Janmashtami, also known as Gokulashtami or Krishna Jayanthi or Sree Jayanthi or Krishnashtami, is celebrated all over India as the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. This year, we will celebrate Janmashtami on 11th August 2020. The various Janmashtami Recipes are prepared for this day, like sabudana kheer, sabudana khichdi, Samvat pulao, rajgira paratha, and many more.

This festival is celebrated in many parts of India but in different ways. Like in Maharashtra and other nearby cities, Dahi Handi is played with great joy. On the other hand, if we talk about North India, people keep Krishna’s childhood images or small statues on swings or cradles. You can see most of the temples well decorated with flowers.

On this day, people do fasting and prepare fasting-special recipes and even lots of Prasad for God. Here, we have collected some Janmashtami recipes to make your cooking easier to celebrate this festival. So, if you are planning to fast on this Janmashtami, try these recipes and take blessings of Lord Krishna.

Before proceeding further, we would like to share a few things to avoid any mistake in choosing ingredients for the fasting recipes. Do you know that you can use only certain flours and grains to fats on this religious day? There are:

  • Singhare ka atta (atta means flour)
  • Kuttu ka atta
  • Rajgira ka atta
  • Sama ke chawal ka atta
  • Arrowroot ka atta

Also, instead of the common salt that we use in our kitchen, you have to use rock salt or sendha namak.

Janmashtami Recipes

Let’s start with Janmashtami recipes and enjoy this religious day to the fullest.

  • Sabudana Khichdi
  • Rajgira Paratha
  • Samvat Pulao
  • Dahi Aloo

Sabudana Khichdi

It is one of the most popular and delicious recipes to be made this Janmashtami. This tapioca pearls dish is made with potatoes and peanuts and is usually prepared during the fasting days. Simply, soak the sabudana pearls overnight and get the perfect non-sticky texture.

Janmashtami Recipes
Sabudana Khichdi

Quick Stats:

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 5 minutes
  • Servings: 3


  • 1 cup of sabudana (tapioca pearls)
  • 2 potatoes
  • Half cup of roasted peanuts
  • Half teaspoon of cumin
  • 8-10 curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 chopped green chili
  • Half teaspoon of sugar
  • Half teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon of ghee or peanut oil
  • Rock salt as per your taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves

Method to Prepare:

  • Firstly start with rinsing sabudana well and then soak them overnight or for 4-5 hours.
  • After this, drain the sabudana and keep them aside.
  • Boil potatoes, peel them and cut them into small pieces.
  • Now, take roasted peanuts and make a coarse powder in a grinder.
  • Take a saucepan and heat ghee or peanut oil in it.
  • Add cumin and fry them till they crackle and turn brown.
  • Now, if you are using curry leaves, add them and chopped green chilies. Fry both of them for a few seconds.
  • After this, add boiled chopped potatoes and sauté them for one minute.
  • Then, add sabudana, salt, coarse peanuts, and sugar. Make sure to stir these ingredients often on a low heat for nearly 4-5 minutes.
  • When you notice that sabudana has lost their opaqueness and become translucent, switch off the flame.
  • Now, add lemon juice, which is optional and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Moreover, for garnish, you can also add some grated coconut, if you have it in your pantry.
  • Serve this sabudana khichdi hot.

Must ReadSabudana kheer Recipe – Delicious Fasting Special Kheer to enjoy!

Rajgira Paratha

This Janmashtami recipe is a quite healthy flatbread for fasting which is prepared with Rajgira ka atta or you can also call it amaranth flour. Though its rolling can be a little tricky for you, this recipe is quite tasty to enjoy your religious fasting in a healthy way.

Rajgira Paratha
Rajgira Paratha

Quick Stats:

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 3


  • 1 cup of rajgira ka atta
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • Half teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1-2 finely chopped green chilies
  • Rock salt as per the taste
  • Ghee or oil as required

Method to Prepare:

How to make the dough

  • First of all, boil potatoes in a pressure cooker until they reach the mashable consistency.
  • Take a bowl and add rajgira atta and mashed potatoes in it.
  • After this, add finely chopped green chilies, cumin powder, and rock salt as per your taste. Mix all these ingredients well.
  • You have the option to add chopped coriander leaves and some grated ginger in the flour.
  • Now, you have to make the dough. So, start kneading the smooth dough by adding 1-2 tablespoons of water in parts. Here, you require adding water as it is needed. Once it is kneaded, keep the flour to sit at room temperature for some time.

How to roll Rajgira paratha or roti

  • Now, make small sized balls of the kneaded dough and dust with the flour to make it easier to roll.
  • Start rolling gently and you can add more flour for rolling if it is sticky.
  • Now, you have to lift the rolled paratha with the help of a spatula and fry it using ghee or oil on the non-stick pan.
  • Flip the paratha a couple of times till it becomes golden.
  • Serve these parathas with curd or with any fasting curry.

Samvat Pulao

If you want to make any rice-based dish for this Janmashtami fasting, samvat pulao would be the best recipe instead of rice. It is also called as Barnyard millet, which is made with small millet creamy grains and is the perfect gluten-free grain recipe to enjoy during fasting days. You can serve it with fasting kadhi.

Janmashtami Recipes
Samvat Pulao

Quick Stats:

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 3


  • 1 cup of samvat rice or barnyard millet
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 3-4 whole black pepper 
  • 1 chopped green chili
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoon of peanuts
  • 2 cubed potatoes
  • 8-10 cashews
  • 2 tablespoons of oil or ghee
  • 3 cups of water
  • Rock salt as per the taste
  • Lemon juice as required

Method to Prepare:

  • Rinse the samvat for a couple of times in the water in the same way as you rinse rice.
  • Then, soak them in a bowl for 20-30 minutes.
  • Take a pan and roast peanuts or you can also roast them in the oven till the peanuts turn crunchy.
  • Now, make a coarse powder of the roasted peanuts in a dry grinder.
  • Take a pan and heat oil or ghee in it. Then, add cumin and black pepper. Saute them until cumin starts crackling.
  • Now, add chopped green chili, curry leaves, and cubed potatoes and sauté these ingredients for 2-3 minutes on low heat.
  • Next, you have to add the coarse peanuts and stir them well with other ingredients.
  • Now, drain the samvat rice and add them to this mixture. Make sure to stir everything well.
  • Now, add water and rock salt as they are required. After this, pressure cooks the rice for 3-4 whistles, or if you are cooking it in the open vessel, cooks the rice until water is absorbed.
  • Meanwhile, roast the cashews and keep them aside.
  • Once the rice is cooked, garnish them with roasted cashews, coriander leaves, and some lemon juice.

Dahi Aloo

It is one of the popular fasting curry recipes which are quite easy and quick to prepare. It consists of potatoes, curd, and some Indian spices and will be ready to serve within a few minutes. You can have this dahi aloo recipe with Rajgira Paratha and even with Samvat pulao.

Janmashtami Recipes
Dahi Aloo

Quick Stats:

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 3


  • 2 medium-size potatoes
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1 cup of water or as required
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • Half teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Half teaspoon of red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel powder
  • Half teaspoon of garam masala
  • Half inch of grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of ghee or oil
  • Rock salt as per the taste

Method to Prepare:

  • Firstly, boil the potatoes and chop them into small pieces.
  • Take curd in a bowl and beat it till smooth.
  • Take a pan and heat oil or ghee in it. Now, add cumin and sauté them.
  • Then, add grated ginger and cubed potatoes. Saute them for 2-3 minutes
  • After this, add turmeric powder, red chili powder, and fennel powder. Stir these spices well with the potatoes for at least one minute.
  • Now, add the beaten curd and stir it well. After this, you have to add some water and salt.
  • Simmer the pan for 4-5 minutes or until the curry becomes thicken. Make sure to stir it occasionally.
  • Now, garnish this dahi aloo recipe with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Final Words

There are plenty of recipes that you can prepare and celebrate this fasting festival with your family. You can have these Janmashtami recipes as your main course and enjoy this holy day with fasting grains, vegetables, and spices.