Celebrate Gurpurab With Traditional Taste of Kada Prasad

Gurpurab

Gurpurab always takes place on Kartik Purnima, the Hindu holiday that comes after Diwali for 15 days, a great Indian Festival for Sikhs. This year marks the 553 th birth anniversary of Guru Nank Dev on 8th November 2022. This occasion observes by people all over the world specially in Indian & Canada with Prabhat Pheri, who organizes Langar, a communal food that serves to all regardless of caste, creed, or religion. Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Gurpurab, honors the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru- Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism. It’s one of the most auspicious holidays for Sikhs.

To celebrate Gurpurab, Gurudwara chefs make festive foods like Chana dal, Kheer, Sheera, Jalebis, and others offers at the langar. To mark the day and spread joy, people also prepare mouthwatering treats at home, especially the Kada Prasad.

In the Sekhpura district of present-day Pakistan, at Rai Bhoi Ki Talwandi, close to Lahore, Guru Nanak was born on April 15, 1469. A Gurudwara was built in the city where he was born, which is now known as Nankana Sahib. It locates in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Sikhism was founded in the fifteenth century by Guru Nanak, who regards as a great spiritual figure. He started the Guru Granth Sahib and composed 974 hymns to complete it.

Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrations in Canada

One of the world’s largest Sikh immigrant populations is proudly based in Canada. Two days before Guru Nanak Jayanti, celebrations begin in Gurudwara. Akhand Path, a 48-hour non-stop recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib, is conducted. It is traditional to organize the Nagarkirtan parade the day before Guru Nanak’s birthday. 

Five men, known as the Panj Pyare, who are carrying the Sikh triangular flag, Nishan Sahib, lead the march.During the parade, the holy Guru Grant Sahib positions in a palanquin. 

Along with practicing their martial arts, people often play traditional musical instruments and sing hymns in groups. The jubilant parade moves past streets that embellishes with flowers and flags.

Ingredients & Recipe for making Kada Prasad 

Rich desserts known as Kada Prasad or Atta ka Halwa serves to everyone who enters and prays at a Gurudwara and is made with Desi Ghee (clarified butter). Whole wheat flour is the main ingredient use to make prasad. Without exception, Kada Prasad is a holy food that serves at Gurudwaras. It represents that everyone is equal and is given out following Ardaas. Sikhism has a special prayer called Ardaas.Let’s  have a look at ingredients for Kada Prasad you can shop online too :

Ingredients for Guru Nanak Jayanti for Kada Prasad

  • Coarsely ground wheat flour (atta)- 1 cup 
  • Sugar/ jaggery sugar (your choice) – 1 cup
  • Desi Ghee – 1 cup 
  • Water in the ratio of 1:1:1:2
  • Cardamom Powder (optional )
  • Nuts like Almonds, Cashews & Raisins (optional )

Method to make Kada Parsad :

  • First, heat a pan with four cups of water (depending on the quantity you seek to make). One cup of ghee needs to be melted in a different pan.
  • Then add coarse atta into the heated pan of ghee, and it cooks until it turns golden brown in the pan in which you are melting ghee. To prevent lumps, continually stir it and also maintain a low flame so that it can roast properly.
  • Also, add some sugar or jaggery to the pan where you are boiling water. Don’t let the sugar burn, though.
  • Whisk continuously until all of the water absorbs. When the wheat halwa completely cooks, ghee can be seen floating on top of it.
  • Turn off the flame and Kada prasad/Karah Prashad is ready to serve now. Serve warm to enjoy flavors.

Serve the delicious Kada Prasad to the devotees after giving the prasad to the Guru once it is ready.

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