When I think of Janmashthmi, I think of dhaniya (coriander) ki panjiri and when I think of panjiri then it’s my grandmother who comes to my mind. At times, we outgrow taste of some of our childhood favorites, but my love for dhaniya panjiri has remained unchanged.
I remember I used to ask maa (that’s how I call my grandmother), why do you make it only on Janmashthmi? Would always take promise from her to make it afterwards as well. She always kept aside some extra panjiri for me.
Benefits of Dhaniya (Coriander)
Do you know coriander powder has lots of health benefits too? Coriander has cooling properties and since it’s full of fiber it helps in digestion too. It has vitamins, folic acid and other essential minerals.
No doubt my mother never stopped me from relishing my favorite Janmashthmi Prasad.
So, below I am sharing with you the process (learned from my grandmother) of making dhaniya panjiri at home.
- Coriander seeds: 1/2 cup
- Carom seeds: 1/2 tsp
- Powdered sugar: ¼ cup
- Ghee: 2 tbsp
- Edible gum (gond): 1 tbsp
- Grated dry coconut: 2 tbsp
- Almond flakes: 1 tbsp
- Cashews: 1 tbsp
- Keep coriander seeds and gond under sun for some time to remove any traces of moisture.
- In a heavy bottom skillet, dry roast coriander seeds for 5 minutes on medium heat. Keep stirring in between and just before taking it off the flame, add carom seed.
- After cooling grind it to make fine powder.
- Heat ghee in heavy bottom skillet and fry gond in it on medium heat. You can read more about gond and its health benefits in post on suji and gond ki barfi.
To maintain purity of Prasad I use home-made ghee in all my preparations. Post on how to make ghee in microwave can be helpful to you, as in this post I have shared easy process that I follow to make ghee at home.
- After taking off gond from ghee, add almond flakes and cashews in hot ghee. Take skillet off the heat and while ghee is still hot after frying, add grated dry coconut.
- Now bring everything together in the same skillet and mix thoroughly. Powdered sugar should blend evenly. Keep in mind that you have to mix everything off the flame or else sugar powder will melt.
So, prasad for Janmashthmi is ready. I have also made ramdana or rajgira ladoo, peanut chikki and easy to make rabdi for Janmashthmi Prasad.
Wish you a great Janmashthmi celebration and may lord Krishna be always by your side.
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