If there's a list of food festivals that Indians love to celebrate, Makar Sankranti surely tops the list. The celebration of the winter harvest has a lot to do with farming practices in India. And, it has a lot to do with delicious delicacies from across the country.
The festival, commemorated on January 14 every year, is celebrated under different names in different Indian cultures. But food remains the main part of it. From ghee-laden sweets to scrumptious khichdi and Indian flatbreads, there's a lot to relish during this festival.
Ravi Jaitley residents of Sector 7, Dwarka says, "We still remember our mother preparing "गन्ने की रस वाले चावल" for us. We were supposed to have bath first that too at the nearby tubewell. Those were the days, now we don't even know from where to get this sugarcane juice. Now it's only a formality especially during Covid-19 days. Now we just pray at our small home puja rooms. Someone please bring back those memories
(कोई लौटा दे मेरे बीते हुए दिन)"
Sushil Singh, another resident from Dwarka sector- 5, says, "I find one thing interesting that only this festival in India happens only on this day. It has a fixed date. I recall my childhood when grandmother asked to take bath in the morning in chilly weather without food. Then we all used to sit together and have khichdi, murmure and tilkut. These were delicious and healthy food. In India where a majority of people still depend on agriculture this festival carries a special significance."
We have curated a list of six recipes that would surely appeal to your taste buds this Makar Sankranti
1. Puran Poli
This sweet flatbread is a pride of Maharashtrian cuisine. Most people like to rustle up some delectable puran polis on the occasion of Sankranti. It is a kind of stuffed flatbread filled with moong dal preparation. So, do prepare this for the festivity and serve hot with dollops of ghee on top.
2. Murmura Ladoo
Not just flavourful bhel puri, you can relish puffed rice in the form of these yummy murmura ladoos also. It is a simple and easy dessert that would add sweetness to your festive spirits. All you need is some puffed rice, jaggery and water to prepare this one.
3. Peanut Chikki
This one is our favourite. If you are a fan of all things sweet, you would be aware of the excitement and happiness of chomping on a peanut chikki. Winter is perfect to devour this warm and crispy sweet delight. It is a popular delicacy made during Lohri, Pongal and Makar Sankranti.
4. Til ki Chikki
During Makar Sankranti, til ki chikki is a must-have. Can we call it the perfect solution for mid-meal snacks as well !
5. Gur aur Aate halwa
As the rituals demand, many of us like to cook up a fresh sweet dish like wholesome halwa during festivals. Any auspicious occasion is celebrated with sweet food items like this one. This gur aur atte ka halwa could be your go-to dish for this festive season. It can be prepared in 30 minutes and tastes good as well.
6. Dalia Pongal
This recipe is a hit in the southern part of the country. People love to mark festive times like Makar Sankranti by savouring dalia Pongal. You can follow the recipe and prepare it. It is enjoyed by people from all age groups including kids.
May your Makar Sankranti be as sweet and nice as these amazing recipes !