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July 19, 2013


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Usually i make aval payasam or moong dal payasam for friday pooja.Today being Aadi velli , i made this sweet pongal.I usually make sakkarai pongal for aadi velli , aadi perukku & thai pongal.For the other occasions we make rice payasam mostly.I have already posted an authentic sakkarai/ sweet pongal in my blog where i have shown how to make pongal in venkala paanai (pot). In this post , i have mentioned our usual method of making sweet pongal using pressure cooker.. Always use good quality raw rice & dark colored jaggery to get the best results in color & taste..Its a very flavourful , tasty pongal and u’ll love it for sure. Try this & let me know dearies Smile..


Sweet Pongal Recipe

Sweet Pongal Recipe Sweet Pongal recipe-Sakkarai pongal -How to make Temple style sweet pongal recipe at home.
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

To pressure cook
  • Raw rice – 1/2 cup
  • Yellow Moong dal – 1.5 tbsp
  • Water – 2.5- 3 cups(varies as per the quality of rice)
  • Salt – a pinch
For syrup
  • Jaggery – 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
  • Water – 1/2 cup
For Flavor
  • Ghee – 3 tbsp
  • Cardamom – 2 nos
  • Edible camphor – A pinch
  • Jaathikaai – A pinch
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Cashewnuts – 5-7 nos
  • Raisins – 5 nos (optional , i dint use)
  • In a kadai , heat 2 tsp of ghee and roast the cashews , raisins, cloves & jaathikai. Powder the jathikkai and set aside.
sakkarai pongal tile1

  • In the same ghee , roast the moong dal till golden brown with a nice aroma.
  • In a pressure cooker base , take the washed rice & 3 cups of water. Add the roasted moong dal along with a pinch of salt. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles till rice & dal turns mushy.Open the cooker & mash the rice , dal very well with a ladle..
sakkarai pongal tile2

  • In the meanwhile , prepare jaggery syrup. In a wide bowl , take the jaggery with 1/2 cup of water and allow the jaggery to melt completely. Strain the impurities and again boil the syrup till it becomes frothy. Remove & add this syrup to the cooker.
 sakkarai pongal tile3

  • Mix well and add 2 tsp of ghee to avoid the pongal sticking to the bottom.Stir very well for 4-5 minutes till all the syrup gets mixed.
sakkarai pongal tile4
  • Pongal will start to thicken and leave the sides of the cooker . At this stage add the remaining 2 tbsp of ghee and the roasted cloves , cardamom powder,edible camphor powder & roasted jaathikai powder..Mix well & switch off the stove. Initially it will look semi solid in consistency. But it will thicken as time proceeds.Before serving u can reheat it adding little milk or water.
  • sakkarai pongal tile5

    If your pongal looks dry when warm , add little ghee & milk ,reheat it n serve ! It tastes divine !!Enjoy !


  • Always add more ghee at the end for a nice flavour . It also makes the pongal soft & non sticky.
  • Use good quality ghee & rice for better flavour n taste.Adding jathikkai  & cloves gives a superb smell.Don't skip it
  • Milk can be added if pongal looks dry or hard. But addition of milk reduces the shelf life , color will slightly change and also the sweetness gets reduced.. For the above recipe u can add 1/5 cup of milk to the max..
  • Use dark colored paagu vellam to get a nice color.


  1. Nice and delicious pongal...looks yumm

  2. Yummu pongal, love it always inspite of the cooking process! :)

  3. Yummy and tempting pics..Only on some occasion used to make it...But now after seeing the post Decided to make it today...

  4. wow sweet pongal looks super delicious :)

  5. wow what a tempting and perfect pongal...

  6. Yummy sakkarai pongal.Looks super delicious.

  7. Wow the pongal looks very inviting.Love to try and taste it.

  8. awesome color..yummy pongal...

  9. Looks very nice.. the kind we get in kovil. we were thinking whether to make this but settled down with the good old kesari :)

  10. looks so divine, we too make it similar way with the addition of milk at the end...inviting pics dear!

  11. sweet pongal is my fav ! am drooling here !

  12. Lovely presentation. Pongal looks delicious.

  13. beautiful color you have got there..I want some sweet pongal now :D

  14. naa urum sakkarai pongal.. love the pics

  15. pongal looks so inviting with all those browned cashews on top, a must try :-)

  16. wonderful information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend nandu , hyderabad,i have read atleast 7 posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your website gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i'm already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a ton once again, Regards, chakkara pongal recipe

  17. pongal looks very nice and delicious..

  18. Looks tasty..... Lovely click!!


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