Complete day is spent in no-food, no-water fasting (nirjal upwaas). Ladies who fast, do not use knife or scissors (to cut) or break wood or twigs (for fuel). Basically stay away from hard kitchen labour. So in our village, men get together and make Putheri-Choka on campfire for their meals.
Evening we have a Katha session, where stories related to Jiutiya are recited for all. Next morning we wake up at 4am, cook all goodies and proceed to break the fast. It is a very festive atmosphere in our village, where all women gather together for all the celebrations & katha sessions. Cooking starts almost at 1am in the next morning.
Before eating, we have a clean bath & pooja. To break the fast, we start with tea and fried goodies like Pyasa-Aloo Bhajiyas (Onion Potato Fritters). On such days, we have almost tumbler full of tea. Then we can have water. It is better to go slow while breaking fast. If we suddenly have water or any sharp tasting food, it can come as shock to our throat & system. गला छिल जायगा.
For meals, we prepare Dahi-Vada, Kadi-Bari & Channa ki sabji. But first, we make Maad-Chawal. For this we cook rice in a deep bowl filled with water. After rice is cooked, this wtaer is not thrown away or evapurated. Instead, we have a glass of this water (maad) along with rice (chawal).
Dahi Bari Pulovra, along with Pulovra
Channa ki Sabji
For cooking these many items which involve frying, boiling & many common ingredients, we have to multi task to save time.