Mouthwatering sweets and savoury dishes make any festival all the more delicious and divine. And during Janmashtami, the festival celebrated to observe the birth of Lord Krishna, it truly is a feast of sumptuous dishes made with milk, curd and butter. So for all you foodies out there, we have a list of 10 delicious dishes you must have this Janmashtami. Whether you prepare them at home or order them from a sweet shop, these dishes are sure to make your Janmashtami a super happy one!
1. Maakhan Misri
Lord Krishna is very very fond of white butter or ‘maakhan’. There are innumerable stories of little Krishna stealing butter from the pots of Gopis. Hence, he is fondly known as ‘Maakhan Chor’. So the best way to celebrate this festival is to devour a lovely sweet made out of his favourite, maakhan. So, this Janmashtami, do gorge on Maakhan Misri. It’s very easy to prepare. All you have to do is mix sugar with freshly churned butter. You can also add some buts to the creamy mixture. It’s truly yum!
One of the best dishes you must enjoy this Janmashtami is the good old kheer. No matter which part of India you come from, you’ve definitely loved your own version of kheer. This is an important sweet prepared from milk, sugar or jaggery, dry fruits, rice or vermicelli. Isn’t your mouth watering already? To give your kheer a contemporary twist, have a look at this video below.
3. Dhaniya Panjiri
If you ever wondered how coriander can be used in a sweet dish, then Dhaniya Panjiri answers all your questions. Prepared with coriander seed powder, sugar, ghee and dry fruits, this mithai is healthy and really popular. People from states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Punjab prepare this during Janmashtami. Dhaniya Panjiri is considered to be a healthy offering as its good for the stomach.
4. Boondi Laddoo
Boondi Laddoo is really a festive favourite. Whether its Diwali, Janmashtami or even Ganesh Chaturthi, everyone loves gorging on these. This simple dish prepared with besan gram flour has everyone’s heart. Once you start eating, you just can’t stop. So if you don’t have Boondi Laddoo in your wishlist this Janmashtami, then what have you been up to?
If you can’t go to Mathura this Janmashtami, then why not bring Mathura to your home? The iconic peda at Mathura is a very significant Bhog prepared during Janmashtami. Ingredients like milk, sugar, cardamom and saffron are used to make this delicious mithai. All you have to do is simmer the milk for a few fours and prepare Khoya. Add sugar and other flavouring ingredients to it. Biting into a soft, sweet peda is just another level of deliciousness.
6. Makhana Paag
Foxnuts or makhana is one of the most loved vrat staples in India. It can be prepared in various ways. One way to enjoy a makhana dish during Janmashtami is to use it for your dessert. Mix makhana with ghee, desiccated coconut and sugar to give birth to the famous Makhana Paag. This is one of the most delectable Janmashtami treats. It’s simple to prepare too.
We’ve spoken a lot about sweet dishes. But what about savoury ones. If you want to sink your teeth into something savoury for a change during the festive season, then do try the Gopalkala. This is made with curd, coconut, cucumber and poha or flattened rice. It’s healthy and really nourishing.
8. Meva Ka Laddoo
Meva Laddoo is believed to be offered to Lord Krishna’s mother to give her energy and heat post pregnancy. Many people across India prepare Meva Laddoo as an offering to the Lord during Janmashtami. This sweet dish is prepared with wheat flour, ghee, jaggery and dry fruits. So can you ever say no to laddoos?
In South India, Murukku or Chakli is commonly prepared during Janmashtami. This is made using rice flour. Its crispy, crunchy and a delicious tea time snack. The whiff of deep-fried murukku during Janmashtami fills up the entire home with a captivating aroma. Well, we’re drooling, are you?
Every Hindu festival is incomplete without Panchamrit. Rightly known as drink of the Gods, Panchamrit is a concoction of five ingredients. They are milk, honey, curd, sugar and ghee. Milk symbolises purity, curd for prosperity, honey for the sweetness of speech, sugar for happiness and ghee for victory. This is considered an important part of any puja or offering made to the divine. So this Janmashtami, don’t forget to sip a Panchamrit and make your day even more auspicious.
So these are some of the delicious dishes that add to the divinity of Janmashtami. Do try these as they will surely make your day a sweeter and sumptuous one!