Fasting recipes are special food items for auspicious days and festivals. Here is a collection of 20 easy fasting recipes to help you get some idea on what to eat on those days.
20+ Easy Fasting Recipes | Falahaar Recipes
India is a place of spiritual and religious significance. In india there are many festivals and occasions when people observe fast to show their respect, love and faith for our deities.
These occasions can be weekly fast, navratri, ekadashi, shivratri, pradosh and many more such days. I do fasting on every monday. Similarly all 7 days are devoted to some deities and devotees observe fast on particular day. There are so many days you can't actually keep a count of it.
In India, fasting rules varies from community to community, place to place. There are certain ingredients one can eat as per their rule but others may not add that to their vrat food. Eg We don't eat cumin seeds, chillies, coriander leaves, curry leaves, many vegetables, ground spices.
So while making my fasting recipes, I do keep in mind to avoid these ingredients. But these are allowed by maximum people. So before deciding your menu for fasting, check with your family members first.
Use refined oil and ghee to cook on these days. Complete no to mustard oil.
In general, find below the cereals and vegetables that are commonly used for fasting recipes.
- Kuttu (buckwheat)
- Singhara (water chestnut)
- Rajgira (Amaranth)
- Sama Chawal (Little millet)
- Kashifal (pumpkin)
- bottle gourd
- green chilli
- coriander leaves
- curry leaves
- mint leaves
- cumin seeds
- coriander powder
- cumin powder
- red chilli powder
- black pepper powder
- rock salt
Some easy fasting recipes
1. Kuttu Pakode - Easy Fasting Recipes
Kuttu pakode or kuttu chips is made from kuttu atta or buckwheat flour. This is a gluten-free flour and vastly used pulse during fasting or falahar. Kuttu is more popular in North and Central India. This is an easy and quick fasting recipe.
Kuttu pakode can be made in two ways. One with boiled potatoes and another as sliced chips. Both are tasty but these chips are more crispy. This is super easy to make and takes no time to make kuttu aloo chips.
2. Kuttu Aloo Tikki- Fasting recipes
Kuttu Tikki is another easy yet tasty falahar recipe. This is prepared by mixing mashed potatoes and buckwheat flour. Remember to use rock salt only as regular salt is prohibited on fasting days.
Similarly you can replace kuttu atta with singhada atta (water chestnut flour) or rajgira atta (amaranth Flour) to make this tikki.
Serve these tikki or poori with aloo tomato or dahi aloo for a complete meal. They also taste great with plain curd or with tea as a snacks.
Samvat or barnyard millets makes great food option for fasting days. These goes well in savory preparation and sweet pudding also. This is more filling and acts as a replacement of rice. You can add dry fruits and roasted peanuts to the recipe. Serve with curd or aloo tomato curry for best result.
Incase you don't eat spices (like me), you can make with only salt and black pepper and serve with curd. Or make a sweet pudding with samvat (sama chawal kheer)
4. Sabudana Khichdi - Fasting Recipes
Sabudana khichdi is an authentic Maharashtrian cuisine. This is popular across the country. Sabudana is one of the most commonly used food on fasting days. This is also easy to prepare and takes little time. Peanuts and potatoes are also added to this khichdi. Learn how to make non-sticky fluffy sabudana khichdi. Out of all fasting recipes, this is more common in Maharashtra.
Sabudana vada is another fasting recipe made with sabudana or tapioca pearls. Potatoes are used for binding sabudana into vada or tikki. You can make small balls to make pakoda of the same.
This is a sweet dish of Sabudana or tapioca pearl. It's really quick and easy to make this kheer for your fasting. Apart from fasting recipe this is an excellent baby food and rich in carb. Add loads of dry fruits to enhance the taste of kheer. Read more.
Potatoes are more common vegetable allowed during fasting days. Some also eat tomatoes, other spices. This is a common curry recipe that goes well with singhara ki poori or any falahar paratha and poori or rice.
One of the cleanest of clean recipes. Takes only 2 minutes with boiled potatoes. Serve this as snack or sides on fasting days. This has only cumin seeds and salt. No other spices are used here.
This is another quick fasting recipe. But you can make this for normal days as well. I like dahi aloo with plain rice or jeera rice. For fasting recipes, you can make sama khichdi to serve with dahi aloo. Or it goes well with poori or thalipeeth also.
Lauki halwa or lauki launj is a sweet dish made with bottle gourd. It takes little time. Lauki launj is very popular dessert in North India. We make this in Janmashtami. You can make instant lauki halwa with milk powder or condensed milk. But when I make for fasting days I make them with homemade khoya and reduced milk. The process is little time consuming.
Since lauki or bottle gourd is allowed on fasting days, I make this farali lauki bhujia as a side dish to my vrat menu. This is almost similar to my other low carb bhujia recipe other than few ingredients that are not allowed to consume on such days.
Sweet raita is a perfect dish for fasting days. Excellent for summers. Perfect blend of sweet, sour cooling curd with lots of fruits to keep your energy level up and keeps happy gut. Add whatever fruits available to you. This is rich filling and healthy also.
This is an all season favorite drink. Banana is one of the common fruit and available all season and at cheap price as well. Apart from that it's a store house of many vitamins and nutrients.
In place of fig you can also add other dry fruits like cashews, almonds or mixed dry fruits.
If it's summers you need to hydrate yourself even if you are fasting. More than food drinks are much necessary these days. Again mango is a seasonal fruit. So replace other meals with this yummy drink. Also the sweet mango and milk will provide that energy and will keep you full for longer.
If it's no mango season, replace mango with other fruits and dry fruits.
Perfect tea time snack. This one is my favorite. Takes least time. Just slice potatoes and fry.Serve hot with hot ginger tea.
One trick to make it crispy. Soak in ice water. drain out excess starch. Chips will turn out extra crispy.
Another lauki or bottle gourd recipe for falahaar. This is one of the best side dish not only for fasting days but also for everyday food. Even this is excellent weight loss recipe. If you are on low carb diet, one glass of lauki raita will do magic.
Apple halwa is quick easy dessert that takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. Remove essence and cinnamon from original recipe if you are making this halwa for vrat or fast.
Some more easy fasting recipes
18. Instant Rabdi - Fasting Recipes
Instant rabdi is a quick rabdi you can make within 20 - 25 minutes. This rabdi is so delicious you can't resist from eating more. This will also keep you energetic on the fasting day. So this is one of my favorite amongst the above fasting recipes.
19. Instant Milk Cake
This is one of the quickest of all fasting recipes. It hardly takes 5 - 10 minutes to prepare this instant milk cake. You can make it on a stovetop or even in the microwave, this is a quick dessert perfect for fasting days.
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