Mahashivratri Vrat | 51 Fasting Recipes For Mahashivratri

Mahashivratri means the ‘great night of Bhagwan Shiv (Lord Shiva).’ Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped on this spiritually important night. Exclusive food is made and eaten that fall under Mahashivratri Vrat Recipes. Here’s my handmade collection of 51 Fasting Recipes for Mahashivratri. Go ahead, choose your favorite and plan the day.

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

Significance of Mahashivratri

Mahashivratri takes place once a year in the month of Falgun in the Hindu Lunar Calendar. It is one of the most auspicious nights in Hinduism along with Janmashtami which is celebrated as the birth of Lord Krishna. Most Hindus observe a fast on this day.

On this day, devotees perform a special ritual (puja) called ‘Rudrabhishek,’ the completion of which is known to grant their wishes. This puja is also regarded as one of the purest and sacred Hindu rituals.

Mahashivratri is celebrated in the months of February or March depending on the lunar calendar. It is common for Lord Shiva believers and followers to worship him along with Goddess Parvati all year round. This can be a part of Shivratri also referred to as ‘Masik Shivratri,’ which is often confused with Mahashivratri. However, there is a noteworthy difference between the two.

‘Shivratri’ occurs on the 14th night of every lunar month in the Hindu Calendar. Thus, summing up to a total of 12 Shivratris in a year, once every month. On the other hand, Mahashivratri is the most revered one of the 12 Shivratris and occurs once a year. Mahashivratri is also believed to be the day when Bhagwan Shiva and Mata Parvati got married.

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 ‘Shivlinga’ or the symbolic representation of Lord Shiva represents a state of enlightened consciousness. On Mahashivratri, many devotees pour water on the Shivlinga with a lot of piousness and in a state of no consciousness (no thoughts). They also chant sacred Shiva mantras and indulge in fasting.

The idea is to connect the self with a deeper and higher state of pure mindfulness and inner divinity without any ego. Visiting a Shiva Temple, spending time in remembrance of Mahadev and mediating are also popular activities on this day. Many people believe Mahashivratri to be a great day for charity.

The spiritual practices conducted on the days and nights of Mahashivratri are extremely potent in raising the consciousness and achieving the experience of enlightenment. This year, Mahashivratri falls on March 1, 2022.

Legends of Mahashivratri

The festival of Mahashivratri is associated with many stories and legends. Read on to know some of them.

  1. Many believe that it was this night, when Lord Shiva or Mahadev performed the ‘Tandav’ dance which signifies the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution (going back to the source) of existence.
  2. According to Hindu mythology, Mahashivratri marks the day when Shiva drank the deadly poison ‘halahala’ during ‘Samudra Manthan’ or churning of the ocean. The ‘Neelkanth Mahadev Temple’ in the North Indian city of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand is associated with this event.
  3. Another popular tale associated with Mahashivratri is that Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati on this day. Meaning, Shiva (consciousness) meeting Shakti (energy).

Food for Mahashivratri Vrat (Fast)

Shiva disciples or devotees observe the Mahashivratri fast (vrat) with great dedication and consume light religious food, which is essentially ‘satvik’ in nature. According to Ayurveda, satvik foods are vegetarian, made without onion, garlic and easy to digest. These are healthier, more nutritious and fresher which are meant to elevate energy, happiness and calmness in humans.

Cereals, lentils and grains are avoided, onion and garlic are not included and rock salt (sendha namak) is used instead of regular salt. To know more about fasting food, you can check this post of Navratri Fasting Rules.

The rules of fasting may differ from person to person, but majorly people fast completely or cook the unique dishes from Mahashivratri vrat recipes and have just one meal in a day. Some people who don’t fast make sure to prepare meals that have no onion, no garlic.

If you are also planning to fast or keep a vrat on this special day, then this collection of fasting recipes for Mahashivratri will definitely help you in deciding the menu.

Fasting Recipes for Mahashivratri

This collection of 51 Fasting Recipes for Mahashivratri is divided into the following categories:

  1. Breakfast or Snacks
  2. Lunch and Dinner (Main course)
  3. Sweets or Desserts
  4. Beverages

The one meal that you choose to consume on Mahashivratri is completely your choice. I preferably have some fruits on this day, which is followed by one light meal for dinner. In addition to this, I do meditate and chant Shiva mantras as well, and try to be awake the whole night.


Make sure to use edible and food grade rock salt in place of regular salt or black salt in the recipes listed below. You can also skip the ground spices or add fewer spices.

Do take into consideration your age, body and health factors while planning to fast. Drinking enough water or fresh fruit juices to keep the body hydrated is always advisable.

I am also sharing a special Thandai recipe in section below which can be consumed after the Mahashivratri fast is over.

1. 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 (Authentic Traditional 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.
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.

2. Lunch and Dinner Fasting Recipes for Mahashivratri

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
Moderate 30 mins

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.
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.
rajgira ki poori recipe, amaranth poori recipe
50 mins

Rajgira Puri

Rajgira poori or amaranth poori is fried puffed breads made from amaranth flour & boiled mashed potatoes.
kuttu ka paratha recipe, vrat ka paratha recipe
Moderate 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
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.

3. Curries 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 sabzi served on a white bowl placed on a white tray.
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.

4. Sweets or Desserts Recipes

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.
samak ki kheer served in a bowl with text layovers.
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
Easy 25 mins

Paneer Kheer

Paneer kheer recipe is a quick and easy Indian 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 garnished with fried cashews, rose petals and served on a white colored plate.
Moderate 40 mins

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.
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.

5. Beverage Recipes

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 (3 Variations)

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.
muskmelon juice or cantaloupe juice in two tall clear glasses on an orange piece of fabric.
Easy 15 mins

Muskmelon Juice (Cantaloupe Juice)

This easy recipe for making Musk Melon Juice (a.k.a. Cantaloupe Juice) for a sweet, refreshing warm-weather beverage that you're sure to love.
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 (Homemade and Easy)

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 Recipe

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 (3 Flavor Variations)

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 post from the archives first published in February 2020 has been updated and republished on 28 February 2022.

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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.