Tuesday, August 5, 2014

சர்க்கரை பொங்கல் / Sakkarai Pongal / Chakrkaai Pongal / Sweet Pongal

This particular sweet is a popular prasadam in many temples and it is made in households too during many occasions like Pongal festival , Aadi Pandigai , Navarathri

It is easy to make

Ingredients
Part 1 - Pressure Cooker
  • Raw Rice - 1 cup
  • Moong Dhal - 1/2 cup
  • Milk + Water - 4 1/2 cups


Part 2 - Jaggery Syrup
  • Jaggery (powdered ) - 3/4 - 1 cup (or even more)
  • Elachi / Cardamom powder - a pinch
  • Water - little to dissolve jaggery
  • Coconut - as required optional 
Part 3 - Others
  • Ghee - 2 tablespoons or more
  • Cashews - 10 nos
  • Dry grapes / Kismis - 10
Method
Step 1 - Pressure Cooking
  • Dry roast moong dhal till the raw smell goes
  • Wash rice and to it add dry roasted moong dhal .Pour water + milk.Pressure cook for 5 whisltes
  • Once done take it out and mash it
Step 2 - Jaggery Syrup
  • While the rice and dhal are being cooked lets prepare jaggery syrup
  • Take jaggery in a vessel.Pour water to immerse it
  • Boil it Put elachi powder to it

Note : If the jaggery contains mud strain the syrup after boiling it and heat it once again

Step 3 - Dry Fruits
  • Heat ghee and fry cashews and dry grapes in it

Step 4 - Chakkarai Pongal
  • Now we have everything ready lets mix and make Chakkarai Pongal
  • Pour Jaggery syrup over cooked and mashed rice / dhal.Mix well on a low flame
  • Stir for about 2 - 5 minutes
  • Add grated coconut if needed
  • Garnish with roasted nuts.Now hot yummy chakkari pongal is ready