Krishna Janmashtami is the time we all start preparing different dishes to serve as bhog. In Karnataka, banana shikran is offered as Naivedya in temples. It was probably the idea of a very spiritual mother to see her children get their daily consumption of fruit and milk. It’s a sattvika dish (without garlic and onion ) so it can also be used in Krishna’s bhog. 

This is always a favourite dish people eat every other day during the summer season. Since it is amazingly sweet, it pairs so well with the spicy and salty curries in your meal. This is a simple unpacked dessert that can be prepared in a short time and almost effortlessly. It's the perfect treat on summer afternoons when you're not inclined to prepare complex meals or when you run out of veggies. Shikran can be prepared immediately and gives instant energy if solid food is not something you desire.

To make this tasty “unbaked” bhog, follow the given recipe instructions.

Ingredients 

1 glass cold milk

2 bananas

 2 tbsps grated coconut

½ tsp crushed cardamom 

Pinch of nutmeg powder (optional)

3 tbsp sugar (or as per taste)

Method   

  • Peel 2 bananas and cut one banana into thin slices and mash another banana. Put them in a bowl and add a glass of cooled boiled milk.
  • Add sugar as per your taste.
  • Finally, season the shikran with crushed cardamom and nutmeg powder. Garnish with slices of almonds or pistachios and serve hot as bhog. 

Traditionally, it is served only as a side dish and is accompanied by savoury dishes in the meal. However, you can serve Kelyache as a part of the main meal because its sweet taste goes very well with each dish.