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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Khaee Chanda ( Kumar Purnima Special )

Kumar Purnima or the last day of the Shravan masa, marks an important day in the Oriya Calendar. It is a day when unmarried girls keep a fast and offer worship to the Moon. According to folklore, the girls who offer worship as soon as the moon is sighted will get a young and handsome husband. Any delay in the worship results in a bad omen and such girls are said to be destined for a old husband. Anyways this is an old wives tale and i personally do not believe in it.

But it is the 'Khaee Chanda', the primary offering that i personally look forward to on this day. It is a delicious medley of khaee (a kind of puffed rice), ripe bananas, tender cucumber, grated coconut, yogurt and sugar. This is one of the simplest forms of prasadam that I have come across and does not require any cooking but the taste is simply mind-blowing.

Preparation Time - 10 mins

Ingredients -  2 cups khaee, 1 ripe banana (peeled), 1 tender cucumber (finely chopped), 1/2 cup grated coconut, 1/2 cup yogurt, 3-4 tsp sugar.

Preparation - Take all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mash together so that all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Transfer the mixture onto a clean plate and give it the shape of a Full moon (round) or a New moon (crescent).

Use this to offer worship to the Moon ( Do it near a Tulsi plant with some flowers, incense sticks and a lighted diya ). Afterwards it is consumed as a prasadam.

Note - It might turn a little dark if kept for sometime due to the presence of ripe bananas. But it does not affect the taste in any way.

Note - I have not used any khaee in this recipe as i could not get any in Blore.


  1. Eagerly waiting to see the picture, celebration spl very new for me.

  2. lovely write ups...expecting for the recipe..dear!


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