Ekadasi Foods

Foods Allowed for Ekadasi and Catur-Masya:

• All Fruits (Fresh and dried)
• All Nuts
• Oils made from nuts (Coconut, olives, etc.)
• Potatoes
• Sweet Potatoes
• Pumpkin
• Cucumber
• Radish
• Squash
• Lemon
• Avocado
• Olives
• Coconut
• Buckwheat
• Sugar
• Black Pepper
• Fresh Salt
• Fresh Turmeric

ALL of the following foods are NOT allowed for Ekadasi and Catur-Masya:

NOT Allowed Vegetables:

• Tomatoes
• Eggplants
• Cauliflower
• Lettuce
• Broccoli
• Bell Pepper
• Peas
• Chickpeas
• Chia Seeds
• All Types of Beans
(Including products made from beans such as:
- Papadams
- Tofu
- Tempeh
- Grain Beverages, etc.)
• Honey

NOT Allowed Leafy Vegetables:

• Spinach
• Salads
• Cabbages
• Leafy Herbs
(Examples include:
- Parsley
- Curry Leaves
- Neem Leaves, etc.)

NOT Allowed Indian Vegetables:

• Karela (Bitter Lemon)
• Loki
• Parmal
• Toroi
• Kunli
• Drumsticks
• Okra (Lady Fingers)
• Banana Flower

NOT Allowed Spices:

• Sesame Seeds
• Cumin Seeds
• Hing
• Fenugreek
• Mustard Seeds
• Tamarind
• Fennel
• Celery
• Poppy Seeds
• Kalonji Seeds
• Ajwain Seeds
• Cardamom
• Nutmeg
• Cloves

NOT Allowed Grains:

• Millet
• Barley
• Wheat
• Farina
• Dalia
• Pasta
• Rice
• Corn
• All Types of Dahl
• All types of flour made from grains and beans
(Examples include:
- Rice Flour
- Chickpea Flour
- Urad Dahl Flour, etc.)
• Idli, Chapati, Dosa, Macaroni
• Starches from Corn
(Including products made from and mixed with these starches such as:
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Certain Soft Drinks
- Custard
- Certain Yogurts
- Puddings
- Cream Cheese
- Sweets
- Candies
- Tapioca

NOT Allowed Oils:

• Corn Oil
• Mustard Oil
• Sesame Oil, etc.
(Including products made from these oils such as:
- Nuts
- Potato Chips
- Certain Snack Foods, etc.)

Particular foods that are restricted during each of the Four Months of Catur-Masya:

First Month:

• No Leafy Vegetables (Such as Spinach)
• All Types of Salads
• All Types of Cabbages
• Kale
• Leafy Herbs
(Examples include:
- Coriander
- Mint
- Parsley, etc.)
• Curry and Powdered Leafy Herbs and Teas

Second Month:

• No Yogurt (If one requires it for health, it can be mixed with water)

Third Month:

• No Milk (If required, it can be mixed with a drop of lemon juice)

Fourth Month:

• No Mustard Oil
• No Sesame Seeds

*ALL of the following foods are NOT allowed EVER as they are extremely, extremely, EXTREMELY dangerous to Sadhana!*

• Onions
• Garlic
• Meat
• Fish
• Eggs
• Carrots (Or products made from them)

For all initiated: NO Shaving, NO Cutting Nails, and NO Day-Time Sleeping on Ekadasi
For brahmacaris: Shaving Head and Cutting Nails is done on Full Moon Days

Breaking an Ekadasi Fast:
•If you have observed a complete fast (without even having water), you do not need to break it with grains. You an break it with caranamrita or fruit.
•If you have observed Ekadasi by eating fruit, vegetables, etc., then it should be broken the following day by taking grains at the time specified by the Vaisnava Calendar.

Mahadvadasi is observed like Ekadasi.