Makar Sankranti is a festival celebrated across India in different ways. In Gujarat, people celebrate this festival with their family and friends. Surya pooja and kite flying are done together but more importantly, they prepare some Indian dishes which are not only delicious but also healthy to eat during winter. Here we’ve compiled 6 of these yummy Indian foods which you can easily prepare at your home to add some deliciousness along with fun for the upcoming Uttarayan/Makar Sankranti.

● Undhiyu

● Jalebi

● Chikki

● Kachariyu

● Mamara Ladu

1. Undhiyu:

Undhiyu or Undhiya is one of the favourite foods of Gujarat. It’s made with different types of vegetables and spices which also make it healthy and nutritious. During Uttarayan, most of the Gujarati people prefer Undhiyu and Puri as their meal for the day. Several restaurants and Halwai shops offer this delicious food during Uttarayan only.

It's very simple to cook at home but if you don’t know how to , check out this recipe of Undhiyu where we’ve listed everything in detail. Don’t forget to use Vasant Rajwadi Garam Masala to add extra deliciousness to your Undhiyu. This food will surely make your Makar Sankranti a memorable one.

2. Jalebi

Jalebi is believed to have originated from either Iran or India. It is one of the favourite sweet dishes of Indians. It is made using Maida flour/ all-purpose flour which is deep fried in circular shape and then soaked in pure ghee and sugar syrup to add that unique sweetness in the food. Jalebi is usually consumed along with some Namkeen items such as Papdi Ganthiya or Fafda.

During Uttarayan, people eat this mouth-watering dish with Undhiyu-Puri to add sweetness with spicy and sour combinations of food. More importantly, you’ll get plenty of Halwai shops nearby your home serving fresh and hot Jalebis during Makar Sankranti.

3. Chikki:

Chikki is an Indian sweet which contains nuts and seeds like peanuts, sesame seeds or Til and black sesame seeds. Different types of Chikki contain different seeds and nuts or a combination of both. It’s one of the traditional food items of India which uses Jaggery, pure ghee and nuts or seeds to deliver the combination of taste and health.

During Uttarayan, people bring home different types of Chikki for the family which is not only healthy to consume during winter but also adds deliciousness to the festival. Many people cook this at home and share with their neighbours.

Speaking about the types of Chikki, there are several different variants but the most common among them is the groundnut or peanut Chikki. Other variants are sesame seeds Chikki, split chickpeas Chikki etc.

4. Kachariyu:

Kachariyu is a special Gujarati food which is only consumed from the beginning of winter till around Makar Sankranti week. It is prepared using pure and authentic Indian spices like Sesame Seeds, Dry Ginger Powder and Piparamul Powder. It is delicious and extremely healthy to consume during winter as it contains plenty of medicinal properties to protect your body from cold.

Usually during Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti, people eat this in the morning to warm their bodies before going to the terrace for kite flying.

5. Mamra Ladu:

Mamra Ladu or Rice Laddu is a traditional Indian food prepared especially for Makar Sankranti. It is made using puffed rice also known as Muri, Mudhi, Murai, Murmure or Mamra and Jaggery. It is very simple to make and most of the homes in Gujarat prepare this food to consume during Makar Sankranti. People also share this with their neighbours to celebrate this festival together.

If you’ve ever celebrated Uttarayan in Gujarat, you’d be probably familiar with all of these dishes. If you’ve never celebrated Makar Sankranti in Gujarat, you should have these foods at your home to add flavours to your Uttarayan celebration. To prepare these foods, you can buy 100% pure and authentic Indian spices from Vasant Masala.