Maha Shivratri Festival Special Recipes and Drinks Thandai(Bhang) Prasadam

Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the 6th night of the dark Phalgun (February- March) every year. On the auspicious day, devotees observe fast and keep vigil all night. Mahashivaratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the ′Tandava′. On the Maha Shivratri festival, people observe a stringent fast, when they would not consume anything other than the diet formulated especially for the occasion.On this day people make Thandai, a special drink made with bhang (cannabis), almonds, and milk, is essentially prepared on this day. The devotees, especially the ascetics, drink this cannabis drink and offer their prayers to the almighty and seek his blessings.Here is Some information about Maha Shivratri Festival Special Recipes and Drinks Thandai(Bhang) Prasadam.

Maha Shivratri Special Recipe Shivratri Raita

1 cup: Fresh thick curd
1 no: Sweet potato, boiled, chopped
1 no: Potato, boiled, chopped
1 no: Cucumber, chopped
4-5 no: Waterchestnuts (singhara), boiled, peeled & chopped
1 tbsp: Coriander finely chopped
1 no: small Green Chili, finely chopped
1 tbsp: Roasted peanuts, whole
1/2 tsp: Cumin seed, powder
1/2 tsp: Cumin seeds, whole
1 tsp: Oil
Sugar to taste
Salt to taste

Beat curd in a deep salad bowl.
Add cumin powder, salt, sugar, chili and mix well.
Add all prepared vegetables, peanuts and mix to blend well.
Chill well till required.

Before Servin
Heat oil in a small crucible, or tempering spoon.
Add cumin seeds; allow spluttering.
Pour sizzling tempering over raitha.
Garnish with chopped coriander.

Maha Shivratri Special Rcipe Mewa ki Kheer

Milk : 1 litre
Makhana - 30-40 grams
Cashew - 20-25g nuts (Chop cashew into smaller pieces 5-6)
Raisins - 4 tablespoons
Almonds - 20-25 almonds, (chop almonds and into smaller pieces)
Chironji - 1 table spoon
Sugar - ½ cup (100 grams)
Cardamom - 1 tea spoon

Put warm milk in a heavy bottomed pot.
Let the milk boil.
Keep stirring every 2-3 minutes after adding sugar.
Please cook for half an hour on a low flame.
Now add all the nuts and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add cardamom powder.
Take out Mewa ki Kheer in a bowl, and serve.

Maha Shivratri Special Drinks Prasadam Thandai(Bhang)

Cold whole milk:  3 cupsSugar :  1.5 cup
Poppy seeds (Khuskhus) : 1 tbsp
Almonds :  15 nos
Saffron (Kesar) :  12 strands
Aniseed (Saunf) :  1 tbsp
Melon seeds (Char magaz) : 2 tbsp
Peppercorns (Kali mirch whole) : 8
Cardamom powder (Elaichi) : 1 tsp
Rose water :  1 tsp
Water :  3 cups

Soak almonds, melon seeds, aniseed, poppy seeds and peppercorns in half of the water for couple of hours.
Finely grind all the soaked ingredients, using little water.
Tie this paste in a muslin cloth and extract the juices as much as possible.
The extract is then mixed with milk, remaining water, sugar, saffron, cardamom powder and rose water.
Mix well few times.
Serve chilled.

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