Navratri Festival: 10 Healthy Navratri Fast Recipes

healthy navratri fast recipes
Navratri Thali (Source:

Navratri is a celebration devoted to the love and worship of the Hindu Goddess Durga. In Sanskrit, Navratri means nine nights and during these nights, nine different forms of Devi are worshipped. For some people fasting is easy and for some, it is not, so we are going to reveal some of the amazing yet healthy Navratri fast recipes you can make easily and keep your food cravings at bay.

Foods Allowed During Navratri Fasting

1. Spice and herbs 
  • Black pepper, Sendha Namak (rock salt) and black salt (Kala Namak)
  • Cumin powder (Jeera)
  • Ajwain (carom seeds)
  • Ginger
  • Mint leaves, Coriander leaves and curry leaves
  • Green chilli
2. Vegetables 
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Raw banana
  • Arbi
  • Tomatoes
  • Raw papaya
  • Sweet potato
3. Flours
  • Kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour)
  • Rajgira ka atta (Amaranto flour)
  • Singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour)
  • Sama ke Chawal (barnyard millet)
  • Arrowroot flour
4. Others 
  • Sabudana (Tapioca Pearls)
  • Makhana
  • Paneer
  • Curd
  • Cream
  • Ghee
  • Khoya
  • Malai
  • White butter
  • Almonds
  • Raisins
  • Walnut
  • Cashew nuts
  • Pistachio
  • Dried fig (Anjeer)
  • Date
  • All fruits
  • Honey and sugar
  • Coconut and coconut milk
  • Cucumber and peanuts
  • Tea

Foods to Avoid During Navratri Fasting

  1. Garlic
  2. Onion
  3. Turmeric
  4. Hing (Asafoetida)
  5. Garam masala
  6. Mustard
  7. Fenugreek seeds
  8. Dhania powder (Coriander Powder)
  9. Lentils
  10. Legumes
  11. Common salt
  12. Non-vegetarian food
  13. Alcohol
  14. Corn
  15. Oats
  16. Corn starch
  17. Sunflower oil
  18. Coffee
  19. Besan (chickpea flour)
  20. Rice
  21. Rice flour
  22. Wheat flour
  23. All purpose flour (maida)
  24. Sooji

Healthy Navratri Fast Recipes:

1. Fruit Salad With Cashew Cream

It is one of the easiest and healthy Navratri fast recipes to make which can also be consumed on a daily basis. All fruits are allowed to be consumed during the Navratri festival. You can simply chop up fruits and sprinkle some black salt on it or you could make a fruit salad with cashew cream.

healthy navratri fast recipes

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2. Sabudana khichdi

Sabudana khichdi is very much common during the Navratri festival. It is really healthy and tastes good as well.

healthy navratri fast recipes
Hot and spicy sabudana khichdi served on a plate

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3. Kuttu ka Dosa

Kuttu ka dosa is another very common Navratri dish which is so delicious that you would want to eat it all day! This dosa is made with kuttu ka atta, also known as buckwheat flour, with some potato filling.

healthy navratri fast recipes

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4. Dahi Aloo (Curd and Potato)

Dahi aloo is an easy and healthy Navratri fast recipe to make. It contains only a few ingredients and takes about thirty minutes to prepare.

healthy navratri fast recipes

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5. Walnut and Banana Lassi

The idea of lassi containing banana and walnut might not look pleasing to everyone but surely it tastes amazing. You can make walnut and banana lassi pretty quickly with just four ingredients.

healthy navratri fast recipes
A glass filled with banana walnut lassi
6. Aloo Paneer Kofta

You can relish crispy, mouth watering aloo paneer kofta during your Navratri fasting. Just substitute corn flour with fasting flour like buckwheat flour aka kuttu ka atta, water chestnut flour aka singhare ka atta or Arrow Root flour and savour the taste with green chutney.


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7. Sabudana kheer

If you are talking about Navratri food then it is impossible to ignore Sabudana kheer. If you are fasting and crave for something sweet then you can quickly make this delicious kheer.

Sabudana keer served in a broad mouth glass
Sabudana kheer served in a broad mouth glass

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8. Arbi chips

Arbi or Colacasia Root is one of the many vegetables people usually end up eating during Navratri fast. Crispy textured Arbi chips are one of the best snacks you can relish while following your fasting days. To hive a healthy twist, you can bake them too. These are light yet at the same time will kill your hunger.

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9. Grape Chutney

Grape Cinghutney is not that common but is best when you are fasting. It is easy and can be served with Sabudana vada, Phalahari Thalipeeth or any other snacks during the time of fasting.

healthy navratri fast recipes
Grape chutney in a pot (Source:
10. Eggless Buckwheat Banana Muffins

Muffin cravings are pretty bad, especially when you are fasting. Navratri special muffins are usually not available in the market but don’t worry, you can make it one yourself using banana and buckweat flour. Not only are these soft, spongy and moist, they will please the taste buds when you get bored of usual meals and are healthy too.

Navratri Fast Recipe - Eggless Buckwheat Banana Muffins
A plate filled with muffins

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Though Navratri period is celebrated and followed by many people as the celebration and devotion towards Maa Durga, on a side note, it is one of the best ways to lose weight and be healthy as fasting is good for your health.

So this season, try these amazing and healthy Navratri fast recipes and share your experience with us. If you think we have missed an amazing recipe here, feel free to mention it in the comments.

Happy Navratri!

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