People also keep fasts, such as nirjala (cannot consume even a drop of water) and phalahar (can drink milk and eat fruits), for spiritual reasons

Maha Shivratri is just a day away and Shiva devotees are bracing themselves for this much-awaited festival. While many throng popular temples like Siva Dol and Somnath or the banks of Kashi Vishwanath temple in Benaras to take a holy dip in the Ganges, there are some who like to keep the celebrations low key. They wake up early, go to a temple nearby, offer their prayers, and bathe the shivalingam in milk and water.

People also keep fasts, such as nirjala (cannot consume even a drop of water) and phalahar (can drink milk and eat fruits), for spiritual reasons. Many also opt for light, sattvik food.

If you’re keeping fast and worried about your dropping energy levels, here’re few food options you can try this Shivratri that are tasty, healthy, and vrat-friendly.

Sago Khichdi

A light dish made with soaked tapioca pearls, choice of vegetables, and mild spices. Even though the khichdi is quite wholesome in itself, feel free to pair it with yogurt.

Rice Pudding

No Indian festival is complete without traditional rice kheer. This hassle-free dessert is prepared with a perfect blend of fine rice, milk, nuts, and sugar or jaggery. It’s easy to make and high on flavours too!

Sweet Potato Chaat

Tangy, quick and healthy, sweet potato chaat is a beautiful interplay of spices, rock salt, lime juice, and sweet potato tossed together for a yummy snack.

Potato Chips

Not in the mood to dig into anything rich or heavy? This recipe is light, yummy, and easy-peasy at the same time. Just fry a few potato chips and add a little rock salt to it.

Atta Laddoo

If you are super busy and don’t really have much time for cooking, then this recipe is for you. Made with jaggery, atta flour, and ghee, these balls of deliciousness are healthy and quite filling. You can store it in an airtight container for future consumption.

Tapioca Pearls and Potato Cutlets

Crispy, crunchy and vrat-friendly! Cutlets are a favourite across Indian homes. This recipe uses sabudana pearls with peanuts, potatoes and a whole lot of spices!

Buckwheat Dosa

Dosa is perhaps everyone’s favourite, isn’t it? Make a vrat-friendly dosa with buckwheat, arbi (colocasia) and a host of spices and stuffing of potatoes. Pair it with coconut chutney and mint chutney.

Bottle Gourd Pudding

Grated bottle gourd boiled with water and then boiled with milk and sugar to make the perfect delicious pudding. Serve it hot or cold, as preferred.


Combine dry nuts, rose petal paste, black peppercorn, fennel seeds and mixed melon seeds, and some spices to form a paste and add to boiled milk. Sieve through a strainer and serve cold. Garnish with rose petals to enhance the look.

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