Annakut Food Ceremony to see in the Hindu New Year!

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The Hindu New Year is a time of reflection, resolution and giving thanks. It is an occasion which is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut which literally translates into “a mountain of food”

Hindus offer hundreds of different vegetarian food items to thank God for his providence over the past year and to seek blessings for the year ahead. This is in continuation of when Lord Krishna urged the people of Gokul to offer thanksgiving to nature (in the form of Mount Govardhan) for all its gracious bounty.

That is why you shall see that the food dishes are set up in a mountain arrangement to represent the story of Mount Govardhan. This would definitely be an absolutely fantastic site for anyone but for a food blogger or writer and especially a vegetarian one OMG! they would be in their own foodie heaven. From sweet to savoury treats to main components of a meal and all eggless, onion and garlic less!

I thought I would share some pictures to take you all to this wonderful ceremony that is celebrated around the world in thousands of temples and in Hindu homes.

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These amazing pictures are from various BAPS Temples around the World

Mocha melts

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I do like a good cup of mocha coffee and wanted to capture this taste in a melting cookie. A bite size soft crumbly, melt in your mouth moment hit of caffeine followed by a hint of cocoa to give you the emotional comfort of chocolate! A very light biscuit that can be easily had as an after dinner sweet. I was really happy as I feel that it has captured mocha in it’s essence!

INGREDIENTS

200g unsalted butter room temp
1 tbsp instant coffee granules
1 tbsp water
140g plain flour
60g icing sugar
110g corn starch
10g cocoa powder unsweetened

For the frosting

140g icing sugar
3 tbsp unsalted butter room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
Milk for thinning
Cocoa powder for dusting

METHOD

1. Mix the coffee granules with the water and combine, cream the coffee mixture and butter together well

2. Add the flour, icing sugar, cornstarch and cocoa, mix until a soft dough forms.
Put the dough in the fridge for an hour to firm up

3. Preheat oven to 180ºc/350ºf/gas mark 4. Take a little of the cookie dough and roll into bite size balls, lay them on a lined baking tray, repeat for the all of the dough

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4. Bake for 11 minutes and set aside to cool on the tray for a few minutes and then delicately remove and place on a cooling rack
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5. Mix all the icing ingredients and using the milk to thin out to a frosting consistency. Frost each cookie then dust with a little cocoa powder

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(Inspired by a recipe on “the view from great island”)