Vrat ka Khana

Fasting is a common practice in India. Along with Vasant and Sharad Navratri, there are many other festivals and holy days like Krishna Janmaashthami, Shivratri, Ekadashi, etc when people keep fasts. For these special days, people eat sendha namak/rock salt instead of regular salt. People do not eat any lentils, rice or wheat, spices etc...Usually people eat fruits, dry fruits, milk yogurt and some specific vegetables. In different parts of India various kind of delicacies are made for these days.

There are a variety of things eaten on fasting days such as singhara, kutu, potatoes, sabudana, fruits etc.

Sendha Namak- Sendha namak is also called as rock salt. While regular table salt/sea salt comes from sea, sendha namak comes from mountain rocks and there is usually little chemical treatment. Sendha namak is used for fasts because of its purity. This salt is less salty than the regular one and has less amount of sodium and it is not iodized either.


A phalahari platter with- Roasted peanuts and Makhane (Eurayle ferox), Makhane ki kheer, Sabudana (sago) Pulav, Plain Yogurt (dahi), Namkeen Singhade ki barfi, Kuttu ke parode, and phalahari chatni.

vratkithali


Light and healthy Meal for Fasting

Phalahari Thalipeeth Phalahari Thalipeeth-Thalipeeth is a very popular Variety of Maharashtrian Bread. It is a savory preparation looks like a pancake. Here we are making a Phalahari ( fast special) version of Thalipeeth. This is a hearty, healthy and easy to make dish for fast. I have used soaked sago, water chestnut (singhoda) flour, and boiled potatoes along with flavoring to make this delicacy. Phalahari Thalipeeth can be served with cucumber raita, and phalahari chutney...
Arbi ke Kebab Arbi Ke Kebab-Arbi is an edible root, also known as arabi, ghuiyan, toro, or colocasia. It is easily available worldwide. The leaves of arbi are also know as elephant ear. The word kebab has come from Mughal period in India. Traditionally Kebab is associated with meat preparations - but this is a phalahari version of Kebab. I have added some buckwheat flour (kuttu ka aata) in the kebab mixture which helps in binding the kebabas. This is a low-fat, easy to make appetizer for the days of fasting......
Singhare_Ki_Namkeen_Burfi Singhare Ki Namkeen Burfi- Singhara, also known as water chestnut, is rich in carbohydrate, starch , vitamin B6, riboflavin etc. In India they are eaten raw as a fruit, and also boiled. Therte are plenty of delicacies made out og Singhara flour. Singharas are most commonly used in delicacies made for fasting days. This is a low calorie delicacy of Singhara flour.......
Sabudana_Pulav Sabudana Pulav-Sabudana or sago is a very good source of carbohydrate, and is also eaten during the days of fasting. There is a variety of dishes made out of Sabudana/ Sago like sabudana papad, sabudana kheer, sabudana vadas etc. Here we are going to make sabudana pulav.......
Vrat_Ki_Sabji Kuttu Aloo ki Sabji-Kuttu is one of the grains that is considered as pure and is eaten during fasting days. There is a variety of delicacies made out of kuttu flour. This is an easy to make potato and kuttu flour curry preparation. You can also replace kuttu with singhara flour if you wish to. …….
Kuttu_Ke_Parathe Kuttu Ke Parathe-Kuttu is one of the grains that is considered as pure and is eaten during fasting days. There is a variety of delicacies made out of kuttu flour. In India kuttu grain itself is available but in western world you will only get kuttu flour. Kuttu is very warm in tendency (tasir) and should be eaten with yogurt (dahi). Kuttu ke parathe are pan fried breads, that can be served with special veggies made for the days of fasting and also with preparations such as dahi ke aloo.
Fruit Salad With Strawberry Glaze Fruit Salad With Strawberry Glaze–This is a delicious fruit salad preparation. You can select the fruits based on whatever is available in your part of world. The strawberry glaze gives a wonderful taste to this fruit salad. Try out this delicious salad and don't forget to write your comments....
Fruit Salad in yogurt dressing Fruit Salad in Yogurt Dressing - A very delicious and healthy fruit salad - this salad provides vitamins, calcium, and other nutrients by using ingredients recommended for fasting. Fruits selection can be altered as per taste and availability.
Samo_Rice Samo rice pulav- Sama/ Samo rice one of the food eaten during the fasting days in India. These rice grains are smaller in comparison to any other rice grain, and look somewhere between semolina and daliya (broken wheat), or may be couscous… This recipe is for a savory preparation of samo rice. Note that different families have different traditions for fasting days - For example ......
Phalahari_Bhel Phalahari Bhel -Peanuts are good source of Protein; they are rich in magnesium, copper and iron too. And makhane (puffed eurale ferox) are rich in carbohydrate. A very simple recipe to make phalahari bhel at home with nice combination of crispies. Note that this recipe does not contain Bhel/Layya or puffed rice- which is the base of bhel-puri ! Since usual grains like rice are not eaten in vrat, therefore we are making a bhel without bhel!
Phalhari Chutney Phalhari Chutney -This is a special preparation for chutney for fasting days. Sendha namak ( special salt for the days of fasting ) has been used to make this chutney . This chutney can be served with sabudana cutlet, kuttu ke pakore or any phalhari snack. This chutney is a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin C.
Grape Chutney Grape Chutney-Grape Chutney is an easy to make, very healthy, and delicious Chutney. This phalahari chutney recipe is an adapted version of Master chef Sanjeev Kapoor's "Angoor aur Khajur Ki Chutney". This chutney can be served with Phalahari Thalipeeth, Sabudana Vada, or any other snack during the fast....... .
Cucumber Potato Salad Cucumber Potato Salad - A delicious and nutritious healthy salad, especially served during fast days. Can also be a nice midday snack.
cucumber potato salad Vrat ke Aloo - This is a very simple potato delicacy for the days of fasting.
vrat ki lauki Vrat ki Lauki -Lauki , squash or bottle gourd is a very healthy vegetable. This is one of the lightest vegetable and good for fasting days. This is a simple and easy preparation for lauki .
Roasted Peanuts Roasted Peanuts - Peanuts are good source of Protein; they are rich in magnesium, copper and iron too. This is a very simple recipe of roasted peanuts.
singhara ka cheela Singhare ke cheele - Singhara, also known as water chestnut, is rich in carbohydrate, starch , vitamin B6, riboflavin etc. In India they are eaten raw, and also boiled. Singharas are most commonly used in delicacies made for fasting days. During this time of year fresh Singhare are easily available in India but singhara flour can be found in grocery stores all around the year. You can also use buckwheat flour ...
dahi ke aloo Dahi ke Aloo -Dahi ke aloo/ potatoes in yogurt/curd is a yummy preparation, goes with kuttu and singhate ke cheele or poori.Yogurt is a good coolant and helps in the digestion of kuttu and singhara delicacies as they are hot in tendency (tasir). Yogurt is more commonly known as curds in India. In Hindi we call it दही (dahi). It is one of the best sources of calcium and is also rich in protein. Yogurt is eaten in most of the ...
crystals on strawberry Crystals on Strawberry - In USA it is strawberries in Vrat !!You might not like to work in the kitchen for long time when you are fasting;this is easy to make delicious and nutritious dessert .

Drinks for Fasting

Thandai Thandai-Thandai is a very traditional milk based Indian drink. It is made with select spices grinded with rose petals and almonds. In North India this special drink is made for Holi (the festival of colors). My Gujarati and Rajasthani friends have told me that it is also made for the Maha-Shivratri festival as an offering to Lord Shiva. For both these festivals, Thandai is also sometimes mixed with "Bhanng" !....
Mango Lassi Mango Lassi- Lassi is a very famous yogurt based drink. Sweet Lassi is made by blending yogurt (curds/ dahi) with either milk or water and sugar. Mango lassi is very popular in western world. To be frank, I first tasted Mango lassi outside India. This is a very easy and delicious recipe for mango lassi…..
Badam Milk Badam Milk– Badam is a Hindi word for almonds. Badam Milk is a very traditional, and delicious drink, and can be served any time of the year. Almonds are rich in calcium and iron and with milk makes for a very healthy drink. Almond milk also has medicinal values and is considered as very good for health. ……
Strawberry_Shake Strawberry Shake -Strawberries are very rich in Vitamin C and also good source of Folic acid, Iron and potassium and magnesium and with milk it makes a perfect drink. Enjoy this delicious and nutritious strawberry shake.
Milk shake Milk Shake- Milk shake is a healthy drink with the combination of fruits. If someone does not like to drink milk or does not like fruits, this is the best way to get milk and fruits at the same time. I add some cardamoms to give a nice aroma.
Kesariya Lassi Kesariya Lassi - Lassi is a very popular, yogurt(curd) based drink from India. This is a special lassi from the birth place of God Krishna .This has lot of Saffron in it and has very nice aroma too.

Desserts for Fasting

Almond Kheer Almond Kheer -Almond kheer is a delicious dessert. This can also be eaten during Indian fasting days. Almonds are one of the healthiest nuts and makhane (Euryale ferox) are rich in protein and carbohydrate and have significant medicinal values. So this sweet dish is healthy as well. I have used 2% organic milk to make this dessert but feel free to use full cream milk….
sweet potato Halwa/pudding sweet potato pudding-Sweet Potatoes (शकरकंदी) are considered as highly nutritious. They are a good source of dietary fibers, vitamin, A, C, iron, calcium and surely the carbohydrate. This is a phalahari dessert and can be eaten in the days of fasting. There are so many different skin color sweet potatoes available around the world. We get orange skinned sweet potatoes in our state which is rich in beta carotene....
Singhade Ka Halwa Singhade ka halwa-Singhada, also known as water chestnut, is rich in carbohydrate, starch , vitamin B6, and riboflavin. Singhadas are eaten raw, and also boiled. Singhada is one of the most commonly used food item in delicacies made for the fasting days.…This is an easy to make recipe of delicious singhade ka halwa for Ashtami .......
Dates and walnut burfi

Dates and walnut burfi-Dates and walnut burfi is a very healthy dessert preparation and is very simple to make. I learned this dish from my friend Aparna. So on the auspicious day of Janmashtami let's make this delicious Dates and Walnut dessert.

Samo Rice Kheer Samo Rice Kheer-Sama/ Samo rice is one of the food eaten during the fasting days in India. These rice grains are smaller in comparison to any other rice grain, and look somewhere between semolina and daliya (broken wheat), or may be couscous........Please note that different families have different traditions for fasting days .. This is a quick and easy to make dessert for fasts...As always please keep writing your comments..
Lauki Ka Halwa

Lauki Ka Halwa-Lauki ka halwa is a very popular and traditional dessert, made all over India. Lauki or bottle gourd is a vegetable which is eaten in many of the families in the days of fasting. There are so many different ways to make lauki ka halwa...I have realized this is the best liked recipe of Lauki ka halwa... So here we are.

Nariyal ke Ladoo Nariyal ke Ladoo- Nariyal (Coconut) ladoos are made all over the India. This is a traditional Indian dessert. Coconut is one of the most auspicious fruit for Indians, and used for almost all the religious ceremonies. There are so many different recipes to make coconut ladoos - This is my recipe ! It is a little time taking but the results are wonderful...
Shrikhand Shrikhand- Shrikhand is a traditional dessert from Western India. This dessert is made with yogurt (curd/ dahi). Yogurt is tied in a muslin cloth and hung for hours to drain off the water and the resulting creamy and thick yogurt is beaten with sugar , garnished with saffron, cardamoms, and dry fruits. I have tried …
Coconut Burfi Coconut Burfi (Nariyal ki burfi)- This is a very traditional dessert , made for the auspicious occasions,like Navratri, Maha Shivratri, Janmashtami, etc. The specialty of this dessert is that it has been made in sugar syrup and it can be made vegan.
Lauki_Ki_Kheer Lauki Ki Kheer- Lauki or bottle gourd is a vegetable which is eaten in many of the families in the days of fasting. Lauki ki kheer is traditional dessert made all over India. Here I am writing my version of recipe of Lauki ki kheer which is very yummy in taste and is a perfect offering to Lord Krishna. ... ..
Aloo ka halwa Shahi Aloo Ka Halwa–Potato (aloo) ka halwa is a delicious dessert preparation. This is a phalahari dessert and can be eaten in the days of fasting as well. I remember my grandmother used to make this halwa for Ekadashi vrat.……
Paneer Paratha Mewa Pag (Dry fruits dessert)-This is a special burfi/ pag made for pooja. This can be eaten in fasting days too. The dry fruits can be changed as par the taste. Enjoy mewa pag....
meeng Pag Meeng Pag -Muskmelon also known as cantaloupe is a delicious fruit. The seeds of muskmelons are delicious too. This is a dessert made out of peeled seeds of muskmelon. This is another variety of dessert made for Janmashtmi Pooja (prayer).. If you don't find muskmelon seeds use watermelon seeds.
Lauki lauj Lauki ki lauj -Lauki or bottle gourd is a vegetable which is eaten in many families in fasting days. Lauki ki lauj is a dessert made with lauki and milk. This is a traditional dessert made all over India. Here I am writing my version of recipe of Lauki ki Lauj which is very yummy in taste and a perfect offering to God.
Makhane ki Kheer Makhane ki Kheer - Makhane (puffed Eurale ferox ) ki kheer is a dessert specially made for fasting days. Makhane are rich in protein and carbohydrate and have significant medicinal values. This is a delicious dessert.

Hearty Dishes for Fasting

Sabudana Vada Sabudana Vada-Sabudana or sago is a very good source of carbohydrate, and is also eaten during the days of fasting. There is a variety of dishes made out of Sabudana/ Sago like sabudana papad, sabudana kheer, sabudana pulav etc. This recipe is for sabudana vadas. This is a delicious dish and can also be made as a starter in general.....
 Kuttu ke Pakode Kuttu ke Pakode -Kuttu ke pakore is a popular dish for the days of fasting. This is a delicious preparation and can easily be made in a short time. Kuttu ke pakore should be eaten with yogurt (dahi) as they are very warm in tendency (tasir). So let’s make kuttu ke pakore…..
Kuttu_Poori Kuttu Poori -Kuttu is one of the grains that is considered as pure and is eaten during fasting days. There is variety of delicacies made out of kuttu ka flour. In India kuttu grain itself is available. Kuttu is very warm in tendency (tasir) and should be eaten with yogurt (dahi). Kutt ki poori is a delicious preparation and can be served with phalahari lauki or dahi ke aloo.
singhare ke pakore Singhare ke Pakore - This is a delicious deep fried delicacy for the days of fasting. Singhara, also known as water chestnut, is rich in carbohydrate, starch , vitamin B6, riboflavin etc. In India they are eaten raw, and also boiled. Singharas are most commonly used in delicacies made for fasting days.