The month of Sawan is very significant for the Shiva devotees, from waking up early to performing the pooja rituals in temples, Shiva devotees leave no stone unturned to seek the divine blessings. During Sawan festival, scores of devotees also observe the ritualistic fast, wherein they not only give up on meat, eggs, fish and liquor but also cereals, grains, lentils, pulses, spice blends like garam masala and regular salt.  

It can be quite a task to think of dishes to prepare with these restrictions, but if you are willing to explore, you will find options aplenty. Here are our recipe recommendations for sabzis that you can prepare during your fasts.

Vrat Wale Jeera Aloo

Cubed potatoes tossed with cumin seeds, green chillies and rock salt. Light on tummy, and adequately spicy. These are ideal to be served with Kuttu Puris or Samak ki Chawal.

Vrat Wale Dry/Sukhe Matar

Think Matar, and you instantly start picturing a plateful of Matar Pulao. While rice is off bounds, you can still use those peas to cook a ‘masterpiece’. Just toss them with a bunch of spices like cumin seeds, red chilli powder, and coriander powder, until all the peas are nicely covered in the masala, and you are done.  

Vrat Ke Aloo Palak

Aloo Palak, but vrat-friendly. Rinse and chopped spinach leaves cooked with potatoes, tomatoes, ajwain, green chillies, ginger and rock salt. This semi-dry sabzi is ideal to be served with rice and any vrat-friendly roti.  

Vrat Wali Aloo Sabzi

For we cannot have enough of aloo, can we? This potato sabzi comprises a few more ingredients than Jeera aloo. Brimming with goodness of ghee, cumin seeds, green chillies, rock salt, peanuts and of course potatoes. This aloo ki sabzi is not dry, but of a slightly runny consistency.  

Vrat Ka Sambar

No lentils, no problem. Make this delicious sambhar that is also suitable or your vrat. Made with coriander seeds, dry red chillies, roasted peanuts, dry coconut, cinnamon, pumpkin cubes and rock salt, this unique ‘sambhar’ recipe is tempered with cumin seeds, making for a wholesome recipe.