karwa chauth recipes | Punjabi Karwa Chauth Festival

by anamika on November 1, 2012

in Breakfast, Diet Recipes, Festival Recipes

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karwa chauth recipes | Punjabi Karwa Chauth Festival

Festivals are in full swing these days and one of them is┬áKarwa┬áChauth which┬áis tomorrow and all those females who celebrate this festival must be really gearing up for all the chamak┬ádhamak :)! Here it is raining non stop from last 2 days and is so windy, don’t┬ásee till tomorrow┬áany scope of Moon god to be kind on all of us who are in Bangalore and will be fasting waiting in evening for the moon rise. I am keeping my┬áfingers┬ácrossed :). Yes this is one day of the year when in North India one will see┬ámost of the females┬ádressed up almost like a bride. I miss Delhi on all such festivals, though I have never got the chance to dress up or rather over dress┬ámyself for Karwa┬áChauth earlier simply because I was busy attending meetings and reviews in my corporate life and even to come home little early for the Puja seemed to be a task but luckily now I can do all that I missed then.

The Karwa┬áChauth┬áday begins in┬ádawn with all the excitement to eat the early morning SARGI as we call it. For all those who don’t┬áknow much about this karwa┬áchauth festival, then you┬ácan please read my last years post on karwa┬áchauth special, you will be able to take a look on how I celebrated my karwa┬áchauth in a full filmy style last year..lol, the best thing about being a new home maker, time now is in my full control and I can plan and do things as per my wish…touchwood!!!!

Karwa Chauth Ritiuals and recipes

Coming back to the morning SARGI┬áritiual, I generally keep in my plate Indian Sweets like gulab┬ájamun┬áor rasagulla┬áor ladoos┬á,┬áparatha which can be as per your like, it could be ALOO┬áPARATHA or GOBI┬áPARATHA or METHI┬áPARATHA and the most important┬á dish┬áis FENIYA ( thin vermicelli ‘s )…it is a must to have them in the morning platter and not to miss the fresh coconut along with the other eatables. You can add in lots of fruits or dry fruits to suit your self.

All this has to be consumed before the sunrise :)! I decorate my plate with all the food items that I have for my sargi. I prefer having a little of all that I keep for the sargi along with a big cup of tea and later lots of water ( that is just psychological of not having water the entire day :)).

The best part of being in Bangalore is the weather and the wait for moon in the evening is sooooooooooo┬álong, because most of the time here it is cloudy :), so lets see what is in store for me for this karwa┬áchauth …will moon be nice to me or not :)!

Karwa Chauth Ritiuals and recipes

So the entire day after the sargi┬ágoes without food, water… absolutely nothing. But the day is filled with lot of fun like mehandi, bangles, sarees or your dress that you plan to wear for the evening puja┬áand lots of stuff etc.

In the evening all the females get ready for the fasting puja, I get my puja thali ready before and then is the time for the puja, in the puja thali you have to keep what you will later give it to your mom in law as a tradition and it is called bayaa in punjabi.

Then later in the evening after the moon rise, the women break the fast with the┬áMATHRI’S┬á( mathiya┬áas we Punjabi’s┬ácall it┬á)┬áand the glass of water or karva that was used during the evening puja. I am sure many of you have seen this part in all the Hindi Movies :) where the female sees the moon in the sieve and then looks at her husband and break the fast by sipping little water.┬áFull style I must say….

karwa chauth recipe fruit chaatKarwa Chauth Recipe | Fruit Chaat

After the evening breaking of the fast, we have to prepare a dish which has to be with sabut ( meaning full and not┬ábroken┬á) lentils, so I generally make Dal Makhani or sometimes┬áRajmah, these are a typical┬áPunjabi┬áRecipes and we all love having these two dishes most of the time. Along with any of these we have to prepare boiled rice and one dry vegetable and at my place it’s also kind of fixed and that is Methi Aloo┬á(its liked by all at home). Along with all this you can have as many Indian Sweets you wish provided you have the stamina or the appetite┬áto eat after a full day fasting :). If you don’t feel like having any of these them try having simply lots of fruits and a glass of warm milk.

This is my way of celebrating the fast, if you are busy and don’t┬áhave time to go and do this big time, then┬átry to keep it simple and follow the basics :)! Plan your day in advance and enjoy the entire day of fasting with no food, but with lots of fun.

Imagine a foodie and a food blogger to be away from the kitchen one full day :)! Do not miss to visit my karwa chauth special of last year for the virtual treat.

karwa chauth recipe fruit chaatKarwa Chauth Recipe | Fruit Chaat

Simple Fruit Chaat Recipe┬á- SIMPLE EASY AND NO BRAINER AT ALL YET SO DELICIOUS┬á:)! What I do when I crave for a good fruit chaat┬áis – I take a big mixing bowl, chop and add in all the fruits I wish to have ( don’t┬ámiss to add in Banana’s and Oranges, these go very well in the fruit chaat┬á). Add a little lemon juice to it, sprinkle some salt, red chilli powder & the┬áchaat┬ámasala ( I don’t┬álike adding too much of masala as I like my fruit bowl to be simple with less of tangy flavour). You can add chaat┬ámasala the way you like, toss well┬áand there you go :) with a big bowl of fruit chaat┬áfor your self. Try having them little cold, you may refrigerate it for 10 minutes before you start with your fruity treat :)!.

Innovate the way you love with your favorite fruits and have them for this Karwa Chauth either in your Sargi or during your Dinner time after the final puja and real refreshed.

please note – I have given links to┬áthe recipes┬áthat I prepare on the occasion┬áof karwa┬áchauth┬ástarting from having my sargi┬átill my dinner, this is mainly as per the individual family traditions, what I shared is what we follow at home.

I hope and pray that on this auspicious and special day may all your prayers for your husbandÔÇÖs well being, be answered today and always. Happy Karwa┬áChauth &┬áHappy Fasting!

 

 

 

 

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

shama November 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

delicious..Join me in Fast Food – Vermicilli event.

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madcookingfusions November 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM

thank you shama :)

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shruthi November 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Loved those bangles Anamika…..Enjoy your Karva Chauth Vrath with other delicious food at the end of the day ;)

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madcookingfusions November 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

hey…thank you Shruthi :)!

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swapna November 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Lovely pictures Anamika… Enjoy your special day !

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madcookingfusions November 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

thank you swapna :)

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Kankana November 2, 2012 at 1:26 AM

The last two years I broke my fast at 11:30 pm after chasing the moon for a while :D This year with all the rain, I doubt if I will get to have even a tini tiny glimpse!

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madcookingfusions November 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I went through the same situation last year and even tonite feel the same is going to happen ..let’s see how kind will be the weather for us :)

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radha November 2, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Very nice pictures. I hope the moon made a quick appearance.

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madcookingfusions November 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

thank you radha :)

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Paro November 2, 2012 at 8:09 AM

What do you do if there’s no visible moon? Is there a ritual to break the fast then?!

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madcookingfusions November 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Hi, till now its like if the weather is bad, I have tried chasing the moon to have a glimpse of it and then break the fast. So have never reached a sitaution when I am not able to see the moon at all till late night. But if it happens that way, I have heard females breaking the fast watching the moon on the TV or Internet and breaking it after that :), I have not heard of any ritual so far to break the fast if unable to see the moon. Shall update this post incase I also get to know about it! thank you.

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Richa November 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Happy karwachauth to you too Anamika! I fast through the night with indian time ;)

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madcookingfusions November 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Haha…very smart Richa, thats the best thing to do… enjoy the fast in your dreams while we are actually fasting :)!

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suhani November 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM

hi anamika..great informative post on karva chauth..i have a query about besan ladoos..i made besan ladoos in a different manner and they result was very chewy and soft..not good..this time i dry roasted besan and made sugar syrup and then added the roasted besan in it..after cooking for a few min i added 1tbs ghee but the result was dry and hard granules and that too uneven..then i added little milk and this way they were binding well..but they were chewy..wasnt my method correct..or any suggestions from ur side..

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madcookingfusions November 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

thank you Suhani, for making besan ladoos you need to roast the besan nicely till the aroma gets strong and color darker than the besan original color, you need to roast the besan on low to medium flame and keep stirring and besan ladoos demand a lot of ghee, with 1tbs ghee it will be dry only. Please check my link for besan ladoo, its our all time fav at home and loved by all, pl try and follow the post and hopefully you will be able to make perfect ladoos. If the ladoos dont bind at the end, sprinkle some water or add in 1 teaspoon of milk and allow to cool for sometime n with wet hands bind them into ladoos :).
Here’s the link for you – http://madcookingfusions.com/five-days-of-diwali-celebrations-mad/

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dassana November 2, 2012 at 9:23 PM

we also do the same anamika on karwa chauth and make the same food. still waiting for the moon to come. it always has to play truant on this special day. happy karwa chauth to you.

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madcookingfusions November 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM

yeah Dassana, I checked with many other punjabi friends and most of them make the same dal makhani or rajmah with dry veggies etc :)!I am lucky today, could see moon without much of chasing or playing hide & seek :)!

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Spandana November 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Loved the bangles… Happy fasting, hope the moon comes out sooner :)

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madcookingfusions November 3, 2012 at 8:12 AM

thank you Spandana, thankfully moon last night was kind enough and I could manage to see the glimpse of it though hidden in the clouds :)

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dips November 3, 2012 at 7:18 PM

very nice
can u tell if i could not see the moon how i ll break my fast

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madcookingfusions November 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

thank you Dipti, if it happens that you unable to see the moon, then in our family and friend circle females see the moon on the television or internet and do the puja standing in the direction where you see the moon rise at night and complete the rituals. This information is purely my family based, however different families follow differant ways, I shared with you mine :) .

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Funwidfud November 4, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Happy Karwa Chauth to you…Loved reading your post…In Kerala we don’t celebrate this..seeing it in movies has always been beautiful..but thinking about the fact of being hungry whole day makes a little doubt in me…:)..Hey I too had the doubt of not seeing the moon due to some reason…your replis clarified it…Loved the bangles here..They are very cute..Simple and yummy fruit salad..

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madcookingfusions November 4, 2012 at 7:10 AM

thank you Reshmi, I am glad you like it :)!

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madcookingfusions November 5, 2012 at 10:29 AM

thank you suman, I am glad you liked it :). You have a nice space too!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 14, 2012 at 6:18 AM

Lovely offering of Sargi and Karwa Chauth rituals. Moon has never been kind to me. Well, only once. We struggled again, this year :D

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madcookingfusions November 15, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Thank you Kiran, this is year was real lucky got to have the glimpse of it on time as comapred to previous year :)!

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Tadka Pasta November 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I had a bowl of oatmeal in the morning for sargi :( Next time..paranthas and this fruit chaat its gonna be :))

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madcookingfusions November 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

sure do have it btw oatmeal is also one of the healthy options :)

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Rachna November 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Your pooja thali is so pretty Anamika. For me karwa chauth fell on my birthday this year :). I didn’t get to see the moon this time around as well. Did you?

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madcookingfusions November 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Karwa Chauth on birthday ohhh :)! I was lucky and managed to see the moon this time between 9 -9:30 but had struggled a lot last year.

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sangeeta khanna November 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Wow you reminded me everything. I end up asking everything in detail from my MIL what all I need to do. I just remember what all to cook but there is a fixed number of mathhis to be offered during the evening puja, that I forget every time ;-)
I personally don’t do it with much chamak dhamak, but enjoy doing every bit of what I do. Lovely post.

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madcookingfusions November 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Thank you Sangeeta, Lots of things I also keep asking coz every year I tend to forget and in my case that evening puja while giving arak to the moon, I have to ask my MIL always :)

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Sumiran September 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Hi!

I know it’s a bit too early to ask but i just have to because i’m a bit lost. As i will be celebrating karwa chauth first time in Bangalore, can you please tell me where do you perform the karwa chauth pooja or if you know of a group of women who do? Also any idea where I can get meethi mathi here in Bangalore? i know i can make it with the recipe you’ve given but just asking :-). Please help. Thanks a tonne.

Sumiran

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madcookingfusions September 5, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Hi Sumiran, you will have to check about the puja in your area and if you staying in apartment then probably you will get to know during that time. Sorry I don’t know of any such group out here, I do my puja with few friends. Meethi Mathi are available at Bikaneri sweets in JP nagar, Anand sweets guess all the branches. You will also get pheniya at these places.Pl feel free incase you need to check on more info, will be happy to revert :)!

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