Makar Sankranti 2023: Makar Sankranti is the first festival of Hindus after the beginning of the new year. It mostly falls on the 14th or 15th of January every time. It is believed that from this day winter starts to subside. The weather tends to be warm. It is celebrated only in some states including Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Bihar, and West Bengal. Make this Makar Sankranti delicious with Bengali Patishapta.
Makar Sankranti 2023: States have different names
If we talk according to the states, then the festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Lohri in Punjab, Bihu in Assam and Pongal in the southern region of India. The importance and way of celebrating this festival are different in every state. But one thing is common in all, that is the dishes made at home. The speciality of India is that different dishes are important at every festival.
Makar Sankranti 2023: Offerings are made to Goddess Lakshmi
Makar Sankranti is known as Paush Sankranti or Paush Parv in West Bengal. According to the Hindi Nav Samvatsar, the last day of the month of Pausha is chosen for this. To make this day special, quintessential Bengali sweets Peetha and Payesh (kheer) are made here. People prepare Pitha from rice and offer it to Goddess Lakshmi.
Prepared like a pancake
Dishes like pitha are made in Bengal like Dudh Puli, Gokul Peetha, Chushi Peetha etc. But the most popular dish is Patishapta. This dish is like a thin crepe or pancake. It is made with maida, rice flour and semolina, with a caramelized jaggery and shredded coconut filling. It is so soft, and sweet that it melts in the mouth.
Ingredients to make Patishta
In this, elements like semolina, white flour, sugar, cardamom powder, ghee, grated coconut, milk, khoya kheer (mawa), and jaggery are required.
How to make Patishpat?
- To make Patishapta, first prepare the batter by mixing semolina, sugar, flour and milk in a bowl. Then add cardamom powder to this batter and keep it for some time.
- After this, prepare the stuffing. Heat ghee in a pan and add grated coconut to it. After some time, add jaggery to it and mix well. Knead a soft dough by adding mawa to it. After, that leave it to cool down.
- At last, gather everything together and prepare the patishapta. To do this, spread the batter with a ladle on a hot tawa greased with ghee. In simple words, make cheela out of it. Put the stuffing in the centre and fold it. After this serve hot to the guests.