Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sweet Pongal ~ Chakkarai Pongal

1 cup Raw Rice
 1/2 cup Moong dhal 1 cup Milk
 3 cups Jaggery (powdered)
 5 tbsp Ghee
 Cashews 4-5
Raisins 4-5
 Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp

Dry roast moong dhal and rice separately for 3-4  mins or until aromatic.
Transfer both the rice and moong dhal into a pressure cooker add water and cook for 2-3 whistles or until the rice and dhal is soft.
Dissolve the jaggery in water on simmer until the jaggery melts and forms like a syrup.
Slowly add the cooked rice and dhal to the jaggery syrup and mix well.
Now add ghee and mix well.
Fry the cashews and raisins in ghee and add to the pongal and mix well.
Finally add the cardamom powder and mix well.
Mix well and serve hot Sweet pongal.

Nutmeg powder can also be added to enhance the flavour.
A pinch of saffron can also be added

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