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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Sweet Pongal/Chakarai Pongal


Happy Makara Sankranthi to all my friends are viewers.


This is a sweet dish prepared on Makara Sankranthi or Pongal festival. I thought this is the right time to share this wonderful, simple and sweet dish with you all. The dish tastes better, if we add more ghee to it. But for a healthier version, add less ghee....definitely, it tastes good.




I made this sweet pongal by cooking rice and dal in a microwave. You can use a pressure cooker for cooking it. The procedure is same. I added milk while cooking. If you don't want to add milk, you can take the same quantity of water ie. 4 1/2 cup water in total.

Try out this sweet and all will love it.



Ingredients

1 cup Raw rice
1/2 cup split Moong dal
2 cup Jaggery
2 cup Milk
Ghee as required
1 tsp Cardamom powder
10 - 15 Cashew nuts
3 cup Water


Method

  • Wash and strain raw rice and split moong dal.
  • Put the raw rice and split moong dal in a microwave safe bowl along with 2 and 1/2 cup water and 2 cup milk.
  • Put 1 and 1/2 tsp ghee. Mix well and keep this in microwave mode - power high for about 20 to 30 minutes. Check in between whether the rice is cooked or not.
  • While the rice and dal is cooking, we can make the jaggery syrup.
  • For this, heat a deep non stick pan or kadai or pressure pan. Put jaggery and 1/2 cup water in it.
  • Keep stirring well and when the jaggery is melted, take it off from heat, strain it to remove any dirt in it.
  • Heat it again and melt it to one string consistency.
  • In the mean time, fry cashew nuts in ghee till light golden brown colour. Keep this aside.
  • When the rice and dal mixture is cooked, mash is nicely.
  • Add this to the melted jaggery and mix well. When everything is combined properly, add about 3 - 4 tbsp ghee in it. (if more ghee is added, the pongal will taste more better)
  • Take off from heat and add cardamom powder and fried cashew nuts. Mix well.
  • Serve it hot by pouring little ghee on top.






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