Happy MahaShivratri! Here is a list of foods to help you fast today
While vigils and prayers are carried throughout the night of Mahashivratri, what also makes this Hindu festival special is the vrat, in other words, its fasting. This day is widely celebrated in the honor of Lord Shiva and hence, devotees observe a fast where they only consume fruits, selective vegetable and non-grain items, and milk. If you are one of those wondering what to prepare for the fast, check out my list of recipes, also called ‘vrat ka khana’.
Sabudana Khichdi is one of the most popular and common items that is prepared for any vrat or special pooja. The softness of tapioca, crunch of peanuts, and spiciness of green chilis with a hint of tasty taste which comes from the lemon is a combination made in heaven. To enhance the flavor of this dish, sprinkle a few slices of fresh coconut and finely chopped coriander on the top.
Kuttu Ki Pakodi
Another commonly and easily available ingredient that is used while fasting is Kuttu Ki Pakodi. For a different variation, you can try making Kuttu Ki Kachori by stuffing mashed potatoes mixed with fresh spices or an easier option remains Kuttu Ki Poori, the base of which remains buckwheat flour.
Makhane Ki Kheer
In the middle of the day, if you crave something sweet, you can try your hands on Makhane Ki Kheer. The recipe for this delicacy is the same as Rice Kheer, except that the rice needs to be substituted with Makhana, also known as Fox Nuts. If you wish to make it a little nutritious and rich, add a few dry fruits like almonds, pistachios, and cashews. Do not forget to add a pinch of cardamom powder.
Potato Sabudana Cutlet
Potato and Sabudana Cutlet can be your go-to snack for the fasting evening if you get the urge to grab a quick bite without stuffing up something too heavy. Depending on your preference, you can either shallow fry the cutlet or deep fry for a crispier texture. If time permits, serve it alongside a fresh coconut chutney made with simple ingredients like coriander, chilis, ginger, coconut pieces, and cumin seeds.
If having cooked food is something you want to avoid, prepare a quick glass of milkshake with fruits of your choice. Let it be a Mango milkshake, Apple, Banana, or Strawberry – the outcome would be healthy, filling, and satisfying. Garnish the shake with a few dry fruits and nuts and gain the crunch factor that might seem missing otherwise.
Salivating with the thought of gorging on these tasteful and lip-smacking food options? Try to make them at home and treasure the treat!