Sakkarai Pongal

This is a mandatory dish that is prepared for Pongal .The recipe is simple yet it is creamy and rich!It is mighty nutritious with rice and pulse to make a complete protein and also has Iron from jaggery.With so much goodness I wonder why people[including myself] usually make this only on Pongal day!!

Waking up earlier than usual,I prepared this sakkarai pongal,ambaday ,Ven pongal along with the regular lunch items to be packed for Hubby's lunch box.I would love to share some with you too..

I used:

Rice-1 1/4 cups
Roasted moong dhal-3/4 cup
Milk-2 cups
Water-3 cups
Jaggery-1 1/4 cups,powdered
Cardamom powder-1/4 teaspoon
Ghee-1/4 cup
Saffron -a few strands soaked in warm milk

  1. Pressure cook moong dhal and rice with 3 cups water+2 cups milk for 10-15 minutes.
  2. When the pressure valve releases,transfer the contents into a large vessel and while it is still hot,add the jaggery,saffron and mix well.
  3. If the mixture is too dry add warm milk/warm water to get the right consistency.
  4. In a small pan,heat 3/4 of the ghee and roast cashews and raisins.When it is done switch off the flame and add the cardamom powder.
  5. Pour into the pongal and mix well.
  6. Drizzle the remaining ghee while serving the Sakkarai Pongal.


Happy Pongal...

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