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Written by Navneet Kaur, M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics


Top Dishes For Your Navratri Fast

Fasting during Navratri involves abstaining from certain foods, including grains, onions, garlic, and non-vegetarian items. However, fasting doesn't mean compromising on taste or nutrition. Here are a few nutrient-dense delicious dishes which can be enjoyed during fasting. 


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This popular fasting dish is made from soaked and roasted sabudana (tapioca pearls), potatoes, and flavoured with spices, peanuts, and curry leaves. 

1. Sabudana Khichdi 

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Kuttu (buckwheat) flour is used to make soft and delicious parathas, which can be enjoyed with yoghurt or aloo sabzi. 

2. Kuttu Paratha 

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Pooris made from singhara (water chestnut) flour are a crispy and satisfying choice for Navratri fasting. 

3. Singhara Atta Poori 

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Simple yet flavourful, aloo jeera consists of boiled potatoes sautéed with cumin seeds and spices, making it a quick and tasty option. 

4. Aloo Jeera 

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Makhana (fox nuts) kheer is a creamy and nutritious dessert made from roasted makhana, milk, and sweeteners like jaggery or rock sugar. 

5. Makhana Kheer 

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A refreshing and healthy fruit salad made from a variety of fruits like apples, bananas, and pomegranates can be a perfect snack during fasting. 

6. Fruit Salad 

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Special rice varieties like sama rice (barnyard millet) or kuttu rice are used to make delicious pulao or biryani during Navratri fasting. 

7. Vrat Ke Chawal 

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These deep-fried fritters made from soaked sabudana, mashed potatoes, and spices are a popular snack during Navratri. 

8. Sabudana Vada 

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These sweet coconut and condensed milk balls are easy to make and provide a delightful treat during fasting. 

9. Coconut Ladoo 

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Rajgira (amaranth) flour is used to make soft and nutritious theplas, which can be enjoyed with yoghurt or chutney. 

10. Rajgira Thepla 

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Navratri fasting is a time for devotion, reflection, and enjoying delicious dishes that adhere to the fasting guidelines. By incorporating these delightful recipes into your Navratri fasting routine, you can ensure that your meals are not only nutritious but also a source of joy and satisfaction during this auspicious time. 


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