October 3, 2016

Chakkarpongali (Sweet Pongal) and Karapongal Naivedyam recipe

As already promised, I am back with another delicious Naivedyam recipe "Sweet pongali" and "Karampongali" on account of second day of Devi Mahanavaratri!! Yesterday I performed kumkum pooja for "Gowrimatha" and offered sweet pongal and karam pongal as naivedyam. Usually women starts Gowripuja vratam at the time of marriage. Every girl should do this Gowripuja at marriage time for the wellbeing of lifepartner. After marriage, here in Andhra Pradesh every newly wedded girl will start 'Mangalagowri Vratham' on sravanamasam for five years. They do puja with Kumkum, Haldi and with flowers for Gowrimatha with dedication  and offer different naivedyams to please Gowrimatha. After five years they do Udyapan. Every tuesday and friday doing kumkumpuja for gowrimatha is good for the happiness and welfare of our family.

 During Dasara festival celebrations second day here we celebrate "Gowrimatha avatar". On second day I made Sweet Pongali,Karam Pongali,Vadapappu and Panakam as nivedan for Gowrimatha. It turned out super yummy and delicious. I wanted to share my naivedyam recipes, so I asked my lovely son's :) help in taking pictures. He has taken each and every pic of naivedyam and decoration and the same posted in my blog. Let us see the procedure.....

Sweet Pongali 
Ingredients :
1/2 cup Rice                               
1/4 cup Moongdal                         
1/2 cup gratted or powdered Jaggery
3-4 table spoons Ghee
1/4 spoon Elachi powder
6-8 broken Cashew nuts
5 Raisins

Procedure :
1. Fry rice and moongdal in a pan on low flame for 3-4 minuites.
2. Wash several times with clean water and cook in a pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles.
3. Once pressure released completely, remove the lid and mash the cooked rice.
4. Take heavy bottomed vessel, add grated jaggery,elachi powder and little water. Let it cook for sometime till the jaggery melts. Now thick jaggery syrup forms.
5. Now add this jaggery syrup to the cooked rice mixture and mix well.
5. Heat a small pan with ghee, add cashewnuts, fry till it turns golden colour. Then add raisins, stir fry till it turns swollen. Pour this on cooked sweet pongal mixture. Mix well.
6. Transfer to serving bowl and offer to Lord Gowrimatha.
7. Later you can offer this yummy, delicious  prasadam to your 
    family members, friends and neighbours.

Kara Pongali :
Ingredients :
1/2 Cup rice
1/4 cup moongdal
5 table spoon ghee
6-8 broken cashew nuts pieces
15 pepper corns
1/4 table spoon pepper powder
1/4 table spoon cumin seeds
1 small piece ginger
5 green chillies, slit lengthwise
8 curry leaves
a big pinch of hing
1/4 tea spoon turmeric powder
salt to taste

Procedure :
1. Fry rice and moongdal in a pan for few seconds. 
2. Wash several times with clean water and cook in a pressure cooker
     for 3-4 whistles.
3. Heat a pan with ghee, add cumin seeds, let them splutter, then add 
    broken cashew nuts, green chillies, fry for few seconds till cashew nuts
    become golden colour and chillies become soft. 
4. Then add pepper powder, pepper corns, turmeric powder, curry leaves
     hing and fry for few seconds until nice aroma comes out .
5. Now add cooked rice and required quantity of salt mix well.
6. Transfer to serving bowl. Offer this prasadam to Matha Gowri
7. Serve it hot to your loved ones:)

Please leave your comments and suggestions ....



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