January 13, 2015

Sarkkarai Pongal (Sweet Pongal)

A traditional and flavorful sweet of Tamilnadu made every year during the harvest festival called 'Pongal' with newly harvested rice and fresh jagerry. It is offered to Sun God as a Tribute to him.Here is the simple recipe for making the delicious Sweet Pongal recipe..

  • Pre time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients for making Sarkkarai Pongal:

  • Raw rice 3 cups
  • Moong dal   1cup
  • Jaggery Powder 4 cups (tightly packed)
  • Milk 3 cups and Water 9 cups
  • Ghee 5tb spoons
  • Cashews
  • Cardamom Powder 1/2 tea spoon

Method for making Sarkkarai Pongal: 

  • In a kadai dry roast the Moong dal till the colour slightly changes and nice aroma comes. Transfer it to a vessel.
  • Then dry roast the rice till it gets warm .
  • Wash the rice and moong dhal together and add milk and water to them.
  • Pressure cook them up to 4 whistles. After the steam is released mash them with a ladle well and keep aside.
  • Mean while add a cup of water to the jaggery and boil it. Filter the residue and take the boiled syrup. Wait till the jagerry boils well but Don't wait for any consistency.
  • Now add the jaggery to the pressure cooker which has the boiled and mashed stuff and keep stirring in mediumflame.
  • Add ghee then and there.
  • When the Pongal thickens comes together switch off the stove. 
  • Roast the cashews in ghee and add to the Sweet with the cardamom powder. Add half a pinch of roasted nutmeg powder for exotic flavour...