Lohri/Lodi is a popular punjabi agricultural winter festival. It is traditionally associated with the harvest of rabi crops. On the eve of Lohri people toss jaggery, sesame, popcorn, peanuts on the bonfire, worship the fire, sit around it, sing and dance till the fire dies out. This is to show respect to the natural element of fire. You can read more about Lohri festival here.
It is a tradition to eat Gajjak (Jaggery Peanut Brittle), Peanuts and Til Rewadi ( Sesame Sugar Candy) on this day. This year I decided to make Gajjak and Til Rewadi at home. Both the goodies were so easy to make and they turned out super delicious.
Jaggery Peanut Brittle and Sugar Sesame Rewadi are two of my favorites. I am eating both of these as I write :)
|Jaggery Peanut Brittle|
|Sesame Sugar Candy|
Both of these are super easy to make and hardly takes 10-15 minutes each...Yes!! 15 minutes!!!
Here are the recipes (Click here for printable version)
For the Jaggery Peanut Brittle
200 gms of Jaggery
1 & 1/2 cups of peanuts
1 tbsp fennel seeds
2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
1/8 cup water
1. Dry roast the peanuts lightly in a pan and keep aside. You can break the peanuts in half.
2. Heat water and add jaggery to it on medium heat. Jaggery will start to melt.
3. Add ghee and keep stirring. All the jaggery will melt and the mixture will look like a smooth paste.
4. Add the fennel seeds and peanuts together and mix to coat the peanuts well.
5. Switch off the gas and pour the peanut mixture on a greased flat plate or baking sheet. Flatten it out into 1/4" thick slab.
6. Let it cool down completely. Once cooled, break it into pieces and enjoy!!
For the Sesame Sugar Candy
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 cup water
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
1. Lightly dry roast the sesame seeds and keep aside.
2. Heat the water and sugar together.
3. Add in the ghee and cardamom powder.
4. As it boils, add the sesame seeds and mix. As mixture starts to leave the sides, switch off the gas.
5. Drop the spoonful of mixtures onto a greased plate/parchment paper and let them cool completely.
6. Once cooled, remove from the plate and store in airtight container.
We too went to temple today to pray around the holy fire and toss peanuts, sesame, dry fruits and jaggery into it.