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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Dhaniya Panjiri / Janmashtami Naivedhyam


  Krishna Janmashtami is one of the most popular Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of lord Vishnu. Krishna devotees all around the world celebrate this festival with great joy and enthusiasm. Most of the devotees keep fast from sunrise on the day of janmashtami. Fasting is accompanied with singing devotional songs and chanting mantras. Various dishes are made on this day to offer to the deity. Those fasting on janmashtami break the fast at midnight after the birth of lord krishna with the food that was offered to deity.  In my family we all keep (Falahar vrat - having only milk and fruits) and open the fast with a traditional sweet called Dhaniya Panjiri.


  Dhaniya Panjiri is an aromatic and delicious dish that is offered to lord Krishna on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami. This traditional naivedhyam is prepared using powdered coriander seeds , dry fruits and is sweetened with jaggery .  The devotees fasting on janmashtami , break the fast at midnight after the birth of lord Krishna with this Dhaniya Panjiri.  This preparation is very nutritious and healthy and is ready within 15 minutes with the ingredients that are almost always present in an Indian pantry. Coriander seeds are roasted on low flame until aromatic. On cooling the seeds are powdered. Almonds, fox nuts , grated dry coconut, melon seeds and powdered coriander are toasted in little ghee on low flame. All the ingredients are tossed in a bowl along with jaggery powder and cardamom powder and an aromatic naivedhyam is ready !


  Preparation Time : 5 minutes
  Cooking Time : 10 minutes
  Serves : 2 cup of Panjiri

  Ingredients :
  • 1/2 cup coriander seeds / sabut dhaniya
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut / sukha nariyal
  • 7-8 piece almonds / badam
  • 1/4 cup fox nut / makhana
  • 1/8 cup melon seeds / khurbuja magaz
  • 1/4 cup powdered jaggery / gud
  • 2 teaspoon ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
Method:
  1. Dry roast the coriander seeds on low flame for 2-3 minutes. Put off the flame. Allow it to cool down. Now grind it to a coarse powder using grinder.




  2. In the same pan heat ghee, add almonds and fry them for about a minute on low flame. Remove them in a mixing bowl.


  3. Now in the same ghee fry the makhana on low flame for 3-4 minutes , until they are crisp. Remove in the mixing bowl. Similarly roast melon seeds , dry coconut and ground coriander in the same pan. Add all this to a same mixing bowl.






  4. Lastly add the jaggery powder and cardamom powder. Toss all the ingredients to mix well.



  5. Delicious dhaniya panjiri is ready to be offered to lord Krinsha.  Open the janmashtami fast with this prasad.


   Notes:
  • You can use powdered sugar if jaggery is not available.
  • Edible gum can also be used in this recipe. To use it just fry it in little ghee , powder or crush and mix it with other ingredients.
  • This is a very healthy and delicious preparation and those who are not fasting can also have this as a nutritious snack.

   For more Janmashtami special recipes , do check my posts on



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