Chaitra Navratri is an auspicious Hindu festival that is celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm throughout the country. This nine-day long festival is celebrated in the lunar month of Chaitra that falls between March and April. This year, Chaitra Navratri will begin on March 25th and will end on April 2nd. During this time, devotees worship Goddess Durga, prepare traditional food and sing devotional songs to seek the blessings of goddess. It is believed that goddess fulfils wishes of those who observe fast during Navratri. Also Read - Chaitra Navratri 2020: Impeccable Recipes You Can Try on The Occasion During Vrat
But keeping fast for 9 consecutive days is not easy. There are certain customs, rituals, and food rules that you need to follow. You cannot eat anything and everything during Navratri. Here, we give you a list of food items that you can eat and items that you must avoid during this auspicious time of the year. Also Read - Chaitra Navratri 2020: Know The Significance, Importance, Rituals And Fasting Rules For Auspicious Hindu Festival
Food that you can eat during Navratri
You can have Rajgira atta (Amaranth flour), Singhara atta (Water Chestnut flour), Kuttu atta (Buckwheat flour), and Arrowroot flour. Amongst herbs and spices, cumin seeds, curry leaves, black salt, green chilly, and dry mango powder are considered good to consume. Vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, raw banana, and arbi can be eaten. You can also have dry fruits, coconut, sabudana, and jaggery during Navratri. Also Read - Chaitra Navratri 2020: Best Devotional Bhojpuri Songs
Food you must avoid during Navratri
If you are fasting during Navratri, you need to refrain yourself from having regular table salt. Also, prepare your Vrat food only in ghee or peanut oil. Eating Tamasic food items during Navratri is not allowed. This means, you cannot have garlic and onion. To make chapati, you must use buckwheat flour, Singhare Ka Atta or water chestnut flour. Eating white rice during Vrat is a strict ‘no’ ‘no’. You can use its alternatives including millet and Sabudana. Additionally, you should stay away from non-vegetarian food, aerated drinks, and alcohol during Navratri.