Happy Delicious Lohri everyone!

Growing up in India in the 1960’s we ate mangoes off the trees. We were addicted to sugar, sugarcane to be precise. Picnics meant trekking to the closest waterfall, and festivals meant the entire village came together. Lohri was always the blockbuster celebration.

Loudspeakers were perched on rooftops 15 days early in anticipation of great music. Clothes, accessories, shoes were chosen a month earlier. Family and close friends came together with the entire neighbourhood and shared mouth-watering sweets like til ke ladoo (sesame sweet balls), gud ki chikki (brown sugar and peanut brittle), puggha (sesame with lots of dry fruits) late into the night.

I loved everything, the colourful dresses, magical punjabi boliyaan (music) and the Lohri sweets. But what I looked forward to most was the ’til aur mooli ka achaar’ (radish and sesame pickle) made by my grandmother. And only years later in my mother-in-law’s kitchen did I find its soul mate ‘arbi waali makki ki roti’ (colocasia corn bread). This is my family’s favourite Lohri lunch that I am sharing with you,

Ready to eat ‘Til aur Mooli ka Achaar’ (Quick Sesame and Radish Pickle) Oh did I mention it takes only 15 minutes to make my fav. Lohri dish?

Ingredients:
2 tsp mustard or vegetable oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds – roasted to a light brown colour and ground
2 radish-cut lengthwise (like potatoes for French Fries)
1 carrot – grated
5-6 green chillies – slit lengthwise
Salt to taste
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tbsp plain curd (yoghurt), whisked

Step 1: Heat oil on medium and add fenugreek seeds. Fry till they turn dark brown.
Step 2: Add the radish & green chillies and cook for a minute at a medium flame.
Step 3: Add all the powdered spices and grated carrots. Cook for another two minutes and take it off the flame.
Step 4: When the dish cools off add the sesame seeds and the curd. Mix well and serve chilled with naan or bread.

‘Arbi waali makki ki roti’ (Colocasia corn bread)

Ingredients :

Arbi (Colocasia) – 200gms boiled and peeled

Corn Meal – 250gms (makes 4 flat bread)

Turmeric – 1 tsp

Salt – to taste

2 Green Chillies – finely chopped

Fresh Coriander – One bunch

Step 1: Boil and peel Arbi (Colocasia), mash it into a pulp.
Step 2: Add turmeric, salt, green chillies and a generous amount of fresh coriander and mix it well.
Step 3: For those new to making makki ki roti (indian bread made from corn meal), just take a handful of flour at a time. Add water to it little by little and gently using the bottom of your palm, knead it into a ball.
Step 4: Flatten the dough ball with your palm and stuff it with the colocasia mixture (much like a stuffed parantha ).
Step 5: Using your palms, roll it out into a round flat bread.
Step6: Fry it in oil on a griddle at medium flame.
Serve hot with Radish pickle and plain Curd (Yoghurt).

There is nothing more special than dining together with your entire family. Well other than eating and dancing, singing and celebrating all together. So here’s wishing you a Happy and delicious Lohri! Enjoy it with along with this Punjabi song from Bollywood’s golden era.


Comments (17)

Vishakha Talreja Posted on Jan 12, 2016

Wow! Such enticing recipes! Loved the post and how it transported me back to my childhood days. Happy Lohri to you too!

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beforbeauty Posted on Jan 12, 2016

Absolutely loved your initiative on doing a post for Lohri with these yummy recipes. Would wanna try the pickle!

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Sneha Rane Posted on Jan 11, 2016

Arbi waali makki ki roti looks oh so delicious! I'm asking my mom to make this for me! :P

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Nidhi Arora Posted on Jan 11, 2016

The right post I needed at the right time. Will try some of them on Lohri especially the Arbi waali makki ki roti.

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Prerna Sinha (@maaofallblogs) Posted on Jan 11, 2016

I love reading her articles, because they bring around the old world charm and speak from so much experience. The recipes look so good, have to try the corn colocasia bread for sure :).

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Heena Dhedhi Posted on Jan 11, 2016

OMG, just reading this is making me hungry. Am sure to try a small portion in the kitchen soon. #iCynosure.

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Rahul Posted on Jan 11, 2016

Very very awesome, and yummiii tooooooooo

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Jyotsana Posted on Jan 11, 2016

Excellent stuff! This will surely make Lohri special this year...

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Fayaz Posted on Jan 17, 2015

Traditional recipes, without a doubt are so very rich in taste and content... HAPPY LOHRI to those who celebrate the festival... ENJOY.

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tripat Posted on Jan 13, 2015

Awesome recipe by very talented,loving and amazing aunty...Happy Lohri

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P C Posted on Jan 13, 2015

The photographs are making the recipes look very tempting. Very soon I will try them. Thank you for sharing.

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tript Posted on Jan 13, 2015

Yummy. But I need someone to make it for me

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charudc Posted on Jan 13, 2015

Reblogged this on KetchupMoms.

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Neha Posted on Jan 13, 2015

Very Nice! Re- created the entire festivity of Lohri!! Will also try these receipes or get my mother to make them so that we can atleast eat these! Yum!

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M D Posted on Jan 12, 2015

It was wonderful to go down the memory lane. Wonderful article. Happy Lohri

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Harsh Wardhan Jog Posted on Jan 12, 2015

Wonderful!

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Sumeet Posted on Jan 12, 2015

Happy Lohri

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