Wishing you all a very happy Mahashivratri. This festival always reminds me of my childhood days when I used to go to the temple with my parents and offer milk to shivling. Also, it takes me back to all the yummy food and prasad. I am sharing few Mahashivratri fast recipes to help you if you are fasting on this day. Although the recipes are simple, you need some specific ingredients to make them.

Mahashivratri – the festival and its significance

It is said that lord Shiva performed dance or taandav on this day. The festival is celebrated to honour him. Some believe that on this day, Shiva and Parvati got married and that’s why the festival is celebrated. On this day, many people fast and either visit the temple to offer milk and other stuff to shivling or perform pooja at home. It is one of the most auspicious Hindu festival.

What can you eat if you are fasting for Mahashivratri?

The dishes including these ingredients are normally ok –

Potato based dishes

Milk-based dishes

Dry fruit and fruits-based dishes

Normal flours like wheat and rice are replaced by flours like kuttu ka atta/sabudana/rajgira etc.

You can also check out Navratri fast recipes

Mahashivratri fast recipes –

Sabudana kheer –

Sabudana tikki

Kuttu ke ate ki poori

Sabudana khichdi

Kuttu kea ate ka chila

Dahi waale aloo

Makhane ki kheer

fruit chaat and many more

Dahi waale aloo recipe –

It is one of my favourite recipes and I often make it even when not fasting. It goes well with pooris or even chapatis but when fasting, you can pair it with kuttu ke atte ki poori or chilla.

Dahi waale aloo recipe
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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These are easy to make and simple dish. This one is specific to fasting but you can change it by adding onions or tomatoes too.
  • 3-4 boiled Potatoes (Aloo)
  • 1 cup curd
  • ⅓ teaspoon Asafoetida (heeng)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • ½ Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Salt according to taste
  • ½ tsp powdered saunf
  • Oil to cook (according to your like)
  1. First, boil the potatoes, chop them and keep them aside.
  2. Now, take a wok or pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds and heeng. As soon as cumin begins to crackle, add finely chopped ginger and green chillies and cook them all together for a few minutes.
  3. Add the red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric and cook it. Add a few drops of water so that it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  4. Now add the potatoes to the masala and mix again till the potatoes coated nicely.
  5. The next step is to add the beaten curd over the potatoes. Mix well and cook it after covering for a few minutes. Add powdered saunf.
  6. Once done, turn the heat off, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with vrat waali poori.
Notes – You can also add besan to curd. It gives it a different taste.
When not cooking for fast, you can add chopped onions in the first step.

Hope you liked the recipe ideas. Do share with us if you have any other recipe ideas.