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.



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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

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

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

  11. belated pongal wishes to u lav...

  12. chakkarai pongal is yumm stuff :)

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

  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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