Jagannath Mishra’s Feast Recipes

Check out these mouth-watering recipes for preparing delicacies on the occasion of the festival of Sri Jagannatha Mishra.

jagannath mishra feast gaura purnima iskcon bangalore

Sri Jagannatha Mishra was the father of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The festival of Jagannath Mishra is observed on the day following Gaura Purnima (Appearance Day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu). On this day, Jata-karma samskara (ritualistic ceremonies prescribed at the time of birth) was performed to baby Nimai (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu). There was a grand celebration at the home of Jagannatha Mishra along with a feast, celebrating the birth of his son.

Here are some recipes for you to celebrate this festival by preparing and offering these special dishes to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Vegetable Jalfrezi

Cooking time: 30 minutes
vegetable jalfrezi gaura purnima iskcon bangalore

Serves: 5

Ingredients:

  • Ghee: 2 tbsp
  • Jeera: 1 tsp
  • Green Capsicum: 1 Medium sized
  • Peas: 1 Cup
  • Green Beans: 1 Cup
  • Carrot: 2 Medium sized
  • Tomato (Puree): 3 Medium sized


Spices:

  • Cumin Powder:  Dry roast the seeds on low flame and grind to powder 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder: Dry roast the seeds on low flame and grind to powder 1-½ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder: ½ tsp
  • Salt: To taste
  • Garam Masala: 1 tsp


Method:

  • Put ghee in a pan and add jeera. Allow the seeds to brown.
  • Now toss in capsicum and sauté till it has softened a little.
  • Then add in the vegetables one by one. Add salt and mix well to combine. Close the lid and cook till the veggies are half cooked.
  • Add the spice powders and sauté well on high flame for a minute. Now turn the heat to medium low and cover the lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the puree and cook till the spices, veggies and puree are combined and cooked well.


Tamatar Moong Dal – subtle yet fiery

Cooking time: 25 – 30 minutes

tamatar moong dal gaura purnima iskcon bangalore

Serves: 8 – 10

Ingredients:

In to the pressure cooker 

  • Moong dal: 170 gms
  • Water: 3  cups
  • Turmeric: ¼ tsp
  • Cinnamon stick: 2”
  • Ghee/oil: 1 tbsp
  • Salt: To taste


Spices – to be dry-roasted on low flame for 8-10
minutes. Grind to powder.

  • Coriander seeds: 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds: ½ tsp
  • Sesame seeds: 1 tsp
  • Whole cloves: 3
  • Green cardamom pods (peel the skin before grinding): 4
  • Black peppercorns: 5


Seasoning 

  • Ghee: 2 tbsp
  • Asafetida: ½ tsp
  • Green chilies: 2
  • Jaggery: 1 tbsp
  • Ripe tomatoes: 3 medium sized
  • Coriander leaves: 3 tbsp


Method:

  • Heat ghee in a pan. When it is hot enough put in asafetida, spice powder and fry for 30 seconds.  Add jaggery and stir well.

(Be careful not to burn it. If you feel the ghee/oil is too hot then take the pan off the flame and put the powder and fry. But I suggest not heating the ghee/oil till it starts smoking. That’s the bad point to put in the powdered spices.]

  • Toss in the tomatoes and fry well. Cover to cook it well.
  • Once the tomato pulp, juice and spice powder is  well combined to form a thick paste add this to the precooked dal and allow it to boil for 5 minutes so the seasoning combines well in dal.


Spinach and Badam Sak

Ingredients: spinach-badaam-sak-gaura-purnima-iskcon-bangalore

Nut soaking time: Overnight or at least 4 hours (in hot water)

Cooking time: 20 minutes.

Serves: 4 or 5

Ingredients:

  • Ghee: 3 tbsp
  • Black mustard seeds: 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds: ¼ tsp
  • Jaggery/sugar: 1 tbsp
  • Fresh ginger: Grated 1 tsp
  • Green chilies: Minced 1 tsp
  • Raw almond: Soaked and skin peeled 50 gms
  • Spinach: Washed and shredded 2 bunches
  • Fresh coconut: Grated 3 tbsp
  • Salt: To taste
  • Water: If  required
  • Nutmeg: Powder ¼ tsp


Method:

  • Heat ghee in a pan over moderate heat and add spice seeds and jaggery and fry until the jaggery caramelizes.
  • Add grated fresh ginger, chilies and nuts. Sauté well.
  • Once the chili ginger mix loses its raw smell, mix in spinach and cover to cook it in its own juices.
  • Once the spinach is almost cooked toss in coconut, salt and nutmeg. Mix well to combine. Cover and reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot.


Shukto

Soaking time: Overnight shukto gaura purnima iskcon bangalore

Cooking time: 15–20 minutes after frying the vegetables individually.

Serves: 5-6

Ingredients:

Vegetables – to be fried individually in oil/ghee

  • White radish: scraped and cubed 70 gms
  • Ridge gourd: scraped and cubed 70 gms
  • Drumstick: Cut in 1” length 2 numbers
  • Baby Eggplants: + quarters with stalk intact 5 numbers
  • Field /Val beans (avarekai): peeled and washed 70 gms
  • Plantain: peeled and cubed 70 gms
  • Sweet potato: washed, peeled and cubed 70 gms
  • Potato: washed, peeled and cubed 70 gms
  • Bitter gourd: Sliced 70 gms


Masala

  • Poppy seeds – soaked and ground to paste: 4 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – soaked and ground to paste: 1 tbsp
  • Green chili paste: 2 tsp
  • Ginger paste: 2 tsp
  • Panch phoron * (dry powder): 25 grams
  • Sugar: To taste
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Fresh coriander- washed and chopped: 3 tbsp


* 25 gms of panch phoron = 1 tsp EACH 
of fenugreek, fennel, cumin, black mustard, and ajwain seeds.

Method:

  • Fry each of the vegetables separately in a wok in hot oil/ghee. And keep aside.
  • In a wok heat 2 tbsp of ghee and pour in wet masala (i.e., chili paste, ginger paste,  poppy seeds paste and mustard seeds paste) one by one, as well as salt and sugar and fry till it combines into ghee and cook for 5 minutes. Toss in pre fried veggies and mix well. Add adequate water to make gravy. Allow it to cook for 10 minutes by covering the lid. Then add panch phoron and mix well to combine. Close and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Mix freshly chopped coriander and turn off the flame. Keep it covered for 10 minutes.


Ras Malai

Note: Tastes best if prepared and kept much earlier. Say a day before.
ras mallai gaura purnima iskcon bangalore

Serves : 7

Cooking Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour.

a) Ingredients to make RABDI

  • Milk: 500 ml
  • Amul Mithai Mate: 400 ml one can
  • Pistachios: Blanched and sliced 100 gms
  • Almonds: Blanched and sliced 100 gms
  • Kesar strands: Soaked in warm water ¼ tsp in 1 tbsp water
  • Heat pre boiled milk and Amul Mithai Mate along with kesar water in a thick bottomed sauce pan. Continue to boil till the mix starts to thicken on moderate heat. Add sliced dry fruits and continue to boil.
  • Remember to stir the rabdi and scrape the sides frequently to avoid any thick formation on the wall of the pan and also to avoid burning.
  • Once the rabdi is thick enough, turn off the heat and allow it to cool down. This would take about 45 minutes on low flame.


b) Ingredients for CHENNA:

Draining time: 1 hour

Kneading time: approximately 10 minutes

  • Milk: To be boiled 1 ltr
  • Lime juice: To split the milk 1 tbsp
  • Boil milk on a low flame and when it starts boiling turn off the heat and cool it a bit, say for about 2 minutes. Now add lime juice and allow the milk to split.
  • Leave it undisturbed for about 5 minutes or till you see (very) light green color water on the surface.
  • Strain the split milk and preserve the solid lumps. Pour in fridge-cold water over the solid milk lumps to stop cooking it further as we intend to keep the chenna soft. Further cooking will only harden it.
  • Drain excess water by hanging it in a muslin cloth, say about an hour till all the water content drains away.
  • Uncover the chenna and knead for about 10 minutes or until the lumps have disappeared and formed into a smooth cream.
  • Make 7-8 equal portions and roll into clear surface balls.

Press a bit in the middle of the ball using your thumb. Keep aside.

c) Ingredients for  SIMPLE SYRUP:

  • sugar: 1 cup
  • water: 6 cups
  • Cardamom powder: 1 tsp
  • Heat water and add sugar as well as cardamom powder into it when it is simmering and allow it to boil. Once the sugar has dissolved simple syrup is ready.
  • The simple syrup should preferably be thin as it helps malai absorb sweetness and become light. Hence turn off the heat once the sugar has dissolved in the water.


Process:

The following steps to be followed once the syrup and chenna balls are ready.

STEP 1: SIMMER

  • Bring the syrup to boil over medium heat. Once it starts boiling drop the chenna balls into it slowly.


STEP 2: ROLLING BOIL

  • Now turn the heat on high flame and cover the lid. This needs to continue to boil for 20 minutes or until the chenna has puffed and looks double in size.


STEP 3: EXTRA HOT WATER

  • It is important to keep the syrup light so you need to keep adding ¼ cup of hot water every 5 minutes while it is boiling.


STEP 4: READY

  • At the end of the process the chenna balls would have turned light and fluffy in texture. Allow it to cool down.
  • When chenna balls have cooled down press them a bit to drain water from them so that they absorb rabdi when combined together.


(Take care while draining the water. Do not press between your palms, rather put it in a wide strainer and press gently using a broad spoon. Whether you press between your palms or use a strainer you sure don’t want to put a lot of pressure on the patties as they tend to break.)

Once rabdi as well as chenna patties have come to room temperature drop in chenna patties into the rabdi and garnish with dry fruits.

Dahi Gobi

Marinade time: 15 minutes
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Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves:  4-5

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • Curds: Beaten 1 cup
  • Besan: 2 tsp
  • Ginger paste: 2 tsp
  • Red chili powder: 2 tsp
  • Kasuri methi: Crush a bit by rubbing between your palms, 1 tbsp
  • Salt: To taste


Seasoning:

  • Ghee: 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Capsicum: Sliced 1 cup
  • Cauliflower florets: Parboiled* 2 cups


Method:

  • Marinate the cauliflower florets in the marinade mix for at least 15 minutes.
  • Heat the ghee/oil and toss in cumin seeds, as the seeds brown add capsicum and sauté till it softens. This would take about 5 to 7 minutes depending on the heat.
  • Add the florets along with the marinade and stir fry. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on moderate heat or till the florets are cooked.

*Parboiling is a technique used to cook some veggies to remove impure substances or foul-tasting substances from it. It is also done to soften some veggies which will then be cooked in other ways like grilling or stir-frying.

Ajwain Puri

ajwain puri gaura purnima iskcon bangaloreIngredients 

  • Whole wheat flour: 2 cups
  • Water: As required
  • Ajwain: ½ tsp to 1tsp
  • salt: 1 tsp


Method:

a) Kneading the dough

  • Combine all the dry ingredients to distribute salt and ajwain evenly in the flour. Add adequate water to make tough dough.
  • Be careful while adding water. Add a few tsps at a time. The dough needs to be tighter than your regular chapatti dough.
  • Cover and keep aside for half an hour at least, near the stove or any warm place.


b) Frying in oil 

  • Once the dough is ready make small balls out of it and spread evenly using the rolling pin.
  • Don’t roll the sheet too thin. Try not to put too much of dry flour while rolling the sheets as this causes the oil to burn soon.
  • Now carefully drop it in the hot oil and fry evenly on both the sides.

Take the puris out of oil and put it on a paper towel / tissue to get rid of excess oil.


Related Links: Sri Gaura Purnima | Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu | Gaura Arati