Gopalkala for Janmashtami

image001.jpg (Image courtesy Bhakti Vedanta Book trust International ) Janmashtami , birth of Lord krishna is celebrated all over India. Each place celebrates this occasion in different ways. In Maharashtra, people make a human pyramid , the person on top breaks the earthern pot filled with curds. This is called Dahi Handi. image001.jpg Gopalkala is made as an offering /prasad . Lord Krishna was known for his love for milk, curd and butter. Krishna would graze cattle with his fellow cowherd friends. At lunch time He would mix all the food bought by his friends with His own, and made a Kala. So kala is a mixture of food with milk, curd, and butter. Even now this custom is followed and served as Prasad. There is no hard and fast rule or any recipe for this Kala. The main ingredients are poha , curd ,sugar, milk , buttermilk, salt. The kala looks a little dry after the poha soaks up the liquids. -Combine all this – 1 cup poha ( beaten rice) washed and drained 1/2 cup murmura ( puffed rice) 1/2 cup Lahiya made from dry roasting millets ( this is used during Laxmi Puja during Diwali) 2 cups freshΒ  curds preferably made from full cream milk 1/4 cup milk 1 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup sugar or to taste salt to taste 2 green chillies finely cut some finely cut coriander leaves Few pieces each of Cucumber, banana, and guava. Some pieces of Lemon Pickle Some Green chilli pickle 1 Table spoon soaked bengal gram dal . The poha soaks up the liquids and becomes dry after some time. This is my entry for Latha’s event on Janmashtami πŸ™‚


  1. Lovely entry archu! I am expecting such special entries from all regions so that all of us can get to know more about the practices and delicacies in all regions! Thanks dear!

    Thanx Latha for hosting this event πŸ™‚ We will be learning so many customs and recipes through this event πŸ™‚

  2. πŸ™‚ such a lovely entry archana – in mumbai dahi handi podana is like one big crazy crowded party – oops, parties – every street would have a dahi handi and sometime the prize money would assume big proportions running into lakhs. young boys tour the city breaking handis after handis till late in the night.

    Yes in Mumbai it is a big affair. Yesterday the news channels were showing it. What a crowd it was πŸ™‚ Every thing is getting commercialized πŸ™‚

  3. In North Karnataka, they make something like this called “Mosaravalakki” (Poha,yogurt),looks yum.You made Gopala happy:)

    Oh Asha I am so glad to see your comment. Take care don’t strain your self πŸ™‚
    We too make dahi poha similar version to Gopalkala πŸ™‚

  4. This recipe is new to me.From the pic, I thought it was curd-rice.
    Nice entry for the event.Sending Janmashtami wishes your way, Archana πŸ™‚

    It tastes something like curd rice . Happy Janmashtami to you πŸ™‚

  5. Nice post Archana! dahi handi was such fun to look at…i had almost forgotten about this until i read your post. Thanks for bringing it back πŸ™‚

    Thanx Tee,
    Even I have not seen Dahi Handi for a long time πŸ™‚

  6. Warewah!!Waht a lovely name…!!such a treat for lucky krishna!I love this(“totally new neivedyam to me”)with all poha..puffed rice..buter milk…milk..and fruits..all Krishnas favourite in one..!..Yours is the best!!Simply best!!

    :D))) Thanx Bharathy πŸ™‚ If the same is made otherwise you may not like it but for neivedyam it tastes divine πŸ™‚

  7. shalet gopalkala banavayvcho ani to khanyasaathi paij lagayachi….oh, how i had completely forgotten bout those days and of course the treasured dahi handi…thanks for bringing back the memories…

    Thanx Bhags :)These things if done together in a group is real fun :)Ata festivals cha season suru zala, Ganapati che diwas ale ata ajoon maja ahey πŸ™‚

  8. Hey Archana, this is new to me, but I like this no cooking recipe ! Hope you had a great Janamshtami.

    Hi Abha, yes it is not so well known and is generally made during Janmashtami πŸ™‚

  9. Oh yes, the dahi handis….. we were feeling terrible about missing out on all that commotion and fun of the janmashtami season in Mumbai! Gopalkala has an interesting story to it!:)

    Oh Mumbai is lovely. Such events take a grand scale there. πŸ™‚

  10. Something different recipe with salt and sweet but I think this is nice new taste. Nice entry for Latha.:)

    Thanx Kajal πŸ™‚ It tastes good πŸ™‚

  11. This is perfect recepie of Gopalkala.Thanx Archana. only reading the recepie made me remember the taste of Goopalkala enjoyed in my childhood, many thanx again

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