Usher in the harvest season with these Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Bihu recipes

This is the month when the sound of til gud ghya, god god bola will resonate in every Maharashtrian home and every family in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and the northern plains of India will stuff their mouth full with several dishes combining sesame seeds and/or jaggery

Bellam Garelu: Bellam Garelu are deep fried crisp vadas sweetened with jaggery syrup. These are often prepared for tea time, but they are too inviting to limit their consumption to once a day.

Bellam Pongali: This creamy dish — infused with cardamom — is full of the richness of our favourite dry fruits like cashew nuts and raisins, and of course jaggery.

Kobbari Kova Kajjikayalu: This dish is a delicious blend of ghee, cardamom powder and a handful of other ingredients.

Nuvvula Patti: An addition to the ever versatile chikki, Nuvvula Patti combines the harvest festival staple sesame seeds with our beloved chikki.

Puran Poli: Every Maharashtrian with a sweet tooth loves puran poli with dollops of ghee.

Ranga Alur Puli: This Bengali specialty consists of flour made of mashed potatoes, and coconut fillings.

Sakinalu: Telanagna brings to us Sakinalu — made of rice flour — fried in oil. Let go of your no-fries resolution this one time .

Til Khoya Laddu: All til — or sesame seeds — recipes are a staple during the harvest festival week.