Monday, 11 January 2021

Chakkera Pongal || South Indian temple style Chakkera Pongal for Makara Sankranti/Pongal festival

Chakkera Pongal is south Indian Temple prasadam recipe. This is very delicious,aromatic and divine in taste. We prepare this chakkera pongal recipe during festivals like Makara Sankranti, Navaratri, Diwali, Vara Lakshmi Pooja and also on any special occasions at home. It is very easy to prepare in less time and with less ingredients.

Check this recipe in our youtube channel :

Chakkera Pongal video link :

We prepare different varieties of pongal like  Sweet Pongal, which is prepared using milk and texture of this Sweet Pongal will be thick, mushy and creamy. Texture of Chakkera Pongal which I am sharing today will be grainy. The main divine aroma and taste of this chakkera pongal is from edible camphor (pachakarpuram in telugu). So do not miss adding this edible camphor to get good aroma and taste, exactly which we get in temples.We also prepare many til/sesame seeds/nuvvulu recipes for pong al. Do check out this unique Til Sago  & nuts Laddu / Sagubbiyam nuvvula laddu which is prepared using sesame seeds, sago and many healthy ingredients.

Also check other festival recipes by just clicking below links..

Youtube links :

Chakkera Pongal

Coconut Rice || Kobbari annam

Flax Seeds Laddu

Blog Links :

Sweet Pongal

Til Sago Laddu / Sagubbiyam nuvvula laddu

Foodie Monday Blog Hop

Taking this delectable,aromatic and delicious Chakkera Pongal to  FoodieMondayBloghop fb groups #280SankrantiSpecial theme. By this time you are all aware that I am part of this lovely group where we bloggers share recipe for theme suggested by a person in alphabetical order every week. This week we group members decided to share Sankranti festival recipes. So here I am sharing my part  Chakkera Pongal recipe.

              Chakkera Pongal

Preparation time - 10 minutes
cook time : 20 min
Serves : 1 bowl
Category : Sweets / Festival
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Main ingredients : Rice, yellow moong dal
Author : Aruna SarasChandra


Rice - 3/4 cup
Yellow moong dal/ pesara pappu - 1/4 cup
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup (adjust)
Ghee - 1/2 cup (adjust)
Cashew nuts - 12
Raisins - 12
Dry coconut pieces - 2 tsp
Edible camphor - 1  small pinch
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp


1) Dry fry 1/4 cup of  moong dal in pressure cooker on low to medium flames till it changes color.

2) Switch off  the flames and add 3/4 cup of rice and mix everything well. 

3) Wash rice and moong dal in water twice and add 2 cups of water to it.

4) Pressure cook this for 3 whistles on medium flames, switch off the flames and keep it aside.

5) Now prepare jaggery syrup, for this take jaggery and sugar in a pan. To this add 1/4 cup of water and cook till you get 1 string consistency and keep it aside.

6) Open pressure cooker lid and mix cooked rice and dal well. Now strain jaggery syrup in cooked rice and mix everything well.(**check tips)

7) Cook this on low flames till rice absorbs jaggery syrup and becomes thick.

8) Now add cardamom/elachi powder , edible camphor, 2tsp of ghee and mix everything well. Mash edible camphor with ur finger and then add.

9) Pongal is almost ready, keep this aside. 

10) Add remaining ghee in pan, add cashew nuts, dried coconut pieces and fry it on low flames.

11) When above nuts and coconut pieces starts changing color then add raisins. Fry till raisins becomes fluffy.

12) Now add this in prepared pongal and mix everything well.
If you want you can add some more ghee. 

That's it our Chakkera Pongal is ready to serve.


** Adjust ghee as per your taste. 

** You can skip adding sugar, but adding sugar gives good taste to this Chakkera Pongal.

** For 1 glass of rice and moong dal add 2 glasses of water.

** In order to get grainy texture we do not soak rice and dal.

** Adding coconut pieces gives good taste to pongal.

** Add only 1 small pinch of edible camphor to perfect taste, adding more will ruin pongal taste. So be careful while adding it.

Hope u liked this delicious and eigen chakkera pongal.. Also check other festival  recipes from my  YouTube  channel & blog by just clicking the link below pic.


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                     Poha Badam Ladoo

                     Ragi Peanut ladoo            

       Sabudana Coconut Ladoo

              Puffed Rice/Maramarala Ladoo

Ellu Bella Mix
                                                  bread gulab jamun

                          Sweet Pongal

                             Pineapple Sheera 

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