Bhubaneswar, Sept 6: Janmashtami, the festival celebrating Lord Krishna's birthday, is bserved on the Ashtami Tithi, the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. It is believed that Lord Krishna was born on this auspicious day, specifically on Ashtami Tithi in the Rohini Nakshatra.
In the year 2023, this joyous festival will span two days, falling on September 6 and September 7. According to the Panchang, the Ashtami Tithi will commence at 3:37 PM on September 6 and conclude at 4:14 PM on September 7.
The celebration of Janmashtami is accompanied by a delicious array of dishes prepared for devotees observing fasting. Here are some delightful recipes to savor during this auspicious occasion:
Kuttu ka Paratha with Suran ki Sabzi: Enjoy the delightful combination of parathas paired with dahi suran sabzi, a curry made from elephant foot yam and yogurt.
Kaddu ki Sabzi: This sweet and sour pumpkin recipe is a simple yet flavorful dish made with yellow pumpkin, whole spices, and herbs, all without the use of onions and garlic.
Rajgira Paratha with Vrat ke Aloo: These soft parathas are crafted from amaranth flour and served with a delectable vrat ki aloo sabzi, offering a wholesome and satisfying meal.
Sabudana Thalipeeth: Made from soaked tapioca pearls, boiled mashed potatoes, peanuts, green chilies, and cilantro, this thalipeeth is a delightful option, especially when served with farali chutney.
Kheer: Kheer is a traditional dessert prepared on almost all festive days in Indian households. It's an excellent choice for prasad on Janmashtami, made by simmering milk, sugar or jaggery, and rice, with ghee and dry fruits added for enhanced flavor.
Shrikhand: Catering to Lord Krishna's fondness for milk products, Shrikhand is a delightful preparation made from strained curds with added sugar and flavors.
Dahi Aloo with Singhare ki Poori: Vratwale dahi aloo pairs perfectly with puffed puris made from singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour), making it a scrumptious choice for your fasting menu.
Maakhan Mishri: A traditional offering to Lord Krishna, Maakhan Mishri combines fresh white butter with coarse sugar cubes (Mishri) and is also distributed as Prasad.
Ghiya Halwa / Lauki ka Halwa: Ghiya Halwa transforms the humble Bottle Gourd into a heavenly dessert, making it a unique and delicious choice for Janmashtami celebrations.
Panjiri: A quintessential part of Janmashtami celebrations, Panjiri is made from coriander powder, ghee, sugar, and an assortment of dry fruits like raisins, cashews, pistachios, and nuts. This dish is not only delicious but also nutritious.
These mouthwatering dishes are an integral part of Janmashtami celebrations, offering a delightful blend of flavors and textures to mark this auspicious occasion.