We are well into the time of the year when festivities come one after another. Right after we celebrated Teej with ghevar, Eid with biryani and Raksha Bandhan with all sorts of sweets and savouries, the festival of Janmashtami demands equal festive fervour. This year, Janmashtami will be celebrated on 30th August, 2021, commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. One of the most popular Hindu festivals, Janmashtami is celebrated with much fanfare in Hindu households around the world. And just like most of the festivals, this too isn’t complete without a giant feast.  

Also known as Gokulashtami, every year on Janamashtami, the devotees go to the Krishna temples to celebrate and worship Lord Krishna. He is offered with what is called 'chappan bhog’, a thali which consists of 56 items of sweet and savoury dishes, including kheer, panchamrit, panjiri and halwa. Don’t we know how Lord Krishna was fond of sweets? We've all heard countless stories of him noshing upon makhan misri while growing up. And so, his devotees leave nothing to please their nanhe Gopal. While many people observe fasts (vrat) on the day, they do offer all the vegetarian sweets and savouries to the deity of Krishna. While panjiri is a classic sweet offered in 56 bhog, did you know you can even make ladoo out of it?

Panjiri ladoo is also quite a popular sweet that is easy to make. Panjiri is a nutritional treat made with wheat flour fried in sugar and ghee and is loaded with dried fruits and herbal gums or gond. It is a dry and sweet snack, particularly made during the winter season to ward off cold and boost immunity. Panjiri ladoo is a bite-sized sweet which can be simply made by combining the roasted Panjiri into balls.

 

It is made by combining roasted makhana, nuts, semolina and coconut together with ghee, making for a wholesome festive treat. Here’s the full recipe of Panjiri Ladoo:

Panjiri Ladoo Recipe

Ingredients:

200 gms wheat flour

30 gms semolina

1/2 bowl dry coconut

10 gms makhana

20 gms cashew nuts

20 gms almonds

100 gms sugar

250 gms ghee

Method:

1. Add ghee in a pan and fry makhana till golden brown. Remove and crush all the makhana separately.

2. Roast semolina with ghee and add flour to it. Add crushed makhana, dry coconut, cashew nuts and almonds in the mixture.

3. Now add sugar and mix well. Make nice portion size ladoos from it. Serve.  

You can add it to your bhog and distribute it amongst the devotees too.