Thursday, January 17, 2008

Chakkarai (Sweet) Pongal

With Pongal just passing by, am sure the blogosphere has several posts of this sweet, jaggery pongal. I used a pressure cooker as opposed to the traditional vengalai paanai adorned with turmeric and kumkum. With freshly made ghee it tasted real good.

SARKARAI PONGAL

Ingredients:

Rice - 1 cup
Mung Dhal - 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup
Jaggery - 2 cups, crushed and packed
Water - 1/2 cup + 3 cups
Milk - 2 cups
Cardamoms - 3, crushed
Ghee - 3 tbsp
Raisins - few
Cashews- few, cut into bits

Method:
1) Lightly toast mung dhal till fragrant. Wash rice and mung dhal and pressure cook together with 3 cups of water and 2 cups of milk (1:5 ratio)

2) Heat the jaggery with 1/2 cup water till completely dissolved and strain to remove impurities, if any. Heat the strained solution until it thickens a bit (1-string consistency).

3) Now add the cooked pongal to the jaggery and stir on a medium flame till it thickens a bit. Add the crushed/powdered cardamom.

4) Heat ghee in a separate pan, toast the raisins and cashews and add to the sweet pongal. Stir and simmer for a few minutes before removing from the stove. Chakkarai pongal is ready to serve.

24 comments:

  1. Happy Sankrathi to you ...Yummy Yummy Pongal ..I also made some ..will post my soon

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  2. Happy Pongal/ Maatu Pongal to you Laavanya :D

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  3. Have never tasted this, now glad to see this here..

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  4. happy pongal to you too!! i also made pongal!! :)

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  5. When r u sending me a packet of that!? ;-)

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  6. u know..this is a distant fav..my first love is ven pongal...i hope u took pics of that too...if you did..hope that is ur next post :D

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  7. I have eaten this before and just love it. I have a sweet tooth:-)

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  8. Thank you Deepa.

    Wishing you the same Suganya.

    Seena, you must try this.

    Thank you Remya.

    Superchef, I did check out your post.

    Anytime you want Dhivya... :)

    Rajitha, I've already posted ven pongal... unfortunately it was not the way you liked it.. my version is not mushy and has very less ghee.. you even mentioned that in your comment.. :) This one must meet your criteria but is sweet.

    TBC, you are sure to like this.

    Thank you Cynthia.

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  9. Happy Pongal.. Love Sakkarai Pongal.Nice one!!

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  10. Belated Happy Pongal. THis year I did not make pongal, but drooling over everyone else's

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  11. belated pongal wishes to u lav...

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  12. chakkarai pongal is yumm stuff :)

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  13. Hope you had a great time on pongal day:)

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  14. Hmm I can never say no to Sweet Pongal!! Looks yummylicious Laavi :)

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  15. I have tasted this ones at a friends place. Thanks for the recipe.

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  16. Very belated pongal wishes to you Laav... I love sweet pongal, the savory one I am not a fan of... :)

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  17. thnks for letting me know about the garlic sauce girl..glad u liked it and that makes me so very happy :D

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  18. Yummy!!! I hope you had a grr8 pongal... Sweet pongal is my fav, but I've never tried making it... THanx for the recipe

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  19. Looks just the way my aunties used to make this. I could eat it up right now!

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  20. Looks so delicious. One suggestion. You can add some grated coconut when you fry your cashews. That gives a surprise crunch in the pongal.

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