Sri Rama Navami Recipes 2024

According to Hinduism, Bhagwan Ram is considered as the 7th avatar of Lord Vishnu, the supreme being. Thus, Sri Rama Navami is one of the most important Hindu festivals in India which celebrates the birthday of Bhagwan Ram. This festival is usually observed by people by keeping fasts or vrats. Thus, my collection of 30 Ram Navami Festival Recipes will help you with some delicious treats for this day.  

ram navami festival recipes

Sri Rama Navami is also a significant festival that is a part of the Chaitra Navratri festivities in the spring season. So, this day dedicated to Bhagwan Shri Ram primarily takes place in March or April months, according to the Gregorian Calendar. In 2024, this falls on April 17.

Significance of Ram Navami

Diwali celebrates Lord Ram’s victorious return to Ayodhya. This was along with his wife Sita and younger brother Lakshman after killing demon king Ravana in Lanka.

This day happens to end the grand festival of Sharada Navratri, of which even Dussehra festival is a part of. Dussehra is the day when Lord Ram had executed the 10-headed demon king Ravana. Thus, signifying the victory of good and truth over evil.

Just like this, the significance of Shri Ram Navami also is related to a similar reason. The day marks the celebration of victory of good over evil. With ‘dharma’ or ‘righteousness or morality’ being established to finish ‘adharma’ or ‘unrighteousness or immorality.’

One popular tradition on Sri Rama Navami is to offer ‘jal (water)’ to Surya, the sun God, at the break of the dawn. This is considered as auspicious because it is believed that Bhagwan Ram’s ancestors were the descendants of Surya.  

Many typical dishes are consumed on this day, as a part of the fasting ritual observed by many people. These classic dishes may have variations across the Indian subcontinent.

For instance, some North Indian halwas and kheers may become kesaris and payasams in South India, etc. Here, I have shared a list of popular, tasty and easy Ram Navami Festival Recipes.   

Bhagwan Ram: The Perfect Man

Lord Ram has always been looked up to as ‘Maryada Purushottam’ or the ‘perfect man.’ Thus, Sri Rama Navami becomes the ideal day to know about the attributes, a man should possess to be impeccable. Just like Bhagwan Ram. Here’s what they are:

  • Dutiful: Lord Ram sacrificed everything, just to keep the promise given to his father. He was extremely dedicated and obedient in keeping his words.
  • Responsible and loving: Lord Ram was always a responsible brother. Even being elder to Lakshman, he treated his brother as his equal. He gave him love, and was never envious or jealous of his brother’s achievements.
  • Supportive: Lord Ram respected Sita’s choice to join him on his exile and gave her equal decision-making power and authority. Also, during the exile, Lord Ram took great care of her.
  • Knowledgeable and noble: Lord Ram had exceptional administration skills, was clever and was a principled king. He was also well-versed with the Vedas, scriptures and warfare skills and techniques.

Ram Navami Celebrations

Vrats, remembering Bhagwan Ram, reciting bhajans and his ‘katha’ (stories) from the Hindu epic Ramayana are features of this festival. Ram Navami is also a good day for involving in some charity work.

Since the last 3 years had been tough and locked down due to the Covid pandemic, online charities like the PM Cares Fund were quite active, especially during the festival.

You can even do so today or return back to the normal ways of charity, which involves physically present at a trusted NGO or similar organization and donate whatever or how much ever you can.

Doing charity is never dependent on how much money you gave. It is the noble act and the conscious of willing to do something for the needy, no matter how small or big, that always matters.  

Charity can also be done in the form of taking part as a ‘sevak’ in ‘langars’ at gurudwaras or any other place of worship, where community meals are organized on this day.

Another way of celebrating the day is to read other spiritual books like Ramcharitmanas by Tulsidas or even watching the serial Ramayana on television.

The city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, North India celebrates Ram Navami with much grandeur and fanfare. Chariot processions of Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman called ‘rathayatras’ take place at several locations within the city.

A lot of Ram bhakts or devotees also consider taking a dip in the Sarayu River and then visiting a Ram temple as sacred.

Sri Rama Navami Recipes

Since no Indian festival is ever complete without mentioning and also preparing special food that range from one course to the other, the same is applicable for the festival of Shri Ram Navami as well.

Here, I have shared a signature collection of 30 Ram Navami Festival Recipes that are usually made during this day. The list includes dishes from North Indian cuisine as well as South Indian cuisine.

In South India, panakam, kosambaris, neer mor and many varieties of sundals and payasams are popularly made during this festival, as an offering to the deities.

Sundal variations like Sweet Corn Sundal, Rajma Sundal, Green Peas Sundal and Chana Dal Sundal are also common during Ganesh Chaturthi or Navratri festivals.

North Indians usually break their Chaitra Navratri Fasts during Ashtami or Navami, with a special combination of kala chana, Poori and Suji Ka Halwa after the rituals of ‘kanjak pooja.’

However, some people continue the fasts during Rama Navami or many devotees of Lord Ram keep fast specially for Rama Navami.

It is a very holy day and it is believed that keeping fast on Rama Navami and remembering Bhagwan Ram with total devotion can wipe out many of your negative karma.

The fasting food prepared does not use onion, garlic, rice, wheat flour, turmeric, etc. I have shared a detailed post on Navratri Fasting Rules which covers most of the important details about food and ingredients guidelines followed during fasting this time.

Important inclusions in the list of Ram Navami Festival Recipes especially meant for fasting are also Curd (dahi or Indian yogurt) and some sweets, all of which can be prepared at home without any fuss.

Also, other than whatever is mentioned here in this 30 Ram Navami Festival Recipes list, you can refer to this category of Ladoo Recipes and Halwa Recipes for more varieties.

Please refrain from adding garlic or onion from any of the recipes listed below.

panakam recipe
Easy 10 minutes

Panakam Recipe for Ram Navami

Panakam is a cooling drink made with lemon juice, jaggery, ginger powder, cardamom powder and black pepper and is especially made during Ram Navami Festival.
kosambari recipe, kosambari salad recipe
Moderate 15 minutes

Kosambari Recipe | Kosambari Salad | Moong Dal Salad

Kosambari is a simple and easy to assemble South Indian salad variant from the state of Karnataka. This tempered Moong Dal Salad, is made with moong lentils, cucumber, coconut, lemon juice, herbs with a tempering of basic South Indian spices and curry leaves.
neer moru recipe, spiced buttermilk recipe, neer mor recipe
Moderate 10 minutes

Majjiga | Sambaram | Neer Mor

Majjiga or Sambaram or Neer Mor a.k.a Neer Moru or Neer Majjige is a delicious variant of a spiced and salty buttermilk well-known across South India. This recipe variant is made with curd (yogurt) and water, which is later spiced and then tempered. It makes for an equally refreshing summer drink with digestive properties.
sabudana kheer recipe
Moderate 35 minutes

Sabudana Kheer | How to make Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana Kheer is a sweet, creamy pudding made with tapioca pearls or sago pearls (called sabudana in Hindi), milk, sugar, nuts and flavored with cardamom & saffron. Sabudana Kheer is also a popular pick as fasting food during the Hindu Navratri festival. It is simple and easy to make, and tastes absolutely delicious.
top shot of Black Channa Sundal served in a white bowl on a wooden table.
Moderate 8 hours 35 minutes

Black Channa Sundal (Kondakadalai Sundal)

Black Channa Sundal also known as Kondakadalai Sundal is a South Indian recipe of a sautéed dry dish made with black chickpeas, herbs, spices and coconut.

Sweets Recipes

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

Kesari Recipe | Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari is a popular South Indian pudding like sweet that is made with rava or suji (semolina), ghee, cashews, raisins, sugar, water and saffron. This Kesari recipe gives you a really delicious melt in the mouth sweet that can be made in less time.
coconut burfi slices on a white platter with a rakhi in the background.
Moderate 1 hour 25 minutes

Coconut Burfi | Nariyal ki Barfi

This Coconut Burfi is a delish, melt in the mouth fudge made with sweetened condensed milk, milk, and desiccated coconut. 
squares of kalakand laid out on a piece of parchment
Easy 20 minutes

Kalakand Recipe | Kalakand Sweet

This two-ingredient, super fast recipe for Kalakand (a.k.a. Indian Milk Cake) comes together in just 15 minutes thanks to the help of a can of sweetened condensed milk.
paal payasam garnished with dried rose petal chiffonade in a brass bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 1 hour

Paal Payasam | Rice Payasam

Paal Payasam is a simple South Indian variant of a slow cooked rice pudding made with only 4 ingredients. This recipe is of a typical Tamil style Rice Payasam that is creamy and delicious.
coconut ladoo placed in a circle and in the center on a white plate on a red table
Moderate 15 minutes

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

Make coconut ladoo with three recipes. The first one is a quick 3 ingredient recipe made with fresh coconut, milkmaid and cardamom powder. The second recipe has 2 ingredients – desiccated coconut and condensed milk. The third recipe is made with desiccated coconut and sugar.
badam halwa recipe, badam ka halwa recipe
Moderate 1 hour 5 minutes

Badam Halwa Recipe | Rich South Indian Almond Halwa

Badam ka halwa is a rich, luxuruous and popular South Indian style delicious halwa made with blanched almonds, ghee and sugar. This recipe gives you one of best almond halwa that you can make.
puran poli folded and served on a green color plate.
Moderate 2 hours

Puran Poli Recipe

Puran Poli is a sweet flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from hulled and spilt bengal gram/chana dal, jaggery and ground spices. This traditional recipe is from the Maharashtrian cuisine.
Moderate 20 minutes

Paruppu Payasam | Moong Dal Payasam

Paruppu Payasam is simply a Moong Dal Payasam. It is a creamy, decadent pudding of yellow moong lentils, jaggery, coconut milk and flavored with cardamom. This South Indian sweet treat is also called Pasi Paruppu Payasam.
puran poli recipe
Moderate 1 hour 30 minutes

Bobbatlu Recipe | Obbattu Recipe | Holige Recipe

Bobbatlu also called Holige or Obbattu is a South Indian festive treat of sweetened flat breads. These flat breads are stuffed with cooked and finely ground mixture of chana dal, jaggery, cardamom powder and ground nutmeg. This Bobbatlu Recipe makes for one of the best Bobbatlu made with a sweet chana dal stuffing. 
7 cup burfi
Moderate 30 minutes

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

7 cup burfi is a easy and delicious South Indian sweet made with gram flour, ghee, fresh coconut, milk and sugar. It is also known as 7 cup cake or 7 cups sweet as it is made with 7 measures of ingredients.
20 minutes

Aval Payasam

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

Ram Navami Fasting Recipes

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

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Sabudana Khichdi is a delicious preparation of tapioca pearls (sago) made with potatoes, peanuts, a few spices and usually had during Hindu fasting days like Navratri, Ekadashi, Mahashivratri. It is also a gluten-free recipe. Make the best non-sticky Sabudana ki Khichdi with my recipe.
rajgira paratha recipe, rajgira roti recipe for fasting
Moderate 40 minutes

Rajgira Roti | Amaranth Paratha

Rajgira roti or rajgira paratha is a healthy gluten-free flatbread made with rajgira atta or amaranth flour for Hindu fasting days.
sama chawal khichdi
1 hour 35 minutes

sama chawal khichdi

Samvat rice khichdi recipe – savory porridge made with barnyard millet and potatoes.
aloo sabzi recipe, aloo tamatar ki sabzi recipe
Moderate 30 minutes

Easy Aloo ki Sabji | Satvik Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji

Aloo ki Sabji or Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji is an easy to make lightly spiced gravy featuring potatoes, tomatoes, a few spices and herbs. A satvik recipe made without onion and garlic.
buckwheat khichdi recipe, kuttu ki khichdi recipe
Moderate 30 minutes

Kuttu ki Khichdi | Buckwheat Khichdi

Buckwheat Khichdi is easy to prepare khichdi with buckwheat groats (kuttu), potatoes and peanuts for Navratri fasting. Wholesome super food.
vrat wale aloo recipe, vrat ke aloo recipe
Easy 30 minutes

Vrat Wale Aloo | Vrat ke aloo

Vrat wale aloo is a fasting dish made with potatoes, tomatoes, spices and herbs.
singhare ki puri recipe, singhare ki poori recipe
Difficult 50 minutes

Singhare Ki Puri

Singhare ki poori is a delicious Indian fry made with water chestnut flour, mashed potatoes, edible rock salt and a few spices.
makhane ki kheer served in a black bowl with a spoon kept on it.
Moderate 35 minutes

Makhane ki Kheer

Makhane ki kheer is a sweet dessert pudding made with Makhana (foxnuts), milk, ghee, sugar and dry fruits. This is an easy and popular sweet that is often made during Hindu fasting days.
sama ke chawal ki idli recipe, vrat ki idli recipe
Moderate 9 hours 10 minutes

Sama Chawal Idli | Vrat Ki Idli | Vari Rice Idli

Sama Chawal Idli or Vrat Ki Idli is a unique variation to the South Indian Idli. These are made without the regular rice and lentils, but with Sama also known as Barnyard Millet in English. Thus, a perfect choice of dish for your vrats or fasts and even on regular days. A vegan, gluten free and quite a nutritious recipe.
kuttu ka paratha recipe, vrat ka paratha recipe
Moderate 40 minutes

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.
vrat ki kadhi recipe, rajgira kadhi recipe, farali kadhi recipe
Moderate 15 minutes

Vrat ki Kadhi | Rajgira Kadhi for Fasting | Farali Kadhi

Easy and quick to prepare rajgira kadhi for Navratri fasting or upwas.
paneer kheer recipe
Easy 25 minutes

Paneer Kheer

Paneer kheer recipe is a quick and easy Indian cottage cheese kheer for the festive season. Ready in less than 25 minutes.
top shot of shrikhand with chopped pistachios on a dark green serving tray
Easy 15 minutes

Shrikhand Recipe (2 Ways)

Shrikhand is a delicious and simple dessert recipe made with thick yogurt flavored with sugar, saffron and cardamom. Get two ways of making shrikhand recipe with hung curd as well as greek yogurt.
dry fruit ladoo placed on a white plate on a yellow napkin
Easy 20 minutes

Easy Dry Fruits Laddu Recipe

Easy Dry fruits laddu recipe without any added sugar or fats like ghee or oil. Packed with nutrients, good fats and fibre, these energy balls are made with dates, figs and various nuts. Dry fruit laddu recipe gets done quickly and comes together under 20 minutes.

This collection of Sri Rama Navami recipes from the archives was originally published in April 2017. It has been updated and republished on February 2023.

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    1. ruchi, yes i know this sweet. these are made from sugar, but i have no clue how they are made. even i have had these many times in temples.

  1. I loved reading about your festival and all the different and special foods that are prepared for the occasion.