Sankranti recipes – Pongal festival recipes 2020. Wishing every one a very Happy and prosperous Sankranti. Pongal or makar sankranti is a harvest festival celebrated in most Indian states. Each state has their own way of celebrating the arrival of harvest. Preparing good foods using the new harvested crops and offering them to god, most importantly to Sun god – is a way of showing gratitude.
Friends and relatives visit each other and exchange sweets and other delicious foods. Sankranti or pongal festival is celebrated for 4 days and are named as bhogi, pongal, kanuma and mukanuma.
I have put together some of the pongal recipes or sankranti recipes for easy access so one can decide on the festival menu. The list includes pongal recipes, payasam recipes, some deep fried snacks and then ladoos as well.
Pongal festival recipes
One of the most popular dishes prepared in Telugu & Tamil speaking households for Sankranti festival is PONGAL. There are different ways of making it and most people have their own family recipe.
Sweet pongal is a South Indian dish prepared with rice and dal. There are sweet and salted versions of pongal. Sweet version is called as chakkara pongali or sakkarai pongal. Jaggery is the most common sweetener used her as it is believed to be the sweetener in the purest form.
Sweet pongal is offered to God as prasadam or naivedhyam on the second day, the day of pongal or Sankranti.
Andhra bellam pongali is a variation of the basic sweet pongal. But this is cooked with milk and is made in some parts of Andhra pradesh. This comes very close to the traditional paramannam but has moong dal in it.
Khara / Ven pongal is a salted version of the pongal. It is seasoned with hing, pepper & curry leaves.
Makara sankranti recipes – Laddu
Ladoos are a special delicacy made during this festival. Most people make different kinds of ladoos & share them with friends, relatives and neighbors. You can check this collection of 32 ladoo recipes – Here are some
Til Laddu or sesame ladoo are sweet balls made with roasted sesame seeds, jaggery and cardamom powder.
I have shared 2 recipes to make Sesame seeds ladoo here in the same post. This second recipe is from Andhra cuisine. These are super easy to make and are delicious.
Coconut ladoo are another kind of popular sweet balls made with coconut, sugar or jaggery and cardamom powder. I have shared 3 different recipes in that link.
Rava ladoo are made with roasted semolina, sugar, nuts, raisins and ghee. The recipe is easy and you can make these ahead.
Sunnundalu or urad dal ladoo are popular sweet from Andhra Pradesh. Ariselu and sunnundalu are made specially for Sankranti in most telugu speaking households.
You can also check this list for more Sweets recipes.
Makara sankranti recipes – Burfi
7 cups barfi is a sweet made with besan, sugar, milk and ghee.
Badam burfi – you can also make this with store bought almond flour or almond meal.
Makara Sankranti recipes – Snacks
Vada, Masala vada, Murukku, Chakli, punugulu and bonda varieties are made for snack or breakfast. You can check the list of 60 snacks recipes. Here are the links to some of them you may try
Punugulu are a easy snack made with idli/ dosa batter.
You can find the collection of 17 Payasam recipes here. Traditionally rice payasam with cow’s milk, jaggery and ghee is prepared on Bhogi. Here are some you can try
Here are some of the quick rice recipes you may try for the festive menu
These are some of the sides we prepare for a festive meal. If you do not eat onion, ginger and garlic, just skip them from the recipe.
Ladies finger fry
Raw banana fry
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