Lohri 2022: delicious traditional recipes to enjoy

Lohri 2022: Lohri, the harvest festival celebrated in North India, particularly Punjab and Haryana, which is looked forward to due to several reasons. A time for a refreshing encounter, an excuse to tune out traditional songs like Sunder Mundriye Ho and rock a leg to their tunes, and the joy of digging into the delicious traditional thali – Lohri means joy and new beginnings.

Apart from celebrating the end of winter and celebrating a good harvest, Lohri is also the time when people celebrate personal joys like marriage, first child and other pleasures small and big.

Lohri is incomplete without a campfire tradition. It is the central attraction of the day as people perform rituals walking around the fire and praying for the happiness of their families. People also throw sesame seeds, jaggery, treats, and popcorn into the fire while chatting, singing, dancing and having fun.

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Foods made with jaggery, mustard leaves and sesame seeds are especially popular for Lohri. Here are some famous traditional foods to get this Lohri.

Sarson Ka Sag and Makki Ki Roti

A bowl of piping hot sarson ka sag with irresistible makki ki roti enjoyed with a little white butter and accompaniments like onions, pickles, chili and jaggery. Prepared with fresh mustard leaves, this is a must-do for Lohri.

Bindi Chani

Made with kabuli chana soaked overnight and flavored with spices like black cardamom, nutmeg, kasuri methi, cinnamon, cloves, corn, paprika, dry red pepper, amchur powder, etc., Bendi chani can be enjoyed with papatcha or mullet best.

Enjoy it with Bhatcher or Puri (Pinterest)

jajack

Gajak, the dry, crunchy sweet that people love to eat at Lohri, is traditionally made by mixing jaggery and sesame seeds or peanuts. Dry roast the sesame seeds until fragrant and mix with sugar syrup and jaggery before placing them in a greased tray. Cut it into a rectangle and enjoy.

for sweetness

Tal Halawa (Shiv Sanjeev Kapoor)
Tal Halawa (Shiv Sanjeev Kapoor)

The delicious, melt-in-the-mouth Til Halwa is another popular Lohri dish enjoyed as an after-meal dessert. Made of semolina and sesame seeds with ghee, garnished with dry fruits and flavored with cardamom. This is a recipe:

ingredients

Half a cup of white sesame

1 cup semolina (marsh)

Half a cup of ghee

Large pinch of saffron, soaked in warm water

1 cup sugar-free green powder

¼ cup blanched almonds + for garnish

½ cup shelled cashews + for garnish

10-12 pistachios, peeled, peeled and chopped + for garnish

Half a teaspoon of green cardamom powder

Crushed dried rose petals for garnish

method

1. Take sesame seeds in a large bowl, add water and soak overnight. Strain it and put it in a blender bowl and ½ cup of water and mix until you get a smooth paste.

2. Dry the roasted semolina in a non-stick pan until fragrant. Transfer on a plate.

3. Heat the ghee in the same non-stick pan, add semolina and fry until golden brown.

4. Add the mixed paste, mix and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add 1½ cups hot water and mix. Add 1½ cups hot water and mix.

5. Add the soaked saffron, mix and add 1½ cups of hot water again, mix, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes.

6. Add the green sugar-free powder, mix and leave for 1-2 minutes. Add almonds, cashews, pistachios and green cardamom powder and mix. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer it to serving bowls.

7. Garnish with cashews, almonds, pistachios and dried rose petals.

(Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe)

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