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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

Ingredients-
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

Method-
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.

38 comments:

LG said...

Happy Pongal to you and family dear..Sihi pongal looks divine. That reminds me to send my sugar figurines to Priti too..

jayasree said...

Chakkarai pongal looks yummy and very inviting..

Happy pongal

Navita said...

wishes for a happy pongal dear :)

Asha said...

Happy Pongal to you, enjoy! :)

Priti said...

Pongal looking so gud...I have made venn pongal :-)....Thanks for your entry. Wish you n family Happy Pongal

AnuSriram said...

Looks delicious! Happy Pongal!

Laavanya said...

Happy Pongal.. i made sweet pongal too to offer as prasadham.

Usha said...

Looks fantastic, Happy Pongal !

vidhas said...

Pongal looks delicious. I have also made this pongal today. Happy pongal.

Ann said...

the pongal looks delicious..enjoy your pongal !!

Cham said...

Happy Pongal to you and your family Sowmy. Looks perfect the sakkarai Pongal

Vanamala said...

Happy Pongal ...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Sakkarai pongal look s good. I have posted my version of it.

Happy Pongal!!!

Alka said...

Wishing you the same,and the sweet little information about your culture surely makes this post wonderful

Trupti said...

Happy Sankranti Sowmya !!

Pongal looks very delicious

Indhu said...

looks yummy! wish I could scoop it off the bowl and eat it :)
Happy Pongal!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

oh woww.. looks gorgeous. Happy Pongal!

DEESHA said...

Happy Pongal, looks yummy the dish

Madhu said...

Sweet pongal looks excellent, happy pongal to you too.

Suma Rajesh said...

this looks perfect and delicious..

viyoma said...

Wow tht looks Yum!!! Happy Pongal..

Indrani said...

pongal looks yummy, sowmya, happy Pongal to u and ur family, dear

Uj said...

Pongal looks yummy.. Hope you had good time :)

notyet100 said...

looks divine,..nd uthentic,..wish u nd ur fmily hppy pongal,..:-)

Keerthana said...

Hi sowmya, Pongal looks very nice. I too made it yesterday, but it dint come out so well..I will take these proportions for next time:)thank u!

Yasmeen said...

Delicious Sweet pongal .Have a blessed festival:)

Kalai said...

Pongal vaazhtukkal, Sowmya! :)

Ramya Bala said...

Wow sowmya...delicious..Hey i exactly follow the same way,i mean the measurement is the very same...yesterday had pongal,again seeing ur picture,its so tempting :)

Vibaas said...

Happy Pongal Sowmya. Your pongal looks delicious.

Vij said...

yummy! looks lovely :-)

Nithya Praveen said...

A perfect Sakarapongal Sowmya.The jaggery i got here was almost white in color so my pongal also was almost white....actually offwhite:-(

Premyscakes said...

very much tempting, mine also look alike.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Mouth watering Pongali.....

Uma said...

mmm. looks so mouth-watering! Have a great weekend.

sriharivatsan said...

Wowwwwww..Wish I could have been there for Pongal..Looking deeeelllllllliciousssssss.....

PG said...

Your sweet pongal looks so very delicious! I am going to try both versions now, sweet and salty, even if a bit late! :)

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Chowder Singh said...

The pongal looks yum. Nice recipe.

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