Doodh Poha with gelatin free Nutella Panna cotta - Sharad Poonam/Poornima

Navratri ( Nav-Nine and Ratri means Night..nine nights)  festival dedicated to goddess Durga or Amba ( the power ). Only in Hindu religion has emphasised to such an extent the motherhood of God. There are so many mythological stories, that why we Hindus celebrate this festival with so much enthusiasm and great zeal.

Navaratri is traditionally an auspicious time for starting new ventures. In India, the most colourful and elaborate celebrations take part not only in Bengal but Gujarat too, where idols of the goddess are worshipped and communities getting together for dances ( garba ) and nightly feasts in an exciting gathering.

Garba or Dandiya is full of music, song, movement, lights, colour and reverence. The most popular women's folk dance of Gujarat is the garba , most colourful form of dance and is being performed not only all over India but all over the world by the Gujaratis . Dandiya raas and garba are the highlights of this festival. Children along with adults dress up in new, bright-coloured dresses for the night performances.

Since childhood this garba festival has been always been part of my life, I've hardly missed it. I absolutely love this time of the year. For us girls, Navaratri is a time for shopping for new clothes and new jewellery. Women dress elaborately each day for the puja or rituals and nightly dances. As much as we girls enjoy the garba, the boys in the house are indulging on the Navratri feasts..:) In the UK the Navratri festival accrues with the same enthusiasm as in India.

The last day is 9th day, we bid farewell to goddess Amba, we offer puja and naivedhyam and yagna ( holy fire) is performed and worship and feed nine very young girls, young girls represents the nine forms of goddess durga.As soon as  Navratri finishes we start missing those colourful nights, dances and of course dressing up :( , and something else not looking forward to is putting away all the costumes in the right order for the next year..packing them is a PAIN ;) However
but not for too after five days we do celebrate another festival called Sharad Poonam or Poornima. Celebrated on Full moon , again it is celebrated in various parts of India in various forms, and heralds the beginning of the autumn harvest season.

In Gujarat and Vrindavan a day and night of great celebration for followers of the bhakti cult who worship the twin deities of Radha-Krishna on this occasion. The occasion is celebrated with daandiyaa raas and garba dances performed by devotees through the night on this occasion as they worship Lord Krishna. We dress up in white clothes and play garba this night, ( the white clothes together with the full moon shining on, makes an awesome combination )
It is also believed that on this day as moon and the earth are very close to each other, the moon rays have certain healing properties of nourishing the body and the soul.

Feasts of great variety and delicacy are offered to gods, guests and family during festivals, especially on Sharad Poonam we offer Doodh-Poha ( milk and rice flakes ) to god and we consume it aswell. There is an Ayurvedic reason behind this consuming. Enjoying rice flakes with milk during night time is good remedy to pacify pitta. In the past I have made vanilla Doodh Poha and Coconut and Mango Doodh Poha .

You will need :- ( Nutella Pannacotta )
  • 2 tbsp. Agar agar powder
  • 50 ml water
  • 200 ml full fat milk
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 1 cup nutella
  • 2 tbsp. dark chocolate
You will need :- ( Doodh Poha )
  • 1 cup poha - rice flakes
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cream ( optional )
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Method :-
In a saucepan add agar agar powder and water. Mix well and turn the heat on.
Bring it to boil and stir continuously till you see agar agar dissolves properly. There should be no lumps. Mine took approximately 5-7 minutes.
Meanwhile mix cream and milk in a saucepan and heat it till it comes to a boiling point.
Turn off the heat and add chocolate, mix it and add this mixture into agar agar mixture.
Mix well, make sure there are no lumps.
Now add nutella and once again mix very should be a very smooth texture.
Pour into ramekins or serving bowl or glasses and cover with the cling film and leave it in the fridge to set for minimum 3-4 hours.
I used wine glasses and let it set in a slanting position in the fridge.
Now prepare doodh poha...
Wash and soak poha for 15-20 minutes.
Boil milk and add sugar and soaked poha.
Stir it continuously for 8-10 minutes.
The mixture will go quite thick.
Add vanilla extract and let it cool to a room temperature.
Add 2-3 spoonful ready doodh poha in the nutella panna cotta glass, chill in the fridge.
When you are ready to serve, garnish with any fruit or dry fruit.


  1. yummy poha nutella panna cotta looks ...very elegant !! nice pattern :)

  2. looks so delicious. the navratri info is really good.

  3. Awesome pics of Milk and Poha topped with Pomegranates. Loved the look of it.

  4. Look so delicious and perfect. Your daughter's dress looks very nice.

  5. I love the contrast between the panna cotta and the doodh poha! Beautiful and so appealing... I also really like the use of the agar agar in place of gelatin. I've never used it, but I've been wanting to pick some up and give it a go...


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