Kala Chana- Ashtami Prasad
Ashtami Prasad- Kala chana | Kala Chana dry Masala
Kala chana or Ashtami Prasad is a simple recipe of Black peas/Kala chana made dry ,pan roasted along with spices .Its made on the eighth day of Navratri fasting .Ashtami/Navmi pooja as popularly know in most parts of the country is marked by the closure of 9 days of Navratri fasting. Eighth Day of Navratri is celebrated as Ashtami and the ninth day called the navmi.
On this day we prepare Kala chana ,poori and sooji halwa to perform Kanjak /Kanjake.Prayers are offered to Godess durga and as a ritual little teenage girls under the age of 9 seen as an embodiment of Godess Durga are worshiped .Its called Kanjak pujan or kanya poojan.
Kala chana/Black chickpeas – Sooji Halwa/Semolina pudding – Poori are prepared paired with a gift some money and offered to the little Goddesses which visit the house to accept our prayers, bless us and complete the auspicious puja.
People welcome the little girls in their house and traditionally first wash their feet and touch them to seek their blessings. We then make then sit in a row and then perform the following before serving them with Ashtami Prasad or Durga Bhog.
The Ashtami Prasad is a simple preparation of pooris made with whole wheat flour, sookha chana/dry black peas i.e soaked and boiled Kala chana tempered with spices and as a dessert Sooji ka Halwa/ Semolina pudding.The other recipes prepared for Ashtami Puja Prasad are: