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          Makar Sankranti Pongal Festival recipes


          Last Updated : Apr 06,2020



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          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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          Rajgira Chikki, Amaranth Chikki
          Recipe# 42310
          19 Oct 20

           
           
          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 ....
          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 ....
          Kurmura Chikki, Murmura Chikki Recipe
          Recipe# 5015
          25 May 20

           
           by Tarla Dalal
          murmura chikki recipe | kurmura chikki | puffed rice and jaggery bars | with 14 amazing images. A traditional treat that has withstood the test of time, murmura chikki, with its wonderful ....
          Kakara Pitha, Sooji Kakara Pitha
          Recipe# 42766
          14 May 20

           
           
          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 ....
          Ven Pongal, South Indian Breakfast
          Recipe# 32896
          30 Apr 20

           
           
          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 ....
          Til Chikki
          Recipe# 2940
          01 Feb 20

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           by Tarla Dalal
          til chikki recipe | til gur ki chikki | 3 ingredient til ki chikki | how to make til chikki at home | with 15 amazing images. Til chikki is a traditional recipe o ....
          Til Laddu, Til Ke Ladoo, Til Gud Ladoo Recipe
          Recipe# 5016
          08 Apr 20

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           by Tarla Dalal
          til ke laddu recipe | til ke ladoo | til gud ladoo | Maharashtrian til che ladoo | tilkut | with 15 amazing images. til ke laddu recipe
          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 ....
          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 ....
          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 ....
          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 ....
          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 ....
          Sweet Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal, Chakkarai
          Recipe# 32888
          01 Apr 20

           
           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 ....
          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 ....
          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
          12 Apr 20

           
           
          by Tarla Dalal
          coconut pachadi recipe | coconut raita | kobbari pachadi | with amazing 12 images coconut pachadi recipe is a South Indian style coconut raita. Well, if you l ....
          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 ....
          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 ....
          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 ....
          Til Papdi Chikki, Makar Sankranti Recipe
          Recipe# 42380
          26 Nov 18

           
           by Tarla Dalal
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          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 ....
          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# 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.
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