India is a country known for its festivals, isn’t it? It seems that every single day we Indians have a reason for celebration. This is what keeps our life going and brightens it up with unexpected gradients. Therefore, you should embrace the country’s rich culture and loving atmosphere. The month of August this year has many occasions to observe which include the 75th Independence Day, Raksha Bandha, Krishna Janmashtami, and Ganesh Chaturti. The first two have already passed. Now, we should gear up for Lord Krishna’s birthday right? But which Janmashtami Bhog would please him the most? Obviously the one you prepare with all your heart and admiration for the almighty.
However, if you are running out of ideas on what dishes to make an offer to Lord Krishna, you have come to the right place. We will be listing 20 dishes that you can prepare as Janmashtami Bhog and enjoy the Lord’s birthday celebrations. We have kept in mind the theme of this day and listed dishes accordingly, hope it would aid you on this occasion.
Top 20 Dishes To Offer As Janmashtami Bhog
Most of the dishes mentioned below are based on curd, milk, and ghee, all of Lord Krishna’s favourites. These are immensely flavourful and also contain healthier or low-calorie alternatives so that even those who have health problems can relish them too. Almost all of the below-mentioned dishes can be included in the 56 bhog list for Laddu Gopal.
What would be a better start for this list of Krishna Janmashtami Bhog dishes apart from Gopalkala? It is a unique Maharsthrian recipe that is widely offered to Lord Krishna as a gesture of love, belief, and admiration. It is quite similar to South India’s curd rice and is very easy to prepare. The cooking time usually is about 10 to 15 minutes. It is a savoury dish prepared with beaten rice, coconut, green chillies, cucumbers, and a few Indian spices.
2. Makhan Mishri
What could be better than Makhan Mishri for our “Makhan Chor”? It is considered to be one of the most loved dishes of Lord Krishna and could definitely not be omitted from our Janmashtami Bhog list. It is made by mixing white butter with coarsely ground mishri with a dash of saffron and basil leaves. It is also distributed as prasad among pooja attendees on the occasion.
Shrikhand is a traditional dessert that is prepared with creamy yoghurt or hung curd and is extremely delicious. This thick, rich and smooth dessert consists of simple ingredients like green cardamom, saffron, and sugar. It is very popular in West Indian states like Maharashtra and Gujarat. Shrikhand is cooling and refreshing for one’s body and is perfect for the Janmashtami Bhog offering.
Panchamrit is the simplest preparation that Lord Krishna loves. It is made with five ingredients and hence the name contains the word “panch” in it. It is considered to be as heavenly as an elixir hence “amrit”. For preparing this you need no expertise, just add cow milk, desi ghee, curd, honey, and cardamom (not the main ingredient). The first four are the key elements and the fifth one often changes with the region, Tamil Nadu adds banana, and Kerala adds tender coconut. It is an integral part of the 56 bhog list for Laddu Gopal.
5. Makhana Kheer
Indian festivals are incomplete without Kheer. Therefore, our list could definitely not miss out on that. Makhana Kheer is not only appetising but also a healthy alternative compared to rice-based kheer. It is easy to make and consists of easily available ingredients like Makhana, cow milk, sugar or honey, desi ghee, green cardamom powder, saffron, and dry fruits (almonds and cashews).
6. Sabudana Khichdi
Sabudana khichdi is a satvik dish that is made generally during fast or other religious occasions. If you are thinking of fasting on this Janmashtami day then consider making this Khichdi to break your vrat. It is light on the stomach and a perfect dish to rejuvenate your taste buds after a fast. It is prepared with sabudana (tapioca pearls), whole spices, potatoes, peanuts, and curry leaves.
7. Lauki Ki Kheer
Lauki Ki Kheer is another type of kheer that is tasty and healthy at the same. Indian’s love kheer, isn’t it? Therefore, we tried to mention different types of kheer to try on the occasion of Lord Krishna’s birthday. While Lauki Ka Halwa is more famous, its kheer is also delightful. You can cook this mouthwatering kheer with some grated bottle gourd, fresh cream, dry fruits (of your choice), milk, ghee, saffron, and sugar.
8. Rajgira Paratha
A desi loves paratha and Rajgira paratha is a must-try for them on this occasion. It is very healthy as it provides high amounts of protein to one’s body along with some other nutrients. It is easy to prepare with common ingredients like rajgir atta, boiled potato, ghee, yoghurt, ginger, rock salt, green chillies, coriander leaves and water. It is mostly served with dishes like vrat ke jeera aloo (mentioned later in the article), shakarkandi ki sabzi, and arbi fry during this festival.
9. Rava Ladoo
Ladoo, another indigenous sweet dish of India, is loved by all and there are different variations of it available across the country. We are recommending Rava Ladoo as a Janmashtami Bhog offering due to the fact that it is prepared during other such occasions like Ganesh Chaturti and Diwali. It is made from rava (semolina), sugar (you can consider using honey or jaggery), desi ghee (clarified butter), cardamom powder, and dry fruits.
10. Singhare Ki Poori
Singhare Ki Poori is another dish that is prepared during a religious festival fast. It is made using water chestnut (singhara) flour, green chillies, and roasted cumin powder. It can also contain mashed boiled potatoes. It is convenient to make such simple dishes during the festival preparations that require a lot more effort. These pooris taste delicious on their own but can definitely be served with the sabzi of your choice.
11. Kuttu Ki Khichdi
Everyone loves khichdi during religious festivals, isn’t it? It is something that Lord Krishna would also cherish if served as Janmashtami Bhog to him. Kuttu is usually used to make vrat ka khana and therefore is a good choice for this festival as well. Get some simple ingredients like kuttu (buckwheat), potato, green chillies, salt, raw peanuts, ginger, carrot, coriander leaves, cumin seeds, lemon juice, ghee, and sugar to make this dish.
12. Kand Aloo Ke Pakode
Kand Aloo Ke Pakode is a delicious snack during the days of fast. It is another simple-to-cook dish and is almost effortless. These fritters are very crispy and flavourful. Therefore, you should definitely try cooking this on Janmashtami. You just need a few simple ingredients for this: starch of yam, potatoes, peanuts, and water to adjust consistency. You can relish the flavours of this dish at any time in the day while following restricted diets.
13. Dhaniya Panjiri
Dhaniya Panjiri is a dish made especially on Krishna Janmashtami, which is offered as a prasad. It is highly nutritious and contains lots of ghee and nuts, which are indeed good for our body if taken in proper quantities. The ingredients required to make this prasad are grated dry coconut, makhana (fox nuts), coriander powder, powdered sugar, ghee, almonds, and cashew nuts. This recipe is gluten-free too, making it even healthier.
14. Rajgira Sheera
Rajgira atta is very healthy and used in various recipes for religious festivals that incorporate a strict diet. Therefore, after paratha, we have a dessert made from this atta, Rajgira Sheera. It is a gentle and gooey texture to which the nuts add a crunch. This traditional recipe needs rajgira atta, milk, dry fruits, desi ghee, and cardamom powder for its rich aroma.
15. Papite Ka Halwa
Papite Ka Halwa is another delicious, easy-to-make and healthy recipe. It is prepared all-over India during religious festivals. It has a slimy texture as papaya is its key ingredient. The elements used to make this halwa are ghee, milk khoya, rice flour, cardamom, sugar, and dry fruit nuts. Papaya cooks really fast and that is why it doesn’t require much time to cook this sweet dish. It can be offered as Janmashtami Bhog to our Bal Gopal.
16. Shakarkandi Ki Rabdi
Who doesn’t love to have creamy rabdi? Shakarkandi Ki Rabdi is one of the best desserts for people with a sweet tooth. The thickened milk recipe has an extremely thick, soft, and smooth consistency that is pleasing to our taste buds. It is a sweet that one can enjoy during festivals and even the winter season. It is gluten-free as sweet potato is its main ingredient. It should be flavoured using saffron strands and cardamom. The best garnish for it would be chopped pistachios and almonds.
17. Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun is a popular Indian dessert and is loved by all in the country. This soft syrupy sweet dish just melts in one’s mouth. These are balls of happiness that are dipped in sugar syrup. You can make Gulab Jamun using easily accessible ingredients like all-purpose flour, milk khoya, cardamom, rose water, cashew nuts, sugar syrup and saffron threads. For Janmashtami Bhog, pair it with rabri and serve it to Krishna Ji.
18. Vrat Ke Jeera Aloo
Jeera aloo is one of the favourite sabzis for an Indian. And having this toothsome dish on Janmashtami would be just perfect. It is primarily made using boiled potatoes and cumin seeds (jeera). You can have it with any kind of poori, roti, or paratha. It is not just eaten during vrat but also on other days during times of lunch, dinner, or even breakfast in an average Indian household.
19. Sabudana Tikki
Sabudana or tapioca pearls can also be eaten in the form of masala tikkis. It is a popular snack during vrat in Western India. You need simple ingredients like sabudana, mashed boiled potatoes, and a few Indian spices. These tikkis are shallow fried on a pan and are healthy compared to the heavily fried ones. It can be eaten as it is or with green chutney and even tomato ketchup.
20. Badam Ka Halwa
Let’s wrap our Janmashtami Bhog list with Badam Ka Halwa, which is one of the richest desserts in India. It is very famous in South India and is eaten in other regions as well. It is made using almonds, which is its main ingredient. Along with it, you need to add milk, ghee, sugar, and saffron strands (soaked in milk). It is one of the best offerings for Krishna Ji.
A Divine Ending
The list of Janmashtami Bhog offerings for Lord Krishna indeed deserves a divine ending, isn’t it? Do try preparing some of the dishes mentioned above for this festival and enjoy Kanha Ji’s birthday to the fullest. We can surely say that not only the almighty but all your pooja attendees will love having them. Happy Janmashtami in advance and do share your feedback after trying these dishes. We would be honoured to have your response on it.