Lohri is a time that marks the end of winters and is traditionally celebrated to mark the harvest season. Punjabis harvest sugar cane or ganna, peanuts, radish and mustard.
This folk festival is quite popular in Punjab, where people enjoy rewris, jaggery and sesame-based dishes, popcorn and peanuts.
During this auspicious occasion, friends and families gather together to indulge in good food and festivities like lighting the ritualistic bonfire, dancing to the beats of dhol, singing popular folklore and enjoying a scrumptious feast.
Here is list of few food items:
1. Sarson da saag
This traditional Punjabi dish is perfect for serving in Lohri ki thaali. Made with nutritious mustard leaves, this dish is rich in folate, iron and various other types of nutrients. When you top this recipe with white homemade butter, the dish becomes more delectable.
2.Makki Ki Roti
Makki ki roti is the best pair for sarson ka saag! You can prepare it within 20 minutes with simple ingredients like maize flour, ghee, salt and red chilli powder. You can also add fenugreek leaves in the dough to enhance the taste and make it more healthy.
3. Gur Wale Chawal
Jaggery Rice or Gur wale chawal is a delicious dessert recipe prepared during festivals and special occasions. This is a simple rice recipe that you can prepare for your loved ones. An easy-to-make sweet dish that you can cook using rice, jaggery, ghee, and almonds, this dessert recipe is popular in Indian households.
4. Gobhi Pakora
Cauliflower pakoda or gobi pakora are crispy and tasty cauliflower fritters. Though they are many variations to make gobi pakora, this recipe is a truly delicious one. The marinated cauliflower florets are coated with savory gram flour batter and deep fried. They make for a wonderful evening vegan snack.
5. Gur ki gajak
Gur ki gajak as it is a traditional recipe of Punjab. You can only find this sweet in the market during the winter season as it keeps you healthy in the cold weather. It is generally enjoyed with the family members on the night of Lohri while everyone is gathered around the bonfire.