Dasara festival Traditional recipes – Chakkara pongali, Pala boorelu, Venna Murukulu and Ground nuts Pulihora

Dasara (dussehra or vijaya dashami) is one of the big Hindu festivals. Dasara is heading and everyone will be in search for preparing sacred food for goddess durga. So how to make introducing you the best and popular items that is mostly prepared during the dasara festive time. Here are the cool recipes of Chakkara pongali, Pala boorelu or pala burelu, Venna Chakralu or Butter janthikalu and Ground nut Pulihora or puliyodhara. Offer your goddess durga devi with these special sweet and hot items on vijaya dashami day.

People are so busy in work during weekdays and don’t have time to spend all the 9 days of navaratri festival. But on the special day called duragstami festival everyone will celebrate the dasara festival while decorating goddess durga matha statues and offer the sacred food before the goddess in durga puja. Dussehra is famous in north india because they will treat these 9 days as a community festival with lip smacking food and ramilila.

The sweet and hot items that are listed are famous items that completes the festival day. Chakkara pongali, Pala boorelu or pala burelu, Venna Chakralu or Butter janthikalu and Ground nut Pulihora or puliyodhara are the favorite items for durga devi. So offer the goddess durga matha by preparing these tasty sweet and hot items at home. Every part of india will full with joy and celebrate this dasara festival. So here are the famours navrathri recipes for you. Celebrate the dasara or dussehra by offering the goddess durga devi with these sweet and hot items. How to make wishes you a happy dasara.
Chakkara pongali / Sweet rice pongal / Sakkarai pongal
Dasara festival without Chakkara pongali is so incomplete. This is famous sweet item which we usually offer goddess durga matha on the festive day of dussehra. Preparing of this recipe is so simple and easy. You can use sugar or jaggery for preparing this sweet. This is special Andhra recipe that is mostly prepared at the time of dasara navratri days. I used special bowl for preparing this sacred food. Adding ghee gives much taste to the pongal. Hope everyone has tasted this type of pongals in temples as a prasadham. So offer goddess durga amma with these tasty and crunchy cashewnut chakkara pongal.

Chakkara pongali / Sweet rice pongal / Sakkarai pongal

Chakkara pongali

Ingredients

chakra pongal ingredients

  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Green gram or pesara pappu or moong dal – ½ cup
  • Jaggery grate – 1 cup
  • Dry coconut – 50 grms
  • Cashew nuts – 50 grms
  • Ghee – 50grms
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Borneol (pacha karpuram) – 1 pinch

How to Make

Step 1: Take a thick bottom vessel add rice and green gram or moong dal to it.

rice and green gram

Step 2: Pour 3 cups of water into it. Soak the rice and green gram into water for 10 mins.

Soak the rice and green gram

Step 3: Switch on the stove and keep this vessel on stove. Give a medium flame.

keep this vessel on stove

Step 4: Cover the vessel with lid. Let them cook till the rice becomes ¾ th cooked.

Step 5: Meanwhile grate the jaggery. Keep this a side.

Step 6: Cut the dry coconut into small pieces. Keep this a side.

dry coconut into small pieces

Step 7: After rice get cooked now add jaggery grate and borneol to the vessel.

rice get cooked now add jaggery grate

Step 8: Give a hit on cardamom piece and put it into a vessel.

cardamom piece

Step 9: Take a thick bottom pan on stove and add ghee to it.

bottom pan on stove

Step 10: Put cashewnut pieces into the hot ghee. Fry it till they become golden in color. Collect them into a plate.

cashewnut pieces into the hot ghee

Step 11: In the same pan add dry coconut pieces also and fry it.

pan add dry coconut pieces

Step 12: Collect them into a plate.

Step 13: Meanwhile stir the rice vessel so that jaggery dissolves completely into the rice and moong dal.

Step 14: After pongal getting thick turn off the flame.

pongal getting thick turn off the flame

Step 15: Collect the chakkara pongal into a bowl and add fried cashew nuts and dry coconut pieces.

chakkara pongal1

Step 16: Pour remaining ghee also into that.

remaining ghee

Tasty chakkara pongal is ready, offer the goddess as a nivedanam. After preparing just add some more ghee on the hot chakkara pongali so that this would taste better.

chakkara pongal is ready

Pala boorelu / pala burelu / Milk rice cakes

This is very simple festive recipe. Milk and rice flour are the main ingredients used in making of this tasty pala boorelu. It is one of the traditional Indian sweet that is mostly prepared during the time of dasara. Since the jaggery is used in making of pala boorelu even the diabetics can eat. From ancient times people used to prepare these boorelu in festive season. It is easy to make and can finish within 15 minutes. Dasara is heading so why can’t you offer this pala boorelu to goddess durga devi as a sweet sacred food and gain blessing from her.

Pala boorelu / pala burelu / Milk rice cakes

Pala boorelu

Ingredients

Pala boorelu ingredients

  • Rice flour – 3cups
  • Oil – 1 ½ cup
  • Jaggery grate – 1 ½ cup
  • Boiled milk – 2cups
  • Dry coconut powder – 4tbsp
  • Cardamom – 3

How to Make

Step 1: Soak the rice in water for 3 hours before you planned to prepare the boorelu.

Step 2: After that drain the rice from water and add the rice to the jar.

Step 3: Grind the rice into a fine powder.

Step 4: Collect this rice flour into a bowl.

Step 5: Mix the rice flour by adding milk, jaggery, cardamom and dry coconut powder.

adding milk, jaggery, cardamom

Step 6: Mix all the ingredients well. The mixture will form into a thick paste like idly paste. (If milk is not sufficient add little water)

thick paste like idly paste

Step 7: Keep a pan on stove and add oil to it. Give a low flame to the pan.

pan on stove and add oil

Step 8: After oil getting hot, take a spatula (gunta garita) and collect the flour paste into it and pour it in a round shape in the oil.

oil getting hot,

Step 9: Don’t touch the flour paste after pouring into the hot oil if not the shape of the boorelu will spoil.

Step 10: Follow the same procedure for remaining paste also.

Step 11: Turn the boorelu into both the sides and fry nicely till they become into golden red in shade.

boorelu into both the sides

Step 12: Collect them into a bowl and offer it to god.

bowl and offer it to god

Durga devis favorite sweet pala boorelu are ready now.
Venna Chakralu / Butter Murukulu / Venna murukulu
Chakralu or janthikalu or murukulu is the famous common tradition item prepared during festive time. Prepare this tasty crunchy hot item and offer the goddess durga devi on the day of dasara as a sacred food. I have used butter for making chakralu for dussehra. This gives an awesome taste. Use this hot mixture for giving durga devi as a nivedanam. Enjoy dasara with tasty food.

Venna Chakralu / Butter janthikalu / Venna murukuluVenna Chakralu

Ingredients

Venna Chakralu ingredients

  • Rice flour – 4 cups
  • Roasted dal (gulla senagapappu / putnala pappu) – 1 cup
  • Sesame seeds – 3tbsp
  • Oil (for deep fry)
  • Red chili powder – ½ tbsp
  • Salt (required)
  • Fresh butter – 4tbsp

How to Make

Step 1: Take roasted dal into a jar and grind it into a fine powder.

roasted dal into a jar

Step 2: Collect the roasted dal powder into a big bowl.

roasted dal powder

Step 3: In the same bowl add rice flour, red chili powder, salt, sesame seeds and butter.

add rice flour, red chili powder

Step 4: Blend it into a nice paste by adding water. Mix all the ingredients.

Step 5: It will form into dough like chapathi dough.

Step 6: Take a thick bottom pan on stove and add oil for deep fry.

thick bottom pan

Step 7: Give medium flame to the pan. Let the oil get hot.

Step 8: Meanwhile take a murukku maker / chakli press.

murukku maker

Step 9: Take small amount of dough and keep that into this chakli press or murukku press.

small amount of dough

Step 10: Press it in hot oil in clock wise direction. (You can choose the shape which you like.)

hot oil in clock wise direction

Step 11: Fry the chakralu till they becomes light yellow in shade.

chakralu till they becomes light

Step 12: Collect them into a plate.

Collect them into a plate

Step 13: Follow the same procedure for remaining flour paste also.

Tasty hot chakralyu is ready.

Ground nut Pulihora / puliyodhara – Tamarind pulihora
Ground nut pulihora is the compulsory tradition sacred food for goddess durga matha. Without this item the offering would be incomplete. I have used tamarind juice for making the pulihora and popped with groundnuts. It is very commonly prepared in Andhra, Karnataka and tamil nadu. Finally it is best Indian cuisine. Prepare this tasty dish for god and get blessing on dasara day.

Ground nut Pulihora / puliyodhara – Tamarind pulihora

Ground nut Pulihora
Ingredients

Ground nut Pulihora ingredients

  • Rice – 4 cups
  • Tamarind – 50grms
  • Oil – 6 tbsp
  • Turmeric – ½ tbsp
  • Ground nuts – 50grms
  • Green chilies – 10
  • Red chili – 4
  • Salt (required)
  • Tempering seeds – 4tbsp
  • Asafoetida – 1 pinch
  • Jaggery grate – 2tbsp
  • Coriander leaves

How to Make

How to prepare tamarind paste for pulihara

Step 1: Take the tamarind in a bowl and add water to it.

Step 2: Soak the tamarind in the water for 10 mins.

tamarind in the water

Step 3: After 10 mins start extracting juice from the tamarind. Mix the tamarind along with water.

Step 4: Throughout the pulp which you get from tamarind. Collect the juice into a thick bottom pan.

Throughout the pulp

Step 5: Keep this pan on stove and give a medium flame.

pan on stove

Step 6: Boil the tamarind juice for 10 minutes in low flame. Add salt to it.

tamarind juice

Step 7: Take green chilies and slightly give a straight hit with pin. (By doing this the tamarind paste will go inside the chilies and gives much taste while eating the green chilies.)

green chilies

Step 8: Now put these green chilies into the boiling tamarind juice.

put these green chilies

Step 9: Add jaggery grate also and cook it for 5 minutes. Turn off the flame and keep the paste a side.

jaggery grate also and cook

Step 10: Meanwhile cook the rice in rice cooker by adding 7 cups of water.

cook the rice

Step 11: Take a big vessel add cooked rice to it.

Step 12: Sprinkle the turmeric and add 1 tbsp of oil.

Sprinkle the turmeric

Step 13: Mix well with rice so that the rice changes into yellow color.

Step 14: Add prepared tamarind paste and mix well.

tamarind paste

tamarind paste mix it well

Step 15: Take a pan on stove add oil to it for tempering.

Step 16: After oil getting hot add tempering seeds, groundnuts and red chilies.

tempering seeds

Step 17: Fry the spices till the groundnuts become brown in shade and add Asafoetida and curry leaves. Turn off the flame.

add Asafoetida

Step 18: Pour this mixture into the rice and mix well.

mixture into the rice

Tasty pulihara is ready.

Tasty pulihara is ready

Celebrate your dasara day with our traditional recipes which are easy and quick to cook. These items won’t take much time to prepare hardly 30 mins you can finish and sit in durga pooja by offering the goddess with tasty food. Make your day delight with tasty and spicy food. I have listed four recipes in which two belongs to sweet items and remaining two or hot. For any festival preparing sweet & hot is our ancient tradition for Indians.