Janmashtami Prasad: Janmashtami is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of the Indian subcontinent, and this year it will be celebrated on 11th August, 2020. Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna on earth. It is said that Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Each year, the festival is celebrated with much fervour and enthusiasm to welcome their beloved 'Nanhe Gopal' to this world. Janmashtami has a fond association with food as Lord Krishna loved good food. A lot of prasads are prepared on this pious day. Janmashtami is celebrated by Hindus and Krishna followers around the world and the festival celebrations involve fasting and preparing special foods preferred by the much-loved God.
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Here is a list of 5 such prasads that you can make at home
1. Dhaniya Panjiri
Of all the prasads prepared on this pious day, dhaniya panjiri is considered to be one of the most important prasads. Made with coriander seed powder, bhoora (powdered sugar), ghee, chopped almonds, raisins, cashew nuts and mishri, dhaniya panjiri is popularly prepared in regions of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Some devotees also observe fast on this day. Since consumption of grains is generally not allowed during the fasting period, wheat flour is replaced with coriander seed powder to make the panjiri.
2. Makhan Mishri
White butter, or 'safed makhan', is known to be little Krishna's favourite. On the pious occasion of Janmashtami, a special bhog of makhan mishri (sweetened white butter) is offered to the deity. To make this prasad, all you need is unsalted milk cream and some mishri daana. Mishri adds a sweet taste to the prasad. The prasad is said to be complete when a holy basil leaf is added to it.
3. Makhana Paag
Makhana paag is a delicious delicacy that is traditionally prepared on the festive occasion of Janmashtami. Made with lotus seeds, ghee, milk and bhoora (powdered sugar), makhana paag is a part of the chappan bhog thali, which comprises 56 items.
Charnamrit is a sweet and milky concoction, which is distributed among devotees as part of prasad. Made by blending milk, yogurt, ghee, honey and liquid jaggery together, charnamrit, also known as panchamrit, is also used to bathe the feet of Lord Krishna's idol. It is also one of the most easiest and quickest dish to prepare on festivals and pujas at home.
Kheer is usually prepared on Janmashtami and offered to Lord Krishna at midnight after the puja is done. Made from rice and condensed milk, kheer is extremely appetising and is quite easy-to-prepare as well. It is also one of the most popular Indian dessert that is made at home on many celebratory occasions ad festivals. Garnish it with grated almonds and pistachios and your Janmashtami prasad is ready.
Happy Krishna Janmashtami 2020!