While festivals like Deepavali and Holi take away the limelight, it is the harvest festival of Sankranthi that truly is close to Telugu people. If you are still wondering about ways to make this four-day celebration exciting and interesting, you’re at the right place. Because there is nothing that spells love like a good meal, cooked by you for your loved ones. So, make the most of the festival and gobble on a hearty meal with your beloved folks. We’ve got some simple and traditional recipes that are authentic to the harvest festival.
Since the two Telugu-speaking states, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, are heavily dependent on rice crops, it is important to start with our staple food. Puliyohra, for the unversed, is rice, cooked in contrasting flavours of tamarind’s sourness and the pepperiness of local spices.
To make this:
Take a pan on medium heat and add little oil to it to roast – red chillies, Bengal gram, black gram, fenugreek seeds and coriander seeds. Once they turn slightly brown, add asafoetida and curry leaves, until the leaves turn golden-brown. Take the pan off, and allow it to cool. Take another bowl with water, and add tamarind to it. Set it aside for some time, and then, squeeze the tamarind to extract a thick paste. To this liquid, add salt, a pinch of sugar, green chillies and oil. Bring it all to a boil, and keep stirring until it reduces in size – to form a thicker paste-like consistency.
Cook rice and spread it in a bowl or plate to cool it down. In the meantime, give the much-needed talimpu, by adding oil, curry leaves, and mustard seeds to a pan before combining the tamarind paste with the roasted ingredients. Finally, mix this paste, spoon by spoon, with the rice. Add more or less paste, depending on whatever suits your taste. Allow the rice to imbibe the flavours over 15 minutes, and then enjoy the lip-smacking dish.