Karwa Chauth is one of the most popular Indian fasts. It is kept by the ladies for the long life of their husbands. This fast witness more excitement than hunger pangs. The method of Karwa Chauth fasts, as well as the food consumed on this day, might vary from community to community. I am sharing the way I keep this fast, which is a very general way or mode of Karwa Chauth vrat.
The day starts off with sargi. Sargi is the food that is consumed by the fasting ladies before the sun rises (“taraon ki chhav me”, to be precise). Sargi is eaten to get energy and hydration to pull off the day without any food or water. One should not go for deep-fried or oily stuff for sargi as that increases the thirst. Having said that, I still prefer to eat paratha, as parathas keep me full for a long time! To make up for the oil intake I make sure to eat a pomegranate. It keeps me hydrated for long. Further, I also include an apple in my sargi. You can eat poha, upma etc for sargi. Mathri and pheni are essentials parts of sargi and therefore I eat a little of these for shagun. One should avoid tea, coffee etc in the sargi.
Here are a few dishes which can be eaten for sargi:
Another phase of consuming food starts after the moonrise. Again the norms might vary. For instance, we don’t eat kacha khana like dal, roti etc on karwa chauth. Further, I like to cook the karwa chauth recipes, if hubby is not cooking which happens only if he is traveling, instead of eating outside at the restaurants or ordering food. I would also like to mention that onion and garlic should not be consumed on karwa chauth. Further, I do not make a very elaborate spread for Karwa Chauth. Because
Keeping these things in mind following are the recipes that can be prepared for Karwa Chauth recipes. Ensure to omit the onion, garlic even if mentioned in the recipes.
You can plan your meal comprising of a starter, gravy, poori or paratha, ending with a dessert. Or just go for gravy, raita, poori, with or without dessert. Following are the recipes you can make for karwa chauth: