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Rasayana and Injinjeera Leghiam Recipes

Learn to make these traditional recipes for the upcoming festivals of Navratri and Diwali. Rasayana makes a perfect naivedyam (offering) to Devi during Navratri, and Injinjeera Leghiam offers digestive aid following the rich meals of Diwali.

Rasayana

Ingredients:

Bananas (ripe; local variety):7 to 8 medium-sized
Fresh coconut (grated):1 ¼ cups
Cardamom powder: 1 pinch
Jaggery / brown sugar (powdered): 5 tbsp
Ghee (plus a little extra ghee to roast the almonds):1 tsp
Honey:3 tbsp
Almonds:1 tbsp
Raisins:1 tbsp
A few strands of saffron (optional)

Method

  • Peel the bananas and chop them into ½-inch cubes. Transfer into a bowl. Add the jaggery.
  • Put the grated coconut, ¼ cup of warm water, and cardamom powder in a mixer, and grind to a smooth paste. Strain in a cheesecloth or a fine sieve and extract the coconut milk in a bowl.
  • Add coconut extract to the banana and jaggery. Add ghee and honey. Mix well.
  • Soak the almonds and peel them. Sliver them, and lightly roast them in a little ghee.
  • Just before serving, garnish with raisins and roasted almond slivers.
  • Optional: Soak a few saffron strands in milk and crush in a mortar and pestle. Add it to the mixture.

Note: This is a traditional item from Karnataka. It is an ideal naivedyam/offering to the Devi for Navratri.

Injinjeera Leghiam

Ingredients:

Fresh ginger (peeled, washed, and dried well): ½ cup
Jaggery:½ cup
Cumin (jeera) powder:2 tsp
Coriander seed (dhania) powder: 1 tsp
Ghee: 2 tsp
Honey:½ cup

Method

  • Pound or grind the ginger thoroughly in a mixer. Add jaggery and spice powders and grind to a paste.
  • Cook in a kadai or deep pan on medium heat and stir until it becomes a thick paste. After removing it from the heat, add ghee.
  • When cooled to room temperature, add honey and mix thoroughly.

Note: Injinjeera Leghiam is traditionally prepared for the festival of Diwali. When rich food is on the menu, this leghiam aids digestion and prevents stomach problems.

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