Sunday, December 20, 2009

Punjab's Awesome Comfort Food - Panjiri

On a Monday morning, it is almost painful to reach office, especially in winters. All I want to do is curl up in the fluffy blanket and sleep some more. Of course, reality bites and the first thing that bites you on a Monday is to rush to office before traffic jam begins. 

The best part of this Monday was tasting the Punjabi delicacy called Panjiri. Well, to be honest, I haven't even heard of this dish till I tasted it. When my dear buddy Ranjit brought it back from home (Amritsar) saying that her mom made it, I had a generous helping and then some more and again more and of course, nearly finished most of it. It was so tasty and rich.

According to Ranjit, although this dish is ideal for nursing mothers, the way in which the ingredients are measured and inserted into this recipe make it very healthy for others too. The one that her mom made and I binged on is good for the eyes and help lessen headaches. 

What a wonderful, traditional dish to taste on a Monday morning, isn't it? I searched the web and found a little more information about Panjiri. Here's a gist for those of you who are like me and don't know anything about it:
 

1. It is a popular dish in every home in Punjab, whether rich or poor. 
2. Kids are fed this comfort food as it is associated with lots of love.
3. This is particularly meant to be eaten  during winters as it has a warm effect on the body, combats cold and provides nourishment.


Remember, don't get too carried away by the awesome taste of Panjiri. Like all delicious things, this too can add tons of calories:) Still, I recommend you give it a try so that you are hooked to its taste forever!

Some other yummy treats you may be tempted to visit are:
  1. Nirula's Chocolate Sundae
  2. Vietnamese Salad
  3. Golden Pineapple

Have you tasted something new this month? What's so special about it? Tell us why you liked/didn't like it.

10 comments:

BK Chowla said...

Good Lord. Panjiri is only fat,besides it is amongst the greatest dish Punjab has on it's plate.
It has a special ingredients, unfortunately this dish has not been promoted internationally.
Yes,it is available in England where most of the Punjabi community lives.
All of you must taste Panjiri and count the calories too.

Zeba said...

Haha. I think most of all the Punjabi food is all fat. But then the fattier it is, the yummier it gets.

P.S. Thanks for stopping by at my blog. :) Will keep a tab on yours.

veda said...

i can never forget the panjiri from Nanded (Maharashtra), Huzoor Sahib. Ghee-rich and just the right amount of sugar.

Swati said...

:-)
I taste new foods almost everyday :)
Ask me how ..thanks to our office caterer , he gets some hybrid of northy-southy food , with most innovative names :D LOL!

Freshly Found said...

Lots of butter [ghee] and sugar. It sounds amazing!

Readers Dais said...

Hmmm, That sounds tasty, but where do we get the recipe from? :)

Red Chillies said...

Thanks for visting my blog Swapna... wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

@BK Chowla: Yes, i totally agree with you and I am surprised that it is so popular in England too. Great to hear that, thanks for sharing.

@Readers Dais: I wish I knew the recipe too:)

@Zeba, Veda, Swati & Red Chillies: Thanks Zeba!

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

@Freshly Found: Yep, it's definitely delectable!

chowringheekarolbagh said...

Lovely post! Full of information about your flavourful recipes :)
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