Krishnashtami or Janmashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. To honour Lord Krishna's birth, people observe fast and stay awake till midnight, singing devotional songs and eating Krishna Ji's favourite mithais. So we bring here some recipes to celebrate the religious swing.

1. Aval Jaggary Puttu

Aval Puttu is one of the simplest sweets you can make at home to offer Lord Krishna. It is made using jaggery, grated coconut, and seasoned with chopped cashews. You can also use jaggery syrup (instead of jaggery) as it increases the taste and shelf life of the puttu. You can consume puttu for up to 2-3 days. 

2. Basundi 

Basundi is a special recipe that is similar to the kheer and rabri. Do you know that this dessert hails from the state of Maharashtra? It is made with soaked rice, cooked with condensed milk and chopped nuts for the crunchy flavour. This delicious recipe is served chilled and is relished by all dessert lovers. 

3. Meethi Mathri 

This meethi mathri is prepared with maida (refined flour), sugar syrup, ghee and garnished with silver varak for richness. It is not so sweet but gets melted in your mouth tenderly. So, if you haven’t tried meethi mathri yet, let's make it at this Janmashtami. 

4. Coconut Laddu

This sweet is prepared with grated coconut, condensed milk, sugar, ghee, nuts and flavoured with cardamom. It is a simple and lip-smacking dessert recipe prepared quickly, easily, and loved by everyone. You can either make them in a laddu or barfi form with fresh or dried coconut. Check out how to make this at home. 

5. Meethe Chawal

This version of rice is made with sugar, jaggery, saffron, cardamom powder, and kewra essence. In addition, it is filled with chopped nuts giving a pleasing aroma and mouth-watering taste.

Mr Goldy Nagdev, Managing Director, Hari Darshan Sevashram Pvt. Ltd., shares four dishes you can make for Krishna Janmashtami Prasad

Here are a few common prasad's that you may make at home and serve to Krishna during the midnight puja ceremonies, which involve bathing Krishna's idol in honey, milk, and water and clothing him in new poshak.

  1. Sabudana Khichdi: When it comes to fasting, people in India frequently prepare this dish as a filling supper. On the eve of Janmashtami, however, it is served as prasad to Lord Krishna. This healthy dish is full of carbohydrates and provides quick energy when the fast is completed. It is made with soaking sabudana, green chilli, peanuts, sendha namak, tomato, and ghee. All you have to do is make ghee, cumin seed, and red chilli tempering, then add the peanuts and roast till golden brown. Cook for 4-5 minutes after adding the diced tomatoes. After that, carefully fold in the soaked sabudana and salt. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, and your nutritious Sabudana Khichdi is ready.
  2. Dhania Panjiri: On Janmashtami, this is the most common offering made to Lord Krishna. To make this at home, first, toast the coriander seed powder until it turns golden brown. Then, gently fold in the powdered sugar and desi ghee. Once all ingredients have been thoroughly combined, add the chopped cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios, mishri, and raisins. Allow it to cool for a few minutes before using it to make your Panjiri. This prasad is considered beneficial to the digestive system and is popular in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Punjab.
  3. Makhana Paag: This simple recipe is an essential component of the ‘Bhog' presented to Lord Krishna on the eve of Janmashtami. This delectable delicacy takes only 15 minutes to prepare and is made with lotus seeds (makhana), milk, ghee, and powdered sugar. First, you heat the sugar and milk to a thick consistency before adding the ghee-roasted makhanas. Then, allow cooling before serving your crispy Makhana Paag.
  4. Gopalkala: This prasad, also known as poor man's food, is made of beaten rice, cucumber, coconut, curd, ghee, sugar, and roasted cumin seeds. Combine all of the ingredients and mold them into laddus. Traditionally, Gopalkala is presented to Lord Krishna during the Janmashtami midnight ritual.