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5 mithais to prepare for Janmashtami

We have all grown up listening to lore about Krishna’s love for all things milky and sweet making them a must-have for Krishna Janmashthami. Take a look at these 6 recipes all made with his favourite ingredients. If Krishna loves them, so will you.

Doodhpak for Govinda

This simple rice and milk-based kheer are perfect if you want to prepare a simple yet rich mithai for Janmashtami. Basmati rice sautéed in ghee, cooked in sweetened milk and garnished with emerald pistachios and almond slivers – this one requires a mandatory second helping.

Mathura ka peda

It won’t be fair to put together this list without mentioning the iconic Mathura ka peda. Plenty of khoya, some sugar and a hint of glucose cooked together, shaped into pedas and sprinkled with more castor sugar. It melts in your mouth as you bite into it and that is when you know what people mean when they talk about a divine revelation.

Dahi handi, but sweet

One of the simplest and tastiest meetha you can prepare for Krishna Janmashtami. All you need is some good quality hung yogurt and sugar. When it comes to flavouring your sweetened yogurt you can select from a simple cardamom powder sprinkling or add in your favourite fruit compote. Check the link below to see the number of delicious variations you can add to this perennial favourite.

Chenna Panki

Chenna mixed with golden honey, dry fruit slivers, and saffron enclosed in a banana leaf envelope and seared on a pan until slightly browned the edges. Served right off the pan in the banana leaf – this one is perfect for the family to sit together and eat post-Krishna puja.

Krishna loves kharvas

Once you have managed to get your hand on the colostrum milk or cheek (which is produced by cows that have just given birth)the rest of the kharvas making process is simple. Mix the colostrum with plain milk, saffron, sugar, cardamom powder - steam for a few minutes and then refrigerate for a few hours. The final product is a luscious, delicate sweet melt in the mouth sweet dish that is completely worth any trouble you may have to go through to get the main ingredient in this recipe!

Check out a bunch of more delicious mithais as well as savoury treats that are apt for every occasion on sanjeevkapoor.com

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.