We celebrate Makar Sankranti festival in mid January.We celebrate it across India.Punjabis call it as Lohri while Tamils call it as Pongal.Andhra also calls it as Pedda panduga or Sankranti.
Why do we celebrate Lohri and Makar Sankranti?
We celebrate it to mark the end of winter solistice and beginning of longer days.It is also a celebration of winter harvest.
While Gujarati community call it as Uttarayan in Gujarat,Assamese call it as Magh Bihu.
There are four days of Pongal - Bhogi,Surya,Mattu and Kaanum.
We have put together a list of our top Makar Sankranti recipes for this special festival.Scroll below to read them.
What should we do on Sankranti?
We should worship the SUN as a deity for his power to give us life.People pray for a good harvest.They also celebrate with bonfires,kite flying and fairs.Sesame seeds have a major role in this festival.People bathe with sesame seed oil and wear black so that it keeps the body warm on the cold day.
What is eaten on Makar Sankranti?
Sesame is a powerhouse of vitamin E and anti-oxidants.It also provides energy and heat to the body.We make special sweets for this occasion.They include various types of chikki ,revadi and laddoo.Other important pongal festival recipes and bhogi recipes are pongal,sweet pongal.
Scroll below to see our Top Makar Sankranti Recipes
- Til Mawa barfi :Sesame rose fudge. This is an egg-less vegetarian sweet.It has the goodness of both sesame and rose water. Click here to see the recipe.
- Murmura laddoo: Puffed rice laddoo.This yummy laddoo is also known as maramaralu undalu in South India.Assamese call ki Murir laru.This is a vegan gluten-free recipe.You can use both sugar or jaggery to make these yummy treats.Click here to see.
3. Til Patti:Sesame brittle.This is an all sesame sweet.Minimal ingredients but maximum taste.Crush it later and add it to ice creams.Tastes fabulous.Click here to see the recipe.
- Til ke laddoo: Sesame seed balls.Also called as til laddoo in Maharashtra or Til Laru in Assamese. This recipe is all seed based.You can make it vegan by adding oil/vegan butter.It is already made with natural cane sugar or jaggery.It is also gluten-free. Click here to see the recipe.
- Oats chikki
No problem if you cannot eat sesame.Have a peanut chikki or an oats chikki with dried berries.Click here to see the recipe:
Note: Pregnant women should avoid sesame and jaggery as they both induce heat in the body,
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