Celebrate Lohri With 'Lohri Ki Thali'

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    • Publish Date: Jan 13 2020 12:11PM
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Celebrate Lohri With 'Lohri Ki Thali'

The festival of Lohri is here and Punjabis are all set to celebrate it. But, what is Lohri and why is it celebrated? Lohri is the traditional harvest festival of Punjab. The auspicious day commemorates with a bonfire at night as a part of the ancient tradition. 

In various parts of Punjab, people go around the neighbourhoods and collect logs for the bonfire. At night, people sing Lohri songs as a way to thank the Sun God for providing the heat for the harvests. It is believed that ire has the ability to take away all the negativity from our lives, which is why to please the Hindu God of Fire, foods like jaggery, popcorn, sesame seeds and puffed rice are offered.

Traditionally, the recipes prepared on the occasion are referred as 'Lohri ki thaali' and the famous dishes of the thaali are discussed below.

Sarson da Saag
It is a taditional Punjabi dish which is made with nutritious mustard leaves and is rich in folate, iron and various other types of nutrients. The final dish is topped with white homemade and is best served with Makke ki Roti.

Makki ki Roti
As mentioned ab0ve, Makki ki roti is the best pair for sarson ka saag! You can prepare it within 20 minutes with simple ingredients like maize flour, ghee, salt and red chilli powder. People often garnish it with homemade ghee or butter to enhance the flavour.

Atta Laddoo
Atta Laddoo is one of the most popular North Indian desserts. It is made with three simple ingredients: flour, jaggery and ghee. As jaggery plays a very important role in the harvest festival, this sweet dish is a must-try for everyone.

Gur ki Gajak
The celebration of Lohri is incomplete without Gur ki Gajak. You can only find this sweet in the market during the winter season as it keeps you healthy in the cold weather.

Til Laddoo
Indian festivals are incompete without laddoo. On the occasion of Lohri, Indians relish a special laddoo made with black sesame and jaggery which has the goodness of peanut and ginger in it too. During this season sesame has a special significance as it is rich in nutrients and keeps the body warm during the bone chilling winters.

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