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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

sakkarai-pongal-recipe
     This is my favourite sweet pongal recipe. Rice and dal cooked with the ingredients like edible camphor,elachi, nutmeg and elachi make it smell and taste DIVINELY. This is my  mom’s staple recipe. I made this few times now and got appreciation too from everyone when I made it for our home Grahapravesham at Kumbakonam. So from then I wanted to post it here in my blog. I already have a sakkarai pongal recipe in my ulundu vadai post. But its plain and simple without all those special spices.
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      I have made this in pressure cooker, but can be made in the traditional way by boiling rice and dal and adding jaggery to it too. Before marriage, me, my mom and our neighbour used to do this pongal in pot in a temple (Kottai mariyamman koil) in Salem. Every month we used to carry the ingredients and make pongal back of the temple, offer it to god and after that we distribute all the pongal there itself in the temple. We just take a ladle full for ourselves. Other than that we distribute everything there. The vengala pot gets empty in no time. We come back home with heart full of satisfactionAngel.

Sakkarai pongal (sweet pongal) recipe

Indian  |  Breakfast
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 40 mins    Serves: 4

Ingredients


Raw rice  1/2 cup 
Moong dal/ pasi paruppu  2-3 tblsp 
Jaggery  1/2 cup heaped 
Water  2 & 1/2 cups 
 Ghee  3 tblsp
Salt  pinch 
Cashews  5-6 
Raisin  1-2 tblsp 
Elachi  1 
Cloves  1 
Nutmeg powder  1 pinch 
Edible camphor *  A tiny pinch 

* Use edible camphor very little, if you add more, it may spoil the whole taste with over flavour. Use a fenugreek seed size alone.

Method

  1. In a pressure cooker/ pan, add 1/4 tsp ghee and roast the moong dal.1-sakkarai-pongal
  2. Add water, washed rice and salt. Pressure cook for 4 whistles. Mash it once done.2-sweet-pongal
  3. Powder jaggery and heat it with water just to immerse it and bring to boil. Let the jaggery completely dissolve and  filter it and add to the  mashed rice in the cooker.3-sakkarai
  4. In a separate pan, heat a tsp of ghee and roast cashews to golden and add raisins to it. Once it fluffs up, transfer it and keep aside. In the same pan, add cloves, elachi and switch off the stove. Add nutmeg powder, give a quick stir. Take out elachi and powder it, add the powdered elachi, edible camphor, cloves along with nutmeg powder to the pongal.4-sakkarai
  5. Mix well and cook in medium flame for 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water or milk if it gets dry while cooking. Add ghee little by little while cooking. Lastly add the fried cashews and raisins.5-sakkarai
Notes
  • I used old rice, so needed water at the ratio of 1 : 5. If your rice is new and gets cooked easily, 1 : 4 is enough for this pressure cooker method.
  • After opening the cooker, if the rice is too dry, add 1/4 cup water or milk while mashing.
  • After cooling down, gets thick, so switch off the flame accordingly.
  • I grate nutmeg and roast it in ghee while I roast cloves/elachi / cashews. When you do so, you should make sure to add the grated nutmeg after you switch off the stove. Otherwise, it may get burnt.
  • Use good quality ghee. I always use homemade ghee.
  • The colour of pongal differs with the colour of jaggery.
  • ‘Paagu vellam’ works best. It is slightly darker in shade. (Urundai vellam)

Divine smelling + tasting pongal is what you have now! The whole house smell divinelyHappy

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56 comments:

  1. Loved the cute vessel...beautiful pics and delicious pongal

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  2. itis rice know typo error in the first line ! btw mouth watering

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  3. Lovely clicks, deliciously done..

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  4. I love this to the core... Comfort food

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  5. so yummy this is my kids favourite
    Great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

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  6. delicious prasadham preparation... as you said Raji really this will give divine taste and flavor...nice post

    Ezcookbook


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  7. Wow... beautiful pics... Always did simply pongal...Never added the spices as you have said... surely will try this rich flavourful method today...

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  8. Can feel the flavor.. It's makes me hungry here

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  9. Looks rich & delicious :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  10. sweet pongal looks so rich dear! ..I'll try your version soon :)

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  11. As a kid this is the only payasam that I used to make. Reminds me of those wonderful childhood days. My grandfather used to like it.
    Too good and love the clicks.

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  12. Wowww... looks super delicious and tempting.. love the presentation too.. You rock dear :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  13. i guess this is like the kovil prasadam raji looks deliciously divine

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  14. As you said its look so divine and yum ...I really wish I can have it ...fab pics

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  15. Am loving the cashews and raisins...looks so delicious..

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  16. inviting dear..join me in fast food event - vermicilli .

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  17. Such a droolworthy and super tempting sweet pongal, love it.

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  18. My Fav too. Drooling here looking at the ghee soaked Pongal.

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  19. Ghee dripping pongal... wow. Hey wait are we through with diwali. Just had a doubt since i received pongal recipe :) and then I understood that we can have pongal for diwali but we cannot have diwali for pongal (for those who can understand). he... hee...

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  20. Rich and delicious...perfect color and texture...yummy looking pongal

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  21. Looks divine..I remember the Pongal festival..

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  22. Rich, creamy and yummy.....lovely recipe...

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  23. Raks the pic looks so colourful lovely sooooooooo good and tempting.

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  24. OMG pongal looks very yummy.Its really makes me drooling Radhika.

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  25. A delicious traditional dish. I have made it with quinoa and brown rice too. Yours looks so delicious with all the goodness in it.

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  26. Very rich pongal, looks divine.

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  27. Making the sakkara pongal in the pressure cooker is a great time-saver.Perfect for Navrathri:)

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  28. Nice looking pongal..love d snaps too

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  29. totally tempting sakkarai pongal. I can imagine the divine taste of the pongal with nutmeg and edible camphor. Wonderful presentation

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  30. hello raks
    can u pls tel me how do u slice the nuts especially the one u did in ur carrot halwa post?

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  31. Nasi, I do with my super sharp knife :)

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  32. The pongal looks super delicious, how I wish I could now have a bowl of it.

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  33. Pongal looks absolutely fabulous..:)
    Reva

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  34. Hello Raks... u may have got tonnes of awards for this lovely blog of urs :) I recently got one for my blog and I wished to share it with u, as I have picked up some lovely recipes from ur space here... so my way of saying thanks :) Do chk my blog :)

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  35. Nice photos and detailed recipe.I tried this today and enjoying the house filled with its aroma. I normally use milk and it gets very messy. Oh...I love this! My Sakkari Pongal was never this good!

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  36. wow.. mouth watering, btw awesome....

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  37. Wow, awesome.. btw, mouth watering. beautiful...

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  38. Wow! Thanks - just needed by me.
    Planning to make one big quantity of pongal and make half portion for sarkarai pongal and another half for ven pongal

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  39. thanks raks. the pongal was very taste.

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  40. thanks raks. the pongal was very taste

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  41. The presentation is just amazing. Cant wait to go home and try it out today :)Btw, I am also using the ven pongal recipe

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  42. Totally agree on Use good quality ghee. I always use homemade ghee. That's so true. Your pongal looks divine!

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  43. Made this for Hindu new year right now ...awesome recipe keep up the good work..Im srilankan but really love southindian recipes and try them out often :)

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  44. Perfect recipe.. Turned out soooo yuuummmmyyy :)

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  45. The ghee floating on the top makes the pongal, look even more delicious...Awesome click

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  46. Hi Raks, I made this today(Aadi Friday). It came out so good and it is divine. Everyone liked it. Tastes exactly like temple pongal. Thanks :)
    P.S.: Came to know that today is Aadi Friday from your FB post. Thanx :)

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    1. Thank you for your prompt feedback :)

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  47. Looks delicious Raji..Will try this soon...From ur post i remembered the time when we used to go to temple(same kottai mariamman temple.. my native is salem) and keep this pongal during festival days(adi festival) with mom.

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  48. Hi Raks..made this yesterday, as usual another perfect and delicious recipe..!thanks a lot..

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  49. Will try on 14th :)

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  50. Same here, will try it on 14th, tomorrow:) Happy pongal to you all!!!

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  51. Thank you for posting yummy pongal recipe nice picture

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  52. very nice the way you describe the food recipes...:-)

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