KESAR MALAI PISTA LADDU: KRISHNA JANMASHTMI SPECIAL
Today is Krishna Janmashtmi, the Birthday of Lord Krishna: This festival is celebrated all over India in the month of Aug/Sep. with all devotion and prayers.
On this auspicious day people decorate their temples and makes special meals.
Lord Krishna known as Makhan Chor, or Butter Thief, because He used to steal butter, milk and curd from everyone’s house and distribute all his friends and monkeys. Krishna loves Milk, Butter and all milk products; my recipe of Kesar Malai Pista Laddu is especially for Krishna Janmashtmi. This Deliciously divine dessert, takes time to cook but worth making because of its taste.
6 Cups Milk, full fat
1 cup Condensed Milk
250 gm. Cottage Cheese or Paneer, crumbled
15 Almonds, coarsely grounded
20 Pistachio, coarsely grounded plus extra for garnish
2 tsp. Cardamom Powder
1tsp. saffron strands soaked in the warm milk
Gold Foil for garnishing, Optional
Saffron Strands for Garnish, Optional
Boil milk in the heavy bottom pan on slow heat. Simmer it till it reduces ¼ of the milk. Add condensed milk and crumbled cottage cheese. Stir continuously for 20-30 minutes. Mix all the chopped nuts, cardamom powder and soaked saffron. When it became thick and start leaving the sides of the pan, remove from heat. Cool completely and makes small balls with greased hands. Decorate laddu with pistachio slices and gold leaf. Offer to God as a Prasad and enjoy with friends and family.