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Who is awake?

I am sure the title of the post has caught you by surprise,but thats the essence of “Kojaagari Purnima”. This festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the the month of Ashwin (Sept-Oct). It marks the end of monsoon and beginning of harvest season. It is belived that on the night of Kojagari,the goddess of Kojaagari, Laxmi, moves place to place asking “Who is awake?” (“Kojagarti?”) and blesses those she finds awake. So on this day people sit up late and enjoy the moonlight, while munching on light snacks and a must have beverage- Masala Doodh.

Growing up we did not celebrate this day. However, my ILS have done so for years. DH has these wonderful stories about spending the night on their buildings rooftop. Now I continue to do my part of keeping the tradition going. So tonights spread for Kojaagari was – Bhel,Shev-Batata Puri and Masala Doodh. I am sure have already tried the first two items on the menu. Believe me any Indian, and more so a Mumbaikar knows what-how-where of Bhel and Shev Puri. So lets move our focus to Masala Doodh

Masala Doodh (Masala Milk)


2 cups Milk (2%)
10 pistachios (de-shelled)
6 almonds( preferably skin on)
Kesar Milk Extract
1/2 teaspoon cardamon powder
1/2 cup sugar


  1. Set the milk to boil on low heat
  2. When the milk gets warm enough add sugar and let it heat.Make sure you boil it on low heat so as not to burn the milk.
  3. Meanwhile, in a spice grinder, grind the pistachios and almonds to a coarse powder. Almost the consistency o store bought bread crumbs.
  4. When the milk boils, add the pistachio-almond powder, the cardamon and about 4 drops of the Kasar Milk Extract
  5. Let it boil a few mins till the milk has reduced a little. The thicker the better, but you dont have to reduce it to half.
  6. Ladle in glasses and enjoy in the moonlight

If you havent done so already,Supreme Spice’s Kessar Milk Extract and Tea Masala are worth the buy. I use the Kesar Milk Extract in all sweets,kheer,sheera,milk,shrikhand. And at 5$ its def cheaper than those dry-non-coloring-Kesar boxes you find at Indian store.


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