Makar Sankranti 2023 - Try Jaggery Rice For Lunch
Image Credit: Gud waale chawal | Instagram - @zarah_shaleem

Makar Sankranti is a festival that all of u love to celebrate with our families and dear ones. There are wholesome family lunches, kite flying competitions and lots of sweets to start and finish the day. There are several traditional dishes that are made and they're specifically related to some or the other custom that are specific to different regions of India. And some dishes are made just because they are the order of the season. A lot of these dishes are made with seasonally available ingredients and they make our winter season more special.

One such dish is jaggery rice or gud waale chawal. Although you can make this dish anytime of the year, but Makar Sankranti is a festival where it is cooked and enjoyed the most. This sweet dish is very easy to prepare and needs minimal ingredients that are actually readily available in our kitchen. It has a rich and rustic flavour that makes it the perfect dish for any joyous occasion or festival. If you want to make this dish for this year's Makar Sankranti lunch, then here is a very simple recipe for you.

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  • 2 cups basmati rice 
  • 5-6 cloves 
  • 300 gms jaggery powder 
  • 3 tbsp ghee 
  • 2 tsp cardamom powder 
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes 
  • Almonds and cashew nuts for garnishing


  • Soak the basmati rice in double the amount of water for half an hour.
  • Rinse it properly and put a pan on the gas flame.
  • Add 4 cups of water along with the cloves and put your rice to boil.
  • After the rice is boiled properly, drain it and keep it aside.
  • In another pan, heat up the ghee. 
  • Now, add your jaggery powder and cook till it's completely melted. 
  • Add the cardamom powder to it along with the clove flavoured rice. 
  • Cover with a lid and cook the rice for four to five minutes. 
  • Remove the lid and sprinkle coconut flakes. 
  • Garnish the rice with almonds and cashew nuts and serve your wonderful sweet dish. 

So, this Makar Sankranti, try this amazing gud waale chawal and have a sweet treat for all of your family and yourself. It will surely give you a trip back in time and the flavours will be nostalgic as well as reminiscent of your childhood - when this festival used to be laden with fun and innocence.