October 13, 2016

Chakkara Pongali Naivedyam for Goddess Mahishasura Mardhini

Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of Hindu diety Durga Devi. The word 'Navaratri' means 'Nine nights' in sanskrit, Nava meaning "nine" ratri meaning "nights".During these nine nights and ten days nine forms of Durga are worshipped in different ways in different regions. The tenth day we called it as 'Vijaya Dashami' or Dussehra !! The rituals associated with Navaratri vary from region to region. 

The tenth day of Mahanavaratri is 'Maha Navami' and is celebrated on Navami thithi of Shukla Paksha in the indian month of Ashwiyuja masam. Mahanavami, is believed to be the last day of Durga's fight with the Demon Mahishasura. This is final day before the Goddess won over the evil with her power and wisdom. So Maha Navami is also considered the eve of starting anything new on Vijaya Dashami. On this Maha Navami day Goddess Durga appear as 'Mahishasura Mardhini'. The rituals include in Maha Navami is "Balidan" which is performed at afternoon time (apaharana kalam around 12 O Clock). Another ritual performed on Maha Navami is Navami Homam that marks the end of Navami Pooja. Here in local temples, Chandi Homam performed on Maha Navami Day. During this day we can chant Mahishasura Mardhini Stotram, Lalitha sahasra Nama Parayanam, Durga  ashtakam and offer "Chakkar Pongali" as naivedyam. I made yummy yummy sweet " Chakkara Pongali " naivedyam to Goddess Mahishasura Mardhini Devi . Here I am giving the recipe for Chakkar Pongali...Let us see the procedure.

Ingredients   :
Biyyam (Rice) -1 cup
Pesarapappu (Moong Dal) - 1/4 cup
Endu Kobbari Mukkalu (Dry Coconut Pieces) - 50 grams
Jeedipappu (Cashew) - 25 grams
Kismis (Raisins)          - 25 grams
Bellam (Jaggery)        - 1/2 cup
Yelakulu (Elaichi)        - 4
Pachakarpuram (Edible Camphor) - 1 pinch
Neyyi (Ghee)             -  1/2 cup

Procedure :
1. Fry moong dal without ghee or oil and keep aside.
2. Fry cashewnuts, raisins, Dry coconut pieces separately in a table 
    spoon ghee each time. 
3. Cook rice with  fried moong dal in pressure cooker by adding 
     sufficient water, till three whistles.
4. Now prepare Jaggery syrup.Take a thick base pan add jaggery, 
    and little water. Let it Boil on sim flame till the syrup(paakam) is 
    thicken. Paakam should be Unda Paakam(thick consistency of jaggery
5. Filter the paakam into cooked rice ,add ghee, keep on mixing in low 
6. Add fried dry coconut pieces, pachakarpuram and elaichi powder, 
    give a good mix continuous.
7. Finally add fried kaju, kismis and mix for one minuite.
8. Now you can see ghee on upper layer.
9. Yummy yummy hot hot Chakkar Pongali is ready to serve

I offered this "Chakkar Pongali" to Goddess Mahishasura Mardhini on Maha Navami Day!! Hope you enjoyed my dessert:) Kindly leave your feedback here.



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