Must try dishes during Janmashtami 2022
“Nand Ke Anand Bhayo Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki” this one song reminds us of the auspicious Indian festival Janmashtami. Legends go like the ruler of Mathura, Kansa the evil king. He had a sister Devaki, who was married to Vasudeva, and their eighth child will end his rule and kill him. So, he took a vow to kill all children. Miraculously, when an eighth child was born who was indeed Lord Vishnu’s Avatar, all the gates in the prison were opened and Vasudeva found himself freed from prison. He ran away with the infant to a safer house and Lord Vishnu removed all the obstacles from Vasudeva's path.
When Vasudeva reached a house in Gokul, exchanged Lord Krishna with a newborn girl of Yashoda and Nanda and returned to the prison with the girl child. So, the birth of Krishna was celebrated all over Gokul, and with that, the festival of Janamasthmi was started.
Every region of India celebrates the birth of Krishna on Janmashtami in its unique styles, such as the Dahi Handi celebration in Maharashtra or the Jhula Chalan tradition seen in several parts of North India. No Indian event would be complete without delectable food and sweets. On this auspicious day, a variety of delicacies are prepared and served to Lord Krishna.
Here, in this article, we're going to introduce you to some special foods for Janmashtami that you can give to Lord Krishna as "bhog" and eat while celebrating this festival with your loved ones.
Do you know Lord Krishna is often referred as ‘Makhan chor’ as he loves makhan very much. He also cherishes Makhan Mishri. White butter and mishri or crystallized traditional Indian sugar, are combined to create Makhan mishri. Following the offering of Makhan Mishri to Lord Krishna, it is distributed to others as prasadam.
Panchamrit is a unique dish that Krishna adores. It is made out of five ingredients: milk, curd, ghee, honey, and sugar. It is revered as a heavenly beverage. Once you've gathered all the necessary components, making panchamrit is simple and can be done in a matter of minutes.
On Krishna Janmashtami especially, Dhaniya Panjiri is prepared as a prasad. This recipe is loaded with healthy ingredients like ghee and almonds. Fox nuts, grated dry coconut, powdered sugar, ghee, cashew nuts, and almonds are the ingredients used to make this delicacy. This dessert is both vegetarian and gluten-free.
People offer cucumbers to Shri Krishna on Janmashtami. On this day, a cucumber is brought that should have some leaves and a small stalk. It is said to be lucky to cut it around the time of the birth anniversary. Fascinating right? Let us explain that the "umbilical chord" is severed to physically separate the infant from the mother after it is born from the womb. Similar to how the umbilical cord is severed from cucumber and its related stalk to represent the separation of Krishna from his mother Devaki.
In India, ladoos have a huge following. A portion of unique sweet food is Rava ladoo. It is a very popular and opulent Indian treat made for holidays like Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, and Diwali. pretty simple to make in a short period. It has a rough texture and a fresh coconut flavor. Semolina (cream of wheat), sugar, drawn butter (clarified butter), almonds, and crushed cardamom are the main ingredients.
Gopalkala, a special Maharashtrian dish, is one of the well-known Janmashtami tributes to Lord Krishna. This may be made in five to ten minutes, is incredibly nutritious, and is similar to curd rice. A few simple spices, coconut, cucumbers, green chilies, and beaten rice are used to make this flavorful dish. It enhances its flavor and is also given fresh cream that has been hand-churned.
In temples and houses, Mewa Paag or Panch Mewa Pag is a specialty delicacy served as bhog or prasad during the auspicious day of Janmashtami. It is a sweet bar or fudge that is produced with a variety of dried fruits and seeds together with sugar or jaggery syrup.
In the Uttar Pradesh city of Mathura, Pedas was first prepared. The distinctive variety of the city is the Mathura Peda. Its primary ingredients are khoa, sugar, and traditional flavorings including cardamom seeds, pistachio nuts, and saffron. It is often produced in thick, semi-soft chunks.
The makhana is incredibly nutritious and simple to digest. When roasted, it makes a sweet snack and is also used in sweets. Making Makhane Ki Kheer is really simple and only requires a few basic ingredients, including milk, ghee, sugar, cardamom powder, saffron, cashews, and Makhane. It is a rich, creamy dessert.
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