Traditional confinement foods: Recipe for Panjeeri

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Prepared mostly in North India, panjeeri is considered to be one of the most effective traditional confinement foods for a new mum.

North Indians love this sweet, comforting dish. Made from wheat, ghee and various nuts, panjeeri is one of the best traditional confinement foods for new mums. It’s warm effect on the body helps to heal the vagina and also helps improve breastmilk. Plus, there’s the added benefit of it being super tasty. Win-win for all!

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta) 1 kg
  • Pure desi ghee 1 kg
  • Finely ground edible gum crystals (gondh) 250gm
  • Finely powdered sugar (boora) 0.5kg
  • Finely powdered dry ginger powder (saunth) 25gm
  • Powdered ajwain 50gm
  • Puffed lotus seeds (makhane) 100gm
  • Dried watermelon seeds, melon seeds and pumpkin seeds (magaz) 100gm
  • Cashew nuts (kaju) 200gm
  • Almonds (badaam) 200gm
  • Unsalted pistachio nuts (pista) 50gm
  • Raisins (kishmish) 50gm
  • Walnut (akhrot) 100gm
  • Dried and grated coconut 400gm
  • Flame-of-the-forest (kamarkas) 50gm (imp)

Method:

  • Heat some ghee in a pan. Fry all the dry fruits till golden and finally fry magaz. Keep them aside on a paper towel to drain excess ghee.
  • In the same pan with the same ghee fry the kamarkas. Keep it aside to cool. Follow this up by roasting the grated coconut. Now, grind all the dry fruits except the seeds. Mix them with the roasted coconut and add seeds to this mixture. Meanwhile, grind the kamarkas into a fine powder and keep aside.
  • Heat the remaining ghee and add wheat flour to it. Roast on medium heat till the colour changes to golden brown and the ghee separates. Now sprinkle gondh and stir the mixture till the gondh stops spluttering.
  • Follow this up by adding saunth and ajwain to the roasted flour. Now stir the entire mixture on flame till everything looks well mixed.
  • Next, add the dry fruits, magaz and kamarkas to the flour and mix again. Let this mix cool and garnish with raisins and enjoy this tasty traditional confinement food.

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj

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