Sakkarai Pongal Recipe

Sakkarai Pongal Recipe


“Sakkarai Pongal” is a popular dish made for Tamil Nadu’s most popular festival “PONGAL” (celebrated as Mahar Sankranti in the North India).Its main ingredient is jaggery, rich in Iron and therefore is a healthy but heavy food.It exists from the 17th century as PONGAL is a farmer’s festival.


1 cup raw rice
1/2 cup green gram dhal
1 cup milk
2 1/2 cups water
3 cups jaggery powdered (sugar)
4 tbsp ghee
2 tbsp cashewnuts
2 tbsp raisins
5 cardamoms powdered
2 cloves powdered
1 small piece nutmeg grated or powdered
A pinch of saffron


How to make Sakkarai Pongal:

  1. Roast dry the green gram dhal for a couple of minutes.
  2. Cook the rice and green gram dhal with 2 1/2 cups of water and 1 cup milk in the microwave and set aside.
  3. Dissolve the jaggery in 3/4 cup water and cook on a low heat till the jaggery melts.
  4. Strain the jaggery to remove the dirt.
  5. Put the syrup once more on the heat and stir till it becomes slightly sticky.
  6. Add the cooked rice and dhal.
  7. Heat the 4 tbsp ghee.
  8. Fry the cashewnuts and raisins and add to the pongal.
  9. Add the powdered cardamoms,cloves nutmeg and saffron.
  10. Mix well.
  11. Serve hot.

This sweet recipe is very common Sweet Pongal .

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