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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Serve with Custard Kheer & Rooh Afza Kheer
- 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).
- Heat a nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Grease it with little oil.
- When the pan is hot, pour a ladle of batter in the center of the pan.
- 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.
- Cook on low heat until bubbles form on the surface. Then flip it over to the other side and cook until it’s done.
- Repeat the same process for the rest of the batter.
- Place 3 or 4 yummy malpua on a serving plate. Garnish with some chopped dry fruits, Serve with kheer.
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.