In this festival the one and only important thing is food and of course it is the rice which is harvested at this time. The most common preparation is ‘Payesh’ or ‘Kheer’ or ‘Payasam’. This scrumptious dessert is made of rice, thick milk and ‘khejur gur’ or Date Palm Jaggery/Molasses. This winter special jaggery is probably the best thing which makes winter desserts richer. There are many other preparations too with the rice but they vary from region to region depending to their culture. As I’m from Bengal I’m sharing few Pithe Puli recipes which are specially prepared for the celebration with you all.
Happy Poush Sankranti to All! Makar Sankranti which is also known as Poush Sankranti in Bengal is an auspicious day in Hindu culture. It is celebrated almost all over India and in other Hindu based countries. Initially it used to be celebrated in India and Nepal where crops are harvested around this time of the year (early-January). So 14th/15thJanuary is called for the celebration every year.
Though different regions of India have different names for the same festival, the core theme is same everywhere. They also have different ways to celebrate but again they share the same happiness and love. It is probably the only time when a country with a large geographic area like India gets the similar kind of climate all over which makes it possible for the farmers to harvest on the same time. Hence it has to be the biggest festival for all,
Sankranti Special Pithe Puli: