Gopalkala Janmashtami Festival Recipe
Gopalkala is a must recipe for the gokulashtami or janmashtami festival. Gopalkala is a beaten rice/ poha recipe.
Gopalkala is a quick and easy recipe and you can make it anytime within 5 minutes if you have the main ingredients.
Gopal kala is a special festival version of 'dahi pohe'.
What is the meaning of Gopalkala
'Gopal' is the name of Lord Sri Krishna. 'Kala' means the mixture in Marathi, Indian language.
Krishna grew up with the cowherds. He loved the dairy products, milk, ghee, butter, curd – yogurt etc.
Krishna used to go with the cowherds to graze cows. Though a child, he was their leader. During mealtime, he used to mix everybody’s lunch together along with some curd and distribute the same to all the cowherds with him. That is ‘gopalkala’.
That is the reason, gopalkala is made on the janmashtami festival day, offered to Krishna idol as naivedya and then, distributed as Prasad to the devotees.
Below you will find the recipe for gopalkala. Make it for the gokulashtami festival or at any other time you want to.
Most ingredients for gopalkala are available in an Indian kitchen. You will find the optional ingredients listed below the recipe.
How to make gopalkala - Janmashtami recipe
List of ingredients and the quantity
Thick poha (beaten/pressed rice) – 1 cup
Milk – ½ cup or more, as needed
Fresh Curd – yogurt – ½ cup
Chopped cucumber – 1 tbsp
Green chili – 1 chopped fine
Salt – ¼ tsp or according to taste
Sugar – ¼ tsp or according to tasteTempering ingredients
Ghee or vegetable oil 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
Curry leaves – 4-5
Optional ingredients and quantity to add to above recipe for gopalkala
Popped millet (jowar lahiya) – ½ cup
Puffed rice ( murmura) -1/2 cup
Optional chopped mixed fruit – apple, Banana, guava – ½ cup or more
Soaked Chana dal / Bengal gram – 1 tbsp
Butter – 1 tsp
Pomegranate seeds – 1 tbsp or more
Make tempering and Making gopalkala
Wash thick poha using water in a bowl. Remove all water. Keep aside for 5 minutes.
Heat ghee in a small pan. Add cumin seeds. When they stop spluttering, add curry leaves.
Take off the stove and let cool a little till you mix the other ingredietns with poha.
Add milk and other ingredients to poha and mix well.
Add the cooled tempering. Mix well and gopalkala is ready to offer to Govinda – Krishna.
The optional ingredients given are added to gopalkala. If you have them, add to the dish.
Tips while making and serving gopalkala
Gopalkala tends to thicken after sometime. In that case, you may need to add some milk at the time of serving.
Adding fruits solves that problem to some extent as the chopped fruits mixed with salt and sugar releases some moisture in poha.
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