Collection of 30 Lohri Recipes – Lohri is the harvest festival celebrated in northern India specifically in the state of Punjab. People gather at night and make a campfire. They also offer rewri (sesame brittle), popcorn, and peanuts on the fire. The fire is revered and one cannot eat rewri, peanuts, and popcorn without first offering it to the fire.
People sing traditional songs and the story of Dulha Bhatti is also sung. Dulha Bhatti was a type of robin who helped poor people. In particular, the story of two girls Sundri and Mundri, who were helped by Dulha Bhatti, is often sung by Lohri.
It’s a happy and positive time. People dance, sing songs and exchange gifts. Lohri also means the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Mostly it is assumed that after Lohri the cold will subside. The Lohri Festival is on January 13th, 2022.
Here in this post I am sharing a collection of 30 recipes that can be prepared during the Lohri Festival.
30 recipes for the Lohri festival
1. Sarson ka saag – It is one of the most popular Punjabi recipes made in winter. Sarson ka saag doused with homemade butter and served with Makki di Roti is not only calming, but also warms the palate and body. Other variations of Saag strains on Blog are:
2. Makki di roti – popular north Indian corn flour bread. The bread is unleavened and cooked in ghee. the combination of makki di roti with sarson ka saag with white butter is too good. If you visit Punjab in winter, don’t miss this combination of Makki di Roti and Sarson Ka Saag. Not only does it taste delicious, it is also very warming in winter.
3. Pindi-Chole – This is one of the easiest chana recipes. Since no grinding, long frying or sautéing is required, and no preparation or pulverization of the chole masala is required. All you need is finished chole masala. And the rest is quick and easy. Other popular Chole strains on the blog include:
4th Atta ladoo – Prepare delicious Ladoos from wholemeal flour, ghee and sugar quickly and easily. They fill you up and taste too good too.
5. Besan ladoo – one of the popular ladoos that are often made for festive occasions. Besan ladoo is a simple and healthy candy made across India. You can also check out this recipe from Besan halwa.
6th Mooli ka paratha – Wholemeal flatbread filled with seasoned grated radish. These parathas are often prepared as breakfast in Punjabi houses. Some other popular paratha recipes are:
7th Gobi pakora – Crispy fried marinated cauliflower fritters made from gram flour. Pakoras are enjoyed in winter or during the monsoons. Other popular pakoras in North India are:
8th. Recipe for peanut chikki – Special winter candy made from crispy peanut brittle. They are easy to prepare and you only need two main ingredients! Grab some jaggery and peanuts and make this delicious candy in under 30 minutes.
9. Matar paneer – Spicy and creamy curry with green peas and Indian cottage cheese. A family recipe that is simple and easy to make. You can check that too Methi paneer.
10. Chole recipe – This Punjabi Chole Masala recipe strikes a good balance between sharpness, flavor, and aroma. Other popular Chole variations that have been posted on blogs include:
11th Dal Makhani – It is one of the most popular recipes based on Punjabi lentils. Dal Makhani is made from whole black gram & kidney beans. You could see Dal Makhani being served at marriages, engagements and almost all parties in India. The slower cooked Dal Makhani is, the better it tastes.
12th Green puke – It is one of the most popular Indian dishes made from juicy cubes of paneer (Indian cottage cheese) in a smooth spinach sauce. I share two ways to prepare this healthy dish – a home-cooked version and a restaurant version using the charcoal smoking method
13th Panjiri recipe – a traditional Punjabi sweet made from whole wheat flour or atta. Panjiri is a dry candy that involves roasting whole wheat flour in ghee and then adding powdered sugar to this mixture. Generally we add Khand or Khandsari which is Desi raw sugar. You can also add organic unrefined cane sugar if you can’t get a desikhand.
14th Gur wale chawal (Jaggery Rice) – This orange-amber jaggery rice recipe is sweet and delicious. In general, you have it easy. But it also tastes good if you take some milk, mix it with the warm jaggery rice and eat it.
fifteen. Gajar halwa – Carrot halwa is one of the most popular halwa recipes made from grated carrots. The recipe shared here is a traditional, slow-cooked recipe of carrot halva with just carrots, milk, ghee, sugar, and some dried fruit.
16. Til ke ladoo – simple recipe from Ladoos, made with sesame, jaggery, peanuts and desiccated coconut. In this Till Ladoo recipe, I cooked the jaggery syrup into a soft ball. This gives the ladoos a soft and tough texture. You can also cook the jaggery syrup to the hard ball stage and you will get firm and dense ladoos.
17th Rice kheer – This traditional Indian rice pudding made from basmati rice, whole milk, sugar, nuts, saffron and cardamom is cooked slowly to perfection, creating a rich, creamy kheer.
Kheer varieties are often made for festive occasions in northern India. You can also check out this Phirni recipe. Another popular variety of kheer made in Punjabi homes is this one Seviyan kheer.
18th Rajma recipe – lightly seasoned, creamy and a popular Punjabi curry with kidney beans. The combination of Rajma Chawal is very popular. Rajma Masala also goes very well with phulkas or rotis.
19th Paneer Butter Masala – This is an easy and quick to prepare restaurant style paneer butter masala recipe. You can prepare delicious paneer butter masala in just a few minutes. it has a slightly sweet taste and is very mildly spiced.
20th Khoya Matar Makhana – Rich Punjabi curry made from peas, makhana (fox nuts) and khoya (mawa or condensed milk). Other makhana recipes that are suitable for the Lohri festival include:
21. Bhindi masala – Easy to prepare and lightly seasoned North Indian dry curry with okra. It goes well with soft rotis or phulkas or simple parathas. You can check that too Bhindi masala sauce. Another popular okra crispy dish posted on the blog is this one Kurkuri Bhindi.
22nd Aloo Gobi curry – Aloo Gobi is a savory and calming Indian side dish or main course made from fresh cauliflower and tender potatoes. Here I am sharing with you step-by-step instructions and photos for two different but equally delicious Aloo Gobi recipes: A rich and creamy restaurant-style version and a slightly lighter dry Sabji version.
23 Dried fruits barfi – a simple and easy recipe to make dried fruit barfi. In this recipe I used sesame seeds and desiccated coconut in addition to mixed dried fruits. Since it is made from dried fruits, this Barfi is naturally warming and therefore good for the cold season. You can check that too Dried Fruit Lado.
24 Kadhi recipe – Kadhi Pakora is very popular in Punjabi houses and is often prepared on weekends or as a main course. Fried onion pakoras in a creamy and sour yogurt sauce. Kadhi goes well with rotis, rice, or jeera rice.
25th Kadai Paneer – It’s a vibrant, flavorful, deeply flavored paneer recipe that’s perfect for year-round enjoyment. This light dish is prepared in 30 minutes from Indian pantry staples such as onions, tomatoes, peppers and Indian spices. I share 2 ways to make this curry – a semi-dry restaurant style version and a flavorful home-style sauce.
26th Makhana ki kheer – popular and delicious kheer with phool makhana. This is a simple Kheer recipe, and it’s straightforward too.
27 Gur ki roti – Jaggery Roti or Meethi Roti is an easy to prepare tasty variety of roti. Basically, these are small and somewhat thick flatbreads made from jaggery and whole wheat flour.
28. Dahi bhalla – It’s a popular snack in North India, especially Delhi and Punjab. The method for making Dahi Bhalla is the same as for preparing it Dahi vada. Papdis (fried flour crispies), boiled potato cubes & boiled chickpeas are added in Dahi Bhalle, which are not added in Dahi Vada.
29 Bajra khichdi – a warming and nutritious khichdi made in winter. Only Bajra and Moong Dal and some spices and herbs are used in this Bajra Khichdi recipe. Bajra is the Hindi word for pearl millet.
30th Sooji halwa – A quick, easy and delicious halva made from rava or semolina. This simple, melt-in-the-mouth halva recipe comes together in about 15 minutes. The recipe I’m sharing is a family heirloom recipe we’ve made at family gatherings, special occasions, and celebrations for decades.