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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gopalkala for Janmashtami


Janmashtami, birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated all over India. In Maharashtra, people make a human pyramid, the person on top breaks the earthen pot filled with curds. This is called Dahi Handi. On the occasion of Janmashtami, the devotees of Krishna prepare every favorite dish of the Lord. Then on the midnight of Janmashtami, these delicious dishes are offered to Lord Krishna in order to welcome him on the earth. These include varieties of sweets and dairy products. One of them is the luscious Gopalkala. Prepared from beaten rice, curd, ghee and cucumber, this salty recipe is generally prepared in every home where the festival of Janmashtami is observed. It is extremely easy to prepare and hardly take few minutes to be ready to serve.
Check out the recipe for this extremely nutritious and scrumptious dish.

1 cup poha ( beaten rice) washed and drained

  • 1/2 cup murmura ( puffed rice)
  • 1/2 cup Lahiya (this is used during Laxmi Puja during Diwali)
  • 1 cup grated Coconut (fresh)
  • 1 chopped Cucumber
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp grated Ginger
  • 1 & 1/2 cup Curd
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • some finely cut coriander leaves

  • Method
    1. Soak beaten rice for 10 minutes.
    2. Take a big bowl and add soaked poha, lahiya, murmura, grated coconut, chopped cucumber. curd, sugar, salt and chopped corriander. Mix well.
    3. Melt ghee in a small pan for the tempering and add the jeera, green chilies and grated ginger.
    4. Pour over the above mixture. Mix well and serve.