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Janmashtmi Special !

August,23rd- 2016

Dear Readers,

Janmashtmi is an Indian festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. The word Janmashtmi is a combination of two Hindi words, Janm, means Birth and Ashtmi, which represents 8th day. Janmashtmi falls on the 8th day of the Bhadra (more commonly known as Bhado) month according to Hindi moon calender. This year Janmashtmi is on August 25th. On this auspicious day while some people eat only phalahar (special food for the days of fast) others don't even take a drop of water before the birth of Murlimanohar (another name for Krishna), which takes place at midnight. For this day various kinds of Pag (the desserts made in sugar syrup) burfi etc. are made and offered to God. As a child this used to be one of my favorite festivals - We used to go to the temples to see the decorations and celebrate the birth of Krishna at 12:00 AM with the blowing of shankh (conch shells) and bhog (the food we offer to God).....

Happy Janmashtami !!!


Akhrot ki Barfi/ walnut squares Akhrot ki Barfi/ walnut squares -–Walnut also known as akrot in Hindi. Walnut is one of the healthiest nuts. Walnut is a good source of potassium, magnesium, and iron. It is also a powerful antioxident. This walnut squares/ akrot ki barfi is very easy to make..
Almond Kheer Almond Kheer -Almond kheer is a delicious dessert. This can also be eaten during Indian fasting days. Almonds are one of the healthiest nuts and makhane (Euryale ferox) are rich in protein and carbohydrate and have significant medicinal values. So this sweet dish is healthy as well. I have used 2% organic milk to make this dessert but feel free to use full cream milk….
Fruit Bowl

Fruit Bowl -Fruit bowls are a good source of fibres, minerals, and vitamins on the day of fasting. Please check with your elders about the family traditions and what fruit can be eaten on fasts. Make sure to use fruits of different colors to have a nice and attractive color contrast

Some other delicious pag/ burfi

coconut burfi meeng pag mewa pag lauki lauj

Some other delicacies for fast/ Vrat