Shravan Somvar Vrat: 5 Easy Recipes For Monday Fasting 
Shravan Somvar Vrat is a Hindu tradition of fasting on Mondays during the Shravan month, which falls in July-August. Shravan Somvar Vrat is also known as Sawan Somvar or Shravan Somwar in different regions of India.
In this Satvic Foods blog, we will share 5 easy recipes for Monday fasting. These recipes are tasty, filling, and nourishing to keep you energized throughout the day. Keep reading to learn some of the best fasting recipes.
Monday fasting benefits in cleansing the body and the mind from toxins and impurities. It also helps in improving digestion, metabolism, and immunity. However, fasting does not mean starving or depriving oneself of food. It is vital to have a balanced and nutritious diet, especially when you are fasting for the entire month. To ensure that your body receives vital nutrients during fasting, don’t forget to consume turmeric milk at night.
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What Should We Eat In Sawan Somvar Vrat?
One of the best ways to eat healthy during fasting is to have satvik foods. Satvic food/sattvic foods are those that are pure, natural, wholesome, and conducive to spiritual growth. They include everything that is unprocessed, like fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, dairy products, and spices. These are some of the best sawan fasting food:
Fruits: Hydration is essential during fasting. Only plain water is not enough; you must opt for fruits in your fasting recipes. Fruits are very high in water content along with vitamin C, minerals, fiber, and other essential nutrients. Besides fresh fruits, you may also include a handful of dried fruits and nuts like cashews, dried apricots, seeds, etc. Eat any fruits or dried fruits of your choice; it will help maintain your water and energy levels.
Sendha Namak/Pink Himalayan Salt: To maintain purity during Shravan Somvar vrat, use sendha namak/pink Himalayan salt or rock salt instead of regular salt. Since they are unrefined, they carry all the essential minerals, thus, healthy for your food recipes for fasting.
Sabudana: Sabudana, full of starch, is an excellent energy source and one of the best sattvic foods/satvic food fasting recipes. You may consume them in various forms, such as kheer, khichdi, or crispy vada.
Milk and Milk Products: Dairy products help you with essential nutrients to carry you throughout the day. Include buttermilk, curd, cold/warm milk, paneer, or sweet lassi in your food recipes for fasting.
Flour: In many customs, wheat flour is not recommended during fasting. Therefore, you may use millet flour, singhara (water chestnut), or rajgira (amaranth) atta. You may use them for many sawan fasting foods like tikki, paratha, or puri.
Vegetables: In your vrat recipes, add starchy and fibrous roots like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and yams. They help you with satiety and with sustained energy. Add tomatoes, green peas, beans, bottle gourd, cauliflower, and cucumber to your fasting recipes for Shravan Somvar vrat.
What Should I Eat In Monday Fasting?
Satvic food/sattvic foods help to increase the energy, clarity, and happiness of the mind and body. As discussed above, your fasting recipes should include everything that’s fresh, unprocessed, and natural. They include seasonal fruits, sendha namak, sabudana khichdi, kheer, fresh vegetables, millet flour dishes, milk, and milk products. Therefore, without any delay, let us look at the 5 easy recipes for Monday fasting:
Sattu drink may be one of your best sawan fasting food. Sattu is flour made from roasted gram or chickpea. It is a high-protein and high-fiber food ideal for fasting, as it provides satiety for a more extended period. You are free to experiment with this Indian superfood. You may use this to make various dishes such as drinks, porridge, parathas, or ladoo.
2 tablespoons of sattu
1 glass of water
Pink Himalayan salt/sendha namak or sugar to taste
Lemon juice (optional)
Mix 2 tablespoons of sattu in a bowl with water and salt or sugar.
Stir well until there are no lumps.
Add lemon juice if you like.
Enjoy your refreshing sattu drink.
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Dry Fruits Ladoo
Instead of simply munching on dry fruits, dry fruit ladoo is the better option during Monday fasting. They are sweet balls made from dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. They are rich in healthy fats, proteins, minerals, and antioxidants. Moreover, dry fruits ladoo add richness to your fasting recipes. You may prepare them in advance and store in an air-tight container.
1 cup of dates (pitted and chopped)
1/4 cup of pistachios
1/4 cup of almonds
1/4 cup of cashews
1/4 cup of walnuts
2 tablespoons of poppy seeds
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
2 tablespoons of ghee
(You may adjust the ingredients as per your availability and taste)
In a blender, grind the dates into a paste.
Transfer the paste to a vessel and keep it aside.
Grind the almonds, cashews, pistachios, and walnuts into a coarse powder in the same blender.
Transfer the powder to another bowl.
In a small pan, dry roast the poppy and sesame seeds until golden brown.
Transfer them to a plate and let them cool slightly.
In a large pan, heat ghee over low-medium flame.
Add the date paste and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring continuously.
Add the nut powder and mix well.
Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool slightly.
Grease your palms with ghee and shape the mixture into small balls.
Roll them in the roasted sesame seeds and poppy seeds.
Store them in an air-tight container in a cool place.
Your homemade Sawan fasting food - dry fruits ladoo is ready!
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Sabudana khichdi is the most common vrat recipe. This year try sabudana kheer as sawan fasting food for your lunch or dinner. It is a creamy pudding made from tapioca pearls or sabudana and milk. It is the best food recipe for fasting because it is easy to digest and provides instant energy. You can flavor it with cardamom, saffron, nuts, and raisins.
1/4 cup of sabudana
4 cups of milk
A pinch of saffron (optional)
2 tablespoons of chopped almonds
1/4 cup of sugar/jaggery/dates
1/4 teaspoon of cardamom powder
Wash and soak the sabudana in water for about 4 hours or overnight.
Drain the water and keep the sabudana aside.
Bring the milk to boil over a medium-high flame in a large pot.
Add the sugar/jaggery, cardamom powder, and saffron and stir well.
(Note: If you add dates or jaggery, then switch off the flame before doing so, else the milk will curdle)
Reduce the flame and simmer the milk for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the sabudana and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
The sabudana should become soft and transparent, and the milk should thicken slightly.
Turn off the flame and add the almonds, pistachios, and raisins.
Mix well and serve hot or cold.
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Farali Dosa, also called vrat ka dosa, is made from barnyard millet or sama rice. It is a gluten-free, low-calorie, and nutritious alternative to your regular dosa. You can eat it with coconut chutney or peanut chutney. Try it once, and we are sure that Farali Dosa will be your best and favorite food recipe for fasting.
1 cup of barnyard millet or sama rice (The mix is readily available in the market)
1/4 cup of yogurt
Salt to taste
Water as needed
Oil for greasing
Wash and soak the barnyard millet or sama rice in water for about 4 hours or overnight.
Drain the water and grind the millet or rice with yogurt and salt into a smooth batter.
Add water to adjust the consistency. The batter should be slightly thinner than the regular dosa batter to make it crispy.
Let the batter ferment for about 2 hours in a warm place.
Heat an iron or non-stick tawa over a medium-high flame.
Grease it lightly with some oil.
Pour a ladleful of batter on the tawa and spread it into a thin circle.
Drizzle some oil around the edges and cook for about 2 minutes on one side or until golden brown.
Flip it over and cook for another minute on the other side.
Serve hot with coconut or peanut chutney.
Rajgira paratha is another food recipe for fasting made from Amaranth flour or Rajgira atta. It is a high-protein and high-fiber food, making it a suitable fasting diet. You may either have it plain or stuff it with potatoes, paneer, cheese, or any other filling of your choice.
1 cup of Amaranth flour or Rajgira atta
Salt to taste
Water as needed
Oil for kneading and cooking
For the filling, you will need:
2 medium-sized potatoes (boiled, peeled, and mashed)
Salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon of red chili powder
1/4 teaspoon of coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon of garam masala
2 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves
Mix the Amaranth flour or Rajgira atta in a large bowl with salt and water to make a soft dough.
Knead it well with some oil and let it rest for about 15 minutes.
In another bowl, mix the potatoes with salt, cumin seeds, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and coriander leaves to make a spicy filling.
Divide the dough and the filling into equal portions.
Take one portion of the dough and roll it into a small ball.
Flatten it slightly and place one portion of the filling in the center.
Bring the edges together and seal them well.
Flatten it again gently and roll it into a thin circle. Be careful not to break the filling.
Heat an iron or non-stick tawa over a medium-high flame.
Place the paratha on the tawa and cook for about 2 minutes on one side or until brown spots appear.
Flip it over and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side. Apply some oil on both sides if needed.
Serve hot with vrat wale aloo or any other curry of your choice.
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What Should I Avoid On Monday Fast?
When you are observing Shravan Somvar vrat, you must avoid certain things such as -
No Tamasik food items like meat, eggs, garlic, and onion in your fasting recipes.
You should only opt for satvic food/sattvic foods.
Avoid regular white salt and choose pink Himalayan salt/sendha namak in your food recipes for fasting.
Can We Drink Coffee In Sawan Somvar Vrat?
Coffee is not recommended during fasting as it can impair blood sugar control and increase blood glucose levels. However, if you feel, you may have a cup of tea or coffee once, either in the morning or evening.
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Shravan Somvar vrat helps to detoxify the body and mind from unwanted elements. Fasting these days also helps clean the body and mind from harmful substances and negative thoughts. It also boosts the health and vitality of the body by improving digestion, metabolism, and immunity.
By following these easy recipes for Monday fasting, you can enjoy healthy fasting diets that will keep you satiated. These recipes are made with satvic food/sattvic foods that are pure and wholesome to support your body and mind.
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