Delicious Easy Recipe Ideas for Janmashtami 2022
Janmashtami is a joyous and important Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu’s most powerful incarnation on Earth. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna was born on the 8th day of Krishna Paksha which is why Janmashtami usually falls in the months of August or September. It is widely celebrated by fasting, singing songs in praise of Lord Krishna and the traditional activity of breaking the Dahi Handi.
Even schools encourage children to dress up as Lord Krishna for the occasion, while temples are decorated with flowers and more to create a beautiful and devotional atmosphere. Interestingly, many devotees prefer to stay up all night singing bhajans and kirtans while fasting on this festival and break their fast at midnight.
During Janmashtami 2022, if you are looking for easy recipe ideas which align with your fast, we have some popular Janmashtami recipe ideas for you to try:
When it comes to making Janmashtami sweets, Sheera is a must-have sweet to prepare. Simple, heart-warming and delicious in taste, the presence of Sheera makes every festival complete. Sheera is often made with Semolina; however, it can be made with ingredients like Rava, Atta, Ragi, Rajgira too.
Those with gluten intolerance or those simply looking for wholesome variations of Sheera can try making a Gluten-free Sheera with Aashirvaad Gluten Free Atta, Aashirvaad Svasti Ghee, sugar and cardamom powder. Cook gluten-free atta in pure ghee for 8-10 minutes. Then add water, sugar and cardamom powder and cook till the sugar dissolves and your festive Sheera is ready.
One of the most made vrat items in India, Sabudana Khichdi is savoury, light and a classic Janmashtami recipe. Sabudana khichdi is made with soaked tapioca pearls, groundnuts, green chillies and a selection of Indian spices. Sabudana khichdi makes for the perfect lunch or dinner item to have and enjoy during the festival.
Lord Krishna was famously known to love milk and curd and one of his favourite items was this sweet, flavoured yoghurt named Shrikhand. Prepare this at home with ease by buying a pack of Greek yoghurt or making hung curd by using a muslin cloth. To this, add saffron strands, pistachios, and cardamom and mix.
There are several variations of this humble dessert like Mango Shrikhand, Chocolate Shrikhand, Mixed Fruit Shrikhand etc, that you can also try this festive season.
Gajar Ka Halwa
Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa) takes the goodness of carrots and turns it into a mouth-watering delight unlike any other. This Indian sweet is a staple at weddings, festivals and important events. Made with carrots, cow ghee, sugar, milk, khova, cashews and raisins, Gajar Ka Halwa is a great dish to prepare for Janmashtami 2022.
Follow the entire Gajar Ka Halwa recipe here
For a simple and homely halwa when you are running out of time or other ingredients, Atta Halwa is a great Janmashtami sweet option. Use Aashirvaad Atta, ghee, sugar, cashews and raisins to make a delectable Halwa within minutes.
Follow the entire Atta Halwa recipe here.
Sabudana kheer, also known as the Indian Sago Pudding is made of tapioca pearls, milk, cardamom powder, sugar and dry fruits. Thick and sweet in taste, Sabudana kheer is a well-liked sweet item during festivals. Being soft to chew makes it easy for kids and senior citizens to consume as well.
All you need to make this delightful kheer is soaked Sabudana, which will be cooked later in milk with sugar and cardamom powder till the milk thickens. Top it up with dry fruits and your bowl of divine Sabudana Kheer is ready.
Rajgira or Amarnath is a widely consumed vrat item like Sabudana. It is used mainly to make puris, pakoras, parathas and sweets on festivals like Navratri, Ekadashi, and other fasting occasions. Amarnath Puris or Rajgira Puris are made in a similar way to normal Puris however, they require an additional ingredient: mashed potatoes. Since Amarnath does not contain gluten, it requires mashed or boiled potatoes to provide the stickiness to make a dough.
Once the dough is set, using a rolling pin, make round puris of any size and fry them in oil.
Use these recipe ideas to create a delightful spread of Janmashtami fast recipes and have a wonderful time on this auspicious occasion. Happy Janmashtami 2022!