This post is all about the collection of best, simple, and easy vrat recipes, also known as vrat ka khana in Hindi, Indian fasting food recipes, Prasadam or prasad, and upvas recipes that you can make during the nine days of Navratri, Shivratri, Ekadashi, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Karwa Chauth, Varalakshmi vratam (varamahalakshmi pooja), Shravan (Sawan) month, Sankashti Chaturthi, Panchami, Gauri Vrat, Adhika Masa, Sai Guruvar Vrat, Somvar ka Vrat.
Overall you can make these during any auspicious pooja or Indian Hindu festivals where fasting is celebrated. I have shared quick and healthy vrat recipes that will keep you full for a long time during your fasting day.
I have learned in my blogging years that every family follows their traditions. One family eats wheat flour (atta), while the other eats sabudana during upvaas. I recommend you ask your elders and make only those recipes with the allowed ingredients.
For example - in parts of South India that I am familiar with, no fasting is kept during Navratri; instead, deities are worshiped, sweets are offered as naivedyam to goddess Lakshmi and then served in the form of prasad (prasadam) to all devotees. In some parts of North and Western India, fasting (upvas or vrat) is kept on these nine days of Navratri.
Even the fasting rules vary from one region to another, and the same will be applied even for Ekadashi, Shravan, Shivratri, Ashtami, or any religious fasting you do weekly.
To know more about nine days of Navratri vrat and fasting and the importance of 9 days, read this useful post on Navratri and food to offer and eat on nine days.
While you are here, don't miss out on checking out the best must-try Indian desserts and sweets for festivals.
What food can be eaten during fast, vrat or upvas?
Sattvik foods are eaten during vrat or upvaas. Many fast have strict and specific rules.
For example, after I started blogging, I got to know from my fellow bloggers that sabudana is one of the main dishes you can eat during vrat, but in my hometown, sabudana (sabakki) is not typically consumed on fasting upwas days.
Another example that I would love to share is people prefer no salt fast or sendha namak (rock salt) for fasting in a few regions, but in my hometown, we are allowed to use regular salt for any fasting, vrat, or upwas.
And also, make sure you check with your family elders and follow the traditions and fasting rules, as some regions do not prefer onion garlic recipes, while others do not eat the regular salt, rice, wheat flour, or any grains on fasting or festival days.
But in general, fasting recipes are quick and easy to make. Most of the spices and grains are not used, with no meat, no marination, no onion, and no garlic.
What are the fasting or vrat rules followed in your region? Do comment below.
Fasting meals (Vrat Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Some popularly eaten food recipes for fasting or vrat breakfast, lunch, and dinner includes traditional sabudana khichdi, samvat rice pulao, kuttu dosa (buckwheat flour dosa), rajgira or amaranth flour paratha, singhara or water chestnut kachori, lauki or bottle gourd soup, some simple salads with fruits and vegetables or easy no onion no garlic recipes with paneer, potato, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, plantains (bananas), chutneys, raita and more.
Sweets or Desserts for Fasting, Vrat, Upvas
Any occasion is incomplete without delicious desserts or sweets. Some fasting desserts and sweets recipes include kheer made with sabudana, makhana, ragjira, paneer, lauki, halwa with banana, apple, sweet potato, pumpkin, lauki, ladoo with badam or almonds, dry fruits, coconut, or simply some fruit salad with ice cream or popular barfi with milk, paneer, coconut or katli with cashews or almonds.
Snacks Recipes for Vrat or Fasting
Some quick and easy snack recipes you can prepare during fasting, vrat, or upvaas days include makhana, roasted nuts, and seeds, sabudana vada, fruit chaat, pakoras, homemade banana chips, aloo tikki, etc.
Drink Recipes (Beverages)
You can consume any drink made using fresh fruits, vegetables, infused water, coconut water, milk-based drinks, herbal tea, buttermilk, lemon water, cucumber mint cooler, lassi, etc.
Vrat means fasting of food only, while upvass means fasting of food along with keeping oaths such as abstaining from speech (mauna vrata), restraining from pleasures, etc. In short, it is all about self-control.
Commonly used vrat food are fruits, vegetables, dairy products, nuts, seeds, and some fasting-specific flours like sabudana, kuttu ka atta (buckwheat), singhare (waterchestnut), rajgigira (amaranth), sama ke chawal (barnyard millet) and spices like cumin, rock salt or sendha namak, black pepper powder, whole garam masala can be used.
During vrat, people avoid ingredients like non-vegetarian food, onions, garlic, and certain spices, alcohol. Some even avoid grains and, pulses, and flour like maida, wheat, rice.
In Hinduism, vrat is believed to have positive benefits and significance. The power of vrat varies based on individual beliefs and your intention behind observing. I know Some powerful vrat are Ekadashi, Navratri, Satyanarayan, karva chauth, Shivratri, and sankashti chaturthi.
Some of the best vrat recipes that can also help you lose weight include fruit salad, mixed vegetable salad, khichdi, lauki or bottle gourd soup, yogurt with veggies, and sama ke chawal. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
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Healthy and Easy Vrat Fruit Salad Recipe
- 2 Bananas, sliced
- 1 Apple, chopped
- 1 cup Pineapple, chopped
- 1 cup Watermelon, chopped
- 1 cup Grapes
- 1 cup Pomegranate seeds
- 1 cup Orange, chopped
- 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Sugar or Honey
Rajgira Paratha or Roti
- 1 cup Rajgira atta (Amaranth flour)
- 2 Potatoes, boiled and mashed
- 2 Green chilies, finely chopped
- Rock salt or sendha namak to taste
- Homemade ghee, for cooking
Fasting or Upvas Fruit Salad
- Combine all the fruits in a bowl. To this, add dressing and toss until combined. Lemon juice gives a tangy flavor and prevents your fruit from browning.
- Cover this bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes so that the flavors meld together.
- Stir ones so that the juices at the bottom are distributed before serving.
- You can serve it as it is or with any homemade ice cream.
Vrat Paratha or Roti
- Mix the ingredients, sprinkle water as need and knead to form a smooth dough.
- Divide the dough into equal portions and shape them into balls.
- Roll out each ball into round-shaped paratha.
- Heat tawa or griddle. Cook the paratha on medium flame on both sides until golden; apply ghee during cooking on both sides.
- Serve hot with any chutney or raita, and enjoy.
- Adjust the amount of salad dressing to your liking.
- This fruit salad or chaat is the best recipe for fasting, vrat, upvas during Hindu festivals, auspicious occasions, and pooja.
- Vary the amount of fruit or combination of fruits to your liking. Just make sure you add only those fruits that are allowed in your tradition during fasting.
- You can use kuttu ka atta, also called buckwheat flour, instead of rajgira flour to make paratha or roti. The steps remain the same.
- Some other popular Indian fasting, upvas, and vrat recipes include popular Maharashtrian sabudana khichdi, crispy sabudana vada, apple halwa without any flour, sama chawal upma, or pulao, mango lassi. You can check the entire food list above.
This post for Indian vrat fasting recipes was first published in Aug 2020. Updated with more details, and calorie information.