Palak Thepla and Chhundo


 

Sheetla Saatam is one of the festivals I came to know only after marriage. Those who observe this festival, eat stale food or food cooked previous day. Generally, my mom-in-law prepares theplas a day before, especially for this festival. Theplas taste good even next day and they don’t get rotten. I tasted this Palak Thepla during one such Sheetla Saatam celebrations.

Palak Thepla
Spinach Flatbread
Ingredients
1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup bajra flour
2 cups shredded, fresh spianch/palak
1/2 tsp ajmo/owa/ajwain
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ginger-green chili paste (optional)
1 tsp mild chili powder
1 tsp coriander-cumin powder
1 tsp jaggery grated or sugar (optional)
salt to taste
water as needed
1 tsp oil

Rice flour for dredging
Oil for roasting

Suggested Accompaniment
Chhundo

Method
1. Mix flours with all the dry ingredients and spinach. Knead to a soft dough, adding water as needed.
2. Smear spoonful of oil and knead again. Set aside for 1/2 hr.
3. Heat a pan or tawa. Make 12 uniform balls.
4. Dredge each ball in rice flour and roll into a disc, one at a time.
5. Roast on a hot tawa or cast iron griddle, so brown spots appear on both the sides. Use oil as needed for roasting.
6. Place in an aluminum foil or a clean cotton napkin till ready to use.
7. Serve with chhundo/sweet & spicy grated mango pickle.

Note –
1. Sometimes, I use Ragi flour or a combination of ragi and bajra flour instead of just bajra flour.

56 delicacies for Lord Krishna (chappan Bhog)


 


The word Cchappan meaning 56 has a special significance in north India.  It was the number of meals (8 a day) that KR^shNa missed while He was holding up the GOvarddhanam for 7 days (8 X 7 =  56). That is the number of offerings that devotees make to Bhagavaan KR^shNa on special occasions. 
 
The list begins with Rasagulla and goes through Curds, Rice, Poori, Pappadam, etc. and ends in Cardamom.  I wonder if there is such a set list in the southern temples.  
  
 
 

छप्पन भोग   —  Cchappan BhOg

 
मुक्त ज्ञानकोष विकिपीडिया 
1-रसगुल्ला, 2-चन्द्रकला, 3-रबड़ी, 4-शूली, 5-दधी,
6-भात, 7-दाल, 8-चटनी, 9-कढ़ी, 10-साग-कढ़ी,
11-मठरी, 12-बड़ा, 13-कोणिका, 14- पूरी, 15-खजरा,
16-अवलेह, 17-वाटी, 18-सिखरिणी, 19-मुरब्बा, 20-मधुर,
21-कषाय, 22-तिक्त, 23-कटु पदार्थ, 24-अम्ल {खट्टा पदार्थ}, 25-शक्करपारा,
26-घेवर, 27-चिला, 28-मालपुआ, 29-जलेबी, 30-मेसूब,
31-पापड़, 32-सीरा, 33-मोहनथाल, 34-लौंगपूरी, 35-खुरमा,
36-गेहूं दलिया, 37-पारिखा, 38-सौंफ़लघा, 39-लड़्ड़ू, 40-दुधीरुप,
41-खीर, 42-घी, 43-मक्खन, 44-मलाई, 45-शाक,
46-शहद, 47-मोहनभोग, 48-अचार, 49-सूबत, 50-मंड़का,
51-फल, 52-लस्सी, 53-मठ्ठा, 54-पान, 55-सुपारी,
56-इलायची ।
Shrimati Usha Gupta who has a cooking blog says this much about this north Indian custom:
WHAT IS ‘ CHAPPAN BHOG’ ?
 IN EVERY HINDU HOUSE A TEMPLE IS THERE AND DAILY WORSHIP IS DONE. WHEN ‘FOOD’ IS OFFERED TO THE GOD, IT BECOMES ‘PRASAD’. WHEN 56 FIFTY SIX COURSE MEAL IS OFFERED TO THE GOD IT IS CALLED ‘ CHAPPAN BHOG’.  WHEN THE DEVOTEES OFFER BHOG TO
LORD KRISHNA ,AND THE  ITEMS LIKE FRUITS,
kHEER, PEDHA, MILK AND MANY MORE.
IN CHAPPAN BHOG, 56 DIFFERENT ITEMS
ARE OFFERED TO LORD SHREE KRISHNA.
“Prasad” is offered to the deity with chanting
of religious prayers. A part of it is put to the lips
of the idol as well.  This is called “Bhog Lagana”.
Some religious hymn is also sung like
“Aao bhog lagao mere Ramji”.
Small portions of the sanctified Prasad or
Prasadam  are offered to all the gathering
who take it in their extended palms…
As far as I Know the story belongs to Lord Krishna.
He used to take 8 meals a day. when he lifted
Govardhan parbat for 7 days he could not eat.
After 7 days when it was over and lord Indra
realised his mistake and surrendered.
People were and happy and offered Lord Krishna Bhojan
for what he had missed during the 7 days i.e. 7 x 8=56 .
so it was called 56 items Chappan Bhog.”
posted by DKM

 

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