For most parts of India, this period is a part of the early stages of the Rabi crop and agricultural cycle, where crops have been sown and the hard work in the fields is mostly over. Makar Sankranti is a unique festival among Indian festivals as it is the only one to be celebrated on a fixed calendric day of the solar calendar. Rest other festivals are celebrated as per the lunar calendar, which makes their days of celebration on the solar calendar vary every year. During Makar Sankranti or Sakraat in local dialects millions of people take bath braving the biting morning chill in rivers and ponds and feast upon seasonal delicacies as a celebration of good harvest. Makar Sankranti Mela of Rajgir in Bihar is a famous festive event. The pilgrims visit the place from all over the country make flower offerings to the divinities of the temples with taking bath in the holy water of the Hot Springs. While worshipping , til sesame seeds is put into fire followed by eating Dahi-Chura, beaten rice served with large quantity of curd , Gur jaggery , Tilkut, Lai balls made of beaten rice or puffed rice with jaggery with cooked Kohada red pumpkin that is prepared specially with sugar and salt but no water and ending the festival with khichri. Prior to Makar Sankranti, every year demand of curd is skyrocketing.
Dahi chura gur is a three-ingredient goodness that can be your wholesome morning staple.
Few More Makar Sankranti Recipes:
Do you also like to indulge in something decadent and sweet at the wee hours of the day? High five; we have something in common! Giving in to those sweet cravings can be one of the most satiating things that most of us regret it later though. Be it a big bite of sinful chocolate cake or a box full of kaju katli, we all love such sweet meats that we cannot resist. And Indian cuisine is full of such sweet delights that we bet you'll be spoilt for choice. Be it puran poli from Maharashtra, rasgulla from Kolkata, Agra ka petha or Mysore pak from the south, just the names are enough to tickle the sweet tooth in us. There is one dessert from Bihar that is not just delicious but is also healthy - dahi choora gur.
How to Make Bihari Dahi Chura Recipe Video Below:
Presenting for you staple morning-time food from Bihar — dahi chura. Shallow-fried and eaten with peas, it becomes a teatime munchie — chura mattar. Putting together a bowl of dahi chura is the easiest thing in the world.
The festival of Makar Sankranti is dedicated to the Hindu sun god Surya. The festival also marks the beginning of a six months auspicious period for hindus known as Uttarayana period. It is celebrated on January 14 every year. It is organised to celebrate the festival together and share the joy and happiness. It is one of the few ancient Indian festivals that have been observed according to solar cycle, while most of the festivels are set by the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar. Makar Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and accordingly people take dip in holy rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, and Godavari.