Gudi Padwa, Akshay Trutiya, Vijaya Dashami and Kartik Pratipada are revered as auspicious days in Hindu belief and celebrated as साडे तीन मुहूर्त in Marathi tradition.
On each of these days Parbhi households, go against traditional Marathi convention (as usual) cook mutton for lunch!
Curiously, the spicy meat and potato stew is accompanied by a sweet rice pulao called Keshri Bhaat. This recipe is more strikingly similar to a Muslim style Zarda Pulao than its Maharashtrian cousin ‘Naarali Bhaat’.
1 cup fragrant long grained rice (basmati)
2 and ½ cups full fat milk
1 cup grain sugar
1 tbsp desi ghee
2 Cloves, a stick of Cinnamon and 2 Cardamoms
A generous pinch of saffron
½ tsp of cardamom and nutmeg powders
Raisins and Chopped Nuts to garnish
Heat ghee in a nonstick pan and add the whole spices. Splutter for a minute.
Serve with a spicy mutton curry – or if you think that’s too radical, have it as dessert. You may want to make this more of a calorie bomb by crushing a couple of malai pedas over the rice while it’s still hot and watch them melt into little fatty puddles of goodness into the sticky rice!