Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival of India, is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. Known as Lohri in Punjab, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujrat, Bihu in Assam, and Poush Parbon in West Bengal, the auspicious day is celebrated in different ways all over India. Similar to any other festival in India, Makar Sankranti is incomplete without preparing some delicious traditional delicacies. To make this auspicious day more special, we list some of the mouth-watering recipes from all over India that you can make at home. With the help of KENT cooking appliances range, you can easily prepare some of these dishes without any hassles. However, before we discuss the traditional dishes, let’s find out the significance of celebrating Makar Sankranti.
What is so Special About Makar Sankranti?
Makar Sankranti, which is also known as the harvest festival, is celebrated with a lot of grandeur across the country. The festival celebrates shifting of Sun into Capricorn, which is also known as Makar in Sanskrit. Limited sunlight takes a toll on the harvesting of crops, which is the reason why when the sun transits towards the North, the country celebrates the onset of slightly longer and warmer days. The auspicious day is celebrated with a lot of delicious foods, songs, dance, and folk tales all over India.
The Importance of Name and Date of the Festival
Majority of the festivals are celebrated according to the lunar calendar; however, Makar Sankranti is the only festival that is celebrated according to the solar calendar. This is the reason why Makar Sankranti is celebrated on the 14th of January every year. The word ‘Makar’ signifies cancer whereas ‘Sankranti’ refers to the movement of the sun from one zodiac sign to another. In short, it means the movement of the sun into Capricorn.
Makar Sankranti is predominantly a harvest festival of winter crops. The festival is celebrated all over India. In western India, it is popularly known as Makar Sankranti, whereas in the South, the festival is known as Pongal. In northern part of India, the festival is celebrated as Lohri whereas in East it is named after the dish ‘khichdi’. The festival mainly marks the end of the winter season.
Makar Sankranti Special Dishes from all Around India
Here is a list of the Makar Sankranti special dishes from all over India.
Sarso ka Saag from Punjab
Who doesn’t like gorging on the classic sarso ka saag and piping hot makke ki roti with a dollop of butter? A winter speciality from Punjab, the mouth-watering dish is made using mustard leaves and other green leafy vegetables. Though most of you have enjoyed the delicacy in restaurants, why not prepare this famous dish at home this Lohri?
- 4 bunches of fresh mustard leaves
- 1 bunch of fresh spinach
- 5 tablespoons Olive oil
- Sliced ginger
- 6-7 cloves of Garlic
- 2 medium onions
- 3-4 Green chillies
- Salt to taste
- Heat oil, add ginger, garlic and onion. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the chopped mustard leaves, spinach to the pan and stir.
- Add salt and cook till the greens are cooked completely
- Grind the cooked greens using KENT Power Grinder and Blender
- Transfer the paste to a pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes
- Serve hot
Puran Poli from Maharashtra
This is another mouth-watering dish that you can try at home this Makar Sankranti. Though puran poli originated in Maharashtra, it is loved by people from all around India. The stuffing, which is known as puran is made with a mixture of mashed chana dal cooked with jaggery and cardamom powder. Grinding the chana dal is no more an issue as you can use the Turbo Grinder and Blender from KENT. The delicacy is served with a dollop of ghee. You can prepare the dough for the roti with the help of the atta and bread maker from KENT.
Ingredients for Puran Poli
- 1 cup Split Bengal gram (chana dal)
- 3/4th cup Jaggery
- A pinch of Saffron
- ¼ teaspoon Cardamom Powder
- A pinch of nutmeg powder
- Boil the chana dal. Coarsely grind the dal using the KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender.
- Take a pan, add dal, grated jaggery, cardamom powder, saffron and nutmeg powder. Mix well.
- Stir constantly till the mixture is dry. Remove and let the mixture dry. Divide the mixture in equal portions.
- In the KENT Atta and Bread Maker, add flour, ghee and water to get the perfect dough. Divide the dough into equal portions.
- Roll out the dough, add the puran stuffing, cover and seal the edges.
- Cook the puran poli in a tawa
- Serve hot
Patishapta from West Bengal
Another delicious recipe from the land of sweets lovers, patishapta is a stuffed sweet crepe. Makar Sankranti in Bengal is incomplete without preparing this recipe. The delicious dessert is stuffed with coconut, khoya and date palm jaggery.
- 1 cup refined flour
- ½ cup sooji
- ¼ cup rice flour
- 2 cups milk
- 300 grams grated khoya
- Sugar to taste
- Cooking oil
- In a pan, mix khoya with sugar over a low flame. Add a little milk and cardamom.
- Stir the mixture continuously till it becomes sticky. Keep the mixture aside for 15-20 minutes
- Add sooji, maida, rice flour and milk in a bowl. Mix well so that there are no lumps. For preparing the perfect batter, you can use KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender
- Dip the KENT Chilla and Dosa maker in the batter
- Add the khoya stuffing lengthwise in the centre of the roll
- Serve hot
Sakkarai Pongal from Tamil Nadu
Sakkarai Pongal or sweet Pongal is a delicacy from South India. The traditional Pongal recipe is prepared using rice, jaggery, cashew and moong dal. The mouth-watering delicacy is a must-have during Pongal.
- ½ cup rice
- ½ cup moong dal
- ½ cup grated jaggery
- A pinch of cardamom powder
- 3-4 tablespoon ghee
- 1-2 tablespoon cashew nuts
- Chopped coconut pieces
- Roast moong dal in a heavy bottomed pan or KENT Electric rice cooker
- Add rice to the pan and wash twice
- Pour 2 ¼ cups water and cook till rice and dal are soft
- Remove the pressure cooker and mash the rice
- Pour grated jaggery to ¼ cup water. Stir the jaggery on low flame.
- Filter the jaggery syrup
- Add green cardamom. Mix and cook on a medium flame till the syrup blends with rice.
- Heat a pan with ghee, add coconut pieces and fry them. Add them to rice. Add cashews, cloves and fry till golden brown.
- Serve hot.
Last Few Words
Those were some of the famous dishes prepared during Makar Sankranti in different parts of India. The best part is you can make all the dishes easily with the help of the cooking appliances from KENT. So, this Makar Sankranti, ditch the unhealthy food items and switch to healthy eating with KENT cooking appliances. Visit our website to find out more about our cooking appliances range.