High 10 Makar Sankranti recipes

Top 10 Makar Sankranti recipes to add flavour to the celebrationsA list of easy and quick Makar Sankranti recipes that are not just supremely delicious but are also loaded with health benefits. Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival and these 10 traditional recipes are the ones you must not miss trying this festival.TNN | Updated : Jan 12, 2018, 05.49 PM IST A list of easy and quick Makar Sankranti recipes that are not just supremely delicious but are also loaded with health benefits. Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival and these 10 traditional recipes are the ones you must not miss trying this festival.

India is a land of traditions, festivals and religious beliefs that stand proudly next to the global technology. And if we go by experts, these traditions and festivals have their own benefits and a majority of them have similar scientific approach too, and probably that‘s the reason people from abroad have started visiting India on certain festivals to experience the warmth. Makar Sankranti is one such occasion, when on the bank of Ganges you can see many tourists taking the holy dip and relishing til-gur at the street shop on this pious day. This festival celebrates the new grains that are newly harvested and these grains find a prominent place in the celebrations. Khichri, Til and Gur are mainly relished, besides other grains.

The importance of name and date
In Hindu religion, majority festivals are celebrated according to the lunar calendar, but Makar Sankranti is the only festival that is celebrated according to the solar calendar. Hence, the festival is celebrated every year on January 14. Here the word ‘Makar‘ signifies the zodiac sign Capricorn, while ‘Sankranti‘ refers to the movement of the sun from zodiac sign to another. In simple words, it refers to the movement of the sun into Capricorn.

Example of unity in diversity
Makar Sankranti is predominantly a harvest festival of the Rabi (winter) crops and is celebrated throughout India. In the west it is popular by the name of Makar Sankranti, while in the south, the festival is known as Pongal, in the north, it is celebrated as Lohri, while in the east it is named after the dish called ‘Khichdi‘ and is also prepared in a lavish form on this pious day. The festival also marks the end of the winter season.

The value of fairs and pilgrimage
This festival is closely associated with pilgrimage, as it is believed that this day is the most pious of all to take a holy dip. In Uttar Pradesh, the world famous Kumbh Mela starts with Makar Sankranti every 12 years. While in West Bengal, there is Gangasagar or Sagardweep Mela where pilgrims take a dip in the holy river to wash off all their sins. In Kerala, one of the gigantic pilgrimages of Shabrimala ends on Makar Sankranti.

Importance of flying kites on Makar Sankranti
In early times, it was believed that due to climate change and rise in moisture level in the atmosphere, the chances of germs and bacteria flowing in the air that causes illness such as flu was very high. So, people used to fly kites in the early morning hour to get rid of those bad bacteria with the help of sunlight. Also, skin experts feel that early morning sun rays are considered beneficial for the skin and body and the act of flying kites make it a joyous affair altogether.

Famous foods prepared on Makar Sankranti
The significance of consuming til during Makar Sankranti is religious and scientific too. Til, according to Hindu mythology originates from Lord Vishnu‘s body and is said to wash away all sins. And of course it keeps the body warm and is good for the heart too! Here is a list of 10 delicious recipes that you must try this Makar Sankranti!

: Made with sesame seeds, peanuts and jaggery, this dessert dish is best served in winters. To add an edge you can add grated ginger to it.

: Made with sliced eggplant, roasted gram powder and spices, this side dish is best served with khichdi.

: This traditional Bihari recipe is made with jaggery, peanuts and puffed rice. You can the curshed form of it with curd as a light breakfast.

: It is a melange of rice, green moong dal, desi ghee, spices and a lot of green veggies. It is best served with curd and baigan pakora.

: With the goodness of white sesame seeds and jaggery, this snack dish is good for winters, as it keeps the body warm.

: Bored of cheeni paratha? Try this tempting variation made with jaggery. To add an edge, you can use crushed black pepper too.

: Made with jaggery, roasted peanuts and ghee, this snack recipe is one of the most popular dish of Makar Sankranti.

: This lip-smacking dessert dish is made with wheat flour, milk, desi ghee and sugar. Make sure that you add enough ghee to bind it well.

: A popular delicacy made with rice, milk, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, jaggery, pistachio, almonds and strands of kesar.

: Also known as ‘Rasiyao‘, this variation of kheer is dark in color and has the goodness of roasted dry fruits too.

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