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 savoruess made at home. Along with all the offerings of sweet 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 after.
This is the same reason aval is offered… To receive blessings.
Here are a few ways you can please this ever smiling flute loving god of the masses.
An easy recipe for jaggery sweetened rice flakes with fresh coconut pounded in…
A simple delicious combination of yoghurt soaked and tempered rice flakes on a savoury note.
A quick version of kheer, with hand-pounded rice flakes soaked in warm milk and topped with jaggery syrup.
Fruit salad style rice flakes made even more delicious with yoghurt sauce.
Jolada avalakki mixture
A spicy fix for all the sweetness loaded with nuts is made in a low oil version. 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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