Harvest Festival 2021: Q&A with Desi Fry n Tadka

Happy Harvest Festival! Although this year is looking a little…different…we hope you’ve had a chance to celebrate with family and have taken some time some delicious food!

We had a chat with one of our new NC kitchen’s – Desi Fry n Tadka! Desi Fry specialises in Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine with dishes that smell incredible and bursting with flavour! You can order from their wonderful Monday to Saturday but in the meantime…let’s see what Harvest Festival means in their house!

What does the Harvest Festival mean to you?

In the North of India from where I originally come from, the Harvest Festival is marked by eating sheaves of roasted corn from the new harvest. The January sugarcane harvest is celebrated in the Lohri Festival. It is also traditional to eat “till rice”. All households cook these dishes to celebrate Lohri: Sarson da saag and Makki ki roti, Atta ladoo, Gur ki gazak and Dahi bhal

What traditions do you and your family participate in?

We celebrate Lohri with our family, friends and relatives! We all gather around bonfires that are lit in front of our house or in harvest fields and toss corns, sesame seeds, rice and jaggery into the bonfire.

What’s your favourite recipe to cook to celebrate the festival?

Sarson da saag! It is made from mustard greens (sarson) and spices such as ginger and garlic often served with Makki Ki Roti which is an Indian bread made with Cornmeal or maize flour.

Has the pandemic affected your celebration plans? If so, how?

Yes, because of the pandemic we are unable to travel to our hometown to celebrate Lohri with our family, and even back there no one can gather with their family and friends to celebrate it.

Thank you to Desi Fry n Tadka for sharing their festive plans for the weekend! What are you getting up to? Let us know over on our social media page @noshycircle

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