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Gud Wale Makhane: Navratri Festival Fasting Food

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Jaggery-coated foxnuts

Jaggery-coated foxnuts

Jaggery-Coated Foxnuts for Navratri

Navratri is one of the most popular and widely celebrated annual Hindu festivals in India. It is a festival in honor of the Goddess Durga that spans nine nights and 10 days.

Keeping a vrat, or fast, is one of the rituals observed during this festival. During fasting some foods are allowed whereas others are not.

To make the jaggery-coated foxnuts, we are using makhane (foxnuts) and gud (jaggery), both of which are permitted ingredients during the vrat. If you prefer to use sugar rather than jaggery, you may do so.

Try making this festival sweet and share your experience.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

30 min

40 min

3-4 servings


For roasting the makhana:

  • 2 cups / 40 grams makhana (foxnuts)
  • 1 tbsp desi ghee (clarified butter)

For melting the gud (jaggery):

  • 1 cup / 125 grams gud (jaggery), crushed into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp desi ghee (clarified butter)


  1. Roast the makhana: Keep a pan on low heat, add the desi ghee and let it get hot. Add the makhana and stir-roast until they turn crisp and slightly brown. Transfer the makhana to a plate and set aside.
  2. Melt the gud: Keep the same pan on low heat, add the desi ghee and let it get warm. Add in the crushed gud and keep stirring until it melts.
  3. Cook the gud until it reaches a brittle ball consistency as shown in the video.
  4. Add the roasted makhana back to the pan and mix well until the makhana are well coated with the melted gud. Transfer them to a plate and let them cool down until they are just warm. Then separate each one by hand.
  5. Allow the makhana to cool down completely. The gud coating will harden.
  6. Gud makhana are ready. Store them in an airtight jar.

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