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Makar Sankranti Pongal Festival recipes


Last Updated : Nov 08,2019



मकर संक्रांती (पोंगल) त्यौहार की - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Makar Sankranti Pongal Festival recipes in Hindi)
મકર સંક્રાંતિ અથવા પૉંગલ તહેવાર માટેની રેસિપી - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Makar Sankranti Pongal Festival recipes in Gujarati)

Makar Sankranti and Pongal Recipes

In India, festivals arrive one after the other to keep us zesty and active! Come January, it is time for Makar Sankaranti in the North and Pongal in South India. These are spring festivals, enjoyed with lots of outdoor activities that keep us close to Nature and remind us of how closely we are bonded with our environment.

Makar Sankaranti is a very popular festival in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is a community event that is very popular in cities like Jaipur and Varanasi, just like Calcutta is known for its Durga Puja. During Makar Sankaranti, kids and adults flock to the terrace and other open spaces with colourful kites. The sky is dotted with bright kites and the atmosphere is abuzz with the festive spirit.

Chikkis and Makar Sankaranti

It is considered important to make sweets with peanuts, sesame seeds, coconut and jaggery during this festival, and usually chikki is the most popular sweet made with these ingredients. Varieties of chikkis are made in huge dabbas and shared with friends and relatives when they meet for the festival. Although chikki might be a blanket term that covers all of them, each tikki is unique in its flavour and texture. While Peanut Chikki has a crisp texture, the Dry Fruit Chikki combines the crunch of nuts with the chewiness of dried fruits. The Mixed Til Chikki has a unique mouth-feel and a classic flavour that has timeless appeal. The Kurmura Chikki with its puffy crispness is an all-time favourite with kids. The Til Laddu made with til and gud is a traditional recipe with an addictive flavour and aroma.

South India and Makar Sankaranti 

In South India, Makar Sankaranti is celebrated in honour of the Sun, the life force that makes life possible on Earth. In Tamil Nadu, this festival is called Pongal, and farmers pay their obeisance to the Sun God, thank Him for a good harvest, and pray for the forthcoming agricultural cycle to be fruitful too. Freshly-harvested rice and vegetables are used to make traditional delicacies like Chakkra Pongal (Sweet Pongal), Ven Pongal (a savoury khichdi like dish) and Ezhukari Kootu (a spicy subzi with seven or more veggies and beans). The rice is usually cooked in new earthen pots. Huge, colourful rangolis are drawn on the courtyards, the earthen pot is placed in the centre of the rangoli on a wood-fired stove and the rice is cooked under the Sun. Although modern cooking methods are available, many households, especially in rural areas prefer to follow this traditional method till date. For lack of facilities, city-dwellers settle with cooking these delicacies on gas stoves and other appliances! We share with you time-tested authentic recipes for making these dishes, to make Makar Sankaranti all the more special.

Any festival is a time to celebrate with friends and family, and to keep traditions alive. Food being a part and parcel of our culture, it is also important to know how to cook and serve our traditional delicacies with love and care. We will always be by your side, helping you achieve the best outcome in the kitchen!


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Kurmura Chikki, Murmura Chikki Recipe
Recipe# 5015
08 Nov 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional treat that has withstood the test of time, Kurmura Chikki, with its wonderful crunch and puffy texture is loved across generations! Light yet satiating, this tasty chikki is also easy to prepare, with minimal ingredients. Using jaggery instead of white sugar retains the traditional ....
Rajgira Chikki, Amaranth Chikki
Recipe# 42310
01 Oct 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Crispy and sweet Rajgira Chikki, made with dainty little amaranth seeds and jaggery, is an awesome treat for the taste buds. It has a rich taste and pleasing texture, combining the sweetness of jaggery, the rustic taste and texture of amaranth and the nutty crunch of cashew nuts. A pinch of ....
Kakara Pitha, Sooji Kakara Pitha
Recipe# 42766
24 Aug 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A classic treat from Odia cuisine, the Kakara Pitha is a scrumptious sweet that everyone will enjoy, right from kids to elders. Deep-fried semolina balls with a sweet coconut stuffing, the Kakara Pitha has a fascinating mix of textures with an exciting crispness leading to succulent sweetness. Si ....
Peanut Chikki
Recipe# 41000
26 Jun 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Think chikki, and peanut is the first option that comes to mind! Indeed, the combination of peanuts and jaggery, prepared in a crisp and exciting form, is a time-tested and ever-popular snack, which has won the hearts of Indians and others. Here is a detailed step-by-step recipe that shows you how t ....
Pongal Kootu, South Indian Mixed Vegetable Curry
Recipe# 42312
25 Jun 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Pongal Kootu is a tongue-tickling mixed vegetable curry made during Makar Sankaranthi or Pongal in South India. It is made with local vegetables that are in season at the cusp of winter and spring. This curry brings togethe ....
Avial ( South Indian Recipes)
Recipe# 32909
09 Apr 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Avial is a dish that originated in kerala, but gained an equal fanfare in tamilnadu as well. Rare is the wedding or festive menu that does not include avial! the key to making excellent avial is to pay equal attention to the visual appeal – vegetables with contrasting colours such as carrot, beans, ....
Coconut Pachadi / Coconut Raita
Recipe# 32871
08 Apr 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Well, if you like dips and raitas, check out their South Indian equivalent – the refreshing raitas! Made by combining thick curds with veggies or other ingredients, the highlight of any pachadi is the traditional tempering, which adds an irresistible aroma t ....
Dry Fruit Chikki, Cashew Almond and Pistachio Chikki
Recipe# 40732
07 Mar 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Young and old alike drool over crunchy-munchy mixed nut chikkis! Indeed, who can resist the delectable combination of nuts with sugar in a crispy and handy form? The rich flavour and enticing texture of the Dry Fruit Chikki make you want to keep munching on them, and the temptation is even higher if ....
Til Laddu, Til Ke Ladoo, Til Gud Ladoo Recipe
Recipe# 5016
09 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
There is a traditional charm about this recipe that makes it appeal to everyone! Aromatic ingredients like dry roasted sesame seeds and crushed peanuts are sweetened with jaggery and laced with cardamom to make delicious laddoos. Unlike sugar, jaggery has a distinctive flavour, which complements the ....
Til Chikki
Recipe# 2940
09 Feb 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
A nutritious treat for to-be moms, as the winning combo of sesame seeds and jaggery gives a good boost of iron, which is required to maintain healthy haemoglobin levels. Pop a Til Chikki into your mouth whenever you feel nauseous, and you are sure to feel better instantly. When making this chikk ....
Mixed Til Chikki
Recipe# 4197
15 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Shiny white teeth and robust strong bones need a daily dose of calcium, and what better way to provide this essential nutrient than in the form of a crunchy Mixed Til Chikki! The ingredients of this chikki such as sesame seeds, almonds and jaggery, are all
Til Ke Ladoo, Microwave Til Ladoo
Recipe# 35104
09 Jan 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A mouth-watering laddoo made of sesame seeds and crushed peanuts, which will make your taste buds jump with joy! Dry roasting the sesame boosts the aroma and flavour of this laddoo phenomenally. Crushed peanuts and jaggery also add to the fabulous taste of this laddoo, which is quite easy to make in ....
Til and Dry Fruit Chikki
Recipe# 33114
28 Dec 18

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by Tarla Dalal
A tasty and energy-dense bar, which you ought to carry around in a small box in your handbag, if you tend to feel tired often! Rich in nutrients like protein, iron and vitamin E, this Til and Dry Fruit Chikki will beat fatigue and satisfy your sweet tooth in one shot. Nutritious jaggery ....
Til Papdi Chikki, Makar Sankranti Recipe
Recipe# 42380
26 Nov 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Papdi chikki is a type of chikki that’s really thin. This not only makes it attractive to look at, but also gives it a superbly crisp and exciting mouth-feel. A specialty that’s made during Sankaranthi, the Til Papdi Chikki is a delightful treat that’s made with sesame seeds along with a dash of ....
Crushed Peanut Chikki, Crushed Shing Dana Chikki Made in Jaggery
Recipe# 41001
18 Oct 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Peanut Chikki is one of the most popular amongst chikkis, the crushed peanut version being as popular as the whole one. Crushing the peanuts increases the aroma of the chikki, and enhances the flavour too as the peanuts and jaggery mix more uniformly. The texture is also quite different, somewhat so ....
Coconut Chikki, Kopra Chikki Made in Jaggery
Recipe# 40999
05 Jul 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Coconut Chikki is quite unique in its flavour and texture. It is thinner than most other chikkis, has an exhilarating crispness, and the rich flavour of coconut and jaggery. Here is a detailed step-by-step recipe that shows you how to make Coconut Chikki at home. Keep all the required item ....
Daria Chikki, Roasted Chana Dal Chikki
Recipe# 40998
05 Jul 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
When it comes to any mithai, there is no disputing the fact that anything that is homemade with love tastes much better than store-bought ones. This holds true for chikkis too! Yes, chikki – the wonderful Indian snack that continues to enchant several generations o ....
Recipe# 40595
23 May 16

 
 by Radha Hoizal
No reviews
Stuffed Chikki Cone, an innovative chikki recipe. Sesame cones are stuffed with a mixture of dates and cashewnuts and garnished with colourful vermicelli. Innovative and attractive chikkis to give and serve for festive occassions like Sankrant and Raksha Bandhan.
Sarson ka Saag (  Subzi)
Recipe# 13871
04 Dec 15

 
 
by vinodsharma
No reviews
Simply follow the steps here and recreate the favorite sarson ka saag at home and enjoy it with makke ki roti (breads made from maize flour). The sarson ka saag is prepared from mustard greens and taste heavenly with dollops of butter added on the top.
Recipe# 13393
23 Nov 15

 
 
by Foodie #9780
No reviews
Pesarattu or as commonly known as green moong dal Dosa is basically an Andhra specialty . This green moong dal based batter is spread just like dosas and then served hot with coconut chutney as a perfect breakfast option.
Ghevar with Rabri
Recipe# 3913
19 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A honeycomb shaped delicacy made using plain flour and ghee that has originated in Rajasthan. Ghevars are usually large in size approx. 200 mm. Or 250 mm. (8" or 10") squares or rounds and are either sweetened with syrup or served topped with sweet rabri (i. e. thickened milk). Lakshmi M ....
Raabdi with Bajra Roti
Recipe# 3908
19 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Rajasthani cuisine amazes us by its simple yet mouthwatering foods. Despite using minimal ingredients, and often without any fresh veggies or greens, the Rajasthanis are able to make wholesome and delicious accompaniments for their rotis and rice. The Raabdi, served with Bajra Roti, is one such exam ....
Banana Pongal, Sweet South Indian Banana Porridge
Recipe# 32897
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a traditional South Indian treat, which is prepared during most religious functions, especially during the harvest festival of Sankrant . Of a consistency similar to khichdi, the Sw ....
Sweet Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal, Chakkarai
Recipe# 32888
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
God’s favourite offering, and man’s favourite prasad! Yes, the Sweet Pongal has won this contest hands-down. For generations, South Indians have believed the Sweet Pongal or Sakkarai Pongal to be one of the best offerings to God, as it combines rice and dal with jaggery and spices, all being aus ....
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