9 Apr 2022 | 5 min Read
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Ram Navami is celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Ram and this year it falls on 10 April. Many devotees fast on this day and read Ramcharitmanas or other spiritual books. This festival is celebrated around Chaitra Navratri on the 9th day. Devotees also prepare delicacies to offer to the deity as Bhog.
This delicious dessert recipe is for all those with a sweet tooth.
300 ml milk
1 cup grated and peeled bottle gourd
1 teaspoon chia seeds
10 gm powdered jaggery
1/4 teaspoon powdered green cardamom
a. Add milk and the grated bottle gourd to a non-stick pan.
b. Put the flame on medium heat and cook for about 12 minutes while stirring occasionally.
c. Add the jaggery powder and cook for further 2 minutes on medium heat.
d. Now add chia seeds and cardamom powder to the mixture. Stir well.
e. Set the pan aside to let the kheer cool off completely and then put it in the refrigerator for an hour. Your Lauki Kheer is ready to be served.
Whether it’s a festival or any special occasion, Kalakand is a favourite easy to make sweet.
500 gm condensed milk
250 gm grated paneer
3/4 teaspoon spice cardamom
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon rose water
10 crushed pistachios
10 gm crushed cashews
8 strands of saffron
a. In a thick-bottomed pan, add the condensed milk and add grated paneer. Mix them well and then add sugar while keeping the heat low. Bring the mixture to simmer while stirring it often to avoid the milk from sticking to the pan.
b. Remove the pan from heat once you notice a thick mass. Then stir in the mixture with
the cardamom powder.
c. Grease a plate or pan with some oil and transfer the kalakand mixture to it. Use a spatula to even out the surface and sprinkle dry fruits on the surface of the Kalakand. Let it set in the refrigerator or at a cool room temperature. Garnish the kalakand mixture with dry fruits and allow the mixture to cool for a couple of hours.
d. Cut your sweet into the desired shape and enjoy.
This vrat (fasting) dish made of black grams is usually eaten to break the fast or during festivals. It is also enjoyed on any regular day. You can pair it with Puri.
1 cup kale channe
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon asafoetida
1 teaspoon dried mango powder
1 teaspoon chana masala
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon chopped green chilli
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon coriander powder
Salt to taste
a. Wash the kale channe and soak them in water for at least 6-8 hours or overnight.
b. Drain the water and add the channe in a pressure cooker. Add a cup of water, turmeric, red chilli powder and salt. Turn off the flame after two whistles and let the pressure come out.
c. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida for a minute to a heated Kadhai with oil. Then add in the coriander powder, dried mango powder, chana masala, grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Mix well and cook for a minute.
d. In the kadhai add the cooked channe and cook until the remaining water evaporates.
e. Switch off the flame and serve with halwa and puri.
This Navami food made of semolina is a popular sweet dish and can be made within 15 minutes.
1 cup sooji
½ cup ghee
½ teaspoon green cardamom powder
Sugar to taste
Dry fruits to garnish
a. Add ghee to a pan on low heat. Then add the sooji and fry until it turns light brown.
b. Gradually add the water while stirring continuously to avoid any lumps. Add cardamom powder and sugar simultaneously.
c. Stir continuously until the sooji thickens. Your halwa is ready. Just add some dry fruits and serve hot.
This drink fills you with energy thus helping you stay active during your fast.
1 cup jaggery
5 cups water
½ teaspoon black pepper powder
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
½ teaspoon ginger powder
½ teaspoon salt
a. In a saucepan or pitcher, add the jaggery along with water. Mix them lightly and let the jaggery remain soaked in the water for about 20 minutes. After that, stir the mix well and completely dissolve it.
b. Add black pepper powder, ginger powder, cardamom powder and salt. Squeeze out the juice of the lemon in the saucepan and mix well.
c. For more flavour add some tulsi leaves and stir gently. Panakam is ready to be served.
Try these Ram Navami recipes that you can easily prepare at home. They contain no garlic and onion hence you can have them during your fast. We wish you and your family a Happy Ram Navami in advance.