Monday, 9 September 2013

Panchakajjaya

Every Havyak Brahmin will definitely have this prepared in their house on this day of Ganesh Chaturthi as Prasad. It is prepared and offered to God and then served among family members and friends. Either Panchamruta or Panchakajjaya is prepared. As the name indicates, panchakajjaya is a mixture of 5 ingredients roasted and ground into dry powder which is served as Prasad. Usually in Ganesh temple panchakajjaya is common Prasad. As the tradition goes we are not supposed to have anything without offering to God, the Prasad. Everything fresh needs to be prepared and hence first dish I did was Panchakajjaya for Ganesha today. Very simple yet the most loved by Lord Ganesha. I had a Ganesha temple nearby our house in my childhood, known as Madhur Siddivinayaka  temple in Kerala. The appam and panchakajjaya we get here as Prasad is something we can never replicate at home. Even if we try to prepare we can never achieve the same taste. I as kid and even now love them. Today I wanted to try panchakajjaya and did my prayers in the morning with that as naivedhyam. Here I share my panchakajjaya recipe.

Makes one bowl of Prasad

Ingredients:
Fried gram/Puttukadalai/Huri kadale -1 cup
Dessicated coconut gratings-3/4 cup
Sesame seeds-1 tbsp.
Elachi/Green cardamom-3-4 pods
Sugar-1 cup

Recipe:
  1. In a pan dry roast fried gram till you get a nice aroma. Set it aside. Let it cool
  2. In the same pan add sesame seeds and dry roast till it turns pinkish brown and set aside and allow it to cool down.
  3. Now add dessicated coconut gratings and dry roast till it turns pinkish brown and set aside to cool it.
  4. Once cooled dry grind roasted fried gram along with roasted sesame seeds and transfer it to a bowl.
  5. Next dry grind the roasted coconut gratings and add it to the ground mixture in the bowl.
  6. Finally grind sugar along with cardamom and transfer the sugar powder and cardamom mixture to the same bowl and mix all the ingredients well.
  7. Panchakajjaya is ready to be offered to God and served.
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