On the occasion of Lohri, stack up on warm favourites, and go the traditional way. From the staple gajjak (cooked bar of sesame seeds), to roasted peanuts, and concoctions of jaggery (rewri, plain gur) and good old popcorn — the day is the perfect occasion to lap up savoury sweetness. Since Lohri is symbolic of the start of harvest season in Punjab, food takes on a greater importance as it becomes symbolic of abundance, prosperity and its continuance. This Lohri, surprise your family by indulging in your mother’s recipes, and taking over the kitchen with these traditional foods.
Makki ki roti
The dough is made of refined maize or ground corn flour. When you are kneading, add salt, and use hot water. You can also add grated radish. Now bake like a normal roti, but practice to master, as the flour tends to break when baked.
Take off the malai (cream) that settles atop as you boil milk and cool it. Now hand-beat the cream, add ice, and beat again. You’ll see fat gathering. Once water separates from the mix, you’ll have butter at disposal.
Rice laced with dry fruits and saffron serves as prasad on Lohri. As you boil the rice, add a desirable helping of sugar and honey. This dish is more gooey than plain rice, so you don’t have to wait till the water is absorbed completely. While the rice cooks, add milk (or coconut milk) and a saffron stick or strands. Now add roasted cashewnuts, raisins, cardamom, and almonds
and cook again for a few minutes.
Enjoy the Lohri platter at Cafe Delhi Heights, Galleria 2, DLF Phase-4 or Ambience Mall, Gurgaon for Rs. 325. For a dinner celebration, have red wine to accompany the food. Go for Luca Merlot’s special Lohri offer and buy the bottle for Rs. 480. If you want to send Lohri offerings to loved ones, try Ferns N Petals (fnp.com) for varied packages
Tomorrow and the day after, enjoy Punjabi menu at The Pink Room 29A, Hauz Khas Village, for Rs. 1,500 (for two). Visit Mynt lounge & Bar, 21 Milestone complex, Mahipalpur, tomorrow, 4pm onwards for a special treat.