Happy Janmashtami! Janmashtami is usually associated with baby Krishna jhankis, visits to temples, many, many dahi-handi events, and if you are anything like me, lots and lots of mithai. But sometimes festivals get a little mundane with you doing the same things over and over, every  year. If you are bored of the usual – chane, puri and kheer – let this year not be the same! Let's change a few things…at least food-wise. 

Here are eight fabulous lip-smacking dishes you can try this Janmashtami. So amp up your celebrations and happy eating guys!

Spinach with fresh paneer and cheese
Saute and season spinach and serve it with fresh paneer, feta cheese or cream cheese.  

Janmashtami Foods

Zucchini kofta/pakoras
Give lauki or bottle gourd a rest and try koftas with Zucchini. You can also serve these as pakoras with a fancy dip!

Janmashtami Foods

Mini samosa
Use those leftover veggies and paneer to create stunning mini samosas! Everyone loves samosas and you can never go wrong with this!

Janmashtami Foods

Flaked almond and saffron semolina halva
Give the usual semolina halva a new dimension by adding almond flakes and saffron. 

Janmashtami Foods

Dry fruit laddoos 
Give your vegan friends something you cheer about! Make no sugar, no fat laddoos made with dry fruits. 

Janmashtami Foods

Yogurt amaranth parfait 
Use popped amaranth, yogurt, honey, fruits and dry fruits to create a festival-appropriate parfait! Fancy bhi, healthy bhi! 😛 

Janmashtami Foods

Apple and almond pie filling
Apples, almonds and sugar – what's not to like? You can replace the sugar with jaggery or top it off with a little cinnamon for the authentic pie taste.  

Janmashtami Foods

Cashew fudge
Use condensed milk and powdered cashew to create a new fudge. It's awfully similar to a barfi in case some aunty decides to question you.  

Janmashtami Foods
Like something? Try it this year! Happy Janmashtami!

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