Makar Sankranti Recipes | 30 Sankranti Recipes 2024

Find 30 delicious Makar Sankranti recipes that you can easily make for breakfast, snacks or lunch. This collection covers both North Indian and South Indian recipes that are popularly made on this festive day.

vector image showing two colorful kites signifying makar sankranti festival

What is Makar Sankranti?

Makar Sankranti is one of those Hindu festivals which falls on the same day i.e 14th January (sometimes 15th January) every year. Though this year the festival will be celebrated on 15 January 2024.

The reason being the festival date is based upon the solar calendar unlike most Hindu festivals whose date is decided according to lunar calendar.

Makar sankranti festival is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya Devta). It is also a time for religious practices. For farmers it is a time of harvesting.

This festival also signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring. One festival and many significances.

No wonder, makar sankranti is a multi- cultural festival which is celebrated with lot of festivity and joy all over India.

Wishing a happy and prosperous Makar Sankranti to all our readers. This year Makar Sankranti falls on 14th January 2022.

About this Sankranti Recipes Collection

Here in this post, I am sharing a collection of 30 recipes which you can make for the Makar Sankranti festival.

If you don’t eat onion and garlic during this auspicious time, then skip adding them in the recipes listed below.

You can also check these collections of Pongal Festival Recipes and Lohri Recipes.

Makar Sankranti Recipes

til ladoo recipe, sesame seeds ladoo recipe
Difficult 20 minutes

Til Ke Laddu | Sesame Laddu

Til ke laddu is a healthy, delicious, and nutty ladoo prepared with sesame seeds, jaggery, peanuts, and desiccated coconut. A vegan recipe and also a Makar Sankranti festival special sweet.
ppeanut chikki squares on a white plate
Difficult 25 minutes

Peanut Chikki Recipe (Peanut Gajak)

Peanut Chikki also called Gajak in Hindi is a Indian winter special sweet of crispy, crunchy Peanut Brittle snack. The recipe is made with only two main ingredients – peanuts or groundnuts and jaggery. Jaggery is unrefined Indian cane sugar made with sugarcane juice.
puran poli folded and served on a green color plate.
Moderate 2 hours

Puran Poli Recipe

Puran Poli is a sweet flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from hulled and spilt bengal gram/chana dal, jaggery and ground spices. This traditional recipe is from the Maharashtrian cuisine.
Moderate 20 minutes

Sweet Pongal | Festive Sakkarai Pongal | Chakkara Pongal

Sweet Pongal also called Sakkarai Pongal or Chakkara Pongal in South Indian languages, is a creamy, sweet festive preparation of rice, moong lentils, jaggery and flavored with green cardamoms, cashews, raisins and ghee.
rice kheer recipe
Moderate 50 minutes

Kheer Recipe | Rice Kheer

Rice Kheer is a popular Indian sweet dessert made with basmati rice, whole milk, nuts and saffron. Kheer recipe is easy and is made with a one pan or one pot method. Rice Kheer is basically Indian rice pudding and makes for a creamy delicious sweet dessert. 
suji halwa recipe
Moderate 15 minutes

Suji ka Halwa Recipe (Sheera Recipe)

Suji ka halwa or Sheera is a classic Indian semolina pudding made with sugar, ghee and dry fruits. The recipe I have shared is a family heirloom recipe. We have been making this suji halwa recipe for decades during family get togethers, special occasions & festivals. The sooji halwa recipe can be easily halved, doubled or tripled.
besan ke laddu, besan ladoo
Moderate 30 minutes

Easy Besan ke Laddu Recipe

Besan Ladoo or Besan ke Laddu is a popular Indian sweet made during festivals. These are round sweet balls made with gram flour a.k.a besan, powdered sugar and clarified butter (ghee).
closeup shot of brass spoon filled with basundi on top of a brass bowl with basundi
Moderate 25 minutes

Basundi Recipe | Basundi Sweet

Basundi is a flavored, thickened and sweetened milk made with whole milk, sugar, fragrant spices and nuts. It is a popular sweet made in the western parts of India. This basundi recipe is a quicker version made with sweetened condensed milk and comes together under 25 minutes.
coconut ladoo placed in a circle and in the center on a white plate on a red table
Moderate 15 minutes

Coconut Ladoo Recipe | Nariyal ke Laddu Made In 3 Unique Ways

Make coconut ladoo with three recipes. The first one is a quick 3 ingredient recipe made with fresh coconut, milkmaid and cardamom powder. The second recipe has 2 ingredients – desiccated coconut and condensed milk. The third recipe is made with desiccated coconut and sugar.
atta laddu served in a brown bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 15 minutes

Atta Laddu | Wheat Ladoo

These wheat ladoo make for a good sweet snack for kids as well as for the whole family. Easy and quick to prepare delicious ladoo made with whole wheat flour, sugar and ghee.
seviyan kheer served in a glass bowl with text layover.
Easy 20 minutes

Seviyan Kheer | Vermicelli Kheer

This creamy seviyan kheer is a North Indian sweet made with wheat vermicelli, milk, sugar, dry fruits and flavored with spices. This incredibly easy recipe of semiya kheer comes together in 20 minutes and makes for an excellent dessert or sweet.
coconut burfi slices on a white platter with a rakhi in the background.
Moderate 1 hour 25 minutes

Coconut Burfi | Nariyal ki Barfi

This Coconut Burfi is a delish, melt in the mouth fudge made with sweetened condensed milk, milk, and desiccated coconut. 
badam halwa recipe, badam ka halwa recipe
Moderate 1 hour 5 minutes

Badam Halwa Recipe | Rich South Indian Almond Halwa

Badam ka halwa is a rich, luxuruous and popular South Indian style delicious halwa made with blanched almonds, ghee and sugar. This recipe gives you one of best almond halwa that you can make.
puran poli recipe
Moderate 1 hour 30 minutes

Bobbatlu Recipe | Obbattu Recipe | Holige Recipe

Bobbatlu also called Holige or Obbattu is a South Indian festive treat of sweetened flat breads. These flat breads are stuffed with cooked and finely ground mixture of chana dal, jaggery, cardamom powder and ground nutmeg. This Bobbatlu Recipe makes for one of the best Bobbatlu made with a sweet chana dal stuffing. 
nolen gurer payesh recipe
Moderate 1 hour

Payesh Recipe | Nolen Gurer Payesh

This Payesh Recipe also called Nolen Gurer Payesh is decadent creamy pudding made with fresh date palm jaggery and rice. Though, a winter special from the Bengali cuisine, there are other variations of the Payesh Recipe made with different varieties of this typical jaggery available all year round.
chhena poda recipe, paneer cake recipe
Moderate 40 minutes

Chhena Poda | Chenna Poda

Chenna poda is a popular sweet from odisha. Its made with chenna or fresh paneer. The entire dish is baked and can also be called as paneer cake.
closeup photo of sabudana khichdi in a cream plate.
Moderate 25 minutes

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Sabudana Khichdi is a delicious preparation of tapioca pearls (sago) made with potatoes, peanuts, a few spices and usually had during Hindu fasting days like Navratri, Ekadashi, Mahashivratri. It is also a gluten-free recipe. Make the best non-sticky Sabudana ki Khichdi with my recipe.
closeup shot of a stack of sabudana vada on top of each other in a white plate with red chilli sauce in a white bowl
Moderate 5 hours 30 minutes

Sabudana Vada Recipe

Sabudana Vada is a popular savory deep fried snack made during Hindu fasting days, featuring tapioca pearls (sago), potatoes, peanuts and herbs. They are naturally gluten-free and vegan. This fool proof sabudana vada recipe gives you a super delicious crispy vada with a soft and light interior.
undhiyu served in an earthenware handi.
Moderate 1 hour 15 minutes

Undhiyu Recipe | Surti Undhiyu

Undhiyu is a one pot vegetable casserole dish that is the hallmark of Gujarati vegetarian cuisine. This is an easy Surti Undhiyu recipe that does not take much time.
curd rice garnished with chopped coriander leaves, fresh pomegranate arils and fried sun dried chili and served in a wooden bowl.
Moderate 20 minutes

Curd Rice Recipe | Daddojanam | Thayir Sadam

Curd Rice also called Thayir Sadam or Daddojanam is a popular and traditional South Indian preparation where cooked rice is mixed with curd (yogurt) and tempered with spices, herbs. It is a staple in many South Indian households and is also made during Hindu festivals.
bhogichi bhaji recipe, bhogi chi bhaji recipe
20 minutes

Bhogichi Bhaji

Bhogi chi bhaji is a mix vegetable curry that is made on bhogi which precedes Makar Sankranti. In bhogi chi bhaji, seasonal winter vegetables are used.
ven pongal garnished with a cashew and curry leaves and served on a white plate.
Moderate 25 minutes

Ven Pongal Recipe | Khara Pongal | Ghee Pongal

Ven Pongal recipe also known as Khara Pongal or Ghee Pongal is a popular South Indian porridge like savory dish that is made with rice, yellow moong lentils and laced with the wonderful flavors of black peppercorns, cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and ghee.
tamarind rice recipe, puliyodharai recipe
Moderate 1 hour

Tamarind Rice | Puliyodharai Recipe

Puliyodharai is a popular South Indian recipe of sour and spiced rice.
yellow colored lemon rice served in a white bowl on a white cotton cloth
Easy 25 minutes

Lemon Rice (Tangy Flavorful Rice)

Lemon Rice also referred to as Chitranna or Nimmakaya Pulihora is a crunchy, flavorful and tangy rice dish that is easy to make and tastes so good. Fresh lemon juice, fried nuts, fragrant herbs and spices combine perfectly to give this steamed rice an amazing spicy, tangy and nutty flavor.
dal kachori placed on a wooden platter with fried green chilies and red chili chutney in a bowl.
Moderate 2 hours 45 minutes

Kachori Recipe | Khasta Kachori With Moong Dal

A Kachori Recipe that makes for a truly flaky and crispy homemade Khasta Kachori, filled with a spiced, tangy, savory moong dal stuffing in a perfect dough made from scratch – all bundled up together and fried to perfection.
papaya sambharo recipe for fafda
30 minutes

Fafda Recipe

Fafda is a fried crispy crunchy tasty snack made with besan (gram flour), laced with carom seeds and black pepper. A popular Gujarati vegan snack.
medu vada stacked neatly in green lined beige colored plate
Moderate 4 hours 40 minutes

Medu Vada Recipe | Sambar Vada

Medu vada are crisp and fried doughnut shaped fritters made with black gram (urad dal), herbs and spices. These urad dal vada are also known as Garelu in Andhra, Uzhunnu Vada in Kerala, Uddina Vada in Kannada and Medhu Vadai, Ulundu Vadai in Tamil.
ribbon pakoda served in a cane basket.
Moderate 30 minutes

Ribbon Pakoda | Ribbon Murukku

Ribbon Pakoda or Ribbon Murukku are fried crisp ribbon shaped savory snack from South India. They are easy to prepare and tastes good too. They are also known as ola pakoda or nada thenkuzhal.
chakli kept on a white plate on a green background
Moderate 1 hour 15 minutes

Chakli Recipe

Chakli is a deep-fried snack made from rice flour, gram flour, wheat flour or a mixture of lentil flours. Make this crispy and crunchy snack for Diwali festival. 
butter murukku served in a cane bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 30 minutes

Butter Murukku | Butter Chakli

Butter Murukku is a South Indian fried snack made with butter and rice flour. It can also be called Butter Chakli. This recipe is surely for the win as it is scrumptious and tasty.
four murukku pieces in a metal jar
Moderate 50 minutes

Murukku Recipe | Murukulu Recipe

Murukku is a popular South Indian crunchy and crispy snack made with rice flour and lentil flour. It is also known as murukulu, chakralu and jantikalu in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
urad dal kachori recipe
Moderate 1 hour

Urad Dal Kachori

Urad Dal Kachori are soft as well as crispy lentil stuffed deep fried pastry from the Uttar Pradesh cuisine. This traditionally made kachori is stuffed with a savory, spiced urad dal filling encased in a dough pastry that is deep fried to a golden perfection.

This Makar Sankranti recipes collection from the archives was first published in April 2016. It has been updated and republished on January 2023.

Share This Recipe:


Meet Dassana

Welcome to Dassana's Veg Recipes. I share vegetarian recipes from India & around the World. Having been cooking for decades and with a professional background in cooking & baking, I help you to make your cooking journey easier with my tried and tested recipes showcased with step by step photos & plenty of tips & suggestions.

Get My Secrets to Great Indian Food
Sign up for my FREE Beginners Guide to Delicious Indian Cooking

More Vegetarian Recipes You'll Love

Comments are closed.


  1. It your good heart giving me to learn how to cook such things for the puja thank you.