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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How to Make Dhaniya Panjiri?

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.

Dhaniya panjiri for Janmashthmi

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Process

  • 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.

Dhaniya panjiri for Janmashthmi

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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