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Sakkarai Pongal

The first festival of 2017 is here. For some its Lohri, some Bihu, some Sankranti and for some Pongal. One of the biggest harvest festival for South, is incomplete without sweet. Pongal is celebrated by making sweet and salt Pongal dishes. I guess, the ritual means to talk about life also being sweet and salty at times. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today, I am sharing the recipe of Sweet Pongal. Also called Sakkarai Pongal this one is jaggery based with loads of ghee and nuts. When eaten hot the ghee flavor takes this humble sweet to another level. So the trick is to warm this sweet before eating for the ghee to melt.


Here goes the recipe:


Rice: 1/2 cup

Moong dal: 1/4 cup

Jaggery: 1 cup (depending on the sweetness preferred)

Coconut pieces: 1/4 cup (optional i didn’t add)

Water: 1/2 cup

Ghee: 1/4 cup (see notes)

“To Temper”:

Ghee: 1 tbsp

Nuts (Cashews and raisins) : 1 tbsp each


  1. Wash the rice and dal till water runs clear.
  2. Pressure cook with enough water and cook for 3-4 ย whistles till mushy.
  3. Heat a heavy bottom pan, add jaggery and water and melt.
  4. Add the cardamoms, coconut pieces and the rice dal mix.
  5. Mix well and cook on a low flame and keep mixing for 10 minutes.
  6. Add ghee little by little and keep mixing till the gheeย finishes.
  7. Temper with ” To temper ” and close for a ten ย minutes for the flavors to blend.
  8. Serve warm.





Don’t compromise on the ghee if you want the flavors.

Can refrigerate for a week but heat up before serving.







Hi This is my chance to introduce myself. I am Parvathi, the author/owner of this space. I blog here about recipes that are simple yet tasty. I try to improvise on recipes without compromising on taste. Cooking is my passion. Though I am not very perfect, I love the imperfections and as they say โ€œthereโ€™s always scope of betterโ€. I like to follow that. I believe thereโ€™s a story for each recipe and the way it is developed. Also creativity is the secret ingredient of cooking. My inspiration for cooking comes from my mom. As cliched as it sounds, for me she is the best cook. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cooking for me is a stress buster. Hoping this space help you too whip some amazing dishes and earn praises from your loved ones. Gmail: Instagram: foodaterian Twitter:

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