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Friday, 4 September 2015

Gopalkala /Janmashtami special Recipe / Festive Cooking

Govinda Ala Re Ala... Yes the most awaited annual festival Janmashtami  has arrived !! Happy Janmashtami to all those who celebrate!

Janmashtami / Gokulashtami  is a two day festivity to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. On the first day of the festivity, Hindu devotees observe fasting and stay awake until midnight , singing and chanting mantras , and cooking special food to be offered to Lord Krishna. On the second day , in many parts of Maharashtra, a tradition of " Dahi handi " is followed in which earthen pots filled with curd / buttermilk are hung up in air at considerable height and Dahi handi participants called Govinda's make human pyramid and the Govinda on the top breaks the handi with coconut spilling the curd over the entire group . This event is based on the legend of the child- god Krishna stealing butter.

Since Lord Krishna is known for his sweet tooth and love of milk products, most dishes prepared for Janmashtami are desserts with a milk or yogurt base. Gopalkala is one such scrumptious dish offered to Lord Krishna and then distributed among Govindas and small children as Prasad. Gopalkala is basically a mixture of beaten rice (poha) , curd , cucumber , pomegranate and is very healthy.

  • 1 cup flattened rice (Poha)
  • 1/2 cup plain curd 
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber 
  • 1/4 cup scrapped fresh coconut
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds 
  • 2 teaspoon sugar 
  • Salt to taste
  • Few curry leaves
  • 2  green chilies , finely chopped 
  • 2 teaspoon peanuts (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ghee 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 
  • Wash the poha under running water and allow to drain in a colander. In a big mixing bowl take this drained poha and mix with chopped cucumber, scrapped coconut, pomegranate seeds, curd, salt and sugar.

2. Heat up a small pan on medium heat and melt the ghee. Add cumin seeds, curry leaves, peanuts, and chopped green chilies. Stir fry for a minute and pour this tempering over the poha and mix well . Serve !

If you are looking for some more dishes to be offered to Lord Krishna on Janmashtami , do check out my Narayani SheeraDry Fruit LadooNariyal BarfiApple RabadiSuji and Coconut LadoosShahi lapsi KheerSuji ki KheerMishti DoiShrikhand