Happy Janmashtami | Zucchini Coconut Burfi | Vegetable Dessert | Nariyal Zucchini Burfi | Zucchini Coconut Fudge

The festival of Janmashtami will be celebrated on August 30 this year. This festival marks the birth or ‘janm’ of Lord Krishna. People from all over the nation fast on this festival to celebrate the birth of their beloved Lord and show their devotion towards him. We’ve grown up listening to stories of how Lord Krishna would steal makhan mishri, and thus evolved his love for everything sweet and delicious. Mouth-watering sweets makes this festival all the more delicious and divine.

Zucchini Coconut Burfi

This Zucchini Coconut Burfi recipe has the goodness of zucchini cooked with sugar, milk, and desiccated coconut into a delectable halwa. Garnished with pistachios and toasted coconut power on top, relish this with friends and family or prepare it as a dessert for a dinner party at home.

Vegetable Dessert

Veggies like pumpkin and bottle gourd can make wonderful sweets. Pumpkin, sweet potato, and bottle gourd are cooked to make wonderful sweets like halwa or burfi. These sweets need less sugar and are unique too. These are root vegetables and also allowed during fasting. So if you are bored of making curry try this sweet recipe.

Nariyal Zucchini Burfi

The beauty of burfi is that it adapts to seasons, regions, and any kind of fruit and vegetable. Zucchini can be cooked in so many ways and used for many things. Some people enjoy them grilled, sauteed, baked, the options are endless. I love to use zucchini in baking, in curries, or even making sweet dishes as well.

Zucchini Coconut Fudge

This time I want to try burfi with zucchini. Yes, Zucchini :). The idea of this delicious burfi is given by one of my favorite gal– Isha Dabral. Thank you so much 🙂

I love this versatile vegetable. It is good equally in savory and sweet dishes. Zucchini Coconut Burfi using milk powder is a very delicious and nutritious recipe ideal for fasts like Navratri. It is very easy to make and requires no special ingredients. Just regular ingredients found in your kitchen. This burfi is perfect for bhog.

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Ingredients :
Grated Zucchini – 1 medium size ( 2 cups )
Milk – 1 cup + 3/4 cup
Full fat milk powder – 1 cup
Dessicated coconut powder – 1 cup
Sugar – 3/4 cup
Chopped pistachios & toasted coconut powder for garnishing – 2 tbsp each
Ghee – 3 tbsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Delicious Sweet

Method :

  1. Line a tray with butter paper and keep it aside.
  2. Heat ghee in a nonstick deep pan and add grated zucchini. Cook till on a low flame for 5-8 minutes.
  3. Then add full-fat milk bring the whole mixture to a boil and then lower the flame.
  4. Cook the mixture on a low flame and keep on stirring in between. When the milk reduced to 75% then add milk powder, dessicated coconut, sugar, salt, cardamom powder with milk (3/4 cup).
  5. Mix well and stir continuously. Cook it till the mixture reaches the consistency of making a burfi.
  6. Pour the mixture into a greased tray and garnish with sliced pistachios, coconut powder.
  7. Let it rest for 2 hours in a refrigerator before slicing. Now cut burfi into desired shape.
Sabzi ki burfi

Janmashtami Parshad | Dhania Atta Panjiri | Banana Panjiri Prasad

Janmashtami fasting is incomplete without offering sweet prashad or bhog. Dhaniya panjiri is a traditional bhog or parshad recipe that is offered to Lord Krishna, especially on Janmashtami. The coriander panjiri recipe is prepared with powdered coriander seeds and roasted makhana with sugar and lots of dry fruits added to it.

Dhania Atta Panjiri | Banana Panjiri Prasad

The aroma of the coriander powder and green cardamom powder, with the sweetness of the sugar and crunchiness of the dry fruits, make it a perfect dish to those who fast on Janmashtami. On the Janmashtami day, this prasad is offered to Lord Krishna after prayers and distributed among the family as prasad.

Dhania Atta Panjiri

I grew up in Chandigarh. So,Panjiri is in my blood :). My mom used to make panjiri with wheat flour, little Rava, lots of ghee, sugar or jaggery, was heavily laced with dried fruits and herbal gums. She always adds one banana with one bowl of panjiri. It used to our (Me & My brother) evening snack with a glass of milk.

Banana Panjiri Prasad

Janmashtami Prasad | Dhania Atta Panjiri | Banana Panjiri Prasad

During Janmashtami, wheat flour is replaced with coriander seed powder to offer to God. The wheat flour panjiri is replaced because consuming grains are generally not allowed during fasting.

But, I made this panjiri with whole wheat flour and homemade grounded coriander seeds powder, dry coconut, dry fruits. For Banana Panjiri Prasad I just tossed banana slices in prepared panjiri ( Just like my Mom).

Bhog For Lord Krishna

Ingredients:

Homemade Dhania powder(coriander powder) – 1/2 cup

Whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup

Roasted and crushed Phool makhana – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp

Chopped dry fruits – 1/2 cup

Roasted dry powdered coconut – 1/4 cup

Ghee – 6 tbsp

Banana slices

Hare Krishna Bhog

Method:

  1. Coarse dry fruits powder: Add roasted, crushed phool makhana, chopped dry fruits, roasted dry powdered coconut, green cardamom powder in a blender. Blend to make a coarse powder. Keep it aside.
  2. Heat the 3 tbsp ghee in a pan. Fry the flour until lightly brown.
  3. Switch off the flame and take out on a separate plate.
  4. Again heat 3 tbsp of ghee in the same pan and roast homemade coriander powder.
  5. Stir continuously on a low flame for about 2-3 minutes, to avoid these from burning at the bottom.
  6. Mix coarse dry fruits powder, roasted whole wheat flour, and coriander powder. Mix them well.
  7. For Banana Panjiri Prasad just tossed banana slices in prepared panjiri.
Panjiri – Parshad or Bhog

Janmashtami Sweet Dish | Malpua Served With Kheer | Banana Malpua with Whole Wheat & Oats Flour | Pan Fried Malpua

Janmashtami is a widely celebrated festival by the devotees of Lord Krishna. Janmashtami falls on 11th August this year. It is said the Hindu God – Lord Krishna was born on this auspicious day. The festival is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm and devotion. According to scriptures, Lord Krishna was the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It was prophesied that Lord Krishna would kill his uncle Kansa and rid Mathura of his cruelties. Krishna also played an instrumental role in the epic battle of Mahabharata and helped Pandavas win the war against their brothers Kauravas.

Janmashtami Sweet Dish

On this day people buy new clothes, ornaments for Lord Krishna, and also prepare a feast of 56 dishes or ‘chappan bhog’ to offer to the god. This bhog usually comprises dishes and desserts which are believed to be Krishna’s favourite, and include makha, malpua, jalebi, rabri, khichdi, and many more.

Malpua Served With Kheer

I still remember back in India, we used to visit the temple on the eve of Janmashtami and enjoy the beautiful recreation of Lord Krishna Jhakis. The temple crowded with thousands of devotees of all age groups, who come to seek God’s blessings.

Beautiful Krishna Mukut

When Reyansh, my kid was 1 year old we were at my mom’s place on Janmashtami so dressing up like “Kanha” was mandatory. It was his first Janmashtami (2011). Looking into his small golden mukut now it amazes me how kids grow so fast. My mom is a great cook and she made malpua, kheer (makhana kheer), and Lord Krishna’s favorite (and Reyansh’s too) – Makhan (White Butter). We grew up eating white butter with parathas and my son also loves it.

Here in the Netherlands, we want Reyansh to know about our culture and festivals. So we always try to celebrate all Indian festivals.

For me, the celebration is incomplete without yummy food, especially CAKES. Last week on Raksha Bandhan, I baked Special Raksha Bandhan Cake for my brother and my cousins and missed them all. On eve of Krishna Janmashtami, I made Malpua with banana, whole wheat flour, oats flour with little rava, and served with  Custard kheer and Rooh Afza Kheer. 

Yummy Festival Plate

Malpua is a traditional North Indian sweet of soft, fluffy and crisp pancakes coated with sugar syrup and served with kheer or rabri. Malpuas are made with maida or all purpose flour, semolina, milk. There are so many varieties of malpuas available like mawa malpua, apple malpua, paneer malpuas, also malpuas are flavored with cardamom and fennel seeds (sounf).

Healthy Malpua

Janmashtami Sweet Dish | Banana Malpua with Whole Wheat & Oats Flour

Eating healthy during festivals takes real effort. I always try recipes that can be prepared with alternative healthy ingredients. So in this Malpua recipe, I replaced all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and oats flour. Instead of dipping malpua in the sugar syrup, while making batter I added ripe banana to make malpua a little sweet and soft. Add on bonus, this soft malpua are pan-fried with little oil.

Malpua With Custard and Rooh Afza Kheer

Ingredients:
Whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup
Oats flour – 1/2 cup
Greek yogurt – 1/2 cup
Water – 1/4 cup
Rava – 4 tbsp
Ripe banana – 2
Chopped dry fruits – 1/4 cup
A pinch of salt
Oil for roasting

Serve with Custard Kheer & Rooh Afza Kheer

Festive Sweet Thali

Method:

  1. In a bowl mix mashed banana with help of fork. Then mix with whole wheat flour, oats flour, yogurt, water, rava, and salt. Mix them well and keep it aside for 10 minutes (covered).
  2. Heat a nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Grease it with little oil.
  3. When the pan is hot, pour a ladle of batter in the center of the pan.
  4. The batter will spread itself otherwise spread it with the help of a spoon. Don’t make it thin like pancake has to be thick.
  5. Cook on low heat until bubbles form on the surface. Then flip it over to the other side and cook until it’s done.
  6. Repeat the same process for the rest of the batter.
  7. Place 3 or 4 yummy malpua on a serving plate. Garnish with some chopped dry fruits, Serve with kheer.
Janmashtami Sweets

Tip: For Rooh Afza kheer, mix 2 tbsp of Rooh Afza syrup in regular kheer and mix it well. Pinky and rose flavoured kheer is ready.

Jai Krishna