By Nmami Agarwal
Janmashtami, the auspicious day marks the birth of the almighty Lord Krishna. This pious day is celebrated with full of enthusiasm and intensity around the globe by the Krishna devotees as Krishna Janmashtami. Also known as Gokulashtami, the whole nation comes together to celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna with love and passion which is quite popular in states such as Mathura-Gokul-Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh and Navi Mumbai-Pune, Maharashtra as Dahi Handi.
The Krishna devotees also observe the ritualistic fast on this holy occasion. So during fasting, they take a Sankalpa to observe a day-long fast and which will be broken only the next day when the Ashtami Tithi is over. Throughout the day of fasting, no grains are allowed and consumed; and the devotees take up a meal containing only fruits, nuts and water which is called ‘Phallar’. Also, there are some devotees who choose to observe a ‘Nirjala’ vrat to please their deity, where they refrain themselves from even taking a sip of water along with any grain of food, for the day. They tend to break their fast only after offering the ‘bhog’ to their beloved deity.
There is a long list of 56 food items, which is referred to as the “Chappan bhog” offered to Lord Krishna. This is later distributed among the people after the fast. On the day of fast, any kind of cereal, salty and spicy food is not to be consumed. Only non- cereal foods such as boiled potatoes which can be turned into a curry or veggies without any sort of onion, garlic, ginger or turmeric, marks a typical Janmashtami meal of the afternoon. Sabudana (tapioca) Khichdi and Kuttu Singahri ka Puri are some of the most popular dishes. There are various snacks items relished by the devotees across the world made from aloo, sago, sweet potato in form tikki, pakoda, and vadas, simply make sure they are without spices. Since milk and sugar, is very well consumed during the fasting, most devotees tend to consume a good dose of milk-based desserts such as various types of Kheer and Halwa.
Here is a delicious and exciting sabudana recipe which you can try on this Janmashtami fast.
- Singhara Atta/Water Chestnut Flour – 15 grams
- Sabudana Atta/Sago Flour – 15 grams
- Ghee – 1 Teaspoon
- Powdered jaggery – 1 Teaspoon
- Chopped dry fruits: 5
- Almonds – 2-3
- Walnut – 1
- Cardamom powder – 1 Teaspoon
Calories per ladoo: 91.5 Kcal
Proteins: 1.27 g
Fat: 3 g
- In a pan, roast the sago (sabudana) on a medium flame until it turns into a light golden brown colour.
- It will take approximately 20 – 25 minutes.
- Remove it from the flame and let it cool. Once sabudana cools down, grind it to powder in a mixer grinder.
- Heat ghee in a small wok and add singhara and sabudana flour.
- Keep stirring on a medium flame to avoid the burning and roast till it mixture turns golden brown in colour.
- Now remove it from the flame. And let the temperature of flour go down to warm and handy.
- Add jaggery, cardamom powder, and dry fruits. (Note: Don’t add jaggery when the mixture is hot).
- Mix it nicely and start making small ladoos. Take the mixture in your palm and start pressing in a round shape to form ladoos. If you feel they are not binding well, you can use little warm ghee to get them to bind.
- The yummy special ladoos are ready to eat. Make sure you store them in an airtight container.
Over to You
Snacks, meals, and desserts made of sabudana or tapioca pearls are very popular on this auspicious day. So, if you or any other member of your family have chosen to keep the auspicious fast and are fretting as to how you will they pass the day without their favourite delicacies, worry not. Because, with sabudana, there are options galore!