Panjiri is a wonderful snack that is full of energy, highly nutritional snack .It is also good for postpartum healing and lactation food that is perfect for providing nourishment and energy to new moms. Since panjeeri is considered a ‘hot’ or warming food, it’s also eaten during winter to replenish and strengthen the body.
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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.
Panjiri is an awesome food in Winters!
Panjiri is an awesome food in winters and has the following benefits
- Its Good for new mom's ( helps boost milk supply)
- It is rich in nutrition
- Kid friendly
- Soothes joint pains
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.
How do I make kids excited about Panjiri?
Panjiri can be converted in to a Ladoo / ball as well to excite the kids. This ladoo can be eaten easily by the kids and they will certainly enjoy it 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.
What is Panjiri?
Panjiri is a dry and sweet snack prepared during winters. The nutritional supplement is made from whole-wheat flour, fried in sugar and ghee and packed with dried fruits, nuts and at times edible gum or gond. Panjiri induces heat in the body and aids in aches and pains that are typically caused during winters.This Panjiri is a high on calories but also high protein sweet dish and is treated as a nutritional supplement.
You don't 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.
Tip For making Delicious Panjiri
- Ghee is vital in Panjiri. Be generous with it. It’s what makes the Panjiri easy to eat and digest. Too little ghee makes panjiri a bit dry and hard to down.
- The key to roasting everything well is to keep the heat at medium or below and be patient with it. You want to remove any rawness from the ingredients so that it brings out the flavor and health-giving properties. But over-roasting will cause the nuts, seeds, etc. to become bitter.
- Try not to over-process the nuts and edible gum once they’re roasted. If you blend them too long, you’ll get a nut-butter consistency. For panjiri, we want a grainy consistency.
What are the benefits of ingredients in Panjiri?
- 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 (Fiber, protein, potassium, B-vitamins, vitamin E)
- 1 cup Clariefied butter/ ghee (for vegan version use coconut oi)l
- 1/2 cup gond/ gaund (edible gum crystals)
- 2- 1/2 cup coarse wholemeal flour (atta)
- 1/2 cup coarse semolina (sooji)
- 1 cup sugar, ground coarsely
- 1/4 cup unsalted almonds
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup pistachios
- ground it coarsly all the dryfruits
- 1 tablespoon cardamom powder
- 1 tablespoon fennel seed powder
- Heat the ghee in a deep pan or wok, on a medium heat.
- Add the gond crystals and fry, stirring constantly to prevent burning. The crystals will puff up. Remove it and keep aside on paper towel.
- Grind the gond to coarse powders, in a clean, dry coffee grinder.
- now add the remaining ghee in the pan, then add the whole wheat flour and cook on low flame make sure that it dose not burn or go golden, roast it for good 20 -25 minutes.
- add the semolina and mix well. make sure the flame is on low.This takes patience. Do not be tempted to raise the cooking temperature as this will only cause the mixture to burn.
- When the flour and semolina are fully roasted, add all the other ingredients
- (including the fried and ground gond and sugar and crushed dry fruits )
- Mix well and turn off the heat.
- Allow the Panjiri to cool to room temperature before serving. store it in a air tight jar.
Make sure the flame is on low.This takes patience. Do not be tempted to raise the cooking temperature as this will only cause the mixture to burn.
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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