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

  • 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

  • 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


Pedhas Recipe

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

  • 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


Dal Vada Recipe

  • 1/4 cup toovar dal
  • 1/4 cup urad dal
  • 1/2 cup channa dal
  • 1 tablespoon grated coconut
  • 3-4 green chilies
  • 2 red chili
  • 1 pinch hing
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil for deep frying

  • Wash and soak all dals for three hours.
  • Grind them into fine paste with green chilies, red chilies and curry leaves
  • Add grated coconut, turmeric powder, coriander leaves, hing and salt
  • Make small vadas of the mixture and flatten it slightly with hands
  • Deep fry the vadas until golden brown
  • Dal vada are ready to be served hot
  • Janmashtami is a festival celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and joy. Appease your favorite lord with delightful Janmashtami dishes. They are easy to prepare and extremely mouth watering.

Dal Vada Recipe


Recipes for Janmashtami Fast Dishes

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


This is one of the most popular Janmashtami fast dishes that you may offer to the deity. The total time required to prepare this dish is around 15 minutes. The ingredients and instructions for this recipe are given below.

  • 1 kg of curd
  • Around 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of warm milk
  • 2 teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • Saffron strands
  • Small and thin pieces of pistachios and almonds

  • Put saffron strands into the milk.
  • Pour the saffron and milk mixture, cardamom, sugar, and curd in a bowl.
  • Stir the ingredients using a blender.
  • Garnish the sweet dish with pistachios and almonds.



Til ki kheer or Sesame pudding:

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

  • 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

  • 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



If you'd like to prepare pedha during the Janmashtami fast, here's how you should go for it.

  • 500 gms of crushed khoya
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • 300 gms of powdered sugar
  • 8 to 10 sliced pistachios
  • Cookie moulds
  • 2-3 drops of food color

  • Add sugar to the crushed khoya in a pan.
  • Heat the khoya on low flame.
  • Stir the mixture repeatedly.
  • Cook the mixture until it turns thick.
  • Cool the mixture for 10 minutes.
  • Add cardamom and food color.
  • Stir the mixture and take a small amount of it to press into the cookie mould.
  • Press 3 slices of pistachio at the center.



Your pedhas are ready to be offered to the deity!

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.