Janmashtami Menu

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People around the world celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna with great joy, by hearing about the pastimes of Krishna, singing songs to Him and making a big feast for Him. Just as you would cook some delicious dishes for your loved one’s birthday, it is also nice to go out of your way to cook some special dishes for Krishna on the occasion of his birth.

If you have a nice deity of Lord Krishna in your home, it is nice to prepare a special feast to offer to Him. If you live near a temple there is sometimes the opportunity to make a dish and bring it to the temple to offer to the deity there. If you are cooking for Krishna at your local temple, make sure you follow the standards for cooking for a temple deity. Another nice option is to simply go and ask if you can help in the temple kitchen.

I am going to propose here a possible feast menu using recipes that are found on our Krishna.com food page. Feel free to mix and match the dishes to create your own special feast. The idea is to make an extra effort to cook something fancy for our dear Lord Krishna.

Pushpanna Flower Rice
This is lovely rice with paneer and other ingredients mixed in, and it looks very pretty when served. Recipe

Paneer Sak-Steamed Spinach with Fresh Cheese
This also has paneer in it, and is a popular dish for festivals and other occasions. Recipe

Zuchini Kofta
It's deep-fried and crispy, and it's a nice texture and flavor contrast to the above two dishes. Recipe

Puri
Some type of flat bread is traditional with nearly every Indian-style meal, and these little puris are easy to make a lot of for guests and family. Recipe

Samosa: Vegetable Turnovers
Although these are ideal fresh, you can make these a few days ahead of tiem and then put them in the over to heat up on the festival day. Great option so you aren't overworked. Recipe

Classic Tamarind Chutney
Tamarind chutney is uniquely popular in traditional Indian meals, and offers a delicious flavor contrast with rich and buttery dishes. Recipe

Flaked Almond and Saffron Semolina Halava
This is another of those dishes that are wonderful for festivals or large family gatherings because you can make a quantity and change the portion size depending on the group size. Recipe

Easy Saffron Sweet Rice
This can also be made the day before, and served chilled or warm on the day of the event. Anything that can be done in advance frees your time to focus on the fresh dishes. Recipe
*this sweet rice will not be as thick as the one pictured.

As I mentioned this is just a suggested menu which you could tweak in any way you like. If you don’t have much time, simply make one vegetable dish, one sweet and skip the samosas and tamarind chutney. I do however think that if you like to cook it is nice to spend some time in the kitchen for Krishna on His birthday. May you all have a joyful Janmashtami celebration filled with remembering our dearmost friend Krishna.

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