Makar Sankranti is a festival celebrated across the country. A day when the sky is adorned with colourful kites, kids scramming to be the first to grab a kite as it slowly descends to the ground when the string gets cut, a plethora of snacks and drinks on a table to keep up energy levels and a lively atmosphere. I don't know if I speak for everyone reading this, but 14th January is definitely one of those days where I am up before the sun, just waiting for my friends before we can all head up to the terrace and stay there till sun down. And of course, during the course of the day munch on a variety of snacks, from peanut chikkis to til ladoos, energy bars and maybe even a rehydrating drink or two.
So this year, while you get busy prepping your kites for the big day, I went ahead and made a small albeit sweet list of five chikki recipes that will sure give you the much needed energy boost throughout the day.
Dry fruit chikki A festival is always incomplete without its OG snack, am I right? So just like always, here is a super-easy recipe to help you make your own batch of sweet and crunchy chikkis that bring together the goodness of dried fruits and nuts in a treacly coating of jaggery.
Til chikki Til chikki and ladoos are must haves on this day. Made by dry roasting sesame seeds and introducing it to melted jaggery, this staple snack is not just easy to make but also a necessity to have on the snack table as Makar Sankranti inches closer.
Keto peanut chikki For those of you who plan to take your new year resolutions very strictly this year, there is no reason to give up on festive snacks. You too can enjoy your own batch of these special keto chikkis on this day so you don't feel left out.
Rajgira granola bars Now this may be a little away from the norm, but hear me out. Pakec with the goodness of peanuts, cranberries and amaranth seeds, which are rich in manganese and magnesium, and swapping jaggery for honey as a sweetener, these no-bake puffed bars are the perfect energy boosting snacks for an entire day spent on the roof of your house.
Instant chikki If you too got too caught up in the jubilation and preparation of the festivities and totally forgot about the snacks, don't worry we got your back. Try this recipe to make a batch of instant chikkis in a jiffy and set things straight for the day.
Now that you have an assorted chikki menu at hand, what do you plan on making today?
Natasha Kittur is an aspiring writer. Her love for anything with cheese and spice is profound, but a white sauce pasta always tops her list. In her free time you will catch her reading or watching crime books and shows or go on and on about psychological experiments and theories. She aims to write a book in the fictional genre someday.