Dips add a lot of flavour to the dish- a must-have for fasting

Add variety to your plate with these lip-smacking Dips to pair up with your fasting menu

Wondering what to eat with all our lick smacking recipes? Here’s all that you can try this fasting season.

Whether you call them a dip or our desi chutney, they never fail to add that tangy punch to the basic recipes.

These easy recipes would give your snacks a really nice company and that emptiness or the constant feeling of “something is missing” goes away.

Let’s dip into the recipes!

Tamarind Dip to accompany your fasting dishes
Tamarind Dip to accompany your Navratri Fasting dishes

Servings: 2 cups

Preparation time: 1½ hrs

Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • Tamarind              1 cup
  • Jaggery                  150 gms
  • Fennel                    2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 1tsp
  • Cumin seeds         ½ tsp
  • Raisins                    10gms
  • Rock salt                to taste
  • Oil                           ½ tbsp
  • Water                     as required


  1. Soak the tamarind in warm water for 1-2 hrs
  2. De-seed the pulp and strain it.
  3. Heat oil in a pan
  4. Add cumin seeds and allow crackling.
  5. Immediately add red chilli powder thereafter, the fennel seeds. This helps in getting a vibrant color to it.
  6. Add the previously strained tamarind and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes
  7. Add jaggery and allow it to melt. Stir using wooden spatula.
  8. Check consistency and add water if required.
  9. Add soaked raisins and salt and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  10. Remove from flame and let it cool down.


Curd and Mint Dip
Curd and Mint Dip - Tangy and Minty

Serving: 2 cups

Preparation time: 5 minutes


  • Hung curd                         200gm
  • Fresh mint leaves            3 tbsp
  • Rock salt                           to taste
  • Black pepper                    to taste


  1. Take hung curd in a bowl and add the seasonings according to your taste.
  2. Crush mint leaves and add to the dip. (pounding it with pestle and mortar brings out the best of the flavours) 
  3. Give and good mix and you’re good to go!


One of the easiest and quickest dips of all times!

Serving: 2 cups

Preparation time: 2-3 minutes


  • Guava                                250g
  • Fresh coriander               ½ cup
  • Ginger                               1 inch piece
  • Rock salt                           to taste
  • Roasted cumin powder ½ tsp
  • Lemon juice                      2 tsp
  • Green chillies                  2-3


  1. Cut guava and de-seed it.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend them to coarse

** Easiest way to de-seed is by scooping the seeds with a spoon!


Sweet Tomato Chutney- the best friend of all Fasting savories
Sweet Tomato Chutney- the best friend for all festive savouries

Serving: 1 cup

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes


  • Tomatoes                  3 medium-sized
  • Cumin                        1tsp
  • Salt                             to taste
  • Pepper                       to taste
  • Red chilli powder     ½ tsp
  • Jaggery                       100 gms
  • Dry Fruits(optional) as required
  • Oil                               1 tbsp


  1. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and allow crackling.
  2. Chop the tomatoes and add them to the pan.
  3. Stir and cook for a while.
  4. Add salt, pepper and chilli powder.
  5. Crush jaggery and add to the mixture.
  6. Cook on a medium flame for 4-5 minutes to melt the jaggery.
  7. Remove it from the flame, and cool it down.