpkin halwa recipe
40 mins

ash gourd halwa

ash gourd halwa or kashi halwa or dumroot halwa is a delicious halwa made with ash gourd or white pumpkin.
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.


Find some drinks that will keep you refreshed and hydrated during the fasting. Drink lots of water and have fresh fruit juices. I also share the recipe of thandai that can be had when the mahashivratri fast is over.

pomegranate juice recipe
Easy 15 mins

Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate juice recipe with step by step photos – one of the healthy juices made with pomegranate or anar.
watermelon juice in four glasses or a dark blue table
Easy 20 mins

Watermelon Juice Recipe

Refreshing, healthy and cooling Watermelon Juice to quench your thirst on a hot summery day. Learn to make three different versions of this healthy, all natural drink recipe.
musk melon juice recipe
Easy 15 mins

musk melon juice

Musk melon juice recipe is a healthy and refreshing drink.
pear juice recipe
Easy 10 mins

Pear Juice

Refreshing and energizing pear juice recipe. 
mango juice in a glass topped with chia seeds
Easy 10 mins

Mango Juice Recipe

The best homemade mango juice recipe uses organic alphonso mangoes for a terrifically sweet, nectar-like drink that's perfect for enjoying by the glassful or including in any number of juice-based beverage recipes.
fresh pineapple juice served in two glasses and garnished with fresh pineapple pieces
Moderate 15 mins

Pineapple Juice

This pineapple juice is a refreshing juice made from fresh pineapple and flavored with black salt and roasted cumin powder.
sweet lassi topped with crushed cardamom powder and saffron in two tall glasses
Easy 10 mins

Lassi Recipe

Lassi is a cooling, refreshing, probiotic drink perfect for the warm summer months. Popular in Punjab and North India, there are many variations of this sweet lassi recipe. Find three easy, energizing and flavorful lassi recipe variations.
shikanji recipe, indian lemonade recipe
5 mins

shikanji recipe

Shikanji or shikanjvi is a cooling Indian drink made during summers
thandai recipe garnished with rose petals in two glass jars with a small glass jar of milk in the background on a bright blue board
Easy 1 hr 30 mins

Thandai Recipe

Thandai is a traditional cooling drink, popular in the northern parts of India. It is made with a mix of nuts, seeds and a few spices.

This Mahashivratri Vrat Recipes post from the archives (February 2020) has been updated and republished on 8 March 2021.

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  1. Hello dassana ji
    Another legend is (lord shiva was always there he is anadi and ananth ) , but he first appeared as an infinite, unending, transcendental jyotirlinga today at ‘nishit kaal’ at 12 am ( zero hour ) as a sthambha with unimaginable light. It is also called as kaal bhairav swaroop in the form of linga. Everything is both from him and everything will submerge into him at the time of pralaya.
    Happy shivratri to you

    1. Hi Chandana, thank a lot for this super info. I was not aware about this. Wish a Happy Mahashivratri festival to you.