Fasting recipes for navratri

Fasting recipes for navratri


                  Below are the traditional most commonly used and Popular Gujrati fasting recipes


Galkaa Nu shaak n Rajagra ni bhakhri 

Moriyaa ni Bhakhri(Rotla) Done

Moriyaa ni Bhakhri(Rotla) 

Bedtime prayers shlok by Pratibha Jani

Bedtime prayers shlok by Pratibha Jani



  • Krishnaay vasudevaya  Haraye paramaatmaney
  • pranatah klesha naashaaya govindaaya namo namah
  • Kara charana krutum vaa kaaya jum karma jumvaa
  • shravan nayana jumvvaa maanasvaa paraadham
  • vihitama vihitum vaa sarvametat kshamashva
  • jaya jaya karunaabdhe shri maha deva shambho

Simple shlokas to recite Before Meals

4 simple shlokas to recite Before Meals

  1. यज्ञ शिष्ठा शिनः षन्तोमुच्यन्ते सर्व किल बिशैहि |
  2.  भुन्जते ते त्वघं पाप ये पचन्त्यात्मा कारणात ||    bhagwad gita ch 3:13

2.यत् करोषि यदश्नासि यज्जुहोषि ददासि यत् |
यत् तपस्यसि कौन्तेय, तत्कुरुश्व मदर्पणम् ||  bhagwad gita ch 9:27

3.अहं वैश्वा नरो भूत्वा प्राणिनां देहमाश्रितः |
प्राणापान समायुक्त, पचाम्यन्नं चतुर्विधम् || bhagwad gita ch 15:14

4.ॐ सहनाववतु सहनौ भुनक्तु सहवीर्यं करवावहै |
तेजस्विना वधितमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ||


1.Yagna shishta shinah shanto muchyante sarva kil bishaihi |  Bhunjya tete tvagham papa,ye pachantyatma karnat||

2.Yat karoshi yadashnasi,yaj juhoshi dadasi yat| Yat pashyashi kaunteya, tat kurushva madarpanam.||

3.Ahum vaishva naro bhutva,praninaam deha maashritah.| Pranaapaana samaayukta,pachamyannam chaturvidham.||

4.Om sahavaavavatu, sahanau bhunaktu,saha viryam karvaa vahai. Tejashvinaa vadhi ta mastu,maavidhvishaavahai. Om shanti,shani, shanti. ||

Translation(Meaning) in short.

1.A righteous person who eats the food after offered for sacrifice is released from all sins.The others who cook and eat solely for their own sake, eat sin.

2.Oh son of Kunti (Which is Arjuna) whatever you do, eat, offer in sacrifice,giveaway,and practice as austerity, do it as an offering to me (God) – says Shri Bhagwan in Geeta.

3. I(God) become the fire of digestion(Vaishvanara) abide in all animals,and I an associated with the vital air of Life, going in and out of the body I digest all four kinds of food.

4.Oh Gods! We pray to you to please protect us,bless us with bliss, knowledge and Joy. Let us join forces together. May our studies be Bright.  May we not hate or quarrel with each other. Om Peace,Peace,Peace.

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Dudh Pauna: Sharad Purnima special By Pratibha Jani

Dudh Pauna: Sharad Purnima special By Pratibha Jani

Dudh Pauna
Dudh Pauna

Sharad purnima brings back again so many good memories in my childhood.  Sharad purnima is also know as Kojagiri Purnima. Many families also enjoy raas garbaa (Traditional gujrati folk dances) as it is considered to have been enjoyed by Lord Krishna and his consort Radha and the gopikas as an all nite dance party.

Two greatest memories are that my Dad used to love the full moon and always wanted to take us up to the terrace of the building to lie down in the full moon at night. And It si also my Mom’s Birthday.

So we used to take the “Dudh Pauna” (Link sugar and flat flaked rice known as poha or pauna.) This recipe is very common and popular part of annual ritual in gujarati families.

We are supposed to eat this Dudh Pauna. after offering it to god and allowing it to sit in the rays of the full moon for a few minutes. The rays of the full moon (indirect rays of the sun) falling on the recipe are to be then consumed by the family members as prasad.

White cool peaceful is to be consumed by your mind body and soul on this nite. This particular recipe is symbolic of the very same. In short summary of the entire ritual.

Most families used to eat this as supper for the night. We of course also would eat a lot of other fun crispy food with it. Like deep fried bhajiyas etc.

Basically whatever you like. Anyway, so as I remember the good happy childhood sharad ponam nites with my parents and siblings, days, I am sharing  this simple quick easy yet healthy and filling soup/porridgy/ recipe especially mant for Sharad Purnima or sharad poonam nite. Hope  you all enjoy with your near and dear and loved ones and look at the moon with love joy happiness and peace in your heart. Ask for all things good in your life and those around you.

Dudh Pauna (flaked pounded rice porridge) – Sharad Purnima special


  • 1 cup thin flat pounded rice flakes (poha or pauna)
  • 2 cups luke warm milk
  • Saakar or khadi saakar  (rock sugar/sugar candy) to taste – about one/two table spoon
  • garnish almonds,pistachios,cardammom as an optional but best all white.
Method: Wash, rinse the pauna (poha) very well in a large bowl and keep is aside to soften for about fifteen minutes. Now add the like warm milk to it slowly stirring and the rock sugar (khadi saakar or rock sugar  and ) Stir with a fork to keep the flakes from getting clumpy.  

Set aside for a few minutes so all ingredients mix well together. sugar will melt. Now offer to the full moon and there after enjoy the prasad with your dear and near ones. It is also said that best to offer in a silver bowl if possible or in a stainless steel. In case none of these are available plain clear glass is just fine.  Tip: some times some brand of pauna (thick or thin) soak a little more milk than others . In that case just add a little more milk if gets too thick. Usual consistency is the one you/r family like the best.

Happy Sharad Poonam/ Kojagiri

Purnima to all. This also marks the beginning of our special snacks for Guess let us get ready for Yep!!! Diwali.

Sarva pitru Shraddha

Sarva Pitru Shraddha is and can be performed by all for the ancestors who passed on Amavasya, Poornima, on both sides of the family and for those ancestors whose Tithi (Indian calender dates) you do not remember. 

So say for example you remember one or two people’s dates for shraddha but you do not know or do not remember your great grand parents dates of passing, then the last day of shraddha which is know as sarva pittru shraddha is to be used to cook and feed the pancha maha bhoot so all the ancestors can come together just like a big party for the ancestors and enjoy the day at your place. Give you/us blessings for Health,wealth,happiness,peace, progeny and prosperity etc. Remember to cook with lot of love whatever you can and offer. Image

Until next time. Please shre and pass it on to he next generation.