Janmashtami or Krishnashtami celebrates the birth of lord Krishna, the eight avatar of Vishnu. The festivity grips the people on the eight day (ashtami) of Shravan. In honour of the birth of Krishna people observe fast and stay awake till midnight. The gathering also includes either an image of the idol of Krishna being placed in a swing or cradle. The devotees gather around and sing devotional songs. In some religious institutes and temples, reading of Bhavada Geeta is also conducted on this holy occasion.
With the festive season people prepare loads of delicacies and eatables. Mostly sweets made of milk and butter is made on this day as Krishna the Makkhan Chor was very fond of rich butter. We share with you some very tasty dishes to be savoured on this Janmashtami. Try these traditional milk sweets and prepare it this Janmashtami!
Gopalakala not just a scrumptious dish but is also very nutritive. It is the most popular offering made for lord Krishna on Janmashtami. It is made with beaten rice, curd, cucumber, coconut and ghee. The whole dish is very easy to pull together.
2. Shrikhand Puri
Shrikhand and Puri combination is to die for. The sweet dish is made with strained yogurt and it is made more delicious with crushed almonds, saffron, cardamom and granulated sugar. A dollop of creamy Shrikhand garnished with pistachios and crushed almonds served with piping hot Puri is the ultimate combinations you will ever have.
Basundi is a rich dessert made with dense milk. It is very similar to rabri. The sweet dish is made crunchy by adding a dash of almonds and pistachios. This dry fruit laced sweet dish will be a treat to your taste buds. This dish is always served chilled.
4. Makkhan Misri
As Krishna was very fond of butter, Makkhan Misri is one sweet dish that you have to include in your array of delicacies this festival. Makkhan Misri is fresh white butter with ground sugar. It is made with cream, curd, sugar and then some crushed almonds.
5. Badam Phirni
Badam Phirni is a rich milk sweet dish loaded with loads of almonds. The richness of almonds will linger in your mouth for a really long time. If you are worried about your calorie intake, you can always substitute sugar with jaggery.
The sweetness of Kalakand can perk up your day! This is yet another traditional sweet dish made with whole milk. Kalakand is a variation of barfi and is soft and grainy in texture. The combination of solidified milk and cottage cheese is an irresistible sweet dish you have to try it this festive season.
7. Malai Peda
Malai peda is essential part of any festivity. You need not rely on the sweets from your mithai wala anymore since this sweet dish is very easy to make and is very yummilicious.
Rice pudding or Kheer is the stable sweet dish of any festivity. The fact that this sweet dish is nutritive as well as mouth watering gives you an added reason to have this dish on Janmashtami. It is an essential dish in feats and celebrations and you can have it chilled or hot as per your preference.
We hope you have a enjoy the festivity to the fullest. Try these must try desserts and watch your family helping themselves to second and third serving. Happy Krishna Janmashtami!