Shivratri food
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Food to eat during Shivratri fast

Shivaratri is a religious festival of the Hindus to celebrate the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Lord Shiva is one of the 3 supreme powers as per the Hindu mythology who controlled the Heaven (Swarga), earth (mortal) and the inferno (Patala). Parvati was the daughter of the Himalayas, the parvat(mountain) who was on a severe penance to attain the love of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva was impressed by goddess Parvati’s eternal devotion and finally agrees to unite in divine union of marriage.

Maha Shivaratri is considered a night of spiritual awakening and transformation. It is believed that sincere devotion, prayers, and meditation on this night can lead to the eradication of sins and the attainment of liberation (moksha). Devotees also visit Shiva temples, perform rituals, and offer fruits, flowers, and bilva(leaves of wood apple tree) leaves to seek Lord Shiva’s blessings on Maha Shivaratri. The festival holds great spiritual significance, emphasizing the importance of self-discipline, devotion, and the realization of the divine cosmic energy within oneself.

Rules of fast during Maha Shivaratri

  • The devotees are refrained from consuming any food with grains.
  • Consuming Non vegetarian food including onion and garlic are strictly prohibited.
  • flour like tapioca flour, water chestnuts flour, millets are considered vrat friendly food.
  • Salt should be avoided; rock salt can be used.
  • Nuts, fruits and dairy products are allowed.
  • Drink lots of liquid like water, butter milk, fruit juice to keep body hydrated.

Puja timings

Nishita Kaal puja time – 11:33 PM, March 8, 2024 to 12:21 AM, March 9, 2024

Shivaratri Parana time- 06:37 AM to 15:29 PM, March 9

Ratri First Prahar puja time – 18:25 PM to 21:28 PM, March 8

Ratri Second Prahar puja time – 21:28 PM to 11:57 PM, March 8

Ratri Third Prahar puja time – 11:57 PM, March 8 to 02:58 AM, March 9, 2024

Ratri Fourth Prahar puja time – 02:58 AM, March 8 to 06:00 AM, March 9, 2024

Food to consume during Maha Shivaratri fasting

Sabudana Khichri

Tapioca pearls cooked with spices and ground roasted peanuts and vegetables.

Sabudana khichdi
Tapioca is a starch extracted from the roots of cassava which is an original inhabitant of Brazil.The Spanish and the Portuguese explorers brought this secret ingredient and spread its usage in various countries of Asia. Khichdi is considered as a one pot nutritious meal and is prepared in different varieties in different regions.So lets see the ingredients used to prepare  this wonderful snacks from this wonder food.
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Sabudana khichdi

Sabudana vada

Tapioca pearls mixed with mashed potatoes and roasted ground peanuts , made into falls and deep fried

Kuttu ki poori

Deep fried flatbreads made of buckwheat flour

Shinghare ata ka poori

Deep fried flatbreads made of water chestnut flour and mashed potatoes.

Sabudana kheer

Sweet dish made of tapioca pearls cooked in milk.

Sweet potato halwa

Bahman sweet potato
Its a healthy dessert or breakfast with a buttery nutty flavor with all goodness of walnuts and sweet potato.
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Sattvik aloo ki sabzi

potato curry cooked without onion and garlic

Bati chorchori recipe
In this dish vegetables and spices with raw mustard oil are cooked in a rustic fashion in a pot,preserving all the flavors in the curry.
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bati chorchori recipe

Watermelon juice

Watermelon apple cooler
More than 90% of the fruit watermelon contains water which is essential for retaining the water content of our body which gets constantly drained out by the Summer heat. Lemon juice .rock salt and a bit of cinnamon add a tangy spicy flavor to the sweet juice.
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Mango juice

Mango ginger detox
You can beat the blistering Summer heat with this wonderful drink which also detoxifies your body  and has minimum calories. Ginger  has been used in Ayurveda from ancient times for numerous digestive and healing benefits. This drink combines the health benefits of ginger and detoxifying properties of the seasonal fruit mango in one drink and above all it is aromatic and delicious.
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mango drink

Pineapple juice

Papaya pineapple orange smoothie
flavorful detox smoothie
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papaya pineapple


Indrani Sen is a teacher,lecturer in Information Technology/Computer Science for the past 12 years. She has authored 4 text books in Information Technology.
She is passionate about cooking and loves to blog about food and travel.This blog is like my baby as I have built it from scratch by myself with little help from colleagues ,friends and of course Google.

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