Lohri is a day that marks the end of spine-chilling winters and is celebrated on the day of winter solstice having shortest day and longest night of the year. The legend holds that people used to light a huge bonfire and used to offer sesame seeds to the Lord of Fire. They used to believe that fire can consume everything and will shorten the chilling nights.
Lohri being the popular festival of Punjab is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour. From Kite flying to dancing to the beats of Dhol to scrumptious food items and Bonfire brings people together and enjoy the harvesting of Rabi crops. Punjabi are the people known for their high spirits and gourmet meals. So here we bring to you some appetizing dishes especially for Lohri that are easy to cook and entice your taste buds:
- Makki ki Roti with Sarso Ka Saag and Shakkar: When freshly chopped mustard leaves, spinach, bathua are sautéed in garlic, onion and green chilli mix and served with a spoonful of shakkar on the top will melt your heart. When consumed with Makki ki Roti will make your day.
Tip: Add a spoonful of IMC’s Garam Masala to make it hot n spicy.
- Kulche Chane: Aroma of boiled chickpeas embedded with caramelised onions, tomatoes, capsicum and spices will make you have another serving. When consumed with Kulcha made of unleveled white flour will add to the taste and makes a delicious lunch option on Lohri.
Tip: Add half a spoon of Chana Masala by IMC and give a tangy taste to the curry.
- Makhane ki Kheer: Festival without dessert is like food without salt. Makhane ki Kheer is cultural Punjabi dish that is a must to have on Lohri. This fox-nut Kheer is rich with proteins and calcium and when served cold adds to the taste.
Tip: Add a pinch of Kesar Rabri Falooda powder by IMC to the recipe to give authentic Punjabi taste with Almond and Pista flavour and make your dish innovative.
- Honey Murmura Ladoo: For those who are new to cooking and want to make a dish like a pro should opt for Murmura It is easy to make and light weight even weight watchers can enjoy. Made of Puffed Rice and honey are easy to make and compliments the occasion. Ideally, people use caramelised sugar or liquid syrup, but to consume less calorie and keep weight in check use honey or jaggery for taste.
Tip: Use IMC’s Honey that is a natural sweetener that keeps calorie in check.
- Gur Ka Halwa: Winters are incomplete without Halwa, a sweet dessert made of wheat flour and pure desi Ghee. Add a handful of nuts like almond, walnut and raisins will add to the taste and is the perfect dessert for dinner.
Tip: Rather than using wheat flour go for Multi Grain Atta by IMC to cut down few calories.
Lohri brings along with it a new season. So, why not in this season we bid adieu to everything that binds us, limits us and keeps us deprived? This Lohri let's burn all the delusions and start life with fresh zeal and move ahead.