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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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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# 13393
23 Nov 15

 
 
by Foodie #9780
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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.
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# 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# 13603
20 Apr 02

 
 
by vidya_6_2000
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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# 10408
07 Sep 02

 
 by kalyanig
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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# 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# 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.
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.
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.
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, ....
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 ....
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 ....
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 ....
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 ....
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 ....
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 ....
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