Janmashtami is a joyous occasion celebrated across India to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This grand festival holds cultural significance, and each region has its unique way of celebrating. In this blog, we'll explore 13 delicious recipes that are both traditional offerings to Lord Krishna and nutritious for fasting on Janmashtami.
Shrikhand, a traditional Maharashtrian dessert, is a delightful treat made from thick and creamy hung curd, powdered sugar, saffron, elaichi (cardamom), and a touch of milk. This no-cook dessert is perfect to please your taste buds.
Dhaniya Panjiri is a flavorful preparation made by roasting coarsely ground coriander powder in ghee and then mixing it with powdered sugar, chopped almonds, cashews, raisins, and desiccated coconut. A delightful blend of textures and flavors.
Piyush is a creamy and refreshing drink that combines shrikhand, unsalted buttermilk, sugar, cardamom powder, and nutmeg powder. It's chilled, and garnished with pistachios and saffron, making it a perfect thirst-quencher on Janmashtami.
Mishri Makhan is a favorite of Lord Krishna. It involves whipping cream until butter separates, and then mixing the resulting buttermilk with mishri (rock candy). A simple yet divine preparation.
Makhane ki Kheer
Makhane ki Kheer is a rich and flavorful dessert made with roasted makhana, milk, dry fruits, saffron, and cardamom. This dish is a part of the midnight 'Chaapan Bhog' celebration and is loved for its creamy texture.
Nuts and Khoya Ladoo
These creamy and nutty ladoos are a breeze to make. A mixture of crumbled mawa (khoya), paneer, powdered sugar, and cardamom powder is shaped into balls and rolled in crushed mixed nuts. Chill them for firmness.
Dry Fruits Ladoo
For a healthier option, try Dry Fruits Ladoo made with dates, figs, almonds, raisins, and desiccated coconut. These energy balls are packed with nutrients and require no added sugar or jaggery.
Milk and Honey
A symbol of purity, the combination of milk and honey is offered to Lord Krishna and shared among devotees as a sacred drink.
Gopalkala, known as the 'food of the poor,' is a simple dish made with beaten rice, cucumber, coconut, curd, ghee, sugar, and roasted cumin seeds. These ingredients are mixed and shaped into laddoos, offered to Lord Krishna during midnight rituals.
Sabudana Khichdi is a light and carbohydrate-rich dish made with soaked sabudana, green chili, peanuts, sendha namak, and ghee. It provides instant energy after a day of fasting.
Makhana Namkeen is a healthy snack made by roasting fox nuts (phool makhana) with cashews, almonds, and coconut slices. Seasoned with salt, pepper, sugar, and amchur powder, it's a delightful munch.
Shakarkandi Chaat features cubed sweet potatoes seasoned with salt, pepper, red chili powder, and lemon juice. It's a tangy and spicy treat.
Sama Pulao combines barnyard millet with whole spices and coriander, making it a wholesome, gluten-free option for fasting. Serve it plain or with vrat ki kadhi or plain curd.
This Janmashtami, celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna with these mouthwatering recipes that not only pay homage to the deity but also provide nourishment and satisfaction during fasting. Shop for the ingredients at edobo and enjoy a tasty and nutritious Janmashtami feast. Happy Janmashtami! Happy Cooking!