Makar Sankranti Recipes | 33 Sankranti Recipes

Find 31 delicious Makar Sankranti recipes that you can easily make for breakfast, snacks or lunch. This collection covers both North Indian and South Indian recipes.

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. The reason being the festival date is based upon 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 15th January 2021.

About this Sankranti Recipes Collection

Here in this post, I am sharing a collection of 33 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.

33 Makar Sankranti Recipes

1. Til ke Ladoo – A simple recipe of ladoo prepared with sesame seeds, jaggery, peanuts and desiccated coconut. In this till ladoo recipe, I have cooked the jaggery syrup to a soft ball stage. So this gives the ladoo a soft and chewy texture. You can also cook the jaggery syrup to hard ball stage and you will get firm and dense ladoo.

til ke ladoo recipe

2. Til Gud ke Ladoo – Delicious ladoo made with sesame seeds and jaggery. This is one of those healthy ladoo that not only has sesame seeds, but also has peanuts and desiccated coconut. A very easy recipe and within half an hour the ladoo will be ready.

til gud ke ladoo recipe

3. Peanut Chikki – Winter special sweet of crisp peanut brittles is a special Makar Sankranti recipe.

peanut chikki recipe

4. Puran Poli – Flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from skinned spilt bengal gram/chana dal and jaggery.

puran poli recipe

5. Undhiyu Recipe – It is a one pot vegetable casserole dish that is the hallmark of Gujarati vegetarian cuisine. This delicious recipe of undhiyu does not take much time, as all the veggies along with the Methi Muthia are steamed in a pressure cooker.

Gujarati undhiyu recipe

6. Moong Dal Khichdi – This khichdi is made using minimal ingredients and spices. This is a no onion no garlic khichdi recipe.

moong dal khichdi recipe

7. Til Khoya Ladoo – Full on with the flavors of sesame seeds are these melt in the mouth til khoya ladoo. To make these delicious ladoo along with sesame seeds, khoya or mawa is used. A four ingredient easy recipe.

til khoya ladoo

8. Sweet Pongal – Sweet porridge like dish made with rice and mung lentils, flavored with cardamoms and dry fruits. Sweet Pongal is also known as sakkarai Pongal in tamil language is a sweet dish made during festive occasions in south India.

sweet Pongal recipe

9. Nolen Gurer Payesh – A delicious rice kheer made with date palm jaggery and rice.

nolen gurer payesh

10. Curd Rice – A popular South Indian rice variety that is served with a South Indian meal or South Indian thali.

curd rice recipe

11. Chenna Poda – A delicious dessert popular in odisha. Its made with chenna or fresh paneer. The entire dish is baked and can also be called paneer cake. its also said that chhena poda is the favorite sweet of Bhagwan Jagannath (the presiding deity of Puri Jagannath temple in Odisha).

chenna poda recipe

12. Urad Dal Kachori – Soft as well as crisp stuffed kachori from the Uttar Pradesh cuisine. Kachoris are stuffed with a spiced urad dal paste.

urad dal kachori recipe

13. Basundi Recipe – Basundi is sweet thickened milk, flavored with cardamom and nutmeg, with the addition of dry fruits. This milk based dessert is popular in the western part of India, specially in the states maharashtra and Gujarat.

basundi recipe

14. Ven Pongal – Popular South Indian breakfast made with rice and yellow moong lentils.

ven Pongal recipe

15. Sooji Halwa – This is a quick, easy and delicious halwa which is often made in most Indian homes during festive time.

sooji halwa recipe

16. Tamarind Rice – Popular South Indian recipe of a tangy, sour & spiced rice. The recipe dish is also known as puliyodharai in tamil language.

tamarind rice recipe

17. Rice Kheer – A favorite Indian dessert made with basmati rice, milk, nuts and saffron. Rice kheer is one of the most popular kheer recipe made in north India during festivals.

rice kheer recipe

18. Besan Ladoo –  One of the popular ladoo often made during festive occasions. Besan ladoo is easy and healthy sweet which is made all over India.

besan ladoo recipe

19. Dal Kachori – Flaky and tasty kachori made with spiced moong lentils stuffing.

dal kachori recipe

20. Atta Ladoo – Easy and quick to prepare delicious ladoo made with whole wheat flour or atta.

atta ladoo recipe

21. Seviyan Kheer – This is one of the easiest and tasty kheer recipe you can make. This popular  vermicelli pudding is made during festive time.

seviyan kheer recipe

22. Badam Halwa – South Indian style delicious badam halwa recipe. the recipe gives a really good badam halwa, which has the right sweetness and a lovely texture which is not soft and firm. But kind of between. One which gives a heavenly feeling when you savor the halwa.

badam halwa recipe

23. Coconut Ladoo – These are melt in the mouth coconut ladoo and easy to make where I share two recipes.

coconut ladoo recipe with condensed milk

24. Coconut Barfi – An easy step by step recipe of coconut barfi made with condensed milk.

coconut barfi recipe

25. Lemon Rice – Crunchy, flavorful and sour rice recipe from south India. this lemon rice dish is one of the easiest to make. Already cooked or steamed rice is mixed with a spiced lemon and peanut mixture.

lemon rice recipe

26. Chakkara Pongal –  A variation of sweet Pongal that is made with rock sugar or sugar candy. Sugar candy is also known “mishri” in hindi. You can even use regular sugar to make this Pongal.

chakkara Pongal recipe

27. Sabudana Khichdi – a delicious dish of tapioca pearls cooked with potatoes and peanuts. Vegan, gluten free and no onion no garlic recipe.

sabudana khichdi recipe

28. Fafda Recipe – Fafda is a fried crispy crunchy tasty snack made with besan (gram flour), laced with carom seeds and black pepper. Fafda is a popular Gujarati snack and served with Papaya sambharo and Besan chutney.

fafda recipe

29. Sabudana Vada – Crisp fried patties made with tapioca pearls, peanuts and mashed potatoes. Slightly sweet and spiced to taste.

sabudana vada recipe

30. Ulundu Vada – No onion no garlic version of Medu vada. These deep fried fritters are popularly known as vada or medhu vadai, but also called as urad dal vada or ulundu vada.

ulundu vada recipe

31. Ribbon Pakoda – a delicious variation of murukku and is also known as ribbon murukku, ola pakoda and nada thenkuzhal. These crisp fried ribbon shaped savory snack is easy to prepare and tastes good too.

ribbon pakoda recipe

32. Instant Chakli – Crisp and crunchy chakli. Chakli is a deep fried snack made from rice flour, gram flour, wheat flour or a mixture of lentil flours.

instant chakli recipe

33. Bhogi chi Bhaji – Bhogi chi bhaji is a delicious mix vegetable curry that is made on the day before Makar Sankranti. Bhogi festival is celebrated one day before Makar Sankranti. Thus this mix vegetable dish is made on this day in maharashtra. Usually bhogi falls on 13th january. During bhogi festival, God Indra is worshipped.

bhogi chi bhaji recipe

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