Indian festivals are incomplete without food. So, on this harvest festival, the whole country indulges into a grand celebration with delightful traditional treats. The harvest festival has different names like Makar Sankranti in Bengal, Lohri in Punjab, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Bihu in Assam, Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh and Sankranti in Karnataka, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
This harvest festival convey a common message which says a bond of brotherhood and spirit of oneness. The sweet delicacies included til, jaggery as an essential ingredients. These ingredients provide warmth and energy to the body.
The delightful delicacies of the harvest festivals are as follows:
Til ladoos made with sesame and jaggery is a mandatory sweet to try on Sankranti. It is the most delicious snack which boosts the immunity and keeps body warm.
Peanut chikki made with roasted peanut and jiggery is a lip-smacking delight to taste in winter. Infact, you can never get enough of it as you devour one by one. These sweet treats are chrunchy and amazing.
Likewise the Til pitha is one of the popular snack of the Assamese. Thus, a thin layer of dry blanket of rice powder wraps the sesame and jiggery mixture. It is prepared during the harvest festival which is called Bihu in Assam.
The murmura laddoo is a crunchy snack to try in Lohri. The loddoo lovers just love to pop in some delightful ladoos made with puffed rice and molten jaggery is a treat to the senses.
Patishapta is a common item in every Bengali household during Makar Sankranti. The whipped batter of refined flour, rice flour or semolina creates the crepe. Thus, it envelops a filling of sweet jaggery, coconut, khoya and nuts. They are served hot and condensed milk is poured over it to make it more tempting.
Sakkarai Pongal is one of the popular delicacy of South India. During Pongal it is prepared from green gram, rice and jiggery. It is a rich wholesome dessert which will make the festive mood even sweeter.
Puran Poli is a delight of Maharashtra which people relish during Makar Sankranti. The flat bread recipe filled with chana dal, nutmeg and cardamom filling is super delicious.
Punjab’s pride Pinni is made using flour, milk, loads of nuts and oodles of desi ghee. You will just love this delight.
Again, Payesh Puli is a quintessentially Bengali dessert for Makar Sankranti. Moreover, it combines two dishes- Pithe and Payesh- in one. Further, the Pithe is a rice flour dumpling stuffed with grated coconut and boiled in a mixture of milk, rice, and jaggery.