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Sakkarai Pongal in Tamil – Southern Sweet Dish By Preetha

Jan 10, 2018







Sweet pongal or sakkarai pongal is traditionally prepared during Pongal festival in January, which is celebrated as Lohri, Bihu or Makar Sankranti in various parts of India. Balance the sweetness with some arachivittai sambhar when you dig into this delicacy that's simmered slowly in an earthen pot.


    Raw rice (new variety) 2 cups
    Moong dal 1/2 cup
    Chana dal 1/4 cup
    Jaggery 4 cups / 450 gms
    Ghee 1/2 cup
    Cardamom pods 6 to 7
    Milk 1/2 litre
    Water 7 cups
    Cashew and Raisin 1/4 cup
    Grated or ground coconut 3/4 cup


Wash rice and soak in 2 cups water.
Meanwhile, dry roast the dals till you get a faint aroma. Add to soaked rice and pour some water. Allow to soak till next step.
Place earthern pot on flame. Add milk and remaining water and bring to boil.
The minute it boils, add soaked rice and dal. Mix well and cook on a medium flame till rice and dals are almost cooked.
Add jaggery and cardamom pods, mix well and cook on low flame for 10 to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook coconut and dry fruits in ghee for 1 minute and then add to pongal mixture.
Mix once and simmer for few minutes. Pongal is ready to serve as naivedyam Prasad.

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Preetha’s endeavour is to promote south Indian cuisine through her YouTube channel, Dakshin Curry. She absolutely loves curry leaves, and can fit them happily into in any recipe. For those of you who curse the poor thing, dry roast and powder them or use them in your dishes and enjoy the health benefits she says.

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