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Ready to surprise your mouth and tongue as Maaghe Sankranti is no so long!!
Maghe sankranti, also called as Makar Sankranti is the first day of month of Maagh and the religious festive day of the Hindu celebrated in Nepal and India. This day is marked as the end of the winter and to welcome the spring as the days gets longer. On this day, the sun is believed to leave its southernmost position and begin its northward journey. Maaghe Sankranti is similar to solstice festivals in other religious traditions.
In this auspicious day, people wake up early in the morning, take bath, performs offering and worships the god. Then, they make special foods for the day. These foods have special significance and believe to provide the heat and keeps people healthy. Here is the list of foods that must be taken during this festival:
1 Chaakku (Retreated Molasses)
Molasses are the sweetner and healthier version of sugar made by refining the sugarcane or sugar beets into sugar. Chaakku is the retreated form of the Molasses and the harder one cooked with ghee, milk and topping of the dry fruits such as coconut. Chakku contains of different tyepes of vitamin and healthy. They are diabetes friendly and good for bone, blood and hair.
2 Ghee (clarified Butter)
The combination of ghee-chaakku is the special combination for the taste. Ghee is the clarified butter and provides fat to the body.Tarul (Yam)
The steamed or boiled yam goes well in the maghe Sankranti. Yam provides vitamin c for the body to fight against the colds. Yam provides the good amount of fibre, potassium, manganese and metabolic B vitamins.
3 Tilauri (sesame seed with sugar)
The white color laddu type item called tilauri is the mix of sesame seed with water. Sesame is the tiny edible seeds with lots of health benefits. They are rich in natural oils, antioxidants, protein and others. They prevent the cancer and good for skin and hair.
4 Til ko laddu (sesame seed mixed in jaggery)
Til heated and then mixed with jiggery (gud/gur) to form the small edible balls is one of the recipe to eat in this maagh.
5 Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are boiled and eaten with yam in this winter. They are righ in fibre, also good for diabetes.