Janmashtami Recipes


A variety of Janmashtami recipes are made from Lord Krishna's favorite milk and curd. Most families observe a fast on Janmashtami and take only one meal in a day.This is known as phalhar, which consists of fruits, sweets and curd. As a ritual, the scrumptious items prepared on Janmashtami are offered to Lord Krishna. This is referred as the ritual of 'bhog'. Later these yummy food items are distributed among the devotees as 'Prasada'.



Herein is quick reference to the yummy delights that can be prepared for the Janmashtami.

Murukku Recipe

Ingredients:-
  • 4 cups raw rice (Powdered)
  • Half cup white gram (Powdered)
  • 25g white sesame seeds
  • 25g cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon asafetida powder
  • 100g butter
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Method:-
  • Mix the powdered rice, powdered gram, white sesame seeds, cumin seeds, asafetida powder, butter and salt together, without adding water. Then add water and knead into soft dough.
  • Heat the oil in a wok.
  • Take the dough in a murukku mould, and twist it into circular shapes of the murukku (chakli).
  • Drop in the murukku dough gently into the hot oil and fry golden brown. Keep flipping the sides until the rice chakli is done.
  • Store the murukkus in an air tight container.

Murukku Recipe

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Pedhas Recipe

Ingredients:-
  • 500g crushed khoya
  • 300g powdered sugar
  • 8 to 10 pistachios sliced
  • 2-3 drops food color (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

Method:-
  • Mix khoya with sugar in a pan
  • Heat on low flame and stir continuously
  • Cook till mixture thickens.
  • Cool for 10 minutes.
  • Add cardamom powder and food color and mix well.
  • Take a small handful of mixture and press into the cookie mould.
  • Delicious Pedhas are ready to eat.
  • Dal Vada

Pedhas Recipe

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Recipes for Janmashtami Fast Dishes

Check out the recipes for some of the popular dishes prepared on the Janmashtami.

Til ki kheer or Sesame pudding:

The ingredients and instructions to cook this sweet dish are given below.

Ingredients:
  • 100 gms of white til
  • 40 gms of sugar
  • 100 gms of coconut, dried out completely
  • 1 tablespoon of raisin
  • 4-5 pieces of green cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon of cashew nuts broken into pieces and soaked in warm water
  • 1 tin of condensed milk
  • 1 litre of full cream milk

Method:
  • Dry roast til and keep it aside after crushing it.
  • Boil milk in a saucepan for around 10 minutes and stir repeatedly.
  • Add condensed milk into the saucepan.
  • Stir and cook the mixture for around 10 minutes.
  • Crush the cardamom pieces and add them into the milk.
  • Add sugar to the milk and cardamom, and stir the mixture.
  • Add roasted til and coconut.
  • Stir the mixture and cook it for more than 10 minutes.
  • Use cashew nuts and raisins to garnish your sweet dish.

Til ki kheer or Sesame pudding

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These are some of the recipes prepared by devotees while they are on a fast on the day of Janmashtami. Aside from these dishes, some people may have curd and even vegetables during the daytime. That's because these devotees often refrain from keeping a Nirjal Fast due to health reasons and other unavoidable issues.

However, staunch devotees still believe that the fast can help them get connected to the almighty. Hence, they prefer keeping the Janmashtami fast with great dedication and devotion toward Lord Krishna.