Panjiri is a wonderful snack that is full of energy, highly nutritional snack made with whole wheat Flour cooked with dry fruits, gond (gum crystals). This is a high calorie food that needs to be eaten in small quantities. This snack is a must have for kids that are in to a lot of activities. The secret to making awesome Panjiri is a lot of love and whole lots of patience :-). I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed with this recipe.
As a mom of two active boys, I always worry about my kids getting the right nutrients and energy to be able to carry on through the day. Luckily both my kids are no-fuss eaters and like to try out different things. This makes it easier for me to create various healthy recipes and have them consume it. My mom had visited me this summer and looking at my R2’s (my 10 years old) daily routine, she wanted to make something for him healthy that will give him quick energy and strength. One of the most precious treasures are the recipes that have been tradition and handed over from generations. My mom knows that there is nothing that can beat Panjiri at the energy value; 1TBSP of Panjiri and that should take care of him and us too. Traditionally eaten during winter to give you warmth and strength. Ofcourse Panjiri can be converted in to a Ladoo / ball as well to excite the kids, however it may be a bit challenging to eat as it can get messy after the first bite.
The TBRTM team usually meets once every 6 months to talk about newer ideas on healthy eating and trying to be true to our name “The Belly Rules The Mind- We are what we eat”. We had a nice get-together last week in North Carolina and we ended up taking pictures of the Panjiri there. The photographs were taken in the NC studio courtesy Anvita. We @ TBRTM can boast to have two offices… one in VA and one in NC.
Like I mentioned above as well, nothing beats the traditional and authentic recipes that have been handed over by our parents. I am sure you may have some traditional recipes as well. Do share them in the comments section below.
Panjiri is a popular Punjabi (North Indian) sweet prepared with clarified butter, flour, semolina, lots and lots of assorted dry fruits, gum crystal and sugar of course .
This Panjiri is a high on calories but also high protein sweet dish and is treated as a nutritional supplement.
You dont have to underestimate your cooking skills so surprise yourself and your family with this great tasting and perfect winter delight. Just follow this simple recipe and prepare the heart warming and delicious panjiri.
Diabetic and patients with cholesterol should avoid ghee and sugar. They could replace the sugar with dates or any other natural sweetener. It is better to eat it during winters, because it has a warm nature and requires a lot of water intake. Panjiri benefits are mostly due to the nuts and fiber present in it.
- Gum Arabic (Helps uterus contract, warming, source of fibre, pre-biotic)
- Ground Fennel seeds (Anti-spasmodic, warming, antiseptic, promotes milk flow)
- Ground Cardamom seeds (Anti-spasmodic, warming, antiseptic)
- Pumpkin/Melon seeds (Protein, essential fatty acids, minerals)
- Almonds, pistachios, cashews (Protein, essential fatty acids, minerals)
- Jaggery (unrefined sugar, warming, helps clear mucous, minerals)
- Ghee (Clarified Butter, fat soluble vitamins)
- Whole Wheat Flour/semolina (Fibre, protein, potassium, B-vitamins, vitamin E)
If you like this recipe, you could also try making these , which are always a big hit with the kids and adults Dry fruit Ladoos .
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