Chaitra Navratri 2023: What to Eat and Avoid While Fasting?

Just like every Navratri season, this season many people are fasting and many people may have started fasting this Navratri for the first time. People, who are used to fasting each Navratri know what to eat and what food they should avoid. With special and healthy food and in honour of Goddess Durga, people celebrate Navratri every year. Keep reading this blog to know what food items you can eat during fasting and what you should avoid eating.

What is Chaitra Navratri?

Chaitra navratri is also called vasanta navratri. It is celebrated in the month of March or April. The first day of Navratri is celebrated as Gudi Padwa by Maharashtrians. Some people fast for full nine days while some people choose to fast either on the final two days or the first and last days. When it comes to everyday diet during 9-days fasting, there are a few fasting food items that you can add like singhara ka atta, samak ke chawal, kuttu ka atta, and some fruits.

What food can be taken during Navratri fasting?

Here are a few foods that you can eat during fasting:

  • Fruits

You can eat fruits as there is no restriction on fruits during fasting. You can eat any type of fruit during Navratri fasting.

  • Spice and Herbs

Usually, people don’t consume normal salt while fasting. However, they use sendha namak or rock salt for cooking the food. They can use spices, such as cumin powder or cumin, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ajwain, dry pomegranate seeds, black peppercorns, nutmeg, tamarind, and kokum. In addition to this, people also use red chilly powder, coriander leaves, chaat masala, dry mango powder, etc.

  • Vegetables

People consume sweet potatoes, potatoes, suran or yam, kachalu, arbi, spinach, tomato, cucumber, bottle gourd, carrots, etc.

  • Milk and Dairy Products

Milk products like cottage cheese, curd, malai, white butter, and ghee are the most commonly used products during Navratri fasting.

What foods to avoid while fasting?

Take a closer look at the following food items that you should avoid when you are fasting and these rules you should keep in your mind:

  • No flour and grains

Wheat and rice flour are not allowed to eat during Navratri days for people who fast. So, they are suggested to eat food items using singhare ka atta and kuttu ka atta.

  • Avoid using processed salt

If you are fasting, then you should avoid using processed salt. However, you can use sendha namak or rock salt.

  • Don’t eat these food items

If you are fasting, then you must avoid eating fast foods, rice flour, packed food, semolina, cornflour and all the tamsik food items that include – garlic, onion, meat, and egg. People should avoid consuming alcohol during fasting.

What things do you need to consider during Navratri?

Navratri is one of the most important festivals and is celebrated by people across the nation. Everyone engages in celebrating, chanting, and worshipping Goddess Durga. On Navratri, various individuals observe a fast. You need to keep the following things in mind while fasting:

  • Don’t keep yourself hungry. Keep yourself energized by eating nuts and dried fruits, dahi and paneer. These all can add essential proteins and carbs to your diet.

  • Don’t eat unhealthy and deep-fried foods. Outside food can be full of oil, preservatives, and spices that can harm your health.

  • Eat healthy foods. As mentioned above, you can eat all those foods during fasting.

  • While fasting, it is important to maintain your health. Your body releases hormones when you exercise because it will make you happy.

  • Get enough zzz’s time.

  • Don’t consume non-vegetarian food, alcohol, eggs, and aerated drinks.

  • Keep yourself hydrated because dehydration can lead to fatigue. Therefore, keep consuming fluids like coconut water, water, etc., because it will boost your energy levels.


If you are fasting this Navratri season for the first time, then make sure you know what food items you should eat and what to avoid during Navratri fasting. Moreover, you can get such types of blogs by subscribing to Personal Care N Heal.

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