A Bhog Recipe for Maha Shivratri

As people prepare for the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri that will be celebrated this year on March 1, Ravish Mishra, Executive Chef, The Westin Goa shares a recipe of a bhog offered to Lord Shiva on this day.
A statue of Shiva on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh.
A statue of Shiva on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh.


Ingredients (for 3 portions)

Split chickpeas 1 cup

Desiccated coconut (Dry) ½ cup

Jaggery (Grated) ½ cup

Clarified butter (Ghee) ½ cup

Poppy seeds 1 tbsp.

Cardamom 2 large pcs

Hemp seed 20 Gms

Dried Hemp leaves (Opt.) 5 Gms


Roast the chana dal until it exudes a sweet aroma. Grind the roasted dal along with the cardamom into a fine powder. Roast the poppy seeds until they splutter, giving out a nice aroma. Take care not to burn the seeds with overheating. Roast the dry desiccated coconut until crisp. Let it cool down a bit. And then grind it into a coarse powder. Heat the ghee in a thick pan. Stir in the Jaggery. Keep stirring on medium flame until the Jaggery dissolves, forming bubbles. Add the coarsely ground coconut, followed by the poppy seeds. Give it a quick stir. Finally, empty the powdered chana dal into the pan and put off the flame. Mix it thoroughly adding the roasted hemp seeds and dried hemp leaves. Add some extra ghee in case you feel the mixture is too dry. Take small portions of the mixture make the Tambittu or ladoos.

Garnish well in rolled chopped flaky dry fruits and serve well with thandai And the neivedyam is ready to be offered to Lord Shiva.

Tips and Tricks

Traditionally, these Tambittu are entirely bound by ghee and Jaggery only. This improves their shelf life on the counter without refrigeration and also provides much-needed warmth during the colder months.

If you would like to cut down on the amount of ghee used, replace it with an equal quantity of ghee and milk.

If using milk, bring it to a boil along with ghee before adding Jaggery.

Also, note that using milk in making Tambittu means these will need to be refrigerated.

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