Upwas Bhajiya/Fasting Fritters

Hey all!! Since Navratri is going on many people fast for 9 days. There are many  recipes available for fasting the recipe I have tried today is using Amaranth seeds. For more details on Amaranth seeds check out my amaranth salad recipe link below:


Since amaranth seeds are a  bit sticky to use hence the bhajiyas will be crispy from the outside but soft from inside which is the perfect texture. It does not mean it is not cooked from inside. Add the amaranth seeds in the end and use the batter immediately. many people have red chilli powder during the fasting and many don’t hence that is optional.


Amaranth Seeds – 1/2 cup

Sabudana/Tapioca – 1/4 cup

Boiled potatoes – 3 large

Roasted peanuts (Semi Crushed) – 1/2 cup

Cumin/Jeera – 1 tsp

Fresh Coriander Leaves (chopped) – 1/4 cup

Ginger-Green Chilli Paste – 1 tbsp

Lemon Juice – 2 tsp

Chat Masala – 1 tsp

Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp (optional)

Salt as per taste

Water for soaking and boiling

Oil for frying


1) Soak sabudana for 3-4 hours. Soak the amaranth seeds for 1/2 an hour. Chop the boiled potatoes in small pieces.

2) In a wok take 1-2 tsp oil. Once warm add the cumin/jeera and let it splutter. Now add the ginger-green chilli paste and saute. Then add the boiled potatoes, salt, roasted peanut powder and mix everything well. Switch off the gas. Keep aside to cool.

3) Boil the soaked amaranth seeds in 1 cup of water for 2-3 minutes (do not over boil till it soaks all the water. Boil only for 2-3 minutes). Strain the seeds and keep aside till all the water is drained out.

4) Mash the potato mixture. In this add the soaked sabudana, chopped coriander leaves, chat masala, red chilli powder, lemon juice and salt (if required). Mix everything together. Finally add the boiled amaranth seeds and mix well. The batter will be little sticky.

5) Meanwhile heat the oil on high flame till it is hot. Once the oil is hot reduce the flame to medium heat and then fry the bhajiyas. Keep the heat on medium throughout do not lower the flame. Serve hot with pudina chutney or roasted peanut dahi (Mix together semi crushed roasted peanut, dahi, salt and some finely chopped green chillies).


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I am a lawyer by profession but love to cook. Being a foodie myself I keep trying variations with my recipes. My blog is all about my experiments and experience with food. You can follow me on instagram, twitter and facebook all having handles alawyerskitchen. I am also on the food reviewer panel with GoToChef, which is the perfect platform to check out reviews on various food products and also find recipes using the same. You can also find me on blogchatter https://www.theblogchatter.com/user/shailparekhthosani
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