14 January 2017

Makara Chaula - Makar Sankranti Odia Cuisine

Makara Sankranti is one of the Hindu festivals which fall on the fixed date (14 January) every year(15 January if leap year). This festival celebrates the harvest and the end of winter. 

In details, from this day on wards sun becomes uttarayan or it starts moving towards north. This festival marks the return of longer days which signals a change of season. In Indian subcontinent, it is celebrated with some regional variations. 

In Odisha, particularly the tribal population celebrate this with a great enthusiasm, singing, dancing and mostly having an enjoyable time. Makara chaula is the traditional food made in every household of Odisha on makara sankranti. A mixture of fresh harvested rice with some jaggery, milk, chhena, banana, sugarcane results into the most delicious makara chaula. First the prepared makara chaula is offered as naivedya to God, then serve to everyone. The rice used is preferably from the fresh harvest. So below is the step by step method of preparation of this Odisha special makara chaula.

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Soaking Time : 4 hours | Cooking Time : 0 mins

Ingredients :        

Basmati rice
1 cup
1 ½ cup
Coconut (shredded)
¾ cup
Banana (ripe)
3 no.
Apple (cut into small chunks)
¼ cup
¾ cup
1 cup
Pomegranate seed
2 tbsp
Cardamom powder
1 tsp
Black pepper powder
1 tsp

​Method :
  1. Wash the rice properly and then soak for minimum 3-4 hours or overnight.
  2. Then drain completely and put in a grinder jar. 
  3. Add in shredded coconut and milk. Coarsely grind and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Then add chopped apple, sugar, pomegranate seed, chhena, cardamom powder, black-pepper powder. Mix everything well.
  5. Just before serving, peel and crush the banana. Add into the mixture. 
  6. Again mix and the result'll be a semi liquid.
  7. Serve and enjoy the Odisha special makara chaula !

Notes :
  • Since the rice is consumed as raw, so soaking is the important part. Soak the rice properly. Prefer to soak overnight if not in a hurry.
  • Any fruit can be added as per choice.
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