Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sweet Pongal/Sakkare Pongal

Happy Sankranthi !! Sankranthi is also called the harvest festival where people celebrate the harvest of rice by making dishes like Khara Pongal and Sweet Pongal, where the main ingredient is Rice.Sankranthi is usually celebrated on 14th of January every year.Here is the recipe of Sweet Pongal which I made today...


Sona Masoori  rice- 1 cup
Green gram- 1/2 cup
Bengal gram-1/4 cup
Jaggery- 2-21/2 cups
Milk(Whole milk)- 2cups
Water- 2cups
Ghee - 3-4 tbsp
Cashew nuts- 10-15
Raisins- 2 tbsp
Badam(cut into pieces)-1 tbsp
Saffron strands-a pinch
Cardamom- 4-5(Powdered)
Whole cloves-2-3
Nutmeg powder-a pinch
Coconut(grated,fresh)- 2 tbsp


Dry roast Green gram dal, Bengal gram for a few minutes(until you can feel it hot).Wash it thoroughly after it cools down.Wash rice also.Pressure cook green gram,bengal gram and rice in 2 cups of water and 2 cups of milk.(3 whistles)
Take a thick bottom vessel.Fry cashews,raisins,cut badam,cloves in 1 tsp of ghee.Keep it aside.Dissolve jaggery in water and make a thick syrup.Add the cooked rice and dal,Saffron strands to the jaggery syrup.Bring it to boil.Add Ghee,nuts,nutmeg,cardamom powder.Mix well.
Serve hot and enjoy :)

P.S. I have used Bengal gram along with green gram..(If you don't like bengal gram you can make with green gram only)
Also you can use half jaggery and half sugar proportions.(1 cup jaggery and 1 cup sugar)

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