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.