Jan 14, 2009

Chakkarai Pongal/Sweet pongal

"Happy Pongal/Sankranti to all the readers of Creative Saga"
chakkarai pongal
Pongal is a very important festival for all Tamilians and is associated with the harvest time in Tamilnadu. It is celebrated for three days,the second today(i.e is today) being the main day.Sweet pongal is made to mark this festival. The milk in the sweet rice is made to boil over which indicates the prosperity. The act of boiling over is called pongal basically. Lord Surya is worshipped today(i.e to thank the sun and nature responsible for the bounty harvest and prosperity) . There are two kinds of pongal- one the sweet pongal or chakkarai/sakkkarai pongal, the second being venn pongal - the khara or spicy one.
Sweet pongal is made as prasadams for many festivals especially today. This is how I make sweet pongal.

Also see-    Brown rice chakkarai pongal

Raw rice- 2cups
Mung dal- 1 cup
Jaggery- 2cups
Ghee- 1tbsp
Cashews- few broken to small pieces
Raisins- few
Milk- 2 cups
Cardamom powder- 1tsp

Wash the rice and dal. Add the milk and one cup of water and cook them in a pressure cooker.
Fry the cashews and raisins in ghee till golden brown and keep aside.
Heat a pan, add 2 cups of water and jaggery. Let the jaggery melt and boil. Add the cardamom powder. Now add the cooked rice and dal. Keep stirring adding ghee little at a time. Mix well and stir till it thickens. Garnish with the roasted cashews and raisins.
chakkarai pongal
I am sending this to priti of Indian khana who is hosting festive food-Makar Sankranti.
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