Ram Navami Recipes

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Rama Navami is one of the most important Hindu Festival. It is celebrated as the birthday of Bhagwan Ram. This year Ram Navami is on 21 April 2021.

ram navami festival recipes

It is a good day for keeping fast (vrat) and to remember Bhagwan Ram and sing his bhajans or do any other spiritual activity like doing online charities like PM Cares Fund or reading Ramcharitmanas or any other spiritual book or remembering Bhagwan Ram all the time while doing your daily mundane tasks.

At this time of lockdown when we are advised to follow social distancing, it is best to remember the Bhagwan and sing his songs at home. You can also watch the epic Ramayana Serial.

Here I am sharing collection of recipes that are usually made during Rama Navami festival. This list includes the recipe from North Indian cuisine as well as South Indian cuisine.

In South India, panakam, kosambari (vada pappu) and neer mor is made during this festival as an offering to the deities. Some varieties of payasams or kheer are also made.

In north India we break Navratri fasts during navami and so Kala chana, Poori and Suji ka halwa is made.

21 Ram Navami Recipes

1. Panakam recipe –  It is a cooling drink from the South Indian cuisine and is especially made during Ram Navami. preparing panakam is super easy and you can always alter the amount of water, lemon juice and the few spice powders that go into it, as per your requirements.

panakam recipe

2. Kosambari recipe – a simple and easy to assemble South Indian salad. Its also called as koshambari. kosambari made from moong lentils is served to lord rama on the occasion of Ram Navami.

kosambari recipe

3. Neer mor recipe – neer majjige or neer moru is a delicious spiced buttermilk from the South Indian cuisine. during Ram Navami, neer mor is offered to lord rama.

neer mor recipe

4. Sabudana kheer recipe –  a popular Indian pudding that is made with tapioca pearls and milk for religious fasting days. this is a creamy smooth kheer. Just remember to cook the sabudana pearls very well. Once cooked, they should not give you any resistance when you bite into these pearls.

sabudana kheer recipe

5. Kala chana sundal recipe – South Indian recipe of a no onion no garlic stir fried black chickpeas with spices and coconut. Sundals are South Indian based dishes made with a variety of legumes and is prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi or Navratri festival. Few more sundal recipes you can check are:

kala chana sundal recipe

Sweets recipes for Shri Rama Navami

6. Sooji halwa recipe – classic Indian semolina pudding made with ghee and dry fruits. sooji halwa is a quick, easy and delicious halwa which is often made for festive or auspicious occasions. Few more popular variations of this halwa you can try are:

sooji halwa recipe

7. Coconut barfi recipe – an easy recipe of coconut barfi made with condensed milk. the coconut barfi had a melt in the mouth soft texture. You can also make coconut ladoos with the same mixture. Few more Barfi recipes you can make for festive time are Coconut barfi with khoya, Kaju katli and Quick khoya barfi recipe.

coconut barfi recipe

8. Kalakand recipe – kalakand is a rich milk cake. This is a moist, granular two ingredient kalakand recipe which gets done in 15 minutes. Made with paneer and sweetened condensed milk.

kalakand recipe

9. Rice payasam recipe – sweet, creamy South Indian kheer or pudding made with milk and rice. this is the simplest payasam recipe. Only four ingredients go in the payasam – rice, milk, sugar and ghee. For more kheer recipes, you can check this post – Collection of 24 kheer recipes.

rice payasam recipe

10. Coconut ladoo recipe –  three ingredient coconut ladoos made with fresh coconut, condensed milk and cardamom powder. you can also make Coconut ladoo with khoya or this variation of Coconut ladoo recipe made with desiccated coconut and sugar syrup. For more ladoo varieties, you can check this Collection of 22 ladoo recipes.

coconut ladoo recipe

11. Badam halwa – South Indian style delicious badam halwa recipe. The recipe gives a really good badam halwa, which has the right sweetness and a lovely texture which is not soft and firm. But kind of between. One which gives a heavenly feeling when you savor the halwa. This is a heavy dessert and just a few spoons of it is enough. For more halwa varieties, you can check this Collection of 28 halwa recipes.

badam halwa recipe

12. Puran poli recipe – flat bread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from chana dal (skinned spilt bengal gram) and jaggery.

puran poli recipe

13. Pasi paruppu payasam recipe – creamy and a delicious payasam made with yellow mung lentils, jaggery and coconut milk.

pasi paruppu payasam recipe

Fasting Recipes

Many people keep fast during Chaitra Navratri and then break it on ashrami or navami. When they break fast on astami or navami then usually Poori, Kala chana and Sooji halwa is prepared for Navratri kanjak pooja.

However some people continue the fast during Rama Navami Also or many devotees of lord rama keep fast specially for Rama Navami.

It is a very auspicious and holy day and it is believed that keeping fast on Rama Navami and remembering lord rama 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 much info about food and ingredients which is generally followed during Navratri fasting. 

So if you plan to keep fast during Rama Navami then you can refer these below fasting recipes:

1. Sabudana khichdi recipe – sabudana khichdi Is usually made during fasting days. sabudana khichdi is an easy snack and is a good recipe to be made during fasting days. Few more sabudana recipes which you can make for fasting are:

sabudana khichdi recipe

2. Rajgira paratha recipe – healthy gluten free flat breads made with amaranth flour or rajgira flour. Usually rajgira parathas are made during fasting or vrat days. Rajgira is one of commonly used ingredient for religious fasting. Apart from these parathas you can also make Rajgira ki poori and Rajgira kheer recipe.

rajgira paratha recipe

3. Sama rice khichdi – simple, easy and healthy khichdi made with sama ke chawal also known as barnyard millet. sama ke chawal are regularly used during fasting and are very healthy. You can make variety of recipes with them like:

sama rice khichdi

4. Aloo tamatar curry – potato tomato curry made without onion-garlic and heavy ingredients or spices. This is a very easy and simple aloo tamatar sabzi which you can make for fasting days. you can serve the aloo tamatar sabzi with Vrat ki roti or Rajgira paratha or Rajgire ki poori.

aloo tamatar curry recipe

5. Kuttu ki khichdi – easy to prepare khichdi with buckwheat groats (sabut kuttu), potatoes and peanuts for Navratri fasting. Wholesome super food. You can serve buckwheat khichdi with a bowl of Yogurt or with Vrat ki kadhi.

kuttu ki khichdi recipe

6. Vrat wale aloo – crumbled potato recipe for fasting without onion-garlic. this aloo recipe is light and not heavily spiced. you can make many Vrat recipes with aloo like:

vrat wale aloo recipe

7. Singhare ki poori – pooris made from water chestnut flour and potatoes. you can serve these singhare ki pooris with Vrat ka kadhi or Arbi masala or Khatta meetha kaddu or Aloo palak sabzi or Pumpkin sabzi.

singhare ki poori

8. Makhane ki kheer – North Indian dessert made from healthy foxnuts or phool makhana. This is also called as phool makhane ki kheer. there are many Sweets recipes which you can make for fasting days like:

makhane ki kheer recipe

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panakam recipe

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.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Cuisine Andhra, Karnataka, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Course Beverages
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 3


  • 2 cups water or add as required
  • ½ cup chopped jaggery
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ginger powder (saunth)
  • ⅓ to ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of edible camphor – optional
  • few tulsi or holy basil leaves – optional


  • In a bowl, take 2 cups water and ½ cup chopped jaggery. You can add water as required.
  • Mix very well and let the jaggery soak in water for 30 to 40 minutes till all of it is dissolved. If there are impurities in the jaggery syrup, then filter the solution.
  • Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice or juice of 1 medium sized lemon.
  • Next add ⅓ to ½ teaspoon cardamom powder, ¼ teaspoon ginger powder, ⅛ teaspoon black pepper powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Yo can also add a pinch of edible camphor. If offering panakam to deities then you can add edible camphor. Edible camphor is optional and can be skipped.
  • Mix very well.
  • Offer panakam to the deities. If offering to the deities, then you can add a few holy basil leaves (tulsi leaves) in the drink.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Panakam Recipe for Ram Navami
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 2µg1%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 3mg1%
Phosphorus 2mg0%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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.