What to Eat for Paryushan Week?

This post may be late for 2011 Paryushan since today is the last day, Samvatsari. Let me start by saying Michhami Dukkadam to all.

I always run out of ideas about what to cook during the Paryushan week. As you may know already, Jains do not eat potatoes, onions, and garlic. In addition during Paryushan, they also avoid green vegetables and even other vegetables such as cauliflower or corn. So what can we eat? Here’s a list that may come in handy for future Paryushans.

Breakfast and Snacks:

  • Pita bread and hummus
  • Moong
  • Papdi Chaat with Moong and Chole
  • Paneer pinwheel
  • Khaman
  • Upma
  • Vermicilli Upma
  • Plantin banana puff
  • Poha (pouwa)
  • Chundal

Sabji (Vegetable/main dish):

  • Tofu stir fry
  • Paneer Makhani
  • Shahi Paneer
  • Chole Masala and Bhatura
  • Pav Bhaji
  • Misal
  • Ragda Pattice
  • Stuffed Tamatar
  • Lal (Red/black) Chana with gravy
  • Moong Daal Khichdi
  • Pizza home made with pineapple/jalapeno/olives
  • Dahi Vada
  • Besan Puda
  • Kathi Rolls
  • Quesidilla (tomatoes and bell pepper) / Black bean and corn dip (some folks don’t eat corn)
  • Handvo
  • Dal Bati

South Indian:

  • Plain Dosa, Jaggery dosa, Rava dosa
  • Idli
  • Mendu Vada
  • Adai
  • Pongal


  • Gujarati daal, Moong daal, Masoor daal, Daal Makhani
  • Minestrone soup
  • Rasam
  • Sambar


  • Lemon Rice
  • Yogurt Rice
  • Tamrind Rice (Puliodarai)
  • Plain Rice
  • Jeera Rice

Desserts: I can go on forever on this list being a Gujju 🙂 so I better leave it for your fancy!

And btw, if you need recipe for any of the above feel free to ping me/leave a comment. Enjoy 🙂

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13 Responses to What to Eat for Paryushan Week?

  1. Kalpesh Soni says:

    I thought Paryushan was about fasting
    Looks like party time! Lots and lots of carbs? 🙂
    why no green veggies? what is the idea behind it?

    how about you add apple, blackberries, strawberries, water melon to this list


  2. Fellow Young Jain says:

    thanks for making this list! shouldn’t we avoid bell peppers as well (in your quesadilla)?

  3. Bina says:

    It would be wonderful to get the recipe of those main subjis, and snacks. Please post the recipes if you can. This is really appreciated. Your list helped me know what can we eat during Paryushan, specially tomatoes, olives, etc.

  4. Shraddha Iyer says:

    @Kalpesh: All fruits are allowed in Paryushan as far as I know.
    @Fellow Young Jain: You may avoid bell peppers if your family practices. I am a stanakvasi jain and we do make exceptions and eat bell peppers if needed. I know lot of deravasi jain do not eat bell peppers.
    @Bina: Thank you for your kind comments. Please do let me know which sabji/snacks in specific you are interested in and I will be glad to post recipes. Lot of my recipes come from http://www.manjulaskitchen.com and http://www.showmethecurry.com. The former website may be better during paryushan week since Manjula does not use any onions/garlic but she does use potatoes so tweak the recipe accordingly.

    • Hesha says:

      how come pav-bhaji is allowed during paryushan as it is made-up with all green veggies? also dosa,idlis are restricted as it is fermented food.

  5. Narendra Mehta says:

    Few fruits you can’t eat.1.Mango.2.strawberry(lots of seeds).

  6. Hasmukh says:

    I think so during paryushan we cannot eat any green vegetable. Only fruit allowed is Banana, Green Apple that’s it. my 2 cents

  7. Neha says:

    You Can eat all kind of Beans like Red bins,black eye beans,black chana,chhola,dried peas

  8. Ridhi says:

    Amazing thank you so much for collating it 🙂

  9. yesha sheth says:

    Hey need recipes for pavbahji .. misal … dal makhani

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  11. Maya says:

    Hey! Can you please give recipe for quesadillas? I eat corn during paryushan so a recipe with corn won’t be a problem. Thanks:)

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