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 1 cup
  • Moong dal  3 tea spoons
  • Jaggery Powder 2 cups  (tightly packed)
  • Milk 1 cups and Water 4 cups
  • Ghee 5tb spoons
  • Cashews
  • Kis miss few
  • Cardamom Powder 1/2 tea spoon
  • Edible Camphor a pinch (pachai karpooram)
  • Nutmeg powder a pinch

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. 
  • In a pan boil the jagerry water for 5 minutes. When it starts becoming thicker add the mashed stuff to it and mix well in medium flame.
  • Add ghee at intervals while mixing.
  • Add the cardamom powder, edible camphor and nut meg powder too.
  • When the Pongal thickens comes together switch off the stove. 
  • Roast the cashews and kismiss  in ghee and add to the Sweet.