Makar Sankranti falls on the 14th of January every year.From this day, the sun starts its northward journey, leaving the Tropic of Cancer and entering the Tropic of Capricorn. It marks the end of the harvesting year. People take this opportunity to thank the almighty and make donations to the poor and needy.
Although the name of this festival changes as we go from one state to the other or from one region to the other, the fervour and the cheer it is celebrated with, remains the same. It is celebrated as Bhogali or Magh Bihu in Assam, Poush Sankranti in West Bengal, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Makara sankranti in Odisha, Sakraant or Khichadi in the Bihar region, Makar Sankranti or Khichdi in Uttar Pradesh, Lohri in Punjab, Uttarayana in Gujarat, Kaale Kauve in the Kumaon region, Suggi in Karnataka and Sankrant in Rajasthan and parts of Madhya Pradesh.
As with other festivals, the delicacies prepared on this day complement the weather at that time. Thus, a common thread of ingredients appear in the food items prepared across the country. We see the use of Til(sesame),Gud(jaggery), newly harvested rice, milk etc. Since it is celebrated in the winters, the idea behind the dishes is to keep one self warm.
Here’s a list of iconic outlets that are worth a try this Makar Sankranti.
Who doesn’t love a succulent bite of a piping hot jalebi, with dripping scented sugary syrup? But the combination of the sweet with the savoury is what this restaurant is famous for. This establishment is more than a hundred years old. The signature offering is jalebi with fafda. The jalebis are made with pure desi ghee and the sugar syrup is scented with rose water. You have to visit this place to believe the loyal patronage they command.
Most of us have had the potato filled variation of the samosa only. If you love a samosa with a cup of tea. The sheer variety of samosas available here is mind-boggling. The highly recommended ones are: Paneer samosa, Corn samosa, Palak Cheese samosa, Cheese Corn samosa, Jain Samosa and Punjabi samosa.
Are you one of those whose day is not over without munching on fists full of savoury farsaan. If you are looking for quality and variety of snacks, this is the place to visit. The Fafda Gathia, Makai Chiwda and Khakhra are highly recommended.
Craving for sweet something? This sweet shop is what dreams are made of. Each variety of sweet is totally lip-smacking.
This is a one-stop shop for a wide array of barfis. The most popular ones are the Chocolate Barfi, Tiranga Barfi, Walnut Barfi, Kaju Badam Pista Khatri and All Fruit Barfi are very popular.
This is an iconic sweet shop for Parsi sweets. Their Mawa Ni Boi, Malai Khaja, Sutarfeni, Malai Kulfi etc are legendary.
How about a hearty South Indian meal this Sankranti? Head to this outlet to have a variety of rice and Daalitoya. Their South Indian desserts such a Paal Payasam and Kesari Shrikhand are totally droolworthy.
This place is an institution in itself. The really popular dishes here are the Bisabella Bhath and Elayada (dark brown rice bran cakes made with jaggery.
So, why not take this opportunity to try out the folowing outlets to have a taste of this festival? This Sankranti, get your close ones together, have a hearty meal together and spread the cheer.