Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sweet Pongal / Sakkarai pongal

Ingredients:

Raw rice - 1 cup
Yellow moong dal /mung or moong bean/ cherupayaru paruppu - 1/4 cup
Jaggery - 2 cups (Make it 1 !/2 cup for less sweetness)
Water - 4 cups
Milk - 1 cup
Ghee - 4 tablespoons
Cashewnuts - 10
Raisins - 10
Cardamom powder - 1/4 teaspoon

Method:

Wash rice and moong dal. Put it in cooker. Add 4 cups of water, 1 cup of milk and pressure cook till 4 whistles. (You can cook rice directly in the cooker also or as I have done) Allow the pressure to subside.  Open the pressure cooker. Mash the cooked rice and dal nicely.

Melt jaggery and strain to remove impurities or add powdered jaggery to the mashed rice and dal. Mix well so that all get combined well. Pongal should be of soggy consistency so mash well. Add cardamom powder and 2 tablespoons of ghee and mix well.
In a small pan add ghee and fry raisins and nuts. Pour it on pongal and stir well.
Sweet and yummy pongal is ready....we can mold it using a small bowl. press pongal in a bowl and turn upside down. garnish with nuts and raisins..........Usually pongal should hv lots of ghee. But we can change according to our taste, consistency also varies a bit..... Happy Pongal:)
Recipe Courtesy: Mrs. Deepa Sivakumar

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