Mahashivaratri 2020: 5 Delicious Dishes That You Can Try To Break Your Fast


February 20, 2020


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Inippu Poli

Mahashivaratri marks the union between Lord Shiva and Parvati. This exuberant festival is celebrated during the month of Maasi (February-March) with enormous zeal and enthusiasm in different parts of the country. On the auspicious day of Shivaratri, the devotees of Lord Shiva perform several rituals and make offerings like bael (wood apple) leaves, milk, and honey to the ‘shiva lingam.’

Devotees of Lord Shiva also observe a fast to show their love to the deity; The ‘viratham‘ is kept during the day and broken at night. During the fast, observers are only allowed to eat satvik food (items that do not contain onion, garlic, and salt). So for those observing a fast this year, here’s a list of dishes that you can try, to break your fast. Let’s start the list with Inippu Poli.

This dish is famous in south Indi and perfect to break your fast with. Make it a point to have it warm and remember to make the poli dough as thin as possible so that the filling becomes visible through the outer layer.

Aval Payasam

Aval Payasam, a traditional pudding made from flattened rice is delicious, easy to make and healthy. While some prefer to put sugar into the dish, others use jaggery as it is rich in iron and is also a healthier option. The interesting part about Aval Payasam is that it can be had either hot or cold. You choose!

Raagi Keerai Murungaikeerai Adai

You can also try this diabetic-friendly dish, which is usually served with chutney. This iron-rich recipe, comprising of both spinach as well as drumstick leaves, makes for a healthy and highly nutritious way to break your fast.

Gajira Vadai

Gajira Vadai, a south Indian snack, is ideal to have with your evening tea. When fried, it gets a little crispier on the outside and fluffier on the inside. Is your mouth watering yet?


Vendhayorai is a common dish that is prepared in most kitchens in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the simplest and easiest items to cook and if you are a beginner, then this is the best option for you. Serve this dish hot with a teaspoon of sesame oil and in case you want to add to the taste, you can mix bottled gourd, curd, and garam masala together to make smooth, cooling raita.

Which one are you planning to give a try? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. Also, watch Tamil shows and films on ZEE5.

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