The most awaiting festival of the Telugu states 'Sankranthi' is here... People celebrate this harvest festival with loads of happiness with their families by decorating their homes with flowers and beautiful rangolis.
Well! Besides these things, Sankranthi also meant for delicious foods. The three-day festival namely, Bhogi, Makara Sankranthi and Kanuma are celebrated with different themes and cook-ups. Each day has its own importance and when it comes to the food, every region has its special menu. So, today we are here with the regional dishes of 'Bhogi' across Andhra and Telangana states. Here we go!
Rice Pongal/ Paramannam
Bhogi, the first day of Pongal is celebrated with the bonfire. And, the people of Andhra offer prayers to God with sweet rice pudding. Have a look at the recipe here...
Rice - 1 cup; Sugar - 1 cup; Milk - 1 cup; Split skinless green gram - ¼ cup; A few dried coconut chunks; A handful of chopped nuts (cashew, almonds and raisins); Ghee - 2 tbsp; Cardamom powder - ½ tsp; Water as required
Method To Prepare
Clean and soak green gram and rice for 30 minutes. Pressure cook the rice and green gram with fresh water for 3-4 whistles. Take it off the flame and wait till the pressure goes off.
Meanwhile, roast the nuts in ghee and take them into a plate. Roast the dried coconut chunks in the same pan and take it into another bowl.
Boil the milk in the same pan and add sugar, stir continuously until sugar dissolves completely.
Now, add cooked rice-green gram and fold it gently till the rice is mixed with sugar-milk syrup. Let it cook for a few more minutes to get a thick consistency.
Sprinkle roasted nuts, cardamom powder and give a quick stir to mix it well.
Take it off the flame and garnish with a tbsp of ghee or milk over the rice pongal.
Jowar Rotis/ Jonna Rottelu
Of course, jowar roti is a very common dish but in Telangana, people prepare the regualr jowar rotis by giving a special touch on this Bhogi festival. Have a look at the recipe here...
Jowar flour - 1 cup
Hot water - As required to knead the dough
Sesame seeds – 1-2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Method To Prepare
Mix the flour, salt, sesame seeds by adding hot water in batches to get a soft and lump-free dough. Organise the dough into equal portions and shape into balls.
Dust the work floor with jowar flour and spread the dough ball evenly with the hands and fix the cracks in the edges. Finally, roll the roti with a rolling pin to get rid of the hand marks. Make sure that you do not make it too thin.
Heat the tawa and roast both the sides by applying a little amount of water until cooked well. Do the same for the remaining dough balls.
Generally, these rotis are devoured with the combination of green beans/chikkudu kaya curry. Here is the recipe for you!
Green Beans/ Chikkudu Kaya Curry
Flat green beans (Chikkudu kaya) - ½ Kg
Chopped fresh fenugreek leaves - 1 cup
Green chilli paste - 1 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
Sesame seeds powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Tempering seeds - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Oil and salt as required
Method To Prepare
Clean and pressure cook the flat green beans for 2-3 whistles. Take it off the flame and wait till pressure goes off.
Meanwhile, saute tempering seeds until splutter then goes onions, ginger-garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes off.
Now, add cleaned fenugreek leaves, green chilli paste, salt and let it cook well. Drain the water from flat green beans and add it to the cooking fenugreek leaves and allow them to cook until done.
Now, sprinkle the sesame seeds powder, coriander powder and toss them well. Check the taste and add salt, chilli powder (if needed).
Finally, baste the ghee overcooked beans and take it off the flame.
Ummm! Yummy 'Chikkudu Kay Curry' is ready to have with jawar rotis.
So viewers, try out these different regional flavours on this special day and enjoy with your family...
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