Kojagiri purnima, also known as Sharad Purnima, falls on the full moon day of Ashwin month as per Hindu calendar.
We used to have masala doodh in our terrace by the moonlight. It was a fun activity for kids; we use to keep the lights off and have masala milk in the full moon’s light.
It is believed that on Sharad Purnima day Goddess Lakshmi goes around from place to place asking “Ko jagrati?” meaning “Who is awake?”. Thus the name of this full moon day came to be Kojagiri Purnima. Believers stay awake till 12 in the night and keep the masala milk in moonlight by midnight before having it. There is a belief that on this full moon day the Earth and Moon are at a close distance and so moonlight provides us medicinal benefits.
The practical reasons behind these traditions. When it comes to festive food, we find that there is usually a close connection between the food and the season we consume it in. On the day of Kojagiri Purnima too we have milk , which are good for controlling pitta(acidity). Apparently, pitta dosha rises in this season of October heat. So that gives us one more reason to enjoy the yummy masala milk…..
Nutmeg powder 1/4 Tsp
Cardamom powder 1/2 Tsp
Saffron strands 10-12
Sugar 4-5 Tbsp or as per your taste
Soak almonds in half cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes.
Peal almonds and pistachios, and coarsely grind or roughly chop them.
Bring milk to a boil and then allow it to simmer on slow flame till it becomes 3/4th of the original quantity. Keep stirring intermittently to ensure that milk doesn’t spill over.(approx. 15-20min.)
Add sugar and continue to simmer the milk till sugar dissolve.
Add chopped / crushed almonds and pistachios, and mix well.
Allow the milk to simmer till it reduces almost half the original quantity and then add saffron strands and mix well.
Turn off heat.
Mix well and serve hot/ warm or cold as per your liking.
Wishing you all a very happy Kojagiri Poornima !! May Goddess Lakshmi bless you with good health , fortune and Prosperity !!!