10 finest Lohri recipes you could not miss

10 best Lohri recipes to make your celebration even more specialTen best Lohri recipes that add zing to the celebrations. These traditional Lohri recipes are easy to make and are full of warm ingredients that are available in winters like sesame, jaggery and peanuts.TNN | Updated : Jan 9, 2018, 06.21 PM IST10 best Lohri recipes to make your celebration even more special Ten best Lohri recipes that add zing to the celebrations. These traditional Lohri recipes are easy to make and are full of warm ingredients that are available in winters like sesame, jaggery and peanuts.

Freezing winter nights, bonfire, lots of mouthwatering snacks and foot-tapping music. Sounds familiar? Yes, it‘s time for the cultural festival of Punjab – Lohri.

A popular folk festival in the north, Lohri celebrates the passing of the winter solstice and welcomes the warmth of long sunny days. This cultural festival is celebrated with fervor by Hindus and Sikhs, who gather around a bonfire to worship, Agni Dev, the Fire God. Men and women dress in traditional attire and make merry by breaking into bhangra or giddha while munching some finger-licking food. Yes, no celebration can be complete without savoring some delectable food!

Lohri is a harvest festival and all the new grains are beautifully used in the recipes to churn out delicious content that are used in the rituals and are also savoured during the celebrations. Maize, jaggery, rice, wheat are used to make delectable Lohri recipes. Here is a list of 10 traditional Lohri recipes that are a must have during the festival. Have a look!

Bhugga is a sweet and soft snack made using sizzling sesame seeds, creamy khoya topped with some rich dry fruits. It is one of the most authentic and delectable snacks to gorge on during the festival of Lohri. Once your guests get a taste of yummy Bhugga, we bet they will end up asking for some more!

Made with cashews, almonds and other dry fruits, this chikki is sweet and delectable and is loaded with healthy fats. It keeps the body warm and it a must have by kids.

Made from crunchy peanuts embraced in a thick layer of jaggery, Peanut Chikki tops the list among the most loved food to munch on during Lohri celebrations. This finger-licking delight is crispy, healthy and irresistibly delicious and will make everyone marvel at your perfect culinary skills. This Lohri, don‘t miss out on these hearty gur bars.

A very popular Punjabi dish, Atte ki Pinni is made in desi ghee with whole wheat flour and nuts. It is warm, comforting and delicious. It is a must have during winters as it protects the body from ill effects of the cold weather.

Popcorn
Popcorn, caramel or buttery, is definitely one of the most loved snacks on Lohri. The first and the freshest harvest of corn is used to make these crunchy and peppy snacks to add flavour to the festivities of Lohri. An absolute delight for kids, these tasty snacks leave a lingering taste and make everyone beg for more!

Makhanas or fox seeds or lotus seeds are the latest super food. They are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium and are an ideal snack for weight watchers and those suffering from heart ailments, Dry roast them and dust them with pepper and chaat masala and enjoy!

Crunchy and tasty, this amazing preparation is enveloped in the sweetness of jaggery and is a typical Lohri recipe which is prepared in almost every home during the festival.

Made with sesame seeds and jaggery, these bars are loaded with good fats and are healthy for the heart too! Sesame keeps the body warm and tastes amazing when prepared with jaggery.

Til or sesame seeds from the first harvest of the season are used in making another sugar-covered snack for Lohri-Til Laddoo. These round balls, made using sesame seeds and lots of finger-licking jaggery with a hint of cardamom, make it hard for anyone to say no to these yummy laddoos.

If you happen to wander in the neighborhood a day before Lohri, you will encounter the delectable whiff of Gajar Ka Halwa, hanging about in the air. It is a must prepare dish during the festival and is loved by one and all.

By: Twinkle Khanna
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