With Krishna Janmashtami round the corner, Hindus across and beyond the boundaries of India are thrilling with excitement. After all, it's that time of the year when the country echoes with the chants of “Jay Shree Krishna” and every lane is filled with exhilarated youth excited to break the Dahi Handi. Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated to commemorate the birth of the eighth avatar of Vishnu- Shree Krishna. According to the legends, Lord Krishna was born at the midnight of the eighth day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravana. Janmashtami is celebrated in India with a lot of pomp and show. With a plethora of rituals like dressing the idol of Krishna in Zari Poshak, serving Naivedyam, fasting, and breaking Dahi Handi, Janmashtami is one of the most awaited festivals in India. During the Janmashtami Puja, Naivedyam or Prasad plays a significant role. Out of all the prasad, Panjiri is a must and is a significant part of Janmashtami. 

Panjiri is a dish commonly made on Janmashtami in most parts of North India. Traditionally, Panjiri is prepared by frying wheat flour in ghee, dry fruits, sugar and edible gum called gond. However, a particular type of Panjiri is prepared and offered to the Lord on Janmashtami. This Panjiri is prepared by replacing wheat flour with coriander seeds powder. Because the consumption of grains is restricted during Janmashtami, Dhaniya Panjiri is an important prasad on Janmashtami. 

Recipe

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup coriander seeds
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • ½ cup powdered sugar 
  • 5-6 almonds, chopped
  • 5-6 cashew nuts, chopped
  • 5-6 raisins
  • ½ cup grated coconut

Method

  1. Roast the coriander seeds for 3-4 minutes on medium flame. Transfer them to a plate and allow them to cool. Grind the seeds into a coarse powder and set them aside. 
  2. Heat ghee in a pan and add the powdered coriander seeds. Roast the powder on a low flame till the powder changes colour to light brown. 
  3. Remove the mixture from heat and allow it to cool. 
  4. Now, add the powdered sugar, grated coconut, and dry fruits and serve them as Naivedyam. 

Dhaniya Panjiri is usually served by mixing it in Panchamrit or Charnamrit which is another vital prasad of Janmashtami. You can make your own version of Dhaniya Panjiri by adding fox nuts or sliced bananas to it. Try this recipe.