Today Saraswati devi – goddess of knowledge, music and art is worshipped. Saraswati mantra is one of first prayer I was taught and also the first one I taught my daughter.
Phool makhana snack is usually served during navratri fasting in some parts of India.
- Pealed and grated carrot – two cups
- Milk – two and half cups
- Sugar – three-fourth cup
- Ghee – three tblsp
- Cardamom powder – one-fourth tsp
- Almonds – ten
Blanch the almonds in hot water for 10 mins. Drain, peel and chop them into pieces.
In a wide open pan add milk and carrot. Cook on medium flame. Stir occasionally until milk evaporates (make sure the pudding doesn’t stick to the pan).
At this point add sugar, cardamom powder and ghee, cook until sugar melts and mixes well. Stir continuously.
Garnish with almonds. Ready to serve….
Serves two to three
Phool makhana snack
- Phool makhana – one – cup
- Deep fried sabudana – half cup (these would splutter so be careful)
- Peanuts – four tblsp
- Sendha namak / rock salt – to taste
- Ground pepper – to taste
- Ghee – one tsp
In a pan, roast peanuts with ghee until they are light brown. Then transfer them into a bowl. To the same pan, add phool makhana and roast them until they are crispy. Add fried sabudana, phool makhana, salt and pepper to the roasted peanut bowl. Mix well. Ready to serve….