Add a special touch to special occasionsMasala means a spice blend or mixture of spices. Here, it means a ground powdered form of dry nuts and spices which is added to milk. This masala milk has got religious significance, as it is specially consumed on Sharad Purnima.
Sharad Purnima, also known as Kojaagiri Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin. This festival is also known as Sharad Poonam. This year it is celebrated on 26th October 2015.
In Brij region of India, Sharad Purnima is also known as Raas Purnima. It is believed that on the day of Sharad Purnima, Lord Krishna performed Maha Raas, the dance of divine love.
The Sharad in Sharad Purnima signifies the Sharad ritu (season) of the year. Basically a harvest festival, it also has religious significance. It is also known as moonlight celebration, as it is believed that on this day, the moon rays have certain healing properities which nourish the body and the soul. The brightness of the full moon brings special joy, especially after monsoon. Hence to take advantage of this devine phenomenon, traditionally on the day of sharad Purnima, Masala doodh, a famous Indian milk preparation made od cow milk, sugar and nuts flavored with cardamom, is prepared and left in moom light for the first part of the night. Later, this masala doodh, which is believed to be invigorated and fortified with the moon light is considered and distributed as Prasad in family members.
One glass of hot milk with masala powder in the night will help in getting sound sleep. The spice nutmeg in the powder calms, relaxes and helps in getting sleep. With all the dry nuts in it, this masala powder makes an excellent drink with milk, for both kids and adults.
In routine days, this fragrant dry fruits blend can also be added to a glass of hot milk. Add a sweetner like sugar or any sweetner you prefer. Stir a...