Kites of different shapes ,sizes and colours dot the sky as the sun commences its journey towards the Northern Hemisphere (onset of Uttarayan).The harvest festival-Makar Sankranti/Pongal/Lohri is celebrated in most parts of India with all the traditional festivities and feasts.
‘Bhogichi Bhaji’ is a traditional winter recipe made all across Maharashtra on the day of ‘Bhogi’ which is a day prior to ‘Makar Sankranti.’ This dish celebrates the seasonal bounty of winter vegetables and is fortified with groundnuts and sesame seeds, which provide the much needed warmth and nourishment to the body during winters. It is packed with all essential nutrients and vitamins from seasonal vegetables like red carrots, fresh green Chana (Chola/chickpea/harbhara), flat green beans (Val Papdi) and Ber (Indian Jujube).
As the sun commences its journey northward (Uttarayan), the harvest festival of’ Makar Sankranti’ (also known as ‘Lohri ‘ ,’Pongal’ in different parts of India) is celebrated. ‘Bhogichi bhaji’ recipe is an integral part of this festive celebration.
Serve ‘Bhogichi Bhaji’ with Bajra/multigrain or rice Bhakri with a dollop of fresh homemade ghee or butter on top.
This recipe has been passed on from my grandmother to my mom and from my mom to me. Many of these recipes will serve as a link between me and my grandmother, whom I recently lost. I have learnt many such traditional recipes from her -the legacy she has left behind for me amongst other things.
Here’s a traditional Bhogichi Bhaji recipe dedicated to my dearest granny.