Saturday, 23 October 2010

Joy of Simplicity and Real Winner - Rice flakes in Vanilla flavoured Milk ( DOODH-POHA) ~ Celebration of Sharad Purnima !

Also known as 'Kojaagari Punam,' the festival is celebrated on Aso sud 15 - Purnima. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth moves around in the night sky, asking `Ko jaagarti' searching for people below who are awake. In Sanskrit, `Ko jaagarti' means, ' Who is awake?' And to those who are awake she gifts wealth. At night, goddess Laxmi is worshiped and night vigil is observed. According to a folk-tale, once a king fell on evil days, and was in great financial straits, but then his queen observed this fast and night vigil, and worshiped the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. Consequently, they were blessed by the goddess and they regained their prosperity.

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The spiritual import of 'Jaagrati' (awake) is to remain vigilant. In Vachanamrut Gadhada III-9, Bhagwan Swaminarayan elaborates on this vigilance. He says that the vigilance in one's heart is the gateway to the Lord's divine abode. Devotees should not let mundane desires, of wealth, lust and so forth, enter their hearts. When faced with obstacles such as: success and failure, happiness and misery, honor and insult, the devotees should remain unflinching in their devotion to God. In this manner, they should remain vigilant at the gateway to God, not letting any mundane objects through.

Therefore, every moment in our lives requires vigilance and this in itself becomes a subtle form of 'tapas' - austerity. Those who performed severe austerities without vigilance, succumbed to Maya. Vishwamitra performed austerities for 60,000 years, but lost 'Jaagruti' - vigilance - in Menka's company. Similarly, lack of vigilance toppled Saubhari rishi, Ekalshrungi, Parashar and others. (Source - here )




. Hence, the night is spent in festivity and various games of amusement, in honour of the goddess. So people sit in the moonlight singing songs, or keep themselves entertained in some other way  In the western state of Gujarat, the night is known as Sharad Poonam. In Gujarat people celebrate it by doing Garba and Raas.There is also a tradition to have cool milk and rice flakes on this night.




'Dudha-Pauva' - parched rice soaked in milk - is offered to God. This prasad is then availed by devotees. The health attribute of this prasad is similar to that of Dashera's; it corrects any disturbance in 'pitta'.
 
This time I made doodh - poha in the traditional Gujarati way and add slight western touch, by including Vanilla....very easy to make in no time perfect dessert ready for you.. and I gotta admit that  this dish is a Joy of Simlicity and real winner.... and we really enjoyed  it after fantstic Sharad Poonam Garba Night....!
 
You will need :-
  • 3-4 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Poha ( Rice flakes)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup dry fruit Masala Powder ( almonds, pistachio, saffron and cardamom )
  • 1  Vanilla pod (if you can't find pod..use Vanilla Sugar )

Method :-
Boil the milk in a non stick pan with Sugar...add Vanilla .  After 5-6 minutes add washed poha and mix really well.  let the poha soaked milk and after 3-4 minutes switch of the heat..Add dry fruit masala powder and let it cool at room temprature. and let it chill in the fridge about 2-3 hours..and serve as a dessert...  you can have warm, but I would prefer that you to have chilled one...

24 comments:

  1. I have neve rlade this, ofcourse like lot of indian traditional, desserts. Love the pictures. jags.

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  2. Delicious. Yes it looks real winner.

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  3. Lipsmacking doodh poha, looks very irresistible..

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  4. That looks so divine and rich Jags...I loved all the pictures...

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  5. Yummy dessert..looks divine and festive.

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  6. You kicked up the humble doodh poha a couple of notches..very nicely done. Beautiful presentation!

    US Masala

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  7. I love anything that so much as resembles rice pudding and man this sounds delicious! It has my stomach growling.

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  8. Wonderful dessert for a festive mood...

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  9. poha milk and vannila extract i could feel the taste on seeing that.
    nice clicks jags

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  10. Hi Jagruti,

    Love the flavour...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  11. Delicious !! I liked tghe way u arranged the pics:)

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  12. superbbbb...........and beautiful clicks

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  13. A surprise waiting for u at my blog

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  14. my favorite childhood snack! doodh poha looks awesome and perfect for kojagiri.

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  15. the photo is nice, i thought u made so many dishes -:) The dish looks really irrestible and easy to make. that's what it appeals to me..

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  16. Its perfect and wonderful presentation

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  17. Beautifully presented Jagruti!!... lovely and yummy sweet!

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  18. Kheer looks divine.. Amazing pictures.

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  19. very devine dessert looks wonderful and tasty.

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