Kanjak Puja Thali

Ashtami is the day when we celebrate Kanjaka’s. Read more about this here. For this months blogging marathon, the second theme I chose was Navratri special. Check what the others are upto here.
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For the Thali, we make Halwa, Poori, chana and Aalu ki subzi [optional]. As an offering to the 8 girls, I gave 2 pooris, halwa, chana, choco pie, a banana and Rs10.

Here is how I made the Sooji ka Halwa:

You shall need:

1/2 cup…. Rava/Semolina

1/3 rd cup… White sugar

2 tbsp… Ghee

2-3… Cardamom pod’s seeds

1.5 cup… Water

1.5 tbsp…Almond Slivers [optional]


  • Heat ghee in a heavy base pan on Moderate heat.
  • Add the cardamom seeds.
  • Add the rava to it. Make sure the ghee coats rava completely

  • Keep cooking it until it turns nice and golden.

  • Keep stirring it frequently so that it does not get burnt.
  • In another pan, boil water and sugar together. Keep aside once done.

  • Once the rava is nice and golden, add the sugar syrup.
  • Cover and let it cook properly.

  • The rava needs to swell and lose most of the moisture.
  • After the water is absorbed, remove the lid and let the halwa cook for couple of more min without the lid.

  • Add slivers of Almonds and serve.

Here is how I made the Kala Chana:

You shall need:

1 cup… Black Gram/Kala Chana [Soaked overnight]

1.5 cup… water

2 tbsp… Dhaniya Powder

1 tbsp… Cumin powder

1.5 tbsp… Amchoor powder

1 tsp… Haldi

1 tsp… Red chilly powder


1/2 tsp.. Cumin seeds/Jeera

1 tbsp… Oil

Pinch of Hing


  • Pressure cook the chana with water and some salt for 3 whistles on full flame and 2 on a medium flame.
  • Let the steam escape.
  • In a pan, heat oil. Add the jeera and hing.
  • Add the chana, salt, turmeric, cumin powder, dhaniya powder and red chilly powder.

  • Cover and cook for 5 min on medium flame.
  • Remove the lid, make sure the water is almost dry.
  • Add amchoor and give it a good stir.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  • Serve warm

This is how I made Khatte Aalu/Dhai wale aalu:

I was tired of eating the same tamatar wala aalu so decided to make something different. 🙂

You shall need:

2…. Large boiled Potatoes [Cut in cubes] How to boil potatoes perfectly? Read here

3 tbsp… Thick Curd


1.. green chilly [finely chopped]

1/2 tsp… Jeera/cumin seeds

1/2 tsp… Turmeric powder

1 tbsp… Oil

1/4 tsp… Red chilly powder

few tbsp water


  • In a pan, heat oil and add the jeera and green chilly.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder and curd.
  • The curd shall begin to disintegrate. Don’t worry as this is what we are looking for.
  • The water from the curd shall separate.
  • Cook it for a couple of min and then add the potatoes to it.
  • Let the potatoes cook in the curd for about good 10 min on medium flame with/without the lid.
  • Add fresh corriander leaves and serve

Poori’s are made this way.

Devour with love.

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16 thoughts on “Kanjak Puja Thali

  1. Awesome thali yaar. I have never added amchoor powder to kala channa ,must add it next time and the pooris look so puffed up and inviting. Happy Dusherra dear…

  2. Wonderful spread, its one breakfast time for me and already drooling over that super tempting dishes. Puffy pooris is just killing me.. Happy Dusshera wishes Pallavi.

  3. i miss the days as a kid when i was called for the pooja….which was follwoed up with delivious halwa poori and chana thali…..your thali also looks deliciously inviting , takes me back to those days…and wow got a bonus recipe for khatte aloo…i will make this next year, even though we do not celebrate it for fun

  4. Never knew halwa poori was a combination! Well, I too have a rava kesari to post :D.
    Nice thali there, feel like having some of it right now…

  5. This is really so delicious, wish I was called in for a treat like this. We do not have this custom in south..:(..my bad luck..the entire thali looks so inviting seriously!..and imagine chocopie!!!..hhhahha

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