Palak Makhana Recipe (Navratri Fasting/Vrat Recipe)

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Palak Makhana Recipe (Navratri Fasting/Vrat Recipe)
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Palak Makhana is a North Indian gravy made with with roasted makhana blended in a creamy palak gravy. This is a dish that is famous during the festival of Navratri where people fast according to their tradition. Since there are no onion and no garlic added it makes a perfect dish to be eaten while fasting.

Lotus being spiritual to many culture, the seeds gives a unique touch to the dish being prepared. The lotus seeds are meant to contain many health benefits mainly to the Heart and Kidney.

You can serve your creamy Palak makhana with Ajwain puri or Jeera pulao to make a complete wholesome meal.

If you are looking for more Palak recipes, here are some of our favourites:

  1. Palak Tovve or Palak Dal Recipe (Spinach and Lentil Curry)
  2. Palak Baingan Ki Sabzi | Spinach Eggplant Stir Fry
  3. Whole Wheat Palak Naan Recipe

Course: Dinner
Diet: No Onion No Garlic (Sattvic)
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

50 M


3-4 Servings


  • 300 grams Spinach Leaves (Palak)
  • 2 Tomatoes , diced
  • 1 cup Phool Makhana (Lotus Seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 2 tablespoon Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Palak Makhana Recipe (Navratri Fasting/Vrat Recipe)

  1. We begin the Palak Makhana by washing the spinach thoroughly under running water. Drain the spinach and cook it in a pressure cooker with little bit of turmeric powder, cumin seeds and green chillies for 2 whistle.

  2. Once the whistle is done let it cool down till the pressure comes out naturally. Blend it into paste and keep it aside.

  3. Roast the makhana with ghee on a flat bottomed non-stick pan. Remove the makhana and in the same pan add little bit of oil and temper the cumin seeds and add the tomatoes.Cook until they loose all the liquids and add all the spice powders.

  4. Add little water and simmer it for 2 minutes. Add the blended spinach mixture along with milk and simmer it for 3 minutes again.

  5. Finally, add the makhana and bring it to a boil.

  6. You can serve your creamy Palak makhana with Ajwain puri or Jeera pulao to make a complete wholesome meal.