Sweet Pongal

Preparing Sweet Pongal used to be a difficult task for me when I started cooking, it took really a long time to meet my expectation (similar to the one that served in temples!). So here is my recipe that I learnt after several futile attempts; please note that the important steps that help perfecting it are marked in red color:

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Time Taken: 40 min

Serves: 3

Ingredients:

  1. Rice – ½ cup
  2. Green gram (moong dal/ paasi paruppu) – ¼ cup
  3. Powdered cane jaggery – ¾ cup
  4. Cashew nuts – 6 Nos.
  5. Raisins (kismis) – 10 Nos.
  6. Cardamom – 2 No.
  7. Edible camphor – 1 cm piece
  8. Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tbsp
  9. Water – 5 cups (for pressure cooking rice & lentil – 3 cups & for jaggery syrup – 2 cups)

Please note the water requirement as below:

  1. For pressure cooking  – Rice & lentil : water :: 1: 4 
  2. For syrup – Jaggery : water :: 1 : 2 
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Cooking Method:

  • Dry roast lentils and wash rice & lentils.
  • Pressure cook rice & lentils (when it reaches high pressure, simmer for 15 min).
  • Immediately after the pressure releases, mash the mixture with a wooden spatula nicely.
  • Heat a pan with jaggery & water (1 cup) in medium flame until dissolved.
  • Strain jaggery water to remove impurities, if any.
  • Add remaining water to the syrup and allow it to boil in medium flame.
  • When the syrup gets thickened (you can notice large bubbles), add powdered cardamon & edible camphor.
  • Add a tsp of ghee into syrup before adding mashed rice.
  • Blend together rice mixture with jaggery syrup in medium flame.
  • Remove pongal from heat before getting coagulated to prevent becoming dense.
  • Heat a pan with remaining ghee, roast raisins & cashews separately and add into pongal.
  • Now hot pongal is ready to serve.

Variations:

  • You can use millets of your choice instead of rice (add more water while cooking as they get more condensed than rice).
  • You can use Bengal gram instead of green gram.
  • You can make sweet pongal without lentils also.
  • You can cook rice in milk (or add water into milk in 1:1) to make the pongal creamy.

Please Note:

  • The color of pongal depends on the jaggery, so you can select the jaggery according to your palate.
  • Adding cardamom to the syrup helps to enhance its flavor.
  • Adding ghee to the syrup gives a nice glaze to the pongal.
  • If you find your cooked rice & lentil dense, make your syrup watery.

     

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Savvy Raj says:

    One of my favourites too:))

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Megala says:

      🙂 Thank you !

      Like

  2. shalini says:

    I love Pongal… Oh megala, your posts make me so hungry…. Yummm

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Looks soo inviting!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. chefkreso says:

    This is an exotic dish for me, and I would gladly try it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Megala says:

      Nice to hear that! Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. This is looking scrumptious Megala…i have had this once and liked it a lot..will try soon☺

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Next time onwards I will follow your tips, and prepare delicious pongal as of yours

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Megala says:

      Ah! Nice! Thanks a lot!

      Like

  7. Your instructions make it all so easy to understand. Yummy recipe!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Aruna says:

    My favourite sweet!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Kurian says:

    Highlighting important points in red is so kind and sweet of you.
    Good training indeed
    Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. SavouriesbyS says:

    Pongals my fav! Love this recipe

    Liked by 1 person

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