The New Year has ushered in and everyone seems to be excited about 2017 and the happiness that will unfold throughout the year. And there can be no better beginning to the year than the auspicious occasion of Lohri. The sound of Dhol, dance, rituals and traditions is in the air. The preparations for a blissful and joyous celebrations has begun with great zeal and fervour. The festival is associated with worshipping the Hindu God of Fire, Lord Agni for the harvest of Rabi crops. The cultural celebration also falls around winter solstice, which is known for having the shortest day and the longest night.
On this day, along with the traditional activities like lighting the ritualistic bonfire, dancing to the beats of Dhol, singing popular folklore music, you also enjoy a scrumptious feat with your family and loved ones. Many people wait for this day to enjoy the authentic food that makes this day more special. The aromatic flavours blend perfectly with this cultural celebration and mark the beginning of the New Year with slipping into festive mood. So, let’s have a look at the delightful and traditional food you can relish on this day of celebration.
1. Sarson ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti
Winters are incomplete without Sarson ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti… This is the specialty of Punjab and one of the most loved winter foods. The heart-warming delicacy leaves the taste buds wanting for more. You can couple the saag and makke ki roti with a big dollop of butter to make it more mouth-watering.
2. Pindi Channe
While talking about a festival from the roots of Punjab how can one forget about Pindi Channe. The delicacy is mingled in varied masalas with a burst of flavours that make everyone a lover of it. It is one of the most popular delicacies with Punjabi’s as it is wrapped with masalas and cooked to perfection.
3. Gur ki Roti
The sweet and ambrosial taste of Gur after the meal is splendid and is one of the favorites in winters. But, relishing Gur ki Rot that too made by mom’s hand is nothing less than heaven. In Punjabi food culture Jaggery has an importance, especially when it comes to festivities and celebrations.
4. Corn Palak Ki Tikki
During festivities, snacks are as important as the main cuisine. So, welcome your guests with a delicacy that has the rich and authentic flavours of Punjab. It makes for a not-to-miss blend when corn and spinach are combined with lots of masalas and fried to perfection.
So, get set to celebrate Lohri in typical Punjabi style with these amazing and scrumptious delicacies. Let the vibrancy and color of this joyous festival brighten up your life!