Delicious dishes to keep up with the Lohri spirit!
7/14/2014 1:40:45 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicharaa ho!
Dullah Bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho! ...
This song quite aptly sums up the spirit of Lohri, a festival celebrated on winter solstice in Punjab and across the northern belt.
This is usually considered to be the coldest day of the winter season and preparations for the evening begin days in advance. In most homes specialty dishes such as Makke Ki Roti and Sarson Ka Saag is made along with Sugarcane Juice Kheer, Atte Ki Ladoo, Rewri, Gajak and Peanut Chikki.
There are many folk stories that surround the festival. While one legend suggest that Holika and Lohri were sisters – the former perished in the Holi fire while the latter survived with Prahalad, some other people believe that the name Lohri is derived from Loi, the wife of Saint Kabir. But the most popular one is the association with Dulla Bhatti, a Robinhood-like character from the Mughal era. Regarded as a hero, apart from robbing the rich, he rescued girls who were forcibly taken to be sold in slave market of the Middle East from the Sandal Bar region (now in Pakistan). He also arranged their marriages to boys of their religion with rituals and provided them with dowries. Hence most of the popular Lohri songs express gratitude to Dulla Bhatti.