What can we eat in Navratras Fast

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What can you eat in Navratras Fast
It’s a myth I feel that during fast we starve ourselves! In fact the opposite is true for the Navratras fasting period of 7-8 days. There are some who eat only fruits and some who eat proper meal once a day during the fast. If you’re keeping it for 1-2 days, usually for the first and last day fast, you can easily have a few options to choose from. But the ones who keep it for the whole week many a time get too bored with monotony of eating fruit every day. There are several options of food to choose from what you can eat during the navratri fasts. Care must be taken to use only Swaang ke chawal (special small rice variety for this fast), Saenda namak (uniodized salt for fast) and Kuttu or Singhade ka atta (flour for the fast as wheat or rice cannot be consumed).

Foods you can consume without worry during the Navratras fast ( or any fast where you cannot consume regular grains and vegetables) :
·        Dishes make with Swaang ke Chawal
·        Food made with Sabudana or Tapioca
·        Dishes made with Kuttu or Singhade ka atta
·        Dishes made with potato (without using any other vegetable)
·        Fruit salads with only lime juice or saenda namak (Do not add the regular chaat Masala)

Now the list of foods and dishes you can make and eat during fast.

·        Jeera aloo (dry, not in gravy)
·        Potato chips
·        Aloo ka Halwa (sweet mashed potato with milk and sugar)

·        Mashed potato savory, with only salt and cumin powder
·        Sabudana Chips

·        Sabudana Khichdi
·        Sabudana Wada
·        Sabudana Kheer
·        Swaan ke chawal ki kheer
·        Kuttu ki tikki ( fried Kuttu cutlets)
·        Aloo tikki (potato cutlets)
·        Kuttu ki roti
·        Usual meal during fast – Kuttu ki roti, alu jeera sabji and curd

The common foods you can consume:
·        Tea
·        Coffee
·        Curd, plain or flavored
·        Milk
·        Soft drinks
·        Fresh fruit juices (packaged ones have salt and other flavorings)
·        Homemade ice-creams / fruit shakes
·        Nuts and raisins
·     For the ones with sweet tooth, you can make frozen fruit yogurts as well!

So enjoy this Navratri with so many great options to choose from. The fasts are kept for the peace of mind not merely for the sake of the rituals. So be happy this Navratri season and make it more Festive than Fastive!


  1. what not to eat man?

    1. anything which is not mentioned here :)

  2. It depends on how religiously you keep it. If you keep all 7-8 fasts, then you're not supposed to any root vegetables or grains. But in almost all instances, you should not have non vegetarian food, eggs, garlic, onions and alcohol.

    1. donno why potato is considered fine , though that grew inside earth.

    2. I believe maybe because it's a modified stem, not a root. Infact during fast, we are not allowed to eat what grows above. That's why no grains.

  3. I love this Chawal Ki Kheer recipe. Chawal Ki Kheer are my favorite

    and I love to try different Chawal Ki Kheer. This Chawal Ki Kheer is

    refreshingly new. I am going to try this.Can't wait to try

    it.thank you for shearing your post. Regards, Chawal Ki Kheer

  4. is it possible to eat dairy milk in navratri fasting

    1. Hi Deepesh, Sorry for a late reply, but I hope it can help during other fasting periods as well. You can eat dairy milk if you dont keep a very orthodox fast. Else you're not allowed to consume common salt.( which is present in chocolates) . You can only eat fast salt ( saenda namak)

    2. If we take fast for a week in Navratra, than we can eat a normal meal(without onion & garlic) in our dinner or not

  5. If we fast for a week in navratra than we can eat a normal food (without onion & garlic)in our dinner or not

  6. Can we eat cauliflower, please tell

    1. No you can not eat cauliflower

  7. Can we eat sweet corn

  8. Can we eat clove, fennel seeds, cardamom ( black n green)

  9. can we eat Hing during Navratras or any other fast

  10. Can we consume flax seeds, fennel and vanilla while fasting.??

  11. Sweet are allowed or not

  12. Can we eat ginger and palak during navratra

  13. Can we eat ginger and palak during navratra

  14. Can we eat ginger and palak during navratra

  15. Can we consume soft drinks? Coca cola or pepsi

  16. Can we eat sweets. Like rasgulla, barfi, cham cham, kajy katli, chhena, etc.

  17. Can we eat food that has corn syrup?

  18. Can we eat Amul vanila ice cream in na ratri fast of 9 days

  19. Can we eat cheddar cheese?

  20. Hi Readers. I have been away for while but am back now :)
    To answer your queries for future references -
    You can eat any sort of sweets.
    Any spices are fine - except onions or garlic powders
    Soft drinks, cheese and ice cream and any flavoring agents are fine.
    All veggies are ok which grow under the surface of earth.
    Also, if you keep a very strict fast where you don't eat salt or only saenda salt, then please avoid cheese and icecreams or anything commercial which has salt.


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