Mahaprasad is the term applied to the 56 food items offered to Lord Jagannath in the holy Temple of Puri, located in Odisha, India. The Prasada offered to him and later to Maa Bimala in the Grand Temple (SriMandir) is known as 'Mahaprasad'. One of the item of Mahaprasad is Kanika which is a simple spiced sweet pulav. Try this unique recipe with millets. Today's post is offered at the lotus feet of Lord Jagannath.
- 1/2 Cup Little Millet
- 1 Cup Water
- 3 Tbsp Ghee
- 6 Tsp Cane Sugar*
- 5 Tsp Milk
- 1/8 Tsp Salt
- 1/8 Tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 Tbsp Finely Chopped Coconut
- 2 Tsp Chopped Cashew nuts
- 2 Tsp Chopped Almonds
- 1 Tsp Raisins
- 1’’ Cinnamon
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 Star Anis
- 1 Big Cardamom
- 2 Green Cardamom
- 2 Cloves
- 4 Saffron Strands
- 6 Black Pepper Corns
- Soak saffron strands in milk and keep aside.
- Wash and soak Millet for 30 minutes and drain completely using a colander. Mix in turmeric powder and let it remain in the colander for 10 minutes.
- In a 2 Ltr Cooker add ghee and roast cashews, almonds, raisins and coconut on medium heat. Remove.
- Add spices and sauté on medium flame till nice aroma.
- Add the drained millet and roast for 30 seconds.
- Pour water, add salt and sugar. Mix well.
- Cook for 3 whistles. Turn off heat. Open after the pressure settles down.
- Pour the Saffron milk and close the cooker for 10 minutes. Add the roasted nuts and mix throughly. Serve warm.
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1. * Normal white sugar can also be used. In such case, add just 4 tsp as it is sweeter than cane sugar.
2. Other millets like Kodo, Barnyard and Foxtail can also be used for this recipe.
3. Can add more ghee.