Shraavana , One of the Holy month has started already which is full of many festivals and traditions. Naagpanchami is one of the special occasion which is celebrated in throughout India, and Nepal to worship the snakes or serpents by Hindus. According to the Hindu calendar the worship is offered on the fifth day of bright half of Lunar month of Shraavana (July/August).
On this day cobras, and snakes are worshipped with milk, sweets, flowers, lamps and even sacrifices. In some region the worship images of Nag deities made of silver, stone, wood, or paintings on the wall. but some region some peoples do pooja of real snakes. NaagPanchami is also known Bhratru(Brother) panchami, on this occasion women with brothers worship snakes and its holes, and offer prayers to propitiate nagas so that their brothers are protected and do not suffer or die due to snake bite.
In Maharashtra, It is said that on the day of naagpanchami we should not cut anything and also should not place pan(tawa) on flame.One thing I like about this day is, I get kheer and kanole which we don’t make very often. At my parents home we used to celebrate Naagpanchami by doing pooja and worship the god(Nagdevata) with Wheat Kheer and Kanole. As I said , we shouldn’t cut anything or cant make roti as pan should not be placed on flame, my mom used to make Kheer which was using cracked whole wheats and Kanole which is nothing but the steamed roti of whole wheat flour. My mom makes fresh cracked whole wheat day before Naagpanchami and the kheer she makes is awesome.We still follow and celebrate Naag panchami.
Today I’m sharing the recipes of Kanole.
1 Cup whole wheat flour
1/2 Cup water
1/8th Tsp of salt
1 Tbsp Oil/Ghee 1/2 Tsp extra
Make a soft dough using all ingredients except ghee. take ghee and again kneed dough till all ghee gets absorbed.
Take a lemon size ball, make a thin poori using rolling pin, take few drops of ghee and apply on poori and fold it, again apply some ghee and fold poori. Do the same process for remaining dough. meanwhile take 1 cup of water in a steamer, cover and let it boil.
Once you finished making kanole, place it into steamer, apply some ghee on surface. You can place one kanole on another. Steam for 12-15 minutes on medium flame.
serve hot or cold. enjoy with any curry, pickle, chutney Whole wheat kheer.