Navratri Recipes – In this post, you will find a compiled list of navratri fasting or vrat recipes that are made during the Navratri festival. Or you can browse the complete collection of Vrat Recipes here. Chaitra Navratri begins on 13 April 2021 and ends on 22 April 2021.
Navratri is one of the most celebrated festival in my home. As a devi-bhakt, I spend these 9 days in the worship of the goddess. Not only these 9 days, but for me not a single day goes without remembering the Mother Goddess.
Navratri festival is celebrated all over India. The method and ways of celebrating is different in each part of India.
In North and Western India, 9 days fasting or vrat is kept during the Navratri festival. In Bengal and other parts of Eastern India, Durga Puja is celebrated with much fanfare.
Navratri is also celebrated in South India. Fasting is not strictly observed here but food is made without the addition of onion and garlic. People do worship the deities and make sundals or sweet recipes to offer as prasadam. Golu which is a lovely display of deities idols, dolls and animal figures is set up in many homes during the festival.
In India, fasting rules varies from community to community. It is always better to check with your family members before deciding the menu. If you plan to keep fast during Navratri then do check this list of Navratri fasting food and rules.
Below you will find both North Indian and South Indian recipes listed. Also mentioned towards is a list of flours and cereals consumed during the fasting period.
Most of the fasting recipes are very quick and easy to make. As many spices and herbs are not allowed during fasting days. Moreover you don’t have to chop onions, garlic etc.
Kindly skip or alter the ingredients according to your family traditions. I have also listed a few recipes which are made without onion and garlic but does include cereal flours.
In these instances, substitute the corn flour or besan (gram flour) with fasting flours like water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta), buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta) or arrow root flour or potato starch. Do remember to use sendha namak or rock salt in recipes where I have not added them.
Fasting food is not only quicker to prepare but it is also easiest to digest. A good time to purify body-mind and get connected to your inner nature and to the Mother Goddess.
In North India only certain ingredients comprising of flours and grains are consumed during the 9 days of fasting.
- Singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour)
- Kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour)
- Rajgira ka atta (amaranth flour) and rajgira (amaranth)
- Sama ke chawal ka atta (barnyard millet flour) and vrat ke chawal (barnyard millet)
- Arrowroot flour
- Sabudana or sago
- Nuts & Dry fruits
- Rock salt (sendha namak)
- Spices and herbs varies from community to community. Generally, green chilles, black pepper powder, and ginger are used. You can check my compiled list of Navratri fasting food or ingredients.
104 Navratri Recipes
Listed below are 104 navratri recipes ranging from meals that can be served for lunch or dinner, snacks and sweets. Some of these snacks can also be made for breakfast. Do eat light if possible and drink lots of water. If possible have fruits or fruit juices.
I have categorized the lunch and dinner meals in various breads or grains based dishes that you can make. I have also added a section of gravy or vegetable sides that you can accompany with a bread or a grain based dish.
Bread & Grains
Listed below are dishes that are made with grains and flours that are consumed during fasting. You will get both flat breads and well as fried breads.
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.
Samvat rice khichdi recipe – savory porridge made with barnyard millet and potatoes.
Buckwheat khichdi is easy to prepare khichdi with buckwheat groats (sabut kuttu), potatoes and peanuts for Navratri fasting. Wholesome super food.
Vrat ke chawal ka pulao or samvat pulao is a simple and easy pulao made for fasting days.
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.
Rajgira roti or rajgira paratha is a healthy gluten-free flatbread made with rajgira atta or amaranth flour for fasting.
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.
Singhare ki poori recipe for Ekadasi vrat. These pooris made from water chestnut flour and potatoes.
Kuttu ke atte ki puri are crisp and tasty Indian fry bread made with buckwheat flour for religious fasting or vrat.
Rajgira poori or amaranth poori is fried puffed breads made from amaranth flour & boiled mashed potatoes.
These Vrat ke uttapam are made from sama ke chawal or vrat ke chawal flour (barnyard millet flour).
Curry, Gravy and Veg Sides
Vrat wale aloo or vrat ke aloo recipe – crumbled potato recipe for fasting without onion-garlic.
This Dahi aloo for Navratri fasting is a light curry made from potatoes and yogurt
Dahi arbi recipe – colocasia-taro roots in a thin yogurt gravy
Easy and quick to prepare rajgira kadhi for Navratri fasting or upwas.
Arbi curry or arbi masala recipe is a light North Indian curry made with colocasia or taro root.
Kaddu ki sabzi recipe is an easy to prepare delicious vegan pumpkin recipe.
Simple and easy jeera aloo for fasting or Navratri vrat.
Mildly spiced sweet and sour pumpkin dry curry
Aloo tamatar ki sabzi recipe is easy lightly spiced curry made with potatoes and tomatoes.
Crisp, fried and tasty spiced arbi recipe.
Spiced colocasia or taro roots fry for Navratri fasting.
Breakfast or Snacks
Here I have added recipes that you can make for breakfast or snacks. Some of them are fried and for a healthier version, you can make these in an appe (paniyaram) pan or bake them.
Sabudana Vada are crisp fried patties made with tapioca pearls, peanuts and mashed potatoes. They are slightly sweet and spiced to taste.
This sabudana tikki or sabudana cutlet is a fasting recipe of pan-fried patties made with tapioca pearls, potatoes and minimal spices.
Vrat ki idli recipe – idli made without rice which you can make for fasting or for regular days too.
Healthy snack of roasted phool makhana or foxnuts.
Farali batata vada is a delicious snack of potato vadas or potato bonda made for fasting or vrat.
These Sabudana pakora made for fasting or vrat are crisp, golden fritters made from tapioca pearls, mashed potatoes and roasted crushed peanuts.
This sabudana bhel is an easy and quick recipe for religious fasting days. All you need are boiled potatoes, roasted peanuts and cashews.
Punjabi aloo paneer kofta is a melt in the mouth soft texture koftas with a crisp exterior.
Nylon sabudana chivda recipe – crispy and tasty fasting snack made from nylon sabudana & dry fruits for the Navratri fasts.
Aloo makhana is an easy snack recipe for Navratri made with boiled potatoes, phool makhana (foxnuts) and spices.
Sweet potato chaat is one of the easiest to prepare chaat recipe with sweet potatoes or shakarkandi.
These are easy and simple homemade tasty banana chips made from raw unripe bananas.
Arbi patties recipe is a simple fasting recipe made with colocasia roots.
Arbi cutlet recipe – spiced crispy pan fried arbi or colocasia roots. Vegan & gluten free recipe.
Crisp, spiced pan fried patties made with raw unripe bananas. Navratri fasting recipe.
Aloo chaat recipe – little spicy, tangy and crispy potato chaat.
These are crispy french fries or finger chips that can be made at home easily.
Farali patties recipe – crisp potato patties stuffed with a sweet-tangy coconut-dry fruits stuffing. A popular Gujarati snack that is made during fasting.
Aloo tuk is a popular sindhi snack of crispy, fried and spiced potato slices.
These homemade baked potato chips are crisp as well as delicious.
Vrat ke palak pakore recipe – spinach fritters made during fasting with buckwheat flour and spinach.
Vrat ke pakore or kuttu pakoras – deep fried fritters made with buckwheat flour and mashed potatoes, roasted peanuts and dry pomegranate powder.
Kaddu pakora or pumpkin fritters made for fasting or religious vrat.
Chutney & Raita
Both chutney and raita accompany a main course or a snack very well and can be used as a dipping or topping sauce. Listed below are chutney and raita recipes that you can make for navratri fasting.
A no onion no garlic coconut chutney made simple and easy with just three ingredients.
Tamarind Dates chutney recipe for chaat snacks. Thus sweet tangy gooey chutney made with tamarind, dates and jaggery goes well with Indian chaat snacks.
Phalahari chutney recipe is a green chutney made for fasting or vrat with coriander leaves.
Palak ka raita is a simple and easy recipe of lightly flavored spinach 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.
Pomegranate raita is a sweet raita made with fresh pomegranates and spiced with roasted cumin powder, black pepper and chaat masala.
Beetroot and carrot raita is a yogurt dip made with beetroot and carrots.
Sweets & Desserts
Can a meal be complete without any sweet? You will find here some easy sweets that you can make and store during the navratri festival. You can even offer these sweets to the Mother Goddess. Some of them are fruit based sweets and some are regular Indian sweets that can be had during vrat or fasting.
Sabudana kheer is a sweet pudding made with tapioca pearls or sabudana, milk and sugar.
Phool makhana kheer is a dessert that is often made during Navratri fasting or vrat
Rajgira kheer is a simple easy dessert pudding made with amaranth grains. Navratri recipe.
Paneer kheer recipe is a quick and easy cottage cheese kheer for the festive season. Ready in less than 25 minutes.
Vrat ke chawal ka kheer or samvat rice kheer is a creamy kheer made with samvat rice or barnyard millet.
Delicious kheer made with bottle gourd or opo squash.
Badam kheer or almond payasam is a delicious creamy kheer made with blanched almond paste, milk and saffron.
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.
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.
Papaya halwa recipe is a vegan Indian dessert made with semi ripe papaya.
Pumpkin halwa is a sweet pudding made with pumpkin along with cardamom, melon seeds and dry fruits.
ash gourd halwa or kashi halwa or dumroot halwa is a delicious halwa made with ash gourd or white pumpkin.
shakarkandi halwa recipe – delicious halwa made with boiled mashed sweet potatoes scented with cardamom and saffron.
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.
Fasting halwa recipe – a North Indian pudding made with water chestnut flour and buckwheat flour.
Badam laddu are quick, easy and tasty ladoos made with almonds, jaggery and raisins.
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.
Narkel naru are delicious coconut ladoos from the Bengali cuisine. These narkel naru are made with fresh grated coconut and jaggery.
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.
This is a Delhi style tasty fruit chaat that is spiced, savory, sweet and tangy. Fruit chaat is made of a mix of fresh seasonal fruits and tubers like potatoes and sweet potatoes.
This Summer Fruit salad with ice cream is a mix of various fruits and nuts served with ice cream. Fruit salad with ice cream is one of the dishes that is featured in the desserts section in the menu of many North Indian restaurants.
Drinks & Beverages
All fruits can be had during Navratri fasting. So you can make shakes, juices or smoothies from fruits. Milk and milk products can also be consumed during fasting.
Sweet Punjabi lassi flavored with cardamom powder and saffron.
Dry fruits milkshake is a healthy vegan drink as well a great energy supplement for anyone who wants a quick boost of energy.
Banana shake made with coconut milk, vanilla powder and cardamom.
This mango yogurt smoothie is a quick and healthy smoothie made with mango and yogurt.
Fruit punch is an easy to prepare drink made with fruit juices.
Shikanji or shikanjvi is a cooling Indian drink made during summers
Refreshing sweet lime juice or mosambi juice
Watermelon juice is a cooling and healthy drink for summers.
Musk melon juice recipe is a healthy and refreshing drink.
Refreshing and energizing pear juice recipe.
This pineapple juice is a refreshing juice made from fresh pineapple and flavored with black salt and roasted cumin powder.
Pomegranate juice recipe with step by step photos – one of the healthy juices made with pomegranate or anar.
Mint lemon juice recipe – healthy and refreshing drink for summers made from fresh mint leaves and lemon.
South Indian Navratri Recipes
The food that is made in Southern parts of India is very different and makes use of all cereals, grains and vegetables that are prohibited in the North Indian fasting dishes without the addition of onion and garlic.
Listed below are some recipes that are made during navaratri festival in South India. All the recipes are without onion and garlic. But if you want to keep fast as observed in North India then you should not make these recipes as they are not actual fasting or vrat recipes.
Idli recipe with lots of tips and suggestions so that you can make soft and fluffy idli easily. This idli recipe post also details the method of making idli batter. It is a popular Indian breakfast which is filling as well as nutritious.
This is a plain dosa or sada dosa recipe which is a famous breakfast or snack both in India as well as outside India. Dosa is basically healthy crepes made from ground rice and lentil batter which has been fermented.
These Uddina Vada are crisp and tasty fried black grams donuts shaped fritters. A popular South Indian snack.
Kotte kadubu are super soft aromatic idlis made in jackfruit leaves cup. In Konkani language, these idlis are known as hittu or khotte. Steaming in jackfruit leaves give the idlis the flavor and aroma of the jackfruit leaves.
Coconut chutney is a side dish that is served with idli, dosa, vada and Pongal. This coconut chutney recipe is an easy and simple recipe versatile enough to go with any Indian snack.
Udupi sambar is a lightly sweet, semi spiced, tangy and a flavorful sambar made with pigeon pea lentils and mixed vegetables
Drumstick rasam is a tangy version of rasam made with drumsticks.
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.
Paal payasam is a simple South Indian kheer made with rice and milk.
Vermicelli kheer also known as seviyan kheer or semiya kheer is often served during festival or any occasion of celebration.
Maladu or maa laddu (pottukadalai ladoo) is quick South Indian recipe of ladoo made from roasted gram or roasted chana dal. Maladu is made with just 3 main ingredients – roasted gram flour, ghee and sugar.
Banana rasayana recipe – a simple sweet dish made with ripe bananas and coconut milk.
Sundals are legume or lentil dishes made during Ganesh Chaturthi or during the nine days of the Navratri festival in South India. They can be made from different legumes or lentils like black eyed peas, sweet corn, moong beans, bengal gram, peanuts. The method to prepare sundal is more or less the same with minor variations.
Chana dal sundal is tempered & sautéed dry dish made with cooked chana dal, few spices and fresh coconut. Chana dal sundal is also called as kadalai paruppu sundal where 'kadalai paruppu' is the tamil word for chana dal.
Channa sundal is a South Indian recipe of a no onion no garlic stir fried chickpeas with spices and coconut.
Rajma sundal is a South Indian recipe of a no onion no garlic stir fried rajma beans with spices and coconut.
This black chickpeas sundal is a South Indian recipe of a no onion no garlic stir fried black chickpeas with spices and coconut.
Easy recipe of South Indian sweet corn sundal. sundals are South Indian based dishes made with a variety of legumes and is prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi or Navratri festival.
Green peas sundal recipe is a dry preparation of green peas that are spiced, tempered along with fresh coconut.
This post from the archives (October 2013) has been republished and updated on 7 October 2020.