*Fasting Food

Fasting is a ritual followed all over India. Every state has its own specific fasting foods.

In Maharashtra too certain food items are allowed during fasts. In vegetables preparation made from potato , lady’s finger, red pumpkin, suran (yam), sweet potato , cucumber, lemon are consumed.

Green chillis and fresh coriander can also be used. Curry leaves are not used

Roasted peanut powder is an integral part of our fasting food.It is added in almost all the dishes.

Milk and curds are used too .

Rajgira, Sabudana, Variche tandul ( vrat ke chawal as they call in North India ) make up the main meal.

Cooking medium is pure ghee, oil is avoided .

Yesterday I saw Trupti’s post on Vari che Tandul, a fasting food recipe. This reminded me that I had not made this dish for long. Like I had said earlier in my previous post there is some magic in her post. This time again I headed towards the kitchen to make that dish.I did not stop here I also made Potato bhaji (fasting), and Cucumber koshimbir to compliment Vari che Tandul

So this was our dinner last night.



Potato bhaji (Fasting)

2 big potatoes or (250-300 gms potatoes) Boiled peeled and cubed.

2 tsp ghee ( you can use less )

1/2 tsp jeera /cuminseeds

2 green chilis slit or chopped

2 Tbsp roasted peanut powder

fresh coriander leaves

1/2 tsp red chilli powder (optional)

1 Tbsp lime juice.

salt to taste


Heat ghee, add jeera. Once the jeera changes colour add green chillis , boiled cubed potatoes, salt, red chilli powder, fresh coriander leaves. Saute for few mintutes. Add lime juice and mix well and serve hot with Vari Che Tandul.

KAKDI CHI KOSHIMBIR ( Cucumber raita for fasting)

Cucumber Raita

Firstly remove extra water from finely chopped cucumber.

Mix together 1 cup of chopped cucumber with 1 cup thick fresh curds, salt and sugar to taste.

Add 1 green chilli finely chopped or slit, some fresh coriander leaves, 1 Tbsp roasted peanut powder.Mix and chill.

You can make this without curds too.

Substitute the curds for Lemon juice around 1Tbsp juice and accordingly adjust the sugar.

How to make roasted peanut powder-

Microwave a handful of peanuts for 2 minutes. Cool, remove the skin and powder coarsely.

For short cut take ready made salted peanuts without skin and powder.

RCI was first started by Lakshmi of Veggie cuisine, and now it is guest hosted by Nupur of One Hot Stove .

This is my second entry for RCI.


  1. They are all so good!!! All are my favourite foods!!! No WOnder…… fasting is more like feasting πŸ˜‰

    Absolutely correct.That is why I don’t believe in fasting πŸ™‚
    So I make this when ever we feel like πŸ™‚

  2. These “fasting” food are getting more and more attractive to me.Looks good:)

    Yes Asha they are simple recipes but really filling. In fact like coffee said it is feasting than fasting πŸ™‚

  3. hey, the menu looks great! upvasachi batata bhaji, tupachi phodni, tyachi chavach ekdum chan astey πŸ™‚ barobar koshimbir assel tar upvasache “full meal” khayla maja yetey heh!heh! ani tu sangitlya pramaney me pudina micro kela, ekdum chan crispy & color pan chan rahila, thanks for the tip πŸ™‚ enjoy ur wknd!

    Mazya marathi peksha tuz marathi khoop chaan ahey πŸ™‚ Kharach ahey tupachi phodni cha vas mast asto. Tas I enjoy upasache faral :)Purna kholit pudina cha vas ala asel na . Mala tar deodourize karava lagla oven :))

  4. Wow….all of it looks so good! I love that khichdi, its so comforting isn’t it? I like it when it gets that creamy consistency too!
    Batata bhaaji looks good! Always a favorite with me!

    Oh Trupti your post on Vari che tandul, inspired me to make it instantly.I have given a link of your post for Vari che tandul recipe :).this is our fav too .

  5. Nice to see the fasting foods…koshimbir looks cool and healthy..Seeing this I am tempted to participate for RCI even if I am not much used to maharashtrian cooking,,,
    Very nice of you to try my recipe..I am honoured…Adjust the amt of chillies if too hot next time,OK??let me know how the sambhar turns out…will come out perfect..for sure :)..

    Oh you should try making for RCI some popular Maharashtrian food like bhel or pavbhaji, something you like.
    By the way I just commented on your blog. I made sambhar and it came out really well just perfect. Your recipes were excellent. I reduced some chillis but end result was really good. I have made rice with it :)Thanks again πŸ™‚

  6. Nice to learn about other cuisines through blogging. Very nice entries Archana. Viji

    Thanks Viji. Even I am learning so many cuisines after blogging πŸ™‚

  7. He sagle oopasache padartha bahoon oopas karawasa vatato!

    Hee he he :))exactly , me pun chukoon upas kela tar upasache padartha khayla miltil mhanoon karte. Sajuk tup and jeere muley mast chav yete.

  8. Hey can anyone provide the recepie for batatache khees?? It made in the Maharashtrain style is vry vry yummy….Monisha

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