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Chekkera Pongali

A common prasadham served to goddess Lakshmi and to lord Shiva. This recipe will be useful to people who perform pooja to goddess Lakshmi on regular basis. A recipe passed down by my eldest sister. Over a period of time, I have come up with a simple recipe which is easy to make in less than 20 minutes.


  1. Rice – ½ cup
  2. Moong Dal – ½ cup
  3. Water – 2 cups
  4. Jaggery – 1 cup
  5. Butter – 3 tbsp
  6. Dry Fruits – Handful


  1. Mix rice and moong dal in a small cooker or a dish that can be placed in a cooker. It will take less time to cook in a cooker. Wash the mixture of rice and moong dal thoroughly. Add two cups of water and one tbsp of butter. Butter will keep the Pongali soft even after is cooked and cooled. Cook them in the pressure cooker on medium flame for three whistles and cook for ten minutes on low flame.
  2. Cut the jaggery into small pieces. This will help it to melt quickly once mixed with the hot Pongali.
  3. Cut the dry fruits in small portions. This is optional, you can skip this step if you like to eat whole dry fruits.
  4. Take a Tadka Pan. Add 2 tbsp of butter and dry fruits. Cook till the dry fruits turn golden brown.
  5. Remove the Pongali from cooker. Add Jaggery and buttered dry fruits. Mix thoroughly until all of the jaggery is melted. Tasty and easy Chekkara Pongali is ready to be served as prasadam!

This prasadham will be cooked in the same time taken to perform pooja and will be ready by the time you have to serve it for harathi.

I have served this prasadham in Modhuka aaku – from my own garden.

Additional ingredients: I do not like cardamom in this dish so I have excluded it. Otherwise, powdered cardamom can be added at the end of the dish as garnish for additional flavor.

By Saudhamini Mylaram

HR by profession. Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do apart from gardening, cooking and driving.

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