Today on my beloved mother’s first death anniversary, I am sharing her version of Panjiri ladoos that she would make every year on Janmashtami (an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna). The heavenly aroma of roasted makhana, semolina, almonds would fill our home and hearts! The preparation would start a day prior to Janmashtami with market visits to buy the required ingredients. I along with two of my siblings would one by one stir roast the semolina and wheat flour on low flame, whenever she wanted a short break. For me the cooking time was no less than a punishment, as we were not allowed to taste anything since a part of it was meant for Puja ( a ritual in honour of Lord Krishna) and she would not tell, which part! Preparing almost 3 to 4 kgs of Panjiri was time consuming and waiting for few hours, felt like eternity! I remember one such year when she had to go to Calcutta to visit my sister and I was given the responsibility to manage my home along with my brother and pet dog! One thing that we had in abundance to eat was Panjiri (Kasar). It was kept in a canister (kanastar) and I had the key. The key to happiness!!
We ignored her warning of eating panjiri only twice that too in limited quantity with milk. We were partying!!….and the party menu had only one delicacy, Panjiri Ladoos! We ate to our heart’s content. We even started feeding our pet dog, Gojo with ladoos and he went berserk, barking on us as if demanding more and more of it. Then came the result, Loose motions!! Pet included! haha😁 (Ps: we were pretty grown up when this happened, I was working as an educationist, so you see there are few things that always brings out the child in you!)😊
-------------------------------------- Makes 15 Ladoos Approx Cuisine: Indian Course: Dessert ---------------------------------------
|Wheat flour (Gehu ka atta)||200 gm|
|Semolina (Sooji)||100 gm|
|Almonds(Badam)||25 crushed or coarsely grinded|
|Cashew Nuts (Kaju)||5-6 crushed or coarsely grinded|
|Fox Nuts (Makhana)||1 cup|
|Desiccated Coconut powder||30 gm|
|Desi ghee||200 gm|
|Boora (Khaand, Powdered sugar)||200 gm|
1. Dry roast Semolina and wheat flour separately on medium flame, stirring continuously, let it cool and keep aside.
2. Roast Makhana (Fox nuts) in three (3) tsp desi ghee till it turns golden brown and set aside.
3. Roast dry coconut powder, crushed cashew nuts and almonds in 2 tsp desi ghee on low flame for 3-4 minutes, let it cool and keep aside.
4. In a large serving bowl, mix roasted semolina(sooji), wheat flour, coconut powder, cashew nuts, almonds and crushed makhana. (slightly crush the makhana so that they bind well while making ladoos)
5. Add Boora (Powdered sugar) and mix well.
6. Add melted Desi ghee and mix well. Kasar or dry Panjiri is ready!
7. Add 2-3 tsp milk and make ladoos.
Enjoy this yummy North Indian sweet dish, especially made in winters, which is known to keep you warm and happy! Have it with your morning cup of tea or in the evening with hot milk.
PS😇 : Try and make round shape ladoos😁, I couldn’t because my kids were getting impatient and wanted to gobble a few asap!
My mother’s death anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate her legacy, to visit the memory lane and relive the wonderful time we had together, to remember and express gratitude for all the sacrifices that she made to make our lives easier, safer and better and to fill our hearts over and over again with her flawless and unconditional love.
I can feel that she is around, blessing us and praying for our well being. I want her to know, that she is missed all the time, in all ordinary moments and major milestones. I miss having our daily chit chat on phone, we would laugh at my recipe blunders and almost daily i would complain, how my kids are becoming naughtier day by day.
Dear mummy, I feel so clueless at times, don’t know whether to miss you or to find you in the sun, the light, the rain, or in the air that I breathe, in every breath that I take…..for at times I feel that not only I exist because of you but I am another you! so proud to say and feel ”Like mother like daughter”…