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July 19, 2013

SWEET PONGAL RECIPE FOR AADI VELLI | SAKKARAI PONGAL

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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..

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INGREDIENTS
For 2 people
To pressure cook
  • Raw rice – 1/2 cup
  • Yellow Moong dal – 2 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 flavour:
  • 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)

METHOD
  • In a kadai , heat 2 tsp of ghee and roast the cashews , raisins, cloves , jaathikai powder and set aside.
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  • 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..
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  • 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..
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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If ur pongal looks dry when warm , add little ghee & milk ,reheat it n serve ! It tastes divine !!
NOTE
  • 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..



23 comments :

  1. Nice and delicious pongal...looks yumm

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

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

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  4. wow sweet pongal looks super delicious :)

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

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  6. Yummy sakkarai pongal.Looks super delicious.

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

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  8. awesome color..yummy pongal...

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  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 :)

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

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

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  12. Lovely presentation. Pongal looks delicious.

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

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  14. naa urum sakkarai pongal.. love the pics

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

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  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

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  17. pongal looks very nice and delicious..

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

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