Shri Krishna Janmashtami—The birth celebration of Lord Shri Krishna deserves a sweet treat as he loves feasting on sweets. Different kinds of sweets including laddoos, barfis, halwa & kheer, malai (cream), makhan (butter) and dahi (yoghurt) are offered to our beloved Bala Gopala ( Little Krishna). We commemorated his birth festivity by offering him this delicious sweet “Pumpkin Barfi “ , specially made for him in the bhog (offering). You may note down the recipe if you wish, as follows:
Pumpkin (grated) : 1/2 kg
Khoya (thickened solidified milk) : 100-150 grams
Sugar : 2 tbsp or to your taste
Ghee or refined vegetable oil : 1 tablespoon
Bay leaves : 1 pcs.
Cardamom ( powdered) : 5-6 pcs
Raisins : As much you like.
Pistachio (for garnish) : As much you like.
Almond : As much you like.
Cashew nuts : As much you like.
- We take half Kg of pumpkin, peeled and grated.
- Heat ghee or oil in a pan.
- After it gets heated, add bay leaf to it and stir.
- Add the grated pumpkin into the oil and saute it in a low flame till it gets cooked completely and starts emitting a mild fried aroma.
- Add Khoya into it and keep stirring till the khhoya blends well with the pumpkin.
- Add sugar to it and mix well.
- Add raisins and nuts (a portion) and cook till the mixture is able to leave the surface of the pan easily.
- Now add powdered cardamom and mix it nicely.
- Put off the flame, take it down from the oven and spread it evenly on a flat surface.
- Let it cool down for sometime.
- With a knife cut it into shapes of your choice i.e. into cubes or cuboids or in the shape of a Barfi.
- Garnish with pieces of pistachio and the remaining portion of your nuts (almonds & cashews).
Your pumpkin barfi is ready to be offered in the bhog or served.