Celebrating Makar Sankranti with sugar-free seasame til laddoo - Ayurvedic recipe
These sugar-free seasame til ke laddoo are the perfect excuse to go ahead and celebrate Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Magh Bihu... Enjoy
Lohri: Rave Celebration…
Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu are here with different names in different parts of India. They celebrate the one and only Sun's onset journey northward.
The Earth's ace –cold fighter and chief of our solar system Surya-Narayan smiles on its northward sojourn. Spring gears up to welcome its return. Dripping fog and cold winds know that they have a short tenure now; reason enough for us to celebrate!
Lohri, the eve of Makar Sankranti offers open bonhomie to one and all! Traditionally a Punjabi festivity, Lohri is celebrated with great aplomb in the city of Nawabs, thanks to a whiff of breeze from the land of five rivers by way of Punjabi settlers here, who are as Punjabi as they are Lucknowi.
The Lohri fire blazes in gala celebration, with popcorn, peanuts, revri and chivra doing the rounds, as laughter, folk songs and a dash of Bhangra 'n' Gidda pepper the night.
On Lohri we take the twin opportunity to thank God for everything that we have and ask for constant sustenance.
The Vedic incantation to Agni, asks for a life of continuous upliftment - Hari Om Agney Nay Supatha Raye Asman Vishvani Dev Vayunani Vidhwan. It's only human to want more! Ye Dil Maange More….
The morn of Makar Sankranti at river banks is an inspiring sight. As the sun shows itself at the horizon, the river fog enwraps people bathing and offering prayers of welcome and thanksgiving. In homes, mothers set aside platters of food for donating to the less fortunate. Cows, birds, dogs and poor people are fed today.
With Makar Sankranti, a sunny bash is called for by way of a garden or roof top party. Merriment flows in company of family and friends. The celebration tempo is high with kite-flying, antakshari, family jokes, til ke laddoo, khichdi, loads of peanuts, gajak, gajar-ka-halwa, mathri-pickle, dalmoth and tea.
Winter is ready to pack its bags and make way for spring. Makar Sankranti is an indication that Nature's clock is doing just fine! Gladioli and roses toss their heads in acknowledgement. Time to celebrate with Til ke laddoo…. What say?
Recipe for Sugar-free Seasame laddoos (Til ke laddoo)
Ingredients for Sugar-free Til ke laddoo
1 cup roasted white sesame seeds (til)
½ cup golden raisins or regular raisins (kishmish)
2 teaspoons ground ginger powder (sonth/sunthi)
2 inches fresh ginger, finely diced
2 teaspoons roasted and ground cumin seeds (jeera)
1½ teaspoons ground green cardamon (elaichi)
2½ tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
How to prepare Sugar-free Til ke laddoo?
Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Make round laddoos and serve.
Ayurvedic sugar-free sweet dish
Ayurvedically speaking, seasame is not only nutritious, it is a grain that supplies the much required heat to the body, especially in cold and windy January when Vata dosha is particularly high. Sunthi and fresh ginger both serve to aid the digestive fire, pitta. No white sugar has been added to this recipe as raisins provide the required sweetness. These sugar-free til ke laddoos are the perfect excuse to go ahead and celebrate Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Magh Bihu... Enjoy :-)