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Sweet Pongal

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Pongal is one of the most simple and classic recipes in Tamilian cuisine. It is made in different ways savory and sweet. This sweet version has the goodness of jaggery, lentils and milk.
  Raw rice 1 Cup (16 tbs), washed, drained
  Split moong dal 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Jaggery 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), shaved
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Cardamom powder 1 Teaspoon
  Milk 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Ghee 2 Tablespoon, divided
  Cashews 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), sliced
  Raisins 2 Tablespoon (Optional)

1. In a pressure cooker add 1 tablespoon ghee. Put in the moong dal and roast it till browned. Add the rice, salt and water. Close the lid and cook up to 3 whistles. Turn off the heat and let the pressure die down.

2. In a thick bottomed pan, put jaggery with little water. Let it melt and come to boil. Stir frequently to avoid sticking to the bottom and getting burnt. Once boiled, turn off the heat.
3. Open the lid of the pressure cooker and mash the rice and moong dal well. Strain the melted jaggery into the cooker. Add the cardamom powder, stir well to mix.
4. Place it back on medium heat, pour milk and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid sticking to the bottom. Add ghee (about 1/2 tablespoon) little by little and stir well while cooking.
5. In a frying pan heat 1/2 tablespoon ghee and fry the cashew and raisins (if using) till golden brown and puffed. Pour it into the pressure cooker and stir well. Turn off the heat.

6. In a serving bowl, serve the pongal warm as a dessert.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
I love to try different types food from different cuisines. Especially in India itself we have numerous cuisines that are waiting to be tried. But today I will talk about a very much talked about and tried and tested recipe that is from my neighboring state Tamil Nadu. Pongal is their harvest festival and they make "PONGAL" during that time. I have heard that during those days every day a different type of pongal is made. At this point I am embarrassed to tell that even though I have many friends who are Tamilians, I have never tried to make Pongal. So this time, I made an attempt to try it and sought help from my friend. This recipe is from my friend Geeta who very generously helped me out with this. It turned out so well, now it will be a part of my menu every now and then. The ingredients are not many and very easy to make. So let's get started. We will need...

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 493 Calories from Fat 104

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 12 g18.4%

Saturated Fat 5.6 g28.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 21.5 mg7.2%

Sodium 105.2 mg4.4%

Total Carbohydrates 91 g30.3%

Dietary Fiber 2.4 g9.6%

Sugars 39.5 g

Protein 9 g17.3%

Vitamin A 2.3% Vitamin C 0.79%

Calcium 9% Iron 11.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Sweet Pongal Recipe