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.
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.
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.
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).
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
- 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.
- Heat the 3 tbsp ghee in a pan. Fry the flour until lightly brown.
- Switch off the flame and take out on a separate plate.
- Again heat 3 tbsp of ghee in the same pan and roast homemade coriander powder.
- Stir continuously on a low flame for about 2-3 minutes, to avoid these from burning at the bottom.
- Mix coarse dry fruits powder, roasted whole wheat flour, and coriander powder. Mix them well.
- For Banana Panjiri Prasad just tossed banana slices in prepared panjiri.