” Foods and Festivals Bring People Together” And 2021 is all set to unite people from different culture as it begins with festivals of harvest celebrated all over country. Only name differs. Lohri is first in the list.
It is celebrated mainly in the state of Punjab and Haryana as midwinter festival. Dance and bonfire are definitely its highlights but lohri special recipes make this auspicious day even more special.
Of course, Sarso ka Saag and Makke ki Roti would be there but lohri delights include more than that. Want to know what would be served in the traditional lohri thali tonight? Here’s all the authentic food to satiate the taste buds and set the festive mood on.
Lohri Thali Special: Not Just Tradition, It’s Addiction
Pindi Channe is a bust of flavors in mouth as lots of ghee, spices, and tanginess of amchur( mango powder) goes into it. Along with kulche, it’s taste even better.
However, gluten sensitive people can’t enjoy kulche with pindi channe as wheat flour is used to make it. Instead, use alternatives like buckwheat, sorghum, oat, or almond flour to make kulche as they won’t be tough on your tummy.
Corn Palak Tikki
Lohri feast includes healthy recipes and corn palak tikki is one of them. Spinach is rich in vitamin K, a vital nutrient for bones and Corn is good for tummy as it helps in digestion.
Thus, it’s not only perfect for Lohri celebration you can enjoy it as evening snacks. Simply blanch the corn kernels and spinach separately. Add chaat masala, paneer, corn flour, potatoes and spices to the mashed corn and spinach.
Make corn balls and flatten them with hands. Shallow fry in oil until golden brown and enjoy hot with chutney.
However, corn tikki is not good for those on weight-loss diet as corn is a high carb food.
Crispy Urad daal dumplings which is soaked in yogurt and topped with red chutney, spices, sev, and pomegranate are served in lohri thali. Tempting, isn’t it?
You can add a twist to dahi bhalle. Use bread instead of urad dal to make soft and crispy bhalle.
Makhane Ki Kheer
Rice ki kheer is common dessert among Indians but Punjabis celebrate lohri with this generous dessert. It’s healthy too as Makhane/fox nut helps in controlling blood sugar level.
Also, they have plenty of protein, magnesium, potassium, calcium, fibre, and anti-ageing substances. In addition to this, fox nuts aid in weight management so you won’t regret munching on makhane ki kheer.
Here’s the recipe:
- Makhana- 2 tbsp
- Bananas- 4
- Dry fruits- handful
- Full cream milk- 1 litre
- Soaked Chiraunji- 1 cup
- Condensed milk- 3 tbsp
- Sugar- 1 cup
Boil milk in a deep sauce pan until it comes to half. Mix chiraunji, bananas, and condensed milk. Add sugar and makhane. Garnish with dry fruits and enjoy.
The classic lohri thali will have a lot of desserts like gur ka halwa, murmura ladoo, atta ladoo, and chikki. After all, it’s a punjabi’s way to celebrate.