The festival of Navratri brings in an exceedingly lot of joy and excitement, it’s that point of the year when families come to welcome Goddess Durga and seek her blessings. Chaitra Navratri is widely known during the start of the summer season, it is believed that the goddess herself resides on earth to allow blessings to her devotees.

It is the time when families get together, clean their houses, bring home the idol and worship a day or organize puja. It is advised to avoid certain foods and habits, which spreads negativity around you. Fasting for Navratri may be a ritual, which is commonly followed by lots of individuals, especially in North India.

This festival of Navratri is all about fasting and feasting. However, there are a lot of restrictions, when it involves the special Navratri vrat food. The devotees who opt for fasts are allowed to consume certain selected foods. It is believed also as scientifically established, that the foods allowed during Navratri are beneficial for health and might keep your body and mind positive and calm. 

Idol of Dugra

Families welcome Goddess Durga and seek her blessings during Navratri

If you’re someone who is keeping fast this Navratri, then keep scrolling as we’ve curated an inventory of what not to eat.

What to avoid eating during fasts

Devotees are kept away from using the regular flavor while fasting for Chaitra Navratri. Rather than using the regular salt people switch to sodium chloride. Sendha namak or mineral is created employing an action, free from processing and thus, is taken into account as pure salt.

The regular cooking oils like mustard oil and refined oil, don’t seem to be consumed during the fasting process. Whatever food devotees eat are made only using desi ghee or oil.

Certain vegetables are prohibited from consumption

Onion and garlic are strictly avoided during Navratri

Mainly satvik vegetables are to be consumed during fasts. Potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, raw bananas, etc. are good as these don’t have a really strong taste thereto. Whereas, tamasic foods that have a distinct taste and aroma could be a strict no. Onions and garlic are strictly avoided during Navratri. Whereas, some people also avoid the consumption of tomatoes during these fasts.

The regular all-purpose flour/maida isn’t the least bit allowed during Navratri. You are able to use other alternatives like kuttu ka atta or buckwheat flour, water chestnut flour and even amaranth flour. So, if you’re fasting this Navratri, then refill on these healthy alternatives of your regular flour.


The auspicious occasion of Navratri is just around the corner and it’s time to start prepping for the celebrations with fervour and enthusiasm. The nine-day fest, which is devoted to Goddess Durga and her nine avatars, begins on October 17. It marks the victory of good over evil and is associated with the prominent battle that befell between Durga and demon Mahishasura.


Apart from avoiding alcohol, smoking and meat, the devotees of Goddess Durga across the country observe Navratri fast for nine days. The foundations include sattvic diet and there’s a generic list of food items that can be consumed during Navratri.

Whole wheat, rice, chickpea, refined flour and cornflour are prohibited, devotees opting for fasts can replace them with Kuttu ka Atta (Buckwheat Flour), Singhara atta(Water Chestnut Flour), Samai ka Atta(Barnyard Millet flour) and Amaranth.

All kinds of nuts and dry fruits may be consumed during the fast including almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, raisins, pistachio and pine nuts.

Halite, black salt, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, carom seeds(ajwain), black pepper, ginger, green chillies, lemons, dry mango powder are often consumed. Turmeric(Haldi), asafoetida, mustard, fenugreek seeds(methi dana), garam masala and dhania powder(coriander powder) should be avoided in and during the fast.

Pieces of chicken

 Chicken is a strict no

Non-veg may be a strict ‘no’ during Navratri. Some who don’t even keep proper fast also are from eating non-vegetarian foods during the festival.

Sodas and alcohol are not consumed during these 9 days of fasting. People usually avoid drinking any aerated drinks which are available within the market. Smoking and consumption of tobacco are not allowed during fasting.

You also have to avoid certain foods like chia seeds and oats which became a staple nowadays among the millennials. Also, mushrooms, soya beans, leeks, etc. are not consumed during Navratri.

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