Lohri known as the ‘harvest festival’ is an auspicious festival closely associated with North Indians through which we pay homage to the Sun god and hope that the deity graces us with an abundant harvest. Lohri, this year will be celebrated on January 13 which bids farewell to winter and welcomes the harvesting season with great pomp and enthusiasm. Family, relatives and friends gather and huge bonfires are made in front of houses and people immerse themselves in traditional folk songs, dances and delectables. Men generally perform Bhangra around the bonfire while women take to Giddha. All kinds of food from sugarcane, popcorn, jaggery, til, peanuts, gajak are offered to the bonfire. So, Lohri is incomplete without special dishes food and a varied spread of sumptuous treats.
Here is a list of top authentic dishes people have on Lohri:
1. Sarson ka Saag aur Makki di Roti: Saag combo with flat bread with cornflour is a match made in heaven. The combination is one of the most eaten and loved delicacies of Punjab.
2. Corn Palak Ki Tikki: Corn and Palak mixed with a blend of spices, shaped in the form of round tikkis and fried to perfection. Heavenly dish to have on the occasion.
3. Murmura Laddoo: Lohri is a festival where delicacies made out of wheat and other harvest crops are quite prevalent. Hence murmura laddoo is quite popular. It is a round laddoo that looks like crispies which are made by combining jaggery and puffed rice.
4. Gur ki Roti: Jaggery and harvest crops are common in harvest festivals. So, we will see their use in diverse dishes. Gur ki Roti too is Indian flat bread infused with jaggery.
5. Chiraunji Makhane ki kheer: Quintessential dish of the festival. Chiraunji Makhane ki Kheer is made during the festival and is a great dessert dish to end the day with.
6. Gur ka Halwa: An assimilation of semolina, jaggery and clarified butter creates this heavenly authentic Lohri dish that smells sweet and tastes wonderful.
7. Pindi Chhane: Boiled chickpeas cooked with a melange of Indian spices makes for a quick delectable treat and can be seen in most of the spreads across houses.
8. Til Rewri: Till rewri is from the family of Till chikki but smaller in size. Rewri and Gajak are very much consumed in winters and it is a must in this festival.
9. Dry Fruit Chikki: Made in a jiffy, these bars are made with nuts combined with jaggery. Chikki is synonymous to comfort food throughout North India.
10. Til ki Chikki: Til ki Chikki are chikkis coated with sesame seeds made with gur or sugar. Delicacies made with sesame is almost a tradition in this festival.