Lord Ganapathi at our home
Prasadam being offered to the Lord on a banana leaf
Panchakajaya is one of the main items of prasadam being offered to Lord Ganesh and also to Lord Krishna for Janmashtami. We prepare around 3-4 varieties and I have already put up Beaten rice pankajaya for Tulsi pooja, Bengalgram dal pankajaya, Hurikadle pankajaya and I would like to put up Greengram panchakajaya which falls in this category and is a tasty meal too. Here it is.
What you need to have:
1. Greengram – 1 cup
2. Grated coconut – 1 and 1/2 cup
3. Chopped Jaggery – 1 and 1/2 cup
4. White sesame seeds (ordinary) – 2 teaspoons
5. Cardamom – 5
6. Pure ghee – 2 teaspoons
Ingredients of Greengram Panchakajjaya
What you do with what you have:
1. Wash and dry roast greengram in a skillet on low flame till you get a pleasant aroma and you notice the change in the colour to light greenish brown.
Greengram being dry roasted
2. Roasted Greengram is as shown in the image below.
Dry roasted greengram
3. Chop jaggery, grate coconut and keep it aside.
Chopped Jaggery and grated coconut
4. On cooling run roasted Greengram in the mixer to remove the husk. Just blow the husk and powder it in the mixer to a medium fine consistency. Wash and dry roast sesame seeds till it splutters. Also powder peeled cardamom as well.
De-husked roasted greengram
Roasted Greengram powder, roasted sesame and cardamom powder
5. Mix both chopped jaggery and coconut well (using hands, if more convenient) so that it turns into a juicy mixture. Add a dollop of pure ghee to it.
Coconut and jaggery mix
6. To the above mix add ground greengram powder, cardamom powder and mix well. Finally add roasted sesame seeds to it and stir them well. Offer it to the almighty.
Good to remember :
1. Always dry roast greengram on a low flame only.
2. Coconut used should be fresh.
3. Prepare this prasad about an hour earlier – since dry roasted greengram will soak and taste better.
4. One can adjust jaggery as per your taste.
How long it takes : 30 minutes
No of servings : 10-15