India is all set to celebrate the joyous festival of Makar Sankranti on January 14, 2021. Also called Maghi, Poush Sankranti or simply Sankranthi, it is celebrated to mark the end of winter solstice and beginning of the season of harvest in the country. Makar Sankranti coincides with Lohri, Pongal and Bihu - the harvest festivals observed in Punjab, Southern part of India and Assam respectively. Makar Sankranti is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the country. And if you explore, you will find different regions having their unique tradition to mark the occasion. While Bengalis prepare pithe (traditional sweetmeat) and payesh (Bengali kheer) with fresh jaggery and newly harvested rice, Gujaratis celebrate the day by flying colourful kites. People in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and some parts of Bihar prepare khichdi with dal and rice on this auspicious day.
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Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on January 14, 2021
Why We Eat Khichdi On Makar Sankranti | Significance Of Khichdi On Makar Sankranti
Do you know that Makar Sankranti is often referred to as 'Khichdi Sankranti' in Uttar Pradesh?! This one-pot desi comfort food holds a great significance during the harvest festival. People use freshly harvested rice and dal to prepare khichdi and later offer it to god. Preparing khichdi on this day also signifies the transition of the season (to the warmer days) which calls for eating light and nutritious food for healthy living.
Makar Sankranti 2021 Special: How To Make Masala Dal Khichdi
Hence, to observe Makar Sankranti this year, we found a masala dal khichdi recipe that can be a perfect add on the festive vibe. It is simple, fuss-free and spicy to the core. All you need to prepare masala dal khichdi are moong dal, rice, vegetables of your choice, ghee, and some basic spices. Fry the dal, rice and vegetables in ghee and pressure cook it with salt and turmeric. Then prepare a delicious tadka with the spices and add to the boiled dal-chawal. Preparing masala khichdi is as simple as it sounds.
This delicious recipe has been shared by vlogger Parul Jain on her Youtube channel 'Cook With Parul'. Let's find it out!
Watch: Step-By-Step Recipe Video Of Masala Dal Khichdi:
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Although this recipe includes onion and garlic, you may avoid using them if you plan to prepare the khichdi for bhog. The recipe without onion and garlic will taste equally delicious.
Here're 5 quick tips to prepare this khichdi like a pro:
- Always add an equal amount of rice and dal for a perfect texture.
- If possible, soak the dal and rice in water for at least 15 minutes before cooking. Soaking in water makes the khichdi light on the stomach. It also saves cooking time.
- And if you have a time crunch, soak it in hot water to get the effects quickly.
- Try to use ghee while preparing khichdi. It not only adds flavour to the dish but also makes it healthier.
- The amount of water you add in the recipe can change the game in a while. Always remember, the ratio is 1:3. Add 3 cups of water to 1 cup of rice and dal.
Follow these quick tips and whip up a yummy bowl of khichdi for the festive fare.
Happy Makar Sankranti 2021, everyone!