Usher in Makar Sankranti with these mouth-watering treats. (Photo: Designed by Gargi Singh)
The festival calendar looks bright and colourful as India gears up to celebrate the harvest season celebrations. Known by different names in different parts of India, Makar Sankranti is all about fun, family bonding, and much like all other festivals, food. This year, it will be celebrated on January 15 (Wednesday). From sesame delights to chickpea flavours, Makar Sankranti is the time to gorge on delicious treats.
Here we have curated some special recipes for you.
Bachka by chef and anchor Pallavi Nigam Sahay
Bachka, black chickpea fritter or chana pakoda served with green chutney.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
For the batter
1 cup - Besan or gram flour 1 cup
2/3 cup - Water or as required
2tsp - Mustard oil
1tsp - Ginger-garlic paste
1 no - Green chilli, finely chopped
2tbsp - Fresh coriander, finely chopped
1tsp - Cumin seeds
1tsp - Garam masala powder
1tsp - Turmeric powder
1tsp - Red chilli powder
Salt to taste
1 cup - Black chickpea or kala chana
1 no - Small onion, chopped
*Soak the kala chana for four-five hours, then pressure cook it with a pinch of salt for one or two whistles.
*Drain it completely with the help of colander. Let it cool off for 15- 20 minutes.
*To prepare the besan batter, take a big bowl and add besan and salt followed by water (measuring at each step) while whisking to make a batter of medium or coating consistency.
*To temper the batter, heat mustard oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, ginger garlic paste, green chilli, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and garam masala. Sauté everything for one minute and add to the besan batter. Mix well. Check the seasoning. The bachka batter is ready.
*Add the cooled kala chana to besan batter along with chopped onions and mix well.
*Heat oil in deep frying pan. Now with the help of two spoons, add the batter in smaller quantities to the oil. Fry till golden brown.
*Drain on a tissue paper, and sprinkle some chaat masala.
Tip: Serve hot with an assortment of chutneys
Til ke Laddu by Satya Pandari, executive sous chef at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and HICC
Sesame seeds delights are a must-have this winter.
1kg - White sesame or til
100g - Jaggery
100ml - Water
*Roast the sesame seeds till golden brown.
*Make syrup with jaggery and water, and cook it till one string consistency.
*Add the til seeds to it mix it well and allow it to cool for five minutes.
*Apply some oil in your palms to form the laddu of equal size.
Khoya Gujiya by Satya Pandari, executive sous chef at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and HICC
Make this delectable treat this Makar Sankranti.
500g - Flour
50g - Ghee
5g - Cooking soda
1kg - Sugar
400ml - Water
50g - Khoya
10g - Pistachio
2g - Cardamom powder
5 sprigs - Saffron
1000ml - Ghee
*Make a dough with flour, ghee and cooking soda. Make a thick sugar syrup and keep aside. Mix khoya, chop pista, cardamom powder and saffron sprig for filling.
*Divide the dough into 40 gram each and make a flat round shape. Fill five grams of khoya filling, fold into a semi-circle and pinch the edges and make a design. Fry the folded gujiya till golden brown in the ghee.
*Once it is done, remove from the ghee and soak it in the sugar syrup.
Dahi choora gur (Flaky rice with curd and jaggery) by Pallavi Nigam Sahay
Have you tasted this wonderful dessert?
Prep Time: 4-5 minutes
1 cup - Choora (flaky rice or poha)
1 1/2 cup - Curd
1tbsp - Grated jaggery
*Wash, rinse and drain the choora.
*Add to the bowl, then add curd and gur, mix well. It’s ready to eat.