As the name suggests, Maha Shivaratri is a festival devoted to Lord Shiva. The name of the festival can be literally translated to mean “the Great Night of Shiva”. The festival typically falls in late winter during the month of February and March. Is a solemn festival marked by all-night vigils, fasting and meditating on Shiva’s virtues.
What To Eat In Maha Shivaratri Fast
For many devotees, fasting for Maha Shivaratri is one that involves not eating or drinking anything throughout the day. Even water is not drunk. However, this is an extreme fast and not recommended. Instead, you should have some light food that keeps the body light. Foods like rice, wheat, pulses and table salt are not allowed during the Shivratri fast.
Here are a few things you could eat:
Fruits like apples, bananas and oranges can be eaten with milk and water.This is known as Phallar. You can also have fruit chaat, fruit shakes and fruit salads. These can be seasoned with rock salt instead of table salt. In addition to fresh fruits, you can also have dried fruits like almonds, cashews, raisins, walnuts and dates.
2. Raw banana Pakodas
Raw banana can be made into pakodas and eaten during the Shivratri fast. This can be flavored with rock salt, cumin, pepper, ajwain and green cardamom. You can also make pakodas with singhada flour.
It is believed that Lord Shiva was very fond of milk and milk=based drinks. Thus, thandai is the ideal beverage for Maha Shivratri.You can make thandai at home or buy a premix from the market and mix it with a glass of cold milk.
4. Lauki ka halwa
This is a dish made with bottle gourd. It is also known as dudhi halwa. This rich dessert is easy to make but takes a lot of time to make.
5. Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin is a versatile vegetable that can be used to make a number of sweet and savoury dishes for your Shivratri fast. Pumpkin pancakes are one of the most popular dishes. Alternatively you can make pumpkin halwa or khatta meetha kaddu.
6. Aloo Khichdi and Aloo Tikki
Potato can be eaten in any way as long as it is made without onion, ginger, garlic or turmeric. Some of the popular potato-based dishes for Maha Shivratri are aloo khichdi, aloo tikki, aloo pakoda, sweet potato chaat and even aloo ka halwa.
7. Sabudana Kheer and Khichdi
Sabudana is a form of tapioca. It is made by processing the starch from this tuber into small pearls. Rich in carbohydrates, it’s a great source of energy and can kickstart your day. This is probably why it’s so popular during fasts. It’s also gluten free and non-allergenic. You can use Sabudana to make kheer or khichdi. The only issue you may face when cooking with Sabudana is that it needs to be soaked overnight before cooking.
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