Usher in the harvest season with these Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Bihu recipeshttps://indianexpress.com/photos/lifestyle-gallery/usher-in-the-harvest-season-with-these-lohri-makar-sankranti-pongal-and-bihu-recipes/

Usher in the harvest season with these Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Bihu recipes

This is the month when the sound of til gud ghya, god god bola will resonate in every Maharashtrian home and every family in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and the northern plains of India will stuff their mouth full with several dishes combining sesame seeds and/or jaggery. How many combinations of these can there possibly be in one country? Lots. Here are a few to inspire the cook in you, and excite the foodies in your family.

This is the month when the sound of til gud ghya, god god bola will resonate in every Maharashtrian home and every family in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and the northern plains of India will stuff their mouth full with several dishes combining sesame seeds and/or jaggery. How many combinations of these can there possibly be in one country? Lots. Here are a few to inspire the cook in you, and excite the foodies in your family. (Source: Blendwithspices.com)

Bellam Garelu: Bellam Garelu are deep fried crisp vadas sweetened with jaggery syrup. These are often prepared for tea time, but they are too inviting to limit their consumption to once a day. So, go indulge! Click here for the recipe (Source: Blendwithspices.com)

Bellam Pongali: This creamy dish — infused with cardamom — is full of the richness of our favourite dry fruits like cashew nuts and raisins, and of course jaggery. Click here for the recipe (Source: Blendwithspices.com)

Kobbari Kova Kajjikayalu: This dish is a delicious blend of ghee, cardamom powder and a handful of other ingredients. Click here for the recipe (Source: Blendwithspices.com)

Nuvvula Patti: An addition to the ever versatile chikki, Nuvvula Patti combines the harvest festival staple sesame seeds with our beloved chikki. Click here for the recipe(Source: Blendwithspices.com)

Puran Poli: Every Maharashtrian with a sweet tooth loves puran poli with dollops of ghee. Click here for the recipe (Source: Blendwithspices.com)

Ranga Alur Puli: This Bengali specialty consists of flour made of mashed potatoes, and coconut fillings. Click here for the recipe (Source: Blendwithspices.com)

Sakinalu: Telanagna brings to us Sakinalu — made of rice flour — fried in oil. Let go of your no-fries resolution this one time. Click here for the recipe (Source: Blendwithspices.com)

Til Khoya Laddu: All til — or sesame seeds — recipes are a staple during the harvest festival week. Click here for the recipe (Source: Blendwithspices.com)

Laai Xaak Khaar Pitha Guri Di: In a country of foodies, it’s a blasphemy to not celebrate one without a fine buffet, be it at home or otherwise. Here’s a dish that’s deemed as an essential part of an Assamese gathering, and a meal without it is considered incomplete. Click here for the recipe (Source: Sarwar Borah)