Happy Lohri! 11 Authentic Recipes

NDTV Food  |  Updated: November 02, 2018 11:36 IST

Happy Lohri! 11 Authentic Recipes

The festival of Lohri has a lot to offer - great food, a taste of tradition, dance and dhol. Celebrated with great joy and fervor, Lohri is associated with worshipping the Hindu God of fire, Lord Agni and also the harvest of rabi crops. It's a cultural celebration linked with winter solstice - the day with the shortest day and the longest night. It is believed that the day marks the end of winters, the onset of spring, return of longer days and shorter nights. Lohri is all about getting together with family and offerings food to the holy fire and incredible feast like chole bhature, makke ki roti, sarso ka saag, et al.

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Lohri is marked by a range of traditional exciting activities like lighting the ritualistic bonfire, dancing to the beats of dhol, singing popular folklore, flying kites & enjoying a scrumptious feast. It is a wonderful time for people to take a break from their chores and daily humdrum of life and rejuvenate. This bonfire festival is celebrated with great pomp; though it is typical to Punjabis, Lohri is celebrated across the country with great fervor and bears a message that is universal in every sense.

Lohri is celebrated in many other parts of the country and is akin to festivals like Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Bihu in Assam, Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh and Sankranti in Karnataka, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Many people believe that fire has the power to consume all, and in the process it pleases the Hindu God of fire who grants them even more for the next year. Foods like jaggery, gajak, popcorn, puffed rice and sesame seeds are offered as a way of paying gratitude to nature's bounty. The following day is celebrated as Makar Sankranti to mark the end of gloomy winter days & the beginning of bright sunny days ahead. 

Break into Gidda or Bhangra on the beats of dhol! Let festivities call out for all things new and promising. Sing aloud the lore of Dulla Bhatti and let the holy fire burn away all resentments and negativity.  When the aromatic flavors fuse with the essence of culture, you know it's time to slip into festive mood once again!  To make this auspicious day more special, we bring you some of the authentic recipes by top chefs. 

Here are 11 Best Authentic Lohri Recipes For You To Try:

1. Sarson ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti

Heartwarming saag coupled with makke ki roti and a bog dollop of butter atop. This simple combo is also the best loved and one of the most celebrated Punjabi delicacies.

Sarson ka SaagSarson Ka Saag aur Makke Ki Roti is ne of the authentic punjabi food.


2. Pindi Channe

Boiled chickpeas wrapped in masalas and cooked to perfection. Ready in a snap, this is a quick and easy treat one and all.

Pindi ChannePair pindi channe with puri or bhature.


3. Gur ki Roti

Jaggery attains great importance in Punjabi cooking, specially when it comes to festivities and celebrations. Take a bite of sweetened Indian bread infused with gur.

gur ki rotiGur ki roti: Let's relish this long lost recipe.

4. Murmura Ladoo

Festivities are never complete without those tidbits and munchies. Satisfy those in-between hunger pangs while munching on these crips ladoos.

Murmura LadooMurmura Ladoo: A perfect sweet dish for festive season.


5. Chiraunji Makhane ki Kheer

Makhana, chiraunji with generous doses of fruits and milk make up for a sensational dessert. End your day on a sweet note with this classic.

kheerChiraunji Makhane Ki Kheer: Make this healthy sweet dish this lohri and enjoy it with family and friends.


6. Til ki Barfee

Just a handful of ingredients can promise a world of crunchy, sugary delight. Sesame seeds, ghee, khoya and sugar are all that you need to create some delightful magic.

Til BarfiTil Ki Barfee: Healthy and yummy treats for kids and adults, alike.


7. Dry fruit chikki

Chikki is almost synonymous with the desi comfort food throughout north India. There's nothing quite like spending the chilly evenings with a cup of tea and bits of nutty chikki by your side. Made in jiffy, this is an essential winter snack for one and all.

Dry fruit Chikki

Dry Fruit Chikki: A desi version of chocolate that your kids will love.


8. Gur ka Halwa

Thirty minutes, a handful of ingredients doused in unconditional love and generous doses of ghee, semolina and jaggery - Marut Sikka's Gur ka halwa is a must try.


Gur Ka HalwaGur Ka Halwa: Yummy and nutritious treat for everyone.

9. Til ki Chikki

Hassle-free chikkis coated with sesame seeds, loaded with crunchiness, full of delight.

til ki chikkiTil Ki Chikki: One of the winter special treats that no one can eat just one.

10. Corn Palak Ki Tikki

Corn and spinach combined together with a blend of masalas to make tikkis that are fried to perfection.

corn palak tikki

Corn Palak Ki Tikki: healthy yet tasty side dish for your Lohri party.


11. Masaaledaar Chole Bhature Recipe

The quintessential North Indian dish, relished by one and all can now be easily cooked at home. No need of going over places for the best chole bhature, but just a few hours in the kitchen and you have it in the comforts of your home. 

chole bhature

Chole bhature: No need of going over places for the best chole bhature, make them at the comfort of your kitchen.  

Now, you are all set to celebrate the festival of joy with great food and celebration. Go on, try these delicious recipes and tell us what you think.

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