Hindus all over the world honor Lord Shiv on occasion of Maha Shivratri. This India festival holds a special significance for Hindus all over the world.
People keep fast on this day to please Lord Shiva. The fast starts from the morning of Maha Shivratri and ends the next day.
There are different fasting culture and tradition followed. Some devotees avoid all food and drinks and keep a strict form of fasting. While others follow a restricted diet called falahar on the fasting day. The devotees are allowed to eat satvik food which is pure and healthy and is easy to digest.
People on fasting day abstain from certain food including pulses, grains, table salt, turmeric, garlic and onion. But you can eat fruits, potatoes (including sweet potato), rock salt, milk, water and food made up of sago, water chestnut flour or buckwheat flour, tapico, saamak (Millet).
Here we have assembled what you can eat during Shivratri fast.
Flours – Kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour) or Singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour) can be used.
Rice – Vrat ke Chawal (Sama rice).
Fruits – All fruits can be consumed during fasting as fast is called Phallar. Fruits can be consumed, among dry fruits you can have almonds, cashew, walnut, dates, raisins, and apricot.
Milk – Milk is considered to be safe to consume during fasting, it can be badam doodh, kheer or thandai.
Salt – Avoid normal salt and use alternative rock salt or Sendha namak.
Sabudana – Tapioca pearl is very nutritious and healthy to eat during fasting. You can make Sabudana khichdi, kheer.
Potato – Potato is the king of vegetables which can be consumed during fasting. You can make its sabzi, chaat, Tikki and many more dishes.
Here are some of the recipes of the goodies that can be savored during Maha Shivratri fast.