Coming to south India Janmashtami (Gokulashtami/Krishnan Jayanthi)will feature recipes made with rice flakes.
The birth of Krishna is celebrated with the distribution of sweets and spicy treats made at home. Along with all the offerings of sweets and savouries, you will find rice flakes, butter and milk offered to the god. In addition, there will at least be a simple version where these red or white rice flakes are used to form some tasty treat.
Why is rice flakes associate with this festival?
It is from mythology we learn that Krishna was so good of hand-pounded rice. The legend goes that his best friend Kuchela at his wretched levels of poverty had gone to see him with a few handfuls of aval wrapped in a towel.
Krishna, who at that time ruled Mathura and had Lakshmi Devi(goddess of wealth)as his wife received and entertained his dear old friend with love and affection. When Kuchela offered the humble aval, Krishna took three handfuls and ate them. With these three handfuls of rice flakes, he bestowed riches upon his poor friend and family that they never had a hungry moment thereafter.
This is the same reason aval is offered… To receive blessings of prosperity and love of Krishna. Here are a few ways you can please this ever-smiling, flute loving god of the masses.
In this platter is many of the recipes which are added below. The platter holds Aval nanachathu, aval payasam, dahi chura, avalakki mixture, panakam, doodh pauva, gopalkala, dates and poha ladoo and aval kozhakattai. chcek out the recipe links below for the details.
Aval nanachathu or vella aval
An easy recipe for jaggery sweetened rice flakes with fresh coconut pounded in…
Gopal Kala or Dahi poha
A simple delicious combination of yoghurt soaked and tempered rice flakes on a savoury note.
Doodh pavva or Paal aval
A quick version of kheer, with hand-pounded rice flakes soaked in warm milk and topped with jaggery syrup.
No sugar added dates and Poha ladoo
For that little Krishna, a sweet treat with minimal additives and sweet is an absolute beloved. So here is a family favourite
Dahi Chura or fruity riceflakes pudding in yogurt
Fruit salad style rice flakes made even more delicious with yoghurt sauce.
Jolada avalakki mixture or chiwda
A spicy fix for all the sweetness loaded with nuts is made in a low oil version. Similarly, make the same with rice flakes.
In addition to these, you can make any number of treats for Janmashtami
Here are some more I plan to do
What are your favourites for this Janmashtami festival day?
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