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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Gopalkala (Janmashtami Special)

"Haathi Ghora Palki, Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki" - A very Happy Janmashtami to all my readers !!

Today's recipe is a simple yet delicious dish that is usually offered to Lord Krishna on his birthday. Most of you would be aware that milk products are the Lord's weakness and so most of his offering incorporate atleast one type of milk derivative. This one for example makes use of curd and buttermilk, but some folks do substitute the latter with some milk. The other major ingredient is 'poha' or chuda which is symbolic of his friendship with the poor Sudama.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 10 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 cup poha /chuda/rice flakes
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 4-5 tbsp buttermilk
  • 4-5 tbsp curd
  • 1/2 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2-3 chopped green chilis
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • salt to taste
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)

Preparation - Wash and soak poha for 2-3 mins. Drain for another 5 mins.

Take it in a mixing bowl and add chopped chilis, coconut, buttermilk and curd. Season with salt. Mix well.

Heat ghee for tempering. Add curry leaves and cumin seeds. Pour this spluttering mix over the contents of the mixing bowl.

Mix well and serve.

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