The Lohri festival is celebrated by lighting bonfires, dancing, and singing folk music – all of which are incomplete without traditional snacks. According to the Indian calendar, the festival of Lohri falls in the month of Pausha. Two essential ingredients for this celebration are jaggery (gur) and sesame seeds. Jaggery can be the perfect sugar placement, providing warmth, detoxifying the body, boosting immunity, managing blood pressure, and offering various other health benefits. In the same manner, sesame seeds also improve hair quality, strengthen bones, improve blood sugar levels, and boosts skin health. Both of these ingredients are full of minerals like calcium, protein, magnesium, and iron.
Popular Lohri Food
Listed below are some of the common food items that everyone enjoys during the festival of Lohri:
1. Atta Ladoo
It is one of the most popular desserts in North India. You only need three ingredients to make them: flour, jaggery, and ghee. Jaggery has a significant role in the harvest festival. And all these ingredients used in the recipe are wholesome and nutritious. Dry fruits can be added to this recipe to enhance the flavour.
2. Til Laddus, Gajak, and Papdis
While these sweet treats are typically enjoyed during the winter, they have a long shelf life and are also enjoyed during Lohri. Til or sesame seeds is an excellent source of calcium and magnesium – both are necessary for the strong and healthy growth of bones. To prepare this lohri food, you can go for either black or white sesame seeds.
3. Gajar Halwa
The traditional Gajar ka Halwa is made with grated carrots, milk, nuts, and sugar. You can swap sugar with jaggery for better nutritional value and no celebration is complete without this healthy dessert.
4. Gur Ki Gajak
Lohri can’t be celebrated without the traditional sweet called gur ki gajak. This sweet is only available in the market during the winter season because it keeps you warm and strengthens your immunity levels in cold weather. If you’re looking for a healthy way to celebrate Lohri, Chikkis should be on your list.
Besides these, some of the famous lohri special foods are makki ki roti, sarso ka saag, pindi chana, and gur ki roti. Don’t forget to try these delectable lohri dishes too.
Tips to Enjoy These Traditional Snacks in a Healthy Way
Given below are some of the pivotal tips you can follow to make your Lohri celebrations fulfilling without compromising on health:
- While you munch on these healthy traditional snacks, don’t forget to stay physically active. If you don’t have time for a workout, you can go for a 10-minute walk.
- Avoid eating them while you are binge-watching or working on a laptop. Doing this can make you overeat. Have a small portion after your meals only.
- Make sure to enjoy them in moderation for health benefits. Appropriate portion sizes can be helpful.
Indian festivals are about creating memories and there is a delicacy for every festivity, be it chole bhature for Baisakhi, sabudana khichdi, kuttu ki poori for Navratri, thandai, dahi bhalle for Holi, we have it all. Make the most of Lohri festival too this year by preparing and enjoying the traditional delicacies in the right way. Do you have any Lohri special recipe? Feel free to share with us in the comments section below.