Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is the birth day of Lord Krishna and is one of the most important Hindu festivals. Hindus celebrate Janmashtami by observving fasts, praying and preparing special food as naivedya for Lord Krishna. Different parts of India celebrates this festival in different manner. Sweet dishes like Panjiri, Sweet poha, Til laddoos, Besan laddoos etc are prepared depending on the region you belong to. In Maharashtra, a dish namely Gopalkala is prepared on Krishna Janmashtami as an offering to Lord Krishna. It is made using beaten rice, puffed rice, cucumber, curds and other spices. Gopalkala is a healthy, nutritious and cooling food as it contains puffed rice, curds, cucumber and spices. It tastes more like curd rice and can be served as a breakfast dish too. Here’s the recipe:
1 cup flattened rice (poha)
¼ cup puffed rice (murmura/ kurmura)
1 cup curds (dahi)
¾ cup cucumber, chopped (kheera)
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds (taaza anaar daana)
3 tbsp fresh grated coconut (nariyal)
1 tsp sugar (cheeni)
Salt as per taste (namak)
1 tsp clarified butter (ghee)
1 tsp mustard seeds (sarson/rai)
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
½ tsp asafetida (hing)
2 green chillies, finely chopped
½ tsp chopped ginger (adrak)
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves (hara dhaniya)
1 tbsp fresh pomegranate seeds (taaza anaar daana)
- Wash the poha and soak in water for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Drain the water and keep aside.
- In a mixing bowl, add curds, salt and sugar. Mix well.
- Next add chopped cucumber, pomegranate seeds and mix.
- Now, add puffed rice, soaked poha and grated coconut.
- Give a good mix and keep aside.
- For the tempering, heat ghee in a small pan.
- Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
- When the seeds start spluttering, add asafoetida ,chopped green chillies and chopped ginger. Let it cook for few seconds.
- Pour this tempering on the poha.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds.
- Gopalkala is ready to be offered as naivedya to Lord Krishna.
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