The year 2022 has just begun and we are getting ready to celebrate the first few festivals in the New Year calendar. In India, it is a promising time of the year as the nation is ready to mark Makar Sankranti in just a few days. One of the most celebrated festivals of the year, Makar Sankranti marks the end of the winter solstice and the beginning of the harvest season in India. This transition results in warmer and longer days, bringing an end to the cold and harsh winter season. It is also referred to as Maghi, Poush Sankranti or simply Sankranthi in different parts of the country. The festival also sees regional spin across India. In Punjab we celebrate Lohri, whereas this festival in Assam is called Magh Bihu. Tamil Nadu marks it as Pongal and Karnataka calls it Ugaadi.
Makar Sankranti 2022: When is Makar Sankranti? Date and tithi:
Every year, Makar Sankranti falls on the solar month Makara and the lunar month Magha. That is why the festival is referred to as Magha Sankranti or Makar Sankranti. This year, Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on January 14, 2022 (Friday).
Makara Sankranti Punya Kala – 14:43 til 17:45 | Duration – 03 Hours 02 Min
Makara Sankranti Maha Punya Kala – 14:43 til 16:28 | Duration – 01 hour 45 min
Makara Sankranti Moment – 14:43
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Makar Sankranti 2022: How to celebrate the festival in India:
As discussed earlier, Makar Sankranti is referred to as one of the most significant festivals in the agro-based country – India. If you explore, you will find different regions that celebrate the day with different customs and rituals. On this day, people wake up early, take a dip in the Holy Ganges and pray their prayers to the sun god. Then we clean and decorate our houses to bring prosperity. In addition, food plays a major role under Makar Sankranti. In Bengal, pithe-puli and payesh (kheer) are made with freshly harvested rice (notun chaal), fresh gur (notun gur) and milk. People in Maharashtra pepper puran poil and tilachi ladoo (for ladoo) and distribute among friends and family. Whereas Makar Sankranti in Gujarat is about flying colorful kites and enjoying delicacies prepared with to and gur. Parts of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar are preparing khichdi (with freshly harvested rice and dal) to mark this promising day.
Makar Sankranti Special recipes: 6 festive dishes that can be prepared in 5 minutes:
Since Makar Sankranti is just around the corner, we decided to bring you a delicious festive recipe that can be whipped up in no time. These quick and easy festive recipes have been shared by food vlogger Parul on her YouTube channel ‘Cook With Parul’. Let’s see:
To Gur Chikki:
To make gur chikki, first dry the white sesame seeds and set them aside. Then add grated jaggery in a saucepan and cook until jaggery gets a slightly sticky consistency. Then add the roasted sesame seeds and mix together. Finally, spread the mixture on a greased baking paper and let it set.
To Gur Ladoo:
Like the chikki recipe, fry the cake and then prepare the syrup with jaggery. Then add in the jaggery syrup and mix it all well. Finally, turn off the flame and make small rounds of the mixture.
3. Sweet meatballs:
We have found a unique recipe that will add variety to your makar Sankranti cold cuts. This dish is called sweet steaks. Here, mix a mixture of rice flour and atta together in jaggery syrup to prepare a soft dough. Give these sweet steaks a shape and cover them well with tile. Finally, fry these meatballs well and enjoy.
4. To Nariyal Barfi:
We love barfi, do not we? Given the popularity here is a barfi recipe that we have found to add to your festive cold cuts. To start this dish, fry until well and grind half of it. Then heat the milk and add the mixture to it and mix well. Add cardamom powder to it and mix. Now add the rest of the toasted to the mixture. Prepare soft dough; make sure it does not get sticky. Turn off the flame and transfer the mixture to a tray. Garnish with pistachios and let it set. Cut barefish and enjoy.
5. Chumchum Gajak:
Do you love crispy, cute gajak? Here is a unique gajak recipe for you. It is made with and gur. Both ingredients are mixed together and then mixed in a kadhai to a soft dough. Then place the mixture like the barfie on a tray and cut rounds out of it. You can also decorate with pistachio slices.
6. Peanut Chikki:
Prepare gur syrup and add roasted peanuts to it. Spread it on a baking sheet and roll it flat. Cut it into small pieces and serve.
Watch the detailed recipe videos here:
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Try these dishes and make your festival an indulgent affair.
Happy Makar Sankranti 2022!