The month of August has quite some significant days for Hindus in India. While Ganesh CHaturthi that falls on August 25 is perhaps the most important festival of the month, there are some other days that are quite prominent too. For instance, today is Hartalika Teej 2017. It is a festival celebrated mostly in the northern part of India. On this auspicious day, married women observe fasts to please goddess Parvati. It is believed to be the day when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati united and became immortal as a couple. Legend has it that the Hartalika Teej puja is conducted on account of instructions by Lord Shiva who wanted Parvati to be worshiped on this day. So, married women started worshiping Parvati in the form of Hartalika seeking her blessings for good health and prosperity of their husbands. Unmarried women, too, observe fasts on this day to ask for ideal husbands. (DO SEE Observing the Hartalika Teej Fast? Here’s What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Drink Water for a Long Period) In the state of Karnataka and other parts of south India, Hartalika Teej is celebrated as Gowri Habba. Gowri is another name of Parvati, mother of Lord Ganesha. On this day, offerings are made to goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva in the form of prasad. Ghewar and Pedas are the most common sweets prepared during Hartalika Teej to be offered as Prasad. We have already given you a recipe to make ghewar. For Hartalika Teej 2017, here is a recipe to make peda in simple, easy-to-follow steps.
7 ounces of condensed milk
I cup of dry milk powder
4 tablespoons of butter
Saffron, pistachio for garnishing
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Begin by putting the butter in a bowl
Melt the butter in a microwave
Take another big bowl. Use it to mix condensed milk, dry milk and butter.
After mixing well, heat the mixture in the microwave for 60 seconds.
Take it out and mix it once again. Then reheat the mixture in the microwave for 60 seconds. Repeat this process 2 more times.
Now, cool the mixture for a while and then refrigerate it for a bit.
After you take it out, make little balls of the shape of pedas with a little dent in the centre.
Now add the garnishing (cardamom, pistachio or saffron) in the dent
This video details the entire process:
So, this Hartalika Teej 2017, try making pedas at home instead of buying them from the sweet shop!