Monday, September 28, 2009

Sweet Pongal

   There are two varieties of pongal, namely, sakarai pongal (sweet pongal), khara pongal (spicy pongal).The naked unqualified word "pongal" usually refers to spicy pongal, and is a common breakfast food in several parts of India. The rice boiled with milk and jaggery during the Pongal festival is also called Pongal - this is sweet pongal made specially in earthern pots with a wood fire.

Rice -1 cup
Moong dal -3/4 cup
Milk -3 cups
Grated Jaggery -1 1/2 cup(add more if u like more sweetness)
Cardamom powder -1 pinch
Water -2 1/2 cups (1/2 cup for making sugar syrup)
Cashew,Raisins -2 tsp(each)
Ghee - 1/2 cup
1.Dry roast the rice and moong dal together.
2.Transfer them to pressure cooker,add 2 cups of milk and water each.Pressure cook it till 5 whistles.
3.In a pan add jaggery,required water.Cook untill the syrup starts boiling(u can do the same procedure in microwave also).
4.Add the jaggery syrup,remaining milk to the cooked rice(it should be softy).Mix and cook for 15 minutes on medium flame.
5.Fry the cashews,raisins in the ghee & keep aside.
6.Add cardamom powder,fried cashews,raisins to the pongal.
    Now Sweet Pongal is ready for serving.Please post ur comments on this recipe.

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