Krishna Janmashtami festival is also known as Gokulashtami, Krishna Jayanti or simply Janmashtami. It is celebrated as the birth of Lord Krishna. This year it falls on 24th August 2019.
It is celebrated differently in different regions. But the following is most common on this day. Devotees observe the fast, prepare bhog (Prasad) to offer Shri Krisha, sing religious songs (Bhajans) and break the fast at midnight by celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. So today I am sharing few Janmashtami prasad recipes and some fast recipes.
This collection is divided into the below categories. Click the link for quick access.
- Prasad or bhog recipes
- 10 Krishna Janmashtami snacks
- 10 Meal ideas (main course)
- 10 Janmashtami sweets
Janmashtami Festival Prasad Recipes:
- Milk, Makhan (white butter) products are Lord Krishna’s favorite food. So the sweets made from milk, yogurt are offered to him as a prasad and then distributed among the devotees.
- Mishari Makhan: This one is Lord Krishna’s most favorite. Makhan (white butter) is made by whipping the malai (cream) till butter is separated. The buttermilk is drained. Mishri is mixed with makhan. Mishri (khadi sakar) is called rock candy in English.
- Dhaniya Panjiri: Roast the ½ cup of fresh coarsely ground coriander powder in 1-2 tablespoons of ghee. Let it cool down, then mix in ¼ cup powdered sugar, chopped almonds, cashews, and raisins. Many likes to add desiccated coconut too.
- Other than above two prasads, fruits and few sweets (like peda, kalakand, shrikhand) are also offered to him.
Janmashtami Fast Recipes:
Two types of fast:
1. Nirjala (without food and water all throughout the day)
2. Phalahar vrat (eating fruits, milk, few allowed grains, no salt, spices, greens, beans)
Devotees who cannot observe nirjala vrat, they follow phalahar vrat. Here I am sharing the phalahar vrat/ fast recipes for Janmashtami festival.
Snacks recipes for Janmashtami Fast/Upwas:
1) Sabudana Vada – Crispy, fried fritters made from tapioca, potatoes, peanuts.
3) Sweet potato tikki - lightly spiced boiled, mashed sweet potatoes are formed into a patty and shallow fried into little oil.
4) Sama ke chawal ki tikki - cooked barnyard millet is mixed with cilantro, boiled mashed potatoes. Then shaped into tikki (patty) and deep fried or shallow fried.
5) Aloo chaat: boiled, cubed potatoes are drenched into singhara flour and shallow fried till crisp. Then mixed with peanuts and few spices.
6) Raw banana chips - thinly sliced raw bananas are deep fried and seasoned with rock salt and black pepper powder.
7) Sabudana chivda - nylon sabudana is deep fried and mix with cashew nuts, peanuts and seasoned with rock salt, sugar, and black pepper powder.
8) Sabudana salad - Cooked sabudana is mixed with cucumber, fruits like apple, pomegranate.
9) Makhana namkeen - healthy chivda made with phool makhana and nuts.
10) Sweet potato chaat - simple, healthy and filling snack made with boiled sweet potatoes and seasoned with few spices.
Main course for Janmashtami Fast:
2) Sabudana thalipeeth - This thalipeeth is made from soaked sabudana, boiled, mashed potatoes, peanuts, green chilies and cilantro. You can have with farali chutney.
8) Dahi arbi with kuttu ki puri - Boiled taro roots are simmered into yogurt gravy and this is served with kuttu ki puri. Kuttu atta has tendency to generate heat in the body, so it is served with cooling dishes like yogurt based dishes.
Sweets for Janmashtami Festival:
1) Rajgira halwa - Simple halwa made from rajgira flour (Amranth flour), ghee and sugar.
2) Singhare ke atte ka halwa - Similar to above halwa but here singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour) is used.
3) Vrat ke chawal ki kheer - Similar to our classic rice kheer but instead of regular rice, barnyard millet is used.
4) Lauki kheer - A delicious kheer made from bottle gourd vegetable.
5) Sweet potato ladoo - unique ladoo made from boiled, mashed sweet potatoes and coated with makhana powder.
6) Sabudana kheer - a simple kheer made from sabudana (tapioca pearls)
7) Phool makhane ki kheer - Another kheer recipe made from phool makhana (foxnuts).
8) Coconut ladoo - Quick and instant coconut ladoo made with freshly grated coconut and sweetened condensed milk.
9) Papaya halwa - Simple yet delicious, sweet halwa made from the ripe papaya fruit.
10) Sweet potato kheer - Rich, filling kheer dessert made from grated sweet potato.
Beverages for Janmashtami Fast/Upwas:
Fruit smoothies - Smoothies will be filling to the stomach. The ones made with yogurt can be enjoyed during the fast. Few options are mango smoothie, Strawberry banana smoothie, strawberry kiwi smoothie, mango strawberry smoothie.
Milkshakes - you can have the ones made with fresh fruits, nuts and dried fruits. Do not add ice cream while making milkshake. e.g. chikoo milkshake, mango milkshake, strawberry banana milkshake, cashew fig milkshake, strawberry milkshake, dates milkshake.
Wishing you a Happy Janmashtami !!!