Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Krishna and is also called Gokulashtami or Krishna Janmashtami. It falls on August 14 this year and is followed by Dahi Handi on August 15 which also happens to be Independence Day. The festival marks the celebration of the lord’s birth where people decorate their house and build a small jhaanki that depicts Krishna’s life. Since he was born in the night, people wake up, take a bath and then observe a fast during the day. The temple is decorated and a small swing is also kept with Krishna sitting in it. After 12 am, people break their fast, perform pooja and celebrate the birth of Krishna by swinging him. During the fast, people eat fruits, milk and certain traditional dishes. One of them is dhaniya panjiri that is made using coriander powder. This treat is easy to make and has dry fruits as well. It can also be stored for a few months in an airtight container. If you are planning to make this dish at home for Janmashtami, here is the recipe by Nisha Madhulika. (ALSO SEE How to dress up your child as Krishna)
Coriander powder – 1 cup
Powdered sugar – 1 cup
Ghee – ¼ cup
Almonds and cashews – 10 each
Cardamom – 3-4 powdered
Fox nuts or makahane – 1 cup
Chironji – 2 tbsp
Grated coconut – ½ cup
Chop the nuts and keep aside. Now in a pan, roast the makane in ghee till they turn crisp. You can use half of the ghee for this. Keep them aside to cool. Now in the same pan, add the grated coconut and then roast it for a few minutes.
After this, dry roast the nuts as well. Then, add the rest of the ghee in the pan and then add coriander powder to it. You have to roast this for 3-4 minutes until there is an aromatic smell. Once done, add the powdered sugar and nuts, chironji, coconut, cardamom powder.
Before adding the makhane, chop them into small pieces or mash them using your fingers and then add them. Mix all the ingredients together and then let it cool. You can store it in an air-tight container.
See the video below of this recipe.
Dhaniya panjiri is had during Janmasthami fast as well and is a yummy dessert. You can eat it later as well as it does not get bad for a couple of months.