Chakkara Pongal (Sweet Pongal) – Makara Sankranti Special

Chakkara Pongal or Sweet Pongal
Chakkara Pongal or Sweet Pongal

Happy New Year 2013! Here is a sweet recipe to start the new year. 🙂

I was in Chennai last week and the city is all set to celebrate Pongal on January 14. That is when I realised I had not posted the recipes for Chakkara Pongal (sweet) or Venn Pongal (savoury) or Pulagam as it is called in Andhra Pradesh.

Chakkara Pongal is a very popular naivedyam for many South Indian festivals. In fact, there is something about the Chakkara Pongal made in a temple that can soothe the soul. This time, I almost captured that taste and feel.

So here goes!

Ingredients

  1. Rice – 1 Cup
  2. Moong Dal – 2/3 Cup
  3. Grated Jaggery – 2.5 Cups
  4. Milk – 1 Cup
  5. Water – 3.5 Cups
  6. Cashews – 8 to 10
  7. Green Cardamom – 4 or 5
  8. Ghee – 3 tbsp

Method

  1. Roast the moong dal till it turns light brown.
  2. Wash the rice and drain all the water.
  3. Mix the rice, dal, 2 cups water, and 1 cup milk.
  4. Cook the mix in a pressure cooker without the weight.
  5. To a heavy-bottomed vessel, add the jaggery and 1/2 cup water.
  6. Over low to medium heat, cook till the jaggery melts and forms a thick syrup.
  7. Add crushed green cardamom to the jaggery mix.
  8. Add the cooked rice-dal mix and mix well.
  9. Over medium heat, cook the mix till all the syrup is absorbed.
  10. Turn off the heat. In a ladle, heat the ghee.
  11. Add split cashew nuts and fry till golden brown.
  12. Add the ghee and cashew to the pongal.
  13. Offer as naivedyam and serve as prasadam. (Serve warm).

Tips

  • If your jaggery is not refined or has some residue, then add 3/4 cup water in step 5.
  • Strain the jaggery syrup to remove the residue and move onto step 6.
  • You can also add raisins and some saffron soaked in warm milk to the pongal.

6 thoughts on “Chakkara Pongal (Sweet Pongal) – Makara Sankranti Special

  1. I tried andhra recepies. They are very delicious. Thank u very much for your help and hard work. In the recepies when u mention cup is it possible to give may be grams or ml. This would really help us. Once again i really appreciate your help and passion sharing good recepies with others Thank you
    1. Thank you for the compliments. I will certainly implement your suggestion; it is an excellent one. In the meantime, please note that when I mention cups, teaspoon or tablespoon measures, these are the standard baking measures that you get in the market.

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