Archive for January 2013

Happy Makar Sankranti!

January 14, 2013

Happy Makar Sankranti! Thanks to all the readers for the support over the years. Wishing you health, happiness, and prosperity in 2013! I started my blog “Nani’s Indian Cooking” on January 14, 2007 as a way to introduce my book “Nani’s Vegetarian Cooking”. I am often asked what does Nani mean? Nani means maternal grandmother in Hindi. As we celebrate Makar Sankranti, I remember my first visit over five decades ago to my naniji’s place (called “nunihal” in Hindi meaning maternal grandparents’ place) in Dwarahat, State of Uttarakhand (previously a part of Uttar Pradesh) in the northern hills of India. She used to roast the sesame seeds and the aroma of those roasting sesame seeds still lingers in my mind as I now make these sweets in my kitchen.  Below are the pictures of sesame-based sweets I have made over the years.  For more information please see my earlier entries posted on January 14, 2008 and January 14, 2012 on this blog.

Sesame Halwa a special treat for Makar Sankranti!

Sesame Halwa

Sesame Pistachio Halwa