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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.

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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 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.

30 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.

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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.

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3. Peanut Chikki – Winter special sweet of crisp peanut brittles is a special Makar Sankranti recipe. This is a very easy recipe to make and it mainly requires 2 main ingredients! Grab some jaggery and peanuts and make this delicious sweet in less than 30 minutes.

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4. Puran Poli – Delicious flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from chana dal and jaggery. It is one of the popular dishes made on festive and auspicious occasions in Maharashtra.

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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.

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6. 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.

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7. Nolen Gurer Payesh – A delicious rice kheer made with date palm jaggery and rice. Nolen gurer payesh recipe is a winter delicacy as fresh date palm jaggery arrives in the markets in winters in West Bengal.

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8. Curd Rice – It is a popular and tasty South Indian dish that is served with a South Indian thali or meal. Curd rice is nothing but curd (yogurt) mixed with cooked rice, herbs and then tempered. Curd rice is also known as thayir sadam or daddojanam or bagala bath in some South Indian languages.

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9. 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.

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10. 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).

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11. 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.

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12. Ven Pongal – Popular South Indian breakfast made with rice and yellow moong lentils. This savory version of pongal also known as Khara Pongal is laced with the wonderful flavors of cumin, black pepper, ginger, asafoetida (hing) and curry leaves. It also has a lovely aroma of ghee, in it.

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13. Sooji Halwa – It is your classic everyday delicious North Indian sweet dish made with fine semolina, ghee, sugar, nuts and flavored with cardamom powder. This easy melt-in-the-mouth halwa comes together in just 15 minutes. The recipe I share is a family heirloom recipe that we have been making for decades during family get-togethers, special occasions and festivals.

14. Tamarind Rice – Popular South Indian recipe of a tangy, sour & spiced rice. The recipe dish is also known as puliyodharai in Tamil language. In most South Indian temples, tamarind rice is also served as prasadam along with sweet Pongal and curd rice.

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15. Rice Kheer – This traditional Indian rice pudding made with basmati rice, whole milk, sugar, nuts, saffron and cardamom is slow-cooked to perfection making for a rich, creamy kheer. I share our favorite rice kheer recipe that is made easy with my stepwise photos and video.

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16. Besan Ladoo –  Another popular ladoo variety that is often made during festive occasions. Besan ladoo is easy and healthy sweet that is made all over India. It is mainly made with 3 to 4 main ingredients that are gram flour, powdered sugar, ghee and nuts.

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17. Dal Kachori – Flaky and tasty kachori made with spiced moong lentils stuffing. In the recipe I have used all-purpose flour, but you can use a mix of both all purpose flour and whole wheat flour.

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18. Atta Ladoo – Easy and quick to prepare delicious ladoo variety made mainly with 3 ingredients – whole wheat flour, ghee and sugar. These whole wheat ladoo are filling, healthy and can be made during winters as well as during monsoons.

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19. Seviyan Kheer – This creamy vermicelli kheer is a North Indian sweet made with wheat vermicelli, milk, sugar, dry fruits and flavored with spices. This incredibly easy recipe of kheer comes together in 20 minutes and makes for an excellent dessert or sweet.

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20. 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.

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

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22. Coconut Barfi – This is an easy and tasty recipe of coconut barfi made with condensed milk and desiccated coconut. The coconut burfi had a melt in the mouth soft texture. You can also make coconut ladoos with the same mixture.

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23. 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.

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24. Sabudana Khichdi – It is one of the most popular fasting dish that is made with sabudana pearls, boiled potatoes, roasted peanuts and a few spices. It is usually made during Hindu fasting days like Navratri or Mahashivratri or Ekadashi. 

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25. 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.

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26. Sabudana Vada – Crisp fried patties made with tapioca pearls, peanuts and mashed potatoes. Slightly sweet and spiced to taste. This fool proof recipe gives you a super delicious, crispy Sabudana Vada with a soft and light interior.

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27. 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.

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28. 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.

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29. 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.

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

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