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25 Popular Navratri Vrat and Durga Puja Recipes

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Navaratri is celebrated for 9 nights and it is an important festival all over India. In Karnataka it is known as Dussehra and in West Bengal it is known as Durga Puja. A variety of delicious dishes are prepared during this festival and served among friends and family.

Here is a wonderful collection of the 25 popular Navratri Vrat and Durga Puja recipes:

Popular Durga Puja and Navratri Recipes

  1. Nei Appam – This is a sweet dish that is very popular in South India, especially Tamil Nadu and Kerala. You can have it as a snack in the evenings. It is made with rice powder and jaggery.
    Nei Appam
  2. Ulundu Vadai – This is one of the most popular snacks in all South Indian states and you will get it in all hotels and restaurants. It is made with urad dal that is ground into a paste and then fried in oil, and is served with coconut chutney.
    Ulundu Vadai
  3. Luchi and Aloo Dum – Luchi is made with flour, which is kneaded, made into small balls and then and then flattened and fried. Aloo Dum is made with potato and is a very popular dish in West Bengal.
    Luchi and Aloo Dum
  4. Sakkarai Pongal – This is a sweet Pongal that is made during the festival seasons. It is very tasty and is made with rice and jaggery, to which lots of ghee is added.
    Sakkarai Pongal
  5. Moong Dal Payasam – Payasam is a sweet dish that is very common in South India. It is known as Kheer in North India. Moong dal Payasam is very tasty and good for health. It is made with moong dal, jaggery and coconut milk.
    Moong Dal Payasam
  6. Cholar Dal – It is made with Bengal gram, turmeric powder, chilly powder, garam masala and many other ingredients. It is a specialty of West Bengal.
    Cholar Dal
  7. Coconut Rice – Coconut rice is a dish found only in South India, where coconut is found in plenty. It is a tasty dish that is loved by children as well as adults. It is made with cooked rice, coconut and ghee.
    Coconut Rice
  8. Sabudana Khichdi: Sabudana or Sago is a preferred food during fasting as you can eat safely. Sabudana Khichdi is not only delicious, but also easy to digest. So, it is the most popular recipe for Navarathri fasting.
    Sabudana Khichdi
  9. Labra – It is a mixed vegetable curry that is very tasty and nutritious. It is made with a pumpkin, banana, brinjal, potato, sweet potato etc. with spices.
  10. Chana Sundal – Chana sandal is a popular, tasty snack which is.very popular with the people of Tamil Nadu. Sundal recipes are prepared during Navarathri in South India. You can make sundal with green peas, black chana, green gram dal, rajma, karamani, peanut, moong dal, etc.
    Vella Kondakadalai (White Chickpeas) Sundal
  11. Baigan Bhaja – This is made with brinjal, which is cut into pieces, mixed with turmeric powder, coriander powder, chili powder and salt and then fried in oil. It is very tasty and popular in North India.
    Baingan Bhaja (Fried Brinjals)
  12. Kalkandu Pongal – Kalkandu Pongal is a sweet dish that is very tasty and loved by children. It is rich in calories and carbohydrates, and is very nutritious.
    Kalkandu Pongal
  13. Puran Poli It is a traditional dish in South India and is made with flour and chana dal. Flour is kneaded and then made into balls. Jaggery and coconut is added to chana dal and used as filling. This filling is put into the balls, flattened and then cooked on a hot tawa.
    Puran Poli
  14. Akkaravadisal This is a traditional dish and the specialty of Iyengar community. It is very sweet and made with raw rice, jaggery and Moong dal.
  15. Rava Kesari – This is a dish that you can serve when guests come home. This is made with Rava and sugar, to which lots of ghee is added. You can top it with cashew nuts and raisins.
    Rava Kesari
  16. Bandhakopir Dalna – This is made with cabbage and potatoes, to which a number of spices are added. It is very popular in West Bengal and made during Durga Puja.
    Bandhakopir Dalna
  17. Aval Sweet Pongal – Aval sweet Pongal or Poha sweet Pongal is a sweet dish that everyone would love. It is made with Poha, Moong dal, milk, jaggery and ghee. Coconut is also added to it.
    Aval Sweet Pongal
  18. Mishti Doi – This is a popular recipe made in West Bengal. For this, you need an earthen pot, milk, yogurt and sugar. It is sweet dish and loved by all.
    Mishti Doi
  19. Sago Vada – It is a snack that is made with Sabudana and boiled potato, and is an excellent evening snack. This is done during the festival seasons and also at other times in Tamil Nadu. Jeera, peanuts, ginger paste, green chili, lemon juice and sugar are other ingredients.
    Sago Vada
  20. Coconut Ladoo Made with coconut, milk and sugar, it is a popular sweet dish in India. Children love these sweet ladoos. It’s an unavoidable item during festival seasons in Tamil Nadu and other states.
    Coconut Ladoo
  21. Rasgulla This is a sweet that is popular in Eastern parts of India, especially in West Bengal. It is made with milk. Other ingredients are flour, sugar, lemon juice and rose water essence. The milk is boiled and then lemon juice is added. This separates the white curd from the milk, which is called chenna. Rasgulla is made with this chenna and put into sugar syrup.
  22. Maladoo – This is a very tasty sweet dish and the ingredients needed for it are fried gram made into a powder, sugar, ghee, cardamom, cashew nuts and raisins. Mix them all and roll them into medium balls.
  23. Singhare ka halwa: This is one of the popular Navrathri Vrat recipes. The mail ingredients of this Indian sweet dish include water chestnuts, ghee and sugar or jaggery.
    Singhare ka halwa
  24. Sabudana Kheer – This is made with Sabudana, sugar, milk and water. After the Kheer is ready, add cardamom powder to the Kheer.
    Sabudana Kheer
  25. Sandesh – This is a popular Bengali sweet that you will love to taste. It is made from fresh paneer. Other ingredients needed are sugar, cardamom and rose water. You can mould it into any shape you need.

Make some of these tasty recipes and have a happy Navratri and Durga Puja with your family and friends.

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Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.


santhisai October 9, 2014 - 9:46 am

very nice recipies.awesome! Thanks for sending it to me

V. SUBRAMANIAN October 6, 2014 - 12:56 pm

During Navaratri, the focus should be on preparing different variety of CHUNDALS.

N. BALASUBRAMANIAM October 4, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Thanks for sending super delicious items on the eve of Navratri. But demo is needed with exact quantity.

DR K.ALPATHY CHIDAMBARAM October 3, 2014 - 7:05 pm


srithar October 3, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Very very useful items mentioned here. Thanks for sending it to me.

CKV Subramanian October 3, 2014 - 8:42 am

THANKS A LOT………………………………LOT,




T.D. CHANDRASEKARAN October 3, 2014 - 7:18 am

The recipes are very good. They look very tasty. Regards

thyagarajan October 3, 2014 - 4:01 am

Your item 13 reminds me to make and eat(Puranas poli) and about 15 years ago your list item 20 I personally made and served to my relations ofcourse not during Navaratri but on Deepavali.

Thanks for posting.


sarathy October 2, 2014 - 5:06 am

nice recipies.

Shankar C N October 2, 2014 - 4:01 am

Photos are awesome! But No mention of even the very basics of the Full Recipe and “How to Do it”

Praveen Kumar October 2, 2014 - 10:44 am

Thank you. You can click on the names to see the full recipe.


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