Dhaniya Panjiri Recipe for Janmashtami Prasad or Kahna's Bhog. A traditional prasad item which is made especially during the Janmashtami celebrations.
It is Gluten-free without any Whole Wheat flour, loaded with nuts and ghee, a wholesome rich dish that everyone relishes during the festival. It is also quick and so easy to make.
About Dhania Panjiri and Janamashtami
Dhania Panjiri or Dhaniya Panjiri is made on the occasion of the auspicious hindu Festival Janmashtami. It is one of the biggest festival in India which marks the birth of Bhagwan Krishna!! All over India it is celebrated in different ways.
In North India people fast of this day and at midnight which id the time of Krishna's birth end their fast by consuming food. Many other east Sattvic food on this day which includes food made without any grains or cereals, onion garlic and heavy spices. Many simple and delicious dishes are prepared to offer as prasad to the Divine.
Dhania Panjiri is one of the main prasad items. Dhania is Coriander and Panjiri is a wholesome mix made with nuts, dried fruits, whole wheat flour and ghee.
Since many people avoid Whole Wheat Flour on this day or while fasting, Dhania or Coriander is added to give texture to the Panjiri. The dish is not only loaded with health friendly ingredients but also tastes so delicious.
As kids we always waited for festivals and especially Janamashtami where we were treated with delicious Prasad and food specialities.
Some of the Janamashtami specialities from the blog which you can make if not able to decide what to make for prasad or bhog.
Ingredients to make Dhaniya Panjiri
Dhaniya/Coriander Seeds- Freshly roasted coriander seeds are grinded to fine powder and then used in the recipe. You can also use store bought coriander powder, but I prefer and suggest to use seeds. Also, do not forget to roast the seeds else the taste of panjiri won't be that good.
Mixed Nuts- Use a combination of nuts and dried fruits of your choice. I have used almonds, cashew nuts, melon seeds and grated dried coconut. Roast all the nuts and then coarsely grind it. Do not choose old nuts, as long kept nuts may taste rancid and the taste will not be good. You can also add walnuts, pine nuts pistachios.
Ghee- A must use in the recipe as we are making it for bhog and also it lends the flavour and taste to panjiri. Vegans can use coconut oil.
Sweetener- In traditional recipes boora(a local type of powdered sugar) is used. I have used jaggery powder. You can also use powdered castor sugar.
You can also add 1-2 green cardamom for flavour.
How to make Dhaniya Panjiri for Janmashtami
Checkout the quick video in the recipe card
Roast coriander seeds. You can add a tsp of ghee or dry roast it.
Fox Nuts, almonds and cashew nuts take more time to roast and melon seeds take very less time, so roasts the nuts separately.
Take care while roasting grated coconut. Keep the flame to low as it may burn.
Let all the ingredients cool completely.
Separately grind roasted coriander seeds, almonds, cashew nuts and makhana.
Add melon seeds and roasted coconut and pulse it once. Do not overgrind as it may get sticky and paste like.
Finely mix all the ingredients.
Store in an airtight container.
Storage and Shelf life
Store in an airtight container. Stays good for a week. You can refrigerate to increase the shelf life for another week.
Recipe Card for Dhaniya Panjiri
Dhaniya Panjiri for Janmashtami
- ½ Cup Coriander Seeds/Dhania
- ¼ Cup Mixed Nuts Almonds, Cashew nuts
- ¼ Cup Makhana/Fox nuts
- 2 tbsp Melon Seeds/Char Magaz
- 2 tbsp Grated Dry Coconut
- ½ Cup Jaggery Powder
- 3 tbsp Ghee
- 1-2 Green Cardamom
- Dry roast Coriander seeds till it gives aroma and turns brown.½ Cup Coriander Seeds/Dhania
- Take out in a plate and let it cool.
- Add ghee in the pan/kadhai and roast makhana.3 tbsp Ghee, ¼ Cup Makhana/Fox nuts
- Once done take it out and roast almonds and cashew nuts.¼ Cup Mixed Nuts
- Roast melon seeds and then grated coconut.2 tbsp Grated Dry Coconut, 2 tbsp Melon Seeds/Char Magaz
- Cool all the ingredients and then separately coarsely grind coriander seeds(add green cardamom if using), fox nuts, almonds and cashew nuts.1-2 Green Cardamom
- Add roasted coconut, melon seeds sweetener in the grinder jar and then pulse once, to lightly grind and mix the melon seeds and coconut.½ Cup Jaggery Powder
- Mix all the ingredients together and store in airtight container.
Do make this Dhaniya Panjiri for Janmashtami to offer for bhog prasad. You are definitely love the simple and easy recipe.
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