Milk is considered as a healthy drink all over the world. By adding dry fruits to the boiled milk, it is more healthy and tasty. People like my husband don’t like milk on its own, for them this recipe is a bliss.
This milk can be made any time you fancy but it has got special importance on the Kojagiri Night.
Kojagiri is a full moon night (Pornima or poonam) in the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu Lunar calendar. On this night Laxmi the Goddess goes around from place to place asking ‘Kojagarati?’ means ‘who is awake?’ and showers wealth and prosperity who are awake. People spent the whole night awake and together in the moon light singing and playing various games.The eldest child of the family is a honoured on this day.
The milk is boiled to thicken and then powdered dry fruits, cardamom and saffron is added with some sugar for sweetness. This milk is allowed to cool in moon light. It is believed that this month’s full moon has special healing properties. It is a tradition to see the moon reflected in the milk bowl.
I have special attachment with this day as it happens to be my birthday according to the Hindu Lunar calendar. As a child my birthday was always celebrated as Kojagiri with Masala milk and Pohe(spicy Flattened rice). We used to sing various Hindi and Marathi songs written on moon and stars. Fun night!
Here in the Uk , I made this masala milk and thankfully the sky was clear last night so could see moon reflected in the milk bowl when I took it to cool under the moon light. Had few friends over and enjoyed our evening with nostalgic memories of Kojagiris spent in Pune.
Here is the recipe for this Masala milk.
- Full fat milk 4 pints
- Sugar 10 tsp or to the taste
- Saffron a pinch
- Cashew nuts 14-15
- Almond 7-8
- Pistachio nuts 6-7
- Green Cardamom 4 pods cleaned and powdered
- In a no stick pan boil the milk stirring intermittently. Do not let it spill or stick to the bottom.
- Add the pinch of saffron to the boiling milk.Thicken the milk till it is approximately 3/4 of its original quantity.
- Grind all other ingredients except sugar to make a coarse powder which is called Milk Masala.
- Add this Masala (Ground powder) to the milk and stir.
- Switch off the heat and add Sugar.
- The Masala milk is ready to serve.
- You can make masala in advance and store in a cool dry place.
- Masala can be added in the cold milk to make flavoured milk drink.
- Ready masala milk can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.