A smoky, slow-cooked feast, Gujarati style
Makar Sankranti is the day to bring out the clay pots for 'Matla Undhiyu'
Uttarayan, also known as Makar Sankranti, marks harvest, the time when the sun shifts from the southern run to the northern run, or from Dakshinayana to Uttarayan. While it is celebrated in most parts of India, Gujarat is certainly the place to be in at this time. The old city areas resound with cries of Katiye, Lapet and Kai po che as thousands of colourful kites soar in the sky. Bollywood numbers blare to compete with each other from adjoining terraces and bottle caps are popped/twisted open and the clink of glasses mingle with the raucous sound of the pipodi, a coarse horn for the lack of a better word.