Madhu's vantalu

Flavors & colors come together to tantalize your senses

Sankranthi Subhakanshalu

Posted by Madhavi on January 13, 2009

bobbatu                                                         Bobbatlu (Puran Poli, Obbatu)


Sooji Halwa


Sweet Pongal

IMG_0411Cracked Wheat Halwa

payasamMoong dal Payasam

IMG_0875Cashew Pista peda/Burfi

Wishing Family, Friends and Fellow bloggers a Very Happy Sankranthi!

Scroll down to see some festival recipe ideas for this Sankranthi! These recipes are from both my blogs.

Rice Variety:

Tamarind rice | Chintapandu Pulihora

Lemon rice with Peas


Sundal Recipes:

 Green moong dal Sundal

Chick peas Sundal

Mixed lentils Sundal

Peanut Sundal

Sweet Recipes:

Bobbatlu (Puran poli, Obbatu)

Pesara pappu Payasam (Moong dal Payasam)

Cracked wheat Halwa

Semiya (Vermicelli) Payasam

Sunnundalu (Urad dal laddoo)

Rava laddoo

Sankranti (Telugu: సంక్రాంతి ), is a festival that signifies the beginning of the harvest season for the farmers of India.It is also called ‘Makara Sankranthi’, it is celebrated primarily in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Maharashtra. (above article taken from wikipidea, more info click here….

In Andhra pradesh, my home state we call it “pedda panduga” which means the big festival. It is generally a three day festival, which starts on Jan 13th and goes up to Jan 15th (Sankranthi is one of the few festivals which come on the same day every year). Each day has its own significance.

The first day being the bhogi panduga
• Second day Sankranthi and
• The third day is Kanuma.

I have a lot of child hood memories associated with this festival.


Aariselu (made of rice flour & Jaggery)

On Bhogi, we use to wake up as early as 4 am in the morning and lightup bhogimantlu (bon fire). Items like old broom sticks, woods and paper are thrown in to the fire. It signifies the destruction of the evil and departure of the poverty. Later we clean the courtyards and sprinkle it with water and cowdung and draw beautiful muggulu (also called rangoli). Then the muggulu are decorated with mariglod flowers on fresh round cow dung balls. Then everyone takes bath and wear new clothes.

Sankranthi, the main day of this three day celebration starts with Lakshmi pooja(Goddess of wealth). Sweet Pongal (made of rice, lentils and Jaggery) is offered as naivedyam (offering) to the god. The cattle, especially cow is also offered prayers.

Other entertaining sights during Sankranthi are Gangireddu (decorated oxen) which are taken from one house to other, they are often see nodding their head, accompanied by their owner who sings songs. People offer them rice and clothes. We also have bommala kolluvu which displays various dolls and toys.

Food plays a very important part in this festival. In Andhra we make ariselu( made of rice and Jaggery), kajjikayalu, jantikalu, puliharam(tamarind rice), garelu, boorelu, laddu and sweet pongal.

Women and kids go to relative’s house and neighboring houses for tambulam (which consists of tamalapakulu, coconut and flowers)

Kanuma, is a festival for farmers. The farmers decorate their cattle and offer prayers. This is a very happy occasion for the farmers because they sell their produce and get money. People visit temples and family gatherings happen.

Cinema is a very popular media in our Andhra, a lot of movies are released during this period. In the evening people go to watch the movies.

There are so many other memories which are related to this festival, like- hari dasu, banthi poolu, chamanthi poolu(flowers), gobbimmalu, muggulu, gummadi kaayalu, and all the sweets which I mentioned earlier. No wonder we call it pedda pandugaa in our Andhra Pradesh. It truly is, though I miss all of this here in U.S, just to think about it makes me so happy.

Wishing each and every one a Very Happy Sankranthi!

Previously posted on Jan11’07.

Check out my sweet recipe ideas here-

About these ads

10 Responses to “Sankranthi Subhakanshalu”

  1. Asha said

    Happy Sankranthi to you, enjoy! :)

  2. meera said

    Very well said madhu ..

  3. Happy Pongal. Excellent Photos selection. Ifeel posting more frequently so that your readers will be more benefitted from your selection skills

    pongal greetings

  4. Happy Pongal. Excellent Photos selection. Ifeel posting more frequently so that your readers will be more benefitted from your selection skills

    pongal greetings

  5. sreelu said


    Just spoke to my mom and found out that your mom and mine are friends, can’t belive it, its such a small world. I was so exicted when I heard about it.

    Ping me your number will call you .

    Take care,

  6. Lylfor said

    I was just wondering if you could help me…Long time back when I was in hyd, I was invited for a satyanarayan katha @ my PG’s place. They prepared a bondaloo kind of a thing for the prasadam which was very very tasty. It was not spicy, rather sweet and the core of the sweet was juicy and very lovingly sweet. The outside was fried. What is that called and kindly let me know the recipe if you have…Thanks.

  7. orkutwala said

    Get your favorite Orkut Pongal greetings from: And Happy Sankranthi Subhakanshalu;

  8. hai friends happy sankranti

  9. rajendra prasad said

    nice blog

  10. hari babu said

    nice photos and nicely explained regarding makara sankrathi festivel.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 50 other followers

%d bloggers like this: