Celebrating Janmashtami

On Janmashtmi, Indians all over the world celebrate the birth of beloved lord Krishna. This Indian festival is all about fun and celebration. Lots of food preparations with celebration of Krishna’s birthday.

Jamashtmi Prasad

Preparations start week in advance creating happy and joyous mood all around. I remember this was one festival when we all cousins and neighbor kids got together and helped elders in decoration.

My grandmother made all children sit and sing bhajans along with her. We celebrated arrival of the Lord Krishna at 12’o clock at midnight, chanting aloud “Nand ke anand bhayo jai kanhaiya lal ki, hathi ghoda palki jai kanhai lal ki

We all used to stay awake with wait of variety of prasad with dhaniya (coriander) panjiri being my main attraction.

Different kinds of sugar coated chikkis are especially made on Janmashtami. This year, I also made few sweet chikkis. So, here I’m sharing recipe of sugar peanut chikki. However, let me tell you process for all sugar chikkis remains almost same.

Ingredients

  • Peanut: 250 gm
  • Sugar: 250 gm
  • Ghee: 1 tsp
  • Water: 1/4 cup

Procedure

  • Roast peanuts on medium heat in heavy bottom skillet.
  • While peanuts are still warm, rub them between palms to remove its cover.
  • Crush them into small pieces.

Making sugar syrup for peanut chikki

  • Take sugar in heavy bottom skillet and add ¼ cup water. Sugar will melt and start boiling. Let it smear on low heat and keep stirring.
  • Pour a drop of this syrup in a bowl of water. If the drop maintains its round shape, then it means syrup is ready. If the drop falls flat at bottom of the bowl, then it needs to be boiled for few more minutes.

Syrup gets ready in approximately 10-15 minutes. Syrup making process is same like in gulab-jamun or chandrakala. It’s just that for chikki, syrup’s consistency is kept thick just like in ramdana ladoo.

  • Apply ghee on flat surface and keep it ready before pouring peanuts in syrup. To maintain purity of fasting, I use home-made ghee. 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.
  • Add the roasted peanuts in sugar syrup and mix properly. Immediately transfer the mixture on flat surface, be quick as on cooling it starts getting hard. Make it flat and uniform with a rolling pin.
  • You can either break it (after cooling) or can cut it into desired shape while it is still hot.

Peanut Sugar Chikki

You can even sugar coat makhana (Euryale ferox), the process of which remains almost same.

Cut makhana into halves and dry roast them on low heat (top image below). Make sugar syrup following the above sugar syrup process. Add roasted makhana and mix well. Makhana will absorb all the sugar and become dry on cooling (bottom image below).

Sugar coated Makhana

Sugar coated makhana and peanut chikki for Janmashtmi prasad is ready. I have also jaggery peanut chikki and easy to make rabdi for Janmashthmi Prasad. I wish you have a great Janmashtmi celebration.

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Diwali Tales

Happy Diwali everyone!

Diwali is a big affair in India, its fun filled festival reuniting family and friends. From my childhood days Diwali at home meant cleaning and decorating home. Ladies of house  prepared lots of homemade sweets and snacks.

After marriage I helped my Mom-in-law in making lavish spread for Diwali. Gulab-jamun and chandrakala are to name few sweets that we make at home on Diwali. But still I use to miss some of the traditional dishes made by my mom on Diwali.

This year I thought instead of missing and getting sad why not try making them. So this time I made few of her specialties like Moond dal barfi, dahi-vada and green chilly pickle. I felt so good making them and felt even better when it was liked by all in family. Dal preparation are usually liked in my family (moong dal tikki was liked by all too). Here is the image showing that me and my Mil together prepared for Diwali.

diwali food preparations
Diwali food preparations

Bhailis be your own light and make yourself feel special by doing things you love. It’s natural to miss “maa ke hath ka khana” but wouldn’t it be great if we learn to make it our-self too.

My mom-in-law was all smiling when I was clicking pictures throughout the Diwali day. She was like, “I haven’t seen you clicking so many pictures, what’s it with camera this time?” 🙂

My inlaws reached Pune a day before so she didn’t knew about Bhaili.com in detail. I explained her that I have to click pictures as I have to share it on Bhaili. It was my MIL who suggested clicking the picture of rangoli as soon as I completed making it before Narayani (my daughter) adds her contribution. 🙂

diwali rangoli
Diwali rangoli

This year I also painted these diyas at home using acrylic colors and giving detailing by 3D outlines.

hand painted diyas
hand-painted diyas

I love it when so many diyas are lit together at Laxmi pujan time, it looks divine to me. There is something with diyas. I just love the light of diyas.

diwali diyas
diwali diyas for Laxmi pujan

I arranged some diyas on big plate along with marigold flowers. It was a simple thing but looked beautiful.

diyas decoration with flowers
diyas decoration with flowers

Along with traditional decoration I also did some contemporary decoration at one corner. Filling bowls and vase with colorful water and sprinkled flower petals and lit the floating candles.

diwali decorations
contemporary decoration

So here is my story of Diwali, what’s yours? Share with us how you celebrated your Diwali.

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