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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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Ven Pongal, South Indian Breakfast
Recipe# 32896
20 Aug 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Ven Pongal is South India’s equivalent of the North Indian khichdi. Cooked rice and moong dal are flavoured with ginger, crushed peppercorns and cumin seeds, and garnished with ghee-roasted cashew nuts and curry leaves. Ven Pongal has a unique flavour and consistency, which are rich yet soothing ....
Recipe# 9785
03 Mar 07

 
 
by anursk
No reviews
Pesarattu green moong dal dosa is an andhra specialty pancake or dosa recipe prepared from the geen moong dal(greem gram whole). The soaked green gram kis ground and then mixed with salt and water to prepare a batter which is then spread on a non stick pan , just like regular rice based dosas. The p ....
Recipe# 14885
24 Feb 04

 
 by kundhu
No reviews
Andhra Pesarattu with ginger chutney makes for a lovely delicious and healthy breakfast combination. The pesarattu is prepared from a batter comprising of moong dal and is then served crispy hot with ginger pickle or chutney.
Recipe# 15824
24 Dec 03

 
 by sharadakota
No reviews
Gulpapta comes straight from grandma's closet of healthy and tasty recipes. The gulpapata is made from a mix of flours which are roasted and then cooked with sugar, cardamom, chopped nuts and enjoyed shaped as balls.
Recipe# 9925
21 Oct 03

 
 by amshumaan
No reviews
Whenever we have to clean vessels in which milk has been boiled, we find that the sides of the vessels are difficult to clean. for this, you can use an used toothbrush dipped in vim bar. the stains will come off quite easily.
Recipe# 13796
17 Nov 02

 
 by Moongirl 999
No reviews
Shrikhand presents a popular Gujarati dessert recipe with hung curd. The hung curd is sweetened with sugar and then flavoured with mango puree or chopped nuts and elaichi. A perfect party special recipe of Shrikhand to be traditionally enjoyed with puris.
Recipe# 10408
07 Sep 02

 
 by kalyanig
No reviews
Pongal rice is a South Indian rice preparation with vegetables, rice, lentil and spices.A South Indian take on popular khichdi recipe, pongal rice is often served with sambhar or coconut chutney. A sweet variation of pongal rice is also popular.
Recipe# 10769
08 Jun 02

 
 by Anikar05
No reviews
A common and popular South Indian breakfast item,Venpongal is basically a savoury rice and lentil based preparation with cashew nuts and cumin seeds added as flavorants. Relish the healthy and delectable venpongal with coconut chutney, ssambhar and vadai.
Recipe# 13603
20 Apr 02

 
 
by vidya_6_2000
No reviews
Pongal is a flavourful rice and lentil preparation with vegetables and spices added to enhance the taste and health benefits. A mildly spiced rice recipe, pongal is simply amazing, when served with coconut chutney.
Recipe# 14629
03 Jan 02

 
 by pragatik
Til laddo is a traditional mother's recipe to add calcium, iron and fiber in your diet. The til seeds, jaggery and ghee blend together in the laddo and is a tasty and healthy laddo( sweet ball) recipe.
Recipe# 12410
29 Jun 01

 
 by haseen36
No reviews
Venn Pongal is a South Indian savory preparation made from rice, lentils and spices. Pongal is an easy dish that is tasty but not too heavy on spice. Serve pongal as breakfast or meal with coconut chutney.
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