Bhogichi Thali Makar Sankranti Special Food is prepared a day before Makar Sankranti. Bhogi is celebrated all over Maharashtra and Karnataka and also in some other regions of India on the eve of Sankranti.
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Bhogichi Thali Makar Sankranti Special Food
Bhogi Chi Thali Makar Sankranti Special Recipes are made with seasonal vegetables available from farms and cooked with a few basic ingredients.
Bhogi is celebrated all over Maharashtra and some other regions of India on the eve of Sankranti. Bhogi Chi Thali or Bhogi special recipes vary from region to region in the state of Maharashtra.
On the day of Bhogi, recipes prepared are Bajra Roti, Moong Dal Khichdi, Mix Vegetables stir fry, Spring Onion Sabzi or Kandyachya Patichi Bhaji, Fresh Butter or Loni, Kadi, Tilachi chutney or sesame chutney.
Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the month of January when the Winter season begins to gradually wane in Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Makar Sankranti indicates the arrival of the new harvest season. Sankranti is celebrated all over India. The festival is known by a different name in other parts but the excitement of celebrating the festival is the same.
In Maharashtra Makar Sankranti, Makar Sankramana in Karnataka, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Khichri in Uttar Pradesh, Lohri in Punjab and Pongal in Tamil Nādu.
So, lets satrt our Bhogichi Thali…
Bajrichi Bhakri / Bajra Roti / Tilachi Bhakri
Bajri or Pearl Millet is one of the oldest and most widely consumed millets in rural India. Bajra is very nutritious and has a storehouse of energy. It is used especially in winter to keep the body warm.
- Bajri/Pearl Millet Flour
- White Sesame
How to Make Bajrichi Bhakri:
Bhakris are made by mixing pearl millet flour with hot water and a pinch of salt. It needs to add hot water to make the dough which helps in patting easily. White sesame is sprinkled on bhakri and pressed gently.
Then on a hot tawa bhakri is placed and water is applied to the upper layer. When the water is dried out the bhakri is flipped and roasted again. Then the bhakri is put on the stove directly to give it a smoky flavor and puff up nicely.
Moong Dal Khichdi
Moong Dal Khichdi is prepared any time of the year. But it is a mandatory recipe in Bhogi Chi Thali. It is a light and easy-to-digest recipe made with rice and moong dal. You can add vegetables of your choice or make it with just rice and moong dal.
- Moong Dal: One bowl
- Rice: One bowl
- Tempering Ingredients
- Red Chilis: 5-6
- Kadi patta: one string
- Salt: As per taste
- Ghee: 3-4 Teaspoons
- Jaggery: Two spoons (Optional)
How to Make Makar Sankranti Special Food Moong Dal Khichdi
Wash and soak Rice and Moong Dal for half an hour. In a pressure cooker add 2-3 teaspoons of ghee or oil. Add mustard, Jeera, Hing, Turmeric, Red Chilis and Kadi Patta. Splutter the ingredients. Then add rice and moong dal. (If adding vegetables then saute them before adding rice and moong dal). Roast rice and dal for a while and add water. When water starts boiling add salt and two tsp of Jaggery (Optional). Cover the lid and cook for three to four whistles.
Bhogi Special Dishes – Kadi
There are many variations of making Kadhi in Indian cuisines. The spices added are different, but the main ingredient is curd or buttermilk. Which is thickened with gram flour or Besan.
- Buttermilk: Two Cups
- Water: Four Cups
- Ginger: One Inch
- Green Chilis: 4-5
- Sugar: 4 Tea Spoons
- Salt: As per taste
- Besan/Gram Flour: 4 tea spoons
- Jeera: Two tea spoons
- Coriander Leaves: 4-5 spoons chopped.
How to make Kadhi
Take a big vessel and add two bowls of buttermilk to it. Add four bowls of water and mix well. Then add sugar, Salt, Jeera, grated ginger and besan flour and mix well.
Heat ghee or oil in a Vessel, add tempering ingredients and splutter them. Add slit green chilis and saute them. Then pour the buttermilk mixture into the tempering and give it a good mix. Cook on medium to low flame until it starts boiling. Then switch off the stove and garnish with chopped coriander.
Kadi is served with Moong Dal Khichdi.
- Add sugar according to the sourness of buttermilk.
- Add besan accordingly on how you want the consistency of the kadi.
Bhogichi Bhaji – Mixed Vegetables Stir Fry:
Bhogichi Bhaji as the name is made especially for the Bhogi festival. It is a mixed vegetable stir fry or gravy recipe that marks the use of seasonal winter vegetables. The vegetables used are freshly harvested winter vegetables such as Pavata (Valor, Avarekayi, Indian Lima Beans), freshly harvested green Chana (Harbhara), peanuts, carrots, and more.
- Ghevda (Indian Broad Beans): Half bowl
- Green Peas: Half bowl
- Fresh Green Chana/Harbhara: Half bowl
- Carrots: Two medium
- Brinjal: Two Medium
- Pavata (Lima Beans): Half bowl
- Salt: As per taste
- Goda masala: Two teaspoons
- Red Chili powder: One teas spoon
- Coriander leaves: For garnishing
- Peanut powder: Two teaspoons
How to Make Bhogichi Bhaji- Mixed vegetable Stir Fry
Bhogichi Bhaji or mixed vegetables stir fry is a vegetable-rich diet.
Wash, peel, and cut all the vegetables. In a kadai heat oil, once the oil gets hot add tempering ingredients and allows them to crackle. Then add all the veggies and saute them for a minute. Then add red chili powder, goda masala and salt. Give it a mix and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, till the vegetables are well cooked. When the vegetables are almost cooked add peanut powder and mix well. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander.
Kandyachya Patichi Bhaji / Spring Onion Fry
Kandyachya Patichi Bhaji or Spring Onion Fry is a typical recipe that is usually made during winter and forms an important part of winter recipes.
- Spring Onion: 1 Bunch
- Salt: As per taste
- Red chili Powder: Two teaspoons
- Besan/Gram Flour: 2-3 Teaspoons
- Sugar: 1 teaspoon (Optional)
How to Make Kandyachya Patichi Bhaji
Wash and chop the spring onion. Use the onions also for bhaji.
In a kadai add 2-3 tsp oil and heat. Add tempering ingredients and crack them. Then add chopped spring onions and saute for a minute.
Add salt, sugar and red chili powder and mix well. Cover with a lid and cook till the spring onion become soft. No need to add water. Once the bhaji is soft add besan or gram flour and mix well and cook for two more minutes.
Tilachi Chutney/Sesame Seed Chutney
Til or Sesame seeds are the best high-protein seeds in the vegetarian diet. Also, its ability to generate heat and energy in the body makes it a compulsory ingredient in winter.
- Sesame seeds: ½ cup
- Red Chili Powder: 1 tbsp
- Coconut: 3 tbsp
- Salt: As per taste
- Sugar: 1 tsp
How to Make Tilachi Chutney
Dry roast sesame seeds and coconut in a pan for a minute. Cool them completely. Then transfer them into a mixer jar, add salt, sugar and red chili powder and grind for two minutes. Chutney is ready.
What is the importance of the Bhogi festival?
Bhogi is one of the significant Hindu harvesting festivals celebrated in the Southern states of India. A day before the Makar Sankranti. In Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka Bhogi is celebrated to honour lord Indra the God of rains. Farmers worship Lord Indra and seek the blessings to bring good rains, harvest, and prosperity to them.
When is Bhogi celebrated?
The festival of Bhogi is celebrated a day before Makar Sankranti every year, generally on the 13th or 14th of January. It marks the Sun’s moving to the northern hemisphere from the South.
This year in 2023, the festival of Bhogi will be celebrated on January 14th.
What is the Significance of the Bhogi Festival?
In Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Bhogi festival is celebrated by offering “Van” to Soubhagyavati. This Van includes all the groceries used to make Bhogi thali and Makar Sankranti special recipes. Including vegetables. Haldi, Kumkum, Kajal, Comb, new Cloth, Cotton, Coconut and other “Mangal Dravya”. Women seek blessings from the lady by offering this Van to her.
As said Bhogi and Makar Sankranti is a perfect time to consume freshly harvested food grains and vegetables. In Hindu tradition, everything new is first offered to the Gods and then eaten.
Apart from health benefits, cooking and eating Khichdi on Makar Sankranti is symbolic of unity, as the khichdi is cooked in a single pot by mixing all the ingredients which are freshly harvested like rice, lentils, vegetables, and spices.
According to Ayurveda consuming Sesame Seeds and Jaggery on Makar Sankranti is very beneficial to health.
I hope you are going to like these recipes. If you make them please drop a comment and let me know.
May the sweetness of Gur and the warmth of Til bring plenty of happiness to your life. Happy Makar Sankranti!
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