Three snack ideas for Purtassi and Pitr Paksha

Three snack ideas for the holy month of Purtassi and Pitr Paksha

Here's to celebrating our favourite vegetarian sweet dishes for the Hindu holy month. 

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Traditional Indian food and desserts on plates/Pexels/@Yan Krukau

As we pay tribute to our Hindu community who are observing their holy months of Purtassi and Pitr Paksha, we wanted to take a moment to share some snack ideas. 

Of course, when it comes to any sort of fast, it is important to take some time to reflect on the things that are important. 

Purtassi and Pitr Paksha is a significant time for Hindus who abstain from meat during the holy month. 

And during this month there will be moments when you might feel for a special tea-time snack. 

So, we wanted to share some firm favourites from our community. 

Pumpkin Fritters with Cinnamon
  • 500 ml cooked, mashed pumpkin
  • 130 ml cake flour
  • 10 ml baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • Substitute for egg - buttermilk (half cup)
  • Oil for frying
  • Cinnamon sugar


Mix the pumpkin, cake flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add the buttermilk and mix well. Heat oil in a frying pan and drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan.

Fry until light brown on both sides. Drain on paper towelling. Sprinkle each fritter with cinnamon sugar and serve.

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A lovely savoury snack idea is Potato Bhajia and this recipe is quite simple. 

Check out how to make it below, courtesy of TikTok Back in the kitchen and the weather is making me make all sorts of comfort food! Potato Bhajias Parboil 2-3 potatoes, peeled and sliced. Set aside In a bowl add: 1 cup chana flour (chickpea flour) 1/2 cup self raising flour 4 tblsp potato flour (optional) Half sliced onion Handful chopped coriander Half tsp salt 1 tsp dhana jeeru (ground coriander & cumin) Quarter tsp turmeric 1 tsp chilli powder 1 tsp ground garlic 1 egg (omit if you want egg free) One-third cup water (or more) Mix together to form a thick batter. Dip your potato slices into the batter and fry in hot oil until golden. Do not overcrowd your pan. Drain on a paper towel and serve with a green chutney or spicy yoghurt dip #Fehmz #potatobhajias #chillibites #snacks #fehmzsavoury #winterfood #indiansnacks ♬ original sound - Fehmz

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How can we not include Soji as our third snack idea for the month of fasting? 

Not only is this dessert something that gets you feeling warm and fuzzy inside, but it is also a firm favourite that is quick and easy to make. 

Watch how one of our favourite foodies makes it below, courtesy of Instagram

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