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5 Healthy Navratri Fasting Dishes!

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Dt. Lokendra TomarDietitian/Nutritionist • 23 Years Exp.Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, B.Pharma, MD - Alternate Medicine
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Navratri is the festival of The Goddess Durga. The nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped in navratri. In the word navratri, nav stands for nine and ratri stands for nights. So, navratri is a festival of nine nights and ten days. In India, we celebrate four types of navratri. They are Chaitra Navratri, Ashadha Gupta Navratri, Magha Navratri and Sharad Navratri. Among these four types of navratri, Sharad Navratri is the most famous navratri which is celebrated all over India. Sharad Navratri is celebrated mostly in the months of September and October. Many people fast during the Sharad Navratri.

There is a great story behind celebrating navratri. According to our holy books, it is said that before many years, there lived a demon king known as Mahishasura. He was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. After seeing his devotion, one day lord Shiva became happy and blessed Mahishasura with the massive powers. After getting these massive powers from Lord Shiva, Mahishasura started misusing the powers. He started doing the wrong things and also started to trouble the people. After seeing his evilness, the supreme god's (Brahma, Mahesh and Vishnu) decided to create a goddess by combining their powers. Goddess Durga contains all the powers of the supreme god's (Brahma, Mahesh and Vishnu) in the form of mudras and weapons. The nine forms of Goddess Durga are Kushmanda, Shailputri, Skandmata, Brahmcharini, Katyayani, Mahagauri, Kaalratri, Siddhidatri and Chandraghanta. 

Only the satvik dishes are to be eaten during the navratri. Some of the dishes that can be eaten during Navratri fasting are singhare ke atte ka samosa, sabudane ki khichdi, fruits etc.

There are many things you must prevent during the navratri. They are:

  • Avoid eating non veg during Navratri
  • Avoid cutting hairs 
  • Avoid shaving
  • Avoid to cut the nails
  • Don't eat onion or garlic during Navratri
  • If you light Akhand jyoti in your home, sit near it 24*7
  • Don't wear dirty clothes during Navratri.

5 Healthy Navratri Fasting Dishes

Fasting means avoiding eating the foods for a day or more in order to show devotion to their gods and goddesses. Fasting in navratri is mainly done for nine days. Some people fast only on the first and last day of the navratri. Fasting is done mostly for religious reasons. During the fasting of navratri, only specific dishes are eaten.

Vrat Wale Khatte Meethe Aloo

Khatte meethe aloo is another healthy dish that you can eat during the fasting of navratri. These khatte meethe aloo are made up of the potatoes with the sweet and sour along with the chillies and lemon. These vrat wale aloo are made only from the rock salt. If you think of fasting in navratri, you can eat khatte meethe aloo as they provide energy. It keeps you fit and healthy.

Sabudane ki khichdi

Sabudane ki khichdi is one of the most famous and healthy dishes eaten during the fasting of navratri. Sabudane is energy giving food enriched in carbohydrates. Sabudane ki khichdi is made using boiled potatoes, spices, roasted peanuts along with pearls of sabudana. This dish provides energy during the navratri and is also considered as a healthy fasting dish. So, if you fast during Navratri, you can also eat Sabudane ki khichdi.

Kuttu Ki Poori

Kuttu Ki Poori is another healthy dish which is eaten during the fast of navratri. These pooris are made using the kuttu ka atta. Kuttu is considered a healthy dish because these poori contain a high protein content. Kuttu ki poori is mainly eaten with curd. So, if you fast during the navratri, you can also eat the kuttu ki poori.

Singhare ka samosa

Singhare ka samosa is another famous dish that is eaten during the fasting of Navratri. These samosas are made using the singhare ka aata along with the chironji that is spicy, sendha namak, water and chestnut flour. These samosas are widely eaten with the chutney of coriander. So, during the fast of navratri, singhare ka samosa can also be eaten. 

Makhana Kheer

Makhana are the seeds taken out from the Euryale ferox plant. Makhana Kheer is another healthy and famous dish which is eaten widely during the Navratri. Makhana Kheer is a pudding made using the dry fruits, sugar, milk, and puffed lotus seeds. It is considered as a healthy dish as it is full of nutrients. So, if you fast during Navratri, you can eat Makhana Kheer as it is considered a healthy dish.


Thankyou for spending your precious time reading this article. I hope you got proper and relevant information after reading this article. Navaratri is the festival of the Goddess Durga. People worship Goddess Durga along with her nine forms on 9 different days of Navratri. Only the satvik dishes are to be eaten during the navratri. The dishes that can be eaten during Navratri fasting are singhare ke atte ka samosa, sabudane ki khichdi, aloo ki tikki, banana walnut lassi, fruits etc. You must avoid eating non-veg, onion and garlic during Navratri.



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