Nag Panchami Special: Wheat Flour Diya (Sweet and Edible कणकेचे दिवे / Kanakeche Dive)

How to Prepare Dive/wheat flour lamps in instant pot
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     Nag Panchami is a traditional festival, on this day worship of snakes observed by Hindus throughout India. Panchami is the fifth day among the fifteen days of the moon's waxing and/or waning. This special day of the snake worship always falls on the fifth day of the Hindu month of Shravan (July/August). (This year Nag Panchami is on 15th August 2018). Hence this is called Naga Panchami. On the Nag Panchami day, cobras(Naga), and snakes are worshipped with milk, sweets, flowers, wheat flour and jaggery lamps(कणकेचे दिवे), Wheat Kheer(गव्हाची खीर) and this puranache dind(पुरणाचे दिंड). In villages, the anthills(वारुळ) where the snakes are thought to reside, are searched. Incense is offered to the anthill as prayer along with milk (a traditional story of folklore to feed milk to the snakes) to ensnare snakes to come out of the anthill. After this, milk is poured into the hole in the anthill as a libation to the snake god.
 Course : Festival recipe
 Cuisine : Indian, Maharashtrian.
 Prep Time: 20 Minutes
 Cook Time: 10 Minutes
 Total Time: 30 Minutes.
 Servings: 11
 Each Serving of Wheat flour Lamps / Dive Contains: 70 Calories.


Ingredients :

To Prepare Jaggery syrup :
  1. Jaggery ½ cup
  2. Water ¼ cup
To Prepare Dough :
  1. Whole wheat flour 1 cup
  2. Semolina 2 tbsp
  3. Cardamom powder 1 Tsp
  4. Nutmeg Powder ¼ tsp
  5. Saffron few strands + 2 tbsp warm water
  6. Salt 1 pinch
  7. Ghee 1 tbsp

Instructions :

To Prepare Jaggery Syrup :
  1. Mix Jaggery and water in a bowl, strain it and keep aside.
  2. To Prepare Dough :
  3. In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, semolina, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, salt,
    saffron and molten ghee.
  4. Now add jaggery syrup (little at a time) into the wheat flour mixture and knead to make a hard or stiff dough.
  5. Pour some oil over the dough and keep aside.
To Make Lamps / Dive :
  1. Divide the dough into equal sized balls.
  2. Take a small dough ball and press it in the center with the
  3. Now with the thumb and index finger make a deep hole to give it a shape like a bowl.
  4. Pinch one side of the dough bowl to make a tip of the lamp.
  5. Similarly, make remaining lamps from the dough (I have prepared 11 Lamps).
  6. Place a banana leaf or clean cloth over the steamer and arrange the lamps over it.
To Steam the Lamps :
  1. Turn on instant pot and pour 1 cup of water into the instant pot.
  2. Now place the steamer and close the lid of the instant pot.
  3. Place the vent on sealing position and steam it for 10 minutes using steam mode of the instant pot.
  4. NRP for 5 minutes and then quick release.
  5. Once done pour ghee and serve hot with kheer. Enjoy!!!

Dietary Comment :
Based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Per serving contains 70 calories, along with carbohydrates - 13 g, fats - 1.23 g, proteins - 1.4 g.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!

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