Chakkarai Pongal/Sweet pongal

“Happy Pongal/Sankranti to all the readers of Creative Saga”

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

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Chakkarai Pongal/Sweet pongal Yum
Course dessert
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course dessert
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
  1. Wash the rice and dal. Add the milk and one cup of water and cook them in a pressure cooker.
  2. Fry the cashews and raisins in ghee till golden brown and keep aside.
  3. 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.
Recipe Notes

I am sending this to priti of Indian khana who is hosting festive food-Makar Sankranti.

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  1. Taste of Mysore

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

  2. Chakkarai pongal looks yummy and very inviting..

    Happy pongal

  3. wishes for a happy pongal dear 🙂

  4. Happy Pongal to you, enjoy! 🙂

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

  6. Looks delicious! Happy Pongal!

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

  8. Looks fantastic, Happy Pongal !

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

  10. the pongal looks delicious..enjoy your pongal !!

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

  12. Vanamala Hebbar

    Happy Pongal …

  13. Sukanya Ramkumar

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

    Happy Pongal!!!

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

  15. Happy Sankranti Sowmya !!

    Pongal looks very delicious

  16. looks yummy! wish I could scoop it off the bowl and eat it 🙂
    Happy Pongal!

  17. Mahimaa's kitchen

    oh woww.. looks gorgeous. Happy Pongal!

  18. Happy Pongal, looks yummy the dish

  19. Sweet pongal looks excellent, happy pongal to you too.

  20. this looks perfect and delicious..

  21. Wow tht looks Yum!!! Happy Pongal..

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

  23. Pongal looks yummy.. Hope you had good time 🙂

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

  25. 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!

  26. Delicious Sweet pongal .Have a blessed festival:)

  27. Pongal vaazhtukkal, Sowmya! 🙂

  28. 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 🙂

  29. Happy Pongal Sowmya. Your pongal looks delicious.

  30. yummy! looks lovely 🙂

  31. Nithya Praveen

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

  32. very much tempting, mine also look alike.

  33. Mouth watering Pongali…..

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

  35. sriharivatsan

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

  36. 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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  38. Chowder Singh

    The pongal looks yum. Nice recipe.


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