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October 3, 2017

Pattani Sundal Recipe – Green Peas Sundal – Sundal Varieties

I had to post this Green Peas Sundal Recipe (Pattani sundal in Tamil) last week during Navaratri. But I couldn’t do it due to some personal work. I am yet to start Diwali recipes. So today I am posting this recipe from my draft. From tomorrow, you can expect some yummy Diwali sweets and snacks from here : )). Pattani sundal is one of the easy and yummy sundal varieties we make during Navaratri for neivedyam. Last week I prepared this sundal recipe for Golu. I used dried green peas, soaked it overnight and prepared this sundal. If you have frozen or fresh green peas (pachai pattani) in hand, your job becomes easier. Cooking green peas perfectly is a bit tricky. Most of us face the problem of peas becoming mushy after pressure cooking. 

Green peas sundal

Proper soaking and addition of salt while pressure cooking helps to retain its shape and cooks soft as well. Recently my neighbor shared this sundal by adding masala. It was tasting great and truly flavorful. But I made it in the usual way as we need to avoid onion & garlic for neivedyam. Soon I will share my neighbor’s masala sundal recipe. For variations, you can make this sundal with white peas or yellow peas as well. Today lets see how to make green peas sundal recipe with step by step pictures.

Pattani sundal

Green Peas Sundal Recipe / Pattani Sundal

Green peas sundal

How to make Green Peas Sundal Recipe

South Indian
Sundal Recipes

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Dried Green Peas - 1 cup
  • Water - as needed (to soak & cook the peas)
  • Salt - as needed

    To Grind

  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chilli - 1 to 2 nos
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

    To temper

  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Red chilli - 1 no (pinched)
  • Hing - 1/8 tsp

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and soak the dried green peas for 8 hours.
  2. Pressure cook the green peas adding soaked water and salt in low flame for 2 whistles.
  3. Drain the excess water if any and keep the cooked peas aside.
  4. Grind coconut, chilli and cumin seeds to a coarse paste without water.
  5. Temper mustard seeds, curry leaves, hing and add cooked peas, ground paste.
  6. Mix till raw smell goes off. Sprinkle some lemon juice if you like.

Green Peas Sundal Recipe - Step by step photos

  • Wash and soak dried green peas for 8 hours or overnight.Pressure cook it adding enough water and salt in low flame ofr 2 whistles.
    Pattani Sundal Recipe
  • Adding salt helps to prevent peas becoming mushy.So don't forget to add salt.Remove after the steam is released.
  • Drain in a colander. Grind coconut, chilli and cumin seeds to a coarse paste without adding water.
  • Heat coconut oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves, hing and pinched red chilli.
    Pattani Sundal Recipe
  • Add cooked peas, ground coconut paste and saute till raw smell goes off.You can sprinkle some lemon juice if you like. Serve warm !
    Pattani Sundal Recipe


  • Dried green peas should be soaked at least for 6 to 8 hours.If using fresh peas, no need to soak it.
  • Addition of salt while cooking peas helps to prevent it becoming mushy.
  • For variations, you can add grated coconut instead of grinding it.

Try this easy, kids friendly Green peas sundal recipe at home and share your feedback with me Happy.

pattani sundal recipe

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September 22, 2017

Rice Kheer Recipe Without Condensed Milk – Chawal Ki Kheer With Video

When I posted North Indian Navratri recipes for 9 days, I found Rice kheer recipe (Chawal ki kheer in Hindi) is one of the most important prasad recipes offered on Navratri 3rd day for Mata Chandraghanta & 8th day for Maa MahaGauri & Kanya puja. So I wanted to try rice kheer and post in my food book. Usually I make South Indian rice kheer (Paal payasam in Tamil) by roasting and pressure cooking rice in milk. But North Indian kheer is prepared in a different method. Authentically, basmati rice or long grain rice (Chawal) is soaked in water, cooked in full fat milk in an open kadai simmering in low flame for long time. As the rice gets cooked, quantity of milk is reduced. It becomes thick and creamy. Kheer gets a natural color & sweetness from rice & milk. Then cooked rice is sweetened with sugar, boiled till thick and then flavored with cardamom & garnished with nuts. It can be served warm or chilled as you like. It tastes finger licking delicious. I saw few recipes with condensed milk (Milk maid) instead of sugar but I went with the traditional procedure & used sugar. Some people also made it with left over rice.
Rice kheer recipe
As I had already posted Bengali Chaler Payesh, making this North Indian rice kheer was not so difficult for me as the procedure is similar. After watching many video recipes and websites, I could do it confidently. It came out really well and tasty. Even though the quantity of rice is less, the yield of this kheer is more. Sendhil & myself enjoyed it taking 2 to 3 servings. Do try this simple and easy rice kheer during this navratri, offer God and get her blessings. Soon I till try to post an easier version of this kheer by using pressure cooker & condensed milk.  Now Lets see how to make rice kheer recipe with step by step pictures and video !

Do refer my  18 payasam  / kheer varieties & Bengali Chaler Payesh recipes.

Chawal ki kheer recipe

Rice kheer recipe / Chawal ki kheer

Rice kheer recipe

How to make Rice kheer recipe

North Indian

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Basmati rice / long grain rice - 1.5 tbsp
  • Full fat milk - 1/2 liter(2 cups)
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup (1/3 cup for more sweetness)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Chopped cashews, badam & pista - handful
  • Saffron threads - Few to garnish
  • Rose petals - to garnish (optional)

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and soak rice in water for 30 mins to 1 hour.
  2. Roll boil milk in a pan.
  3. Add soaked rice, boil in medium flame.
  4. Stir at regular intervals and boil till rice is cooked soft.
  5. Add sugar, cardamom powder and boil till slightly thick.
  6. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve warm or chilled.

Rice Kheer Recipe / Chawal Ki Kheer - Step by step photos

  • Wash and soak rice in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Boil milk in a wide pan. When it roll boils, simmer the flame. Add the soaked rice.
    Rice kheer recipe
  • Cook rice in medium flame by stirring at regular intervals to avoid burnt bottom. It takes nearly 20 to 25 minutes for rice to cook. You can also cover cook for last 5 minutes to make the rice soft. But keep the flame very low.
    Rice kheer recipe
  • After rice is cooked, add sugar, cardamom powder.Sugar melts and kheer becomes watery.
    Rice kheer recipe
  • Boil till kheer becomes slightly thick.i.e when you pour, rice & milk should not separate. They should be well blended but pourable. This is the right consistency. Remember this kheer thickens when cool down. So add more boiled milk, adjust sugar if needed. Garnish with chopped nuts, saffron threads and serve warm or chilled by refrigerating it.
    Rice kheer recipe


  • Soaking helps the rice to cook quick & soft. If you don't have time, you can wash and cook the rice without soaking too.
  • Add more sugar if you have sweet teeth, but not more than 1/3 cup.
  • I have not used ghee. If you wish, you can roast the nuts in ghee and add to kheer.
  • To make a quick version, you can cook rice & milk in a pressure cooker.
  • You can also use condensed milk instead of sugar.Add 3 tbsp. Guess it will be enough.
  • If you like kesar flavor, add saffron soaked milk.But color of kheer becomes yellow.

Easy to cook, delicious, festival special rice kheer is ready to enjoy !
Rice kheer recipe without condensed milk
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September 17, 2017

Navratri Recipes For 9 Days– South Indian & North Indian Prasadam Recipes

South Indian, North Indian Navratri Recipes for 9 days golu at home . In this post, I have framed a list of Navarathri prasadam recipes of Tamil nadu, Andhra and North India for nine days as per my readers request. Last year I made a detailed post on how to keep golu at home. At that time, many of my readers asked me to make a post on Navratri naivedyam recipes list. So today I have come up with the list of prasad recipes like rice varieties, sweets, sundal recipes/snacks based on South Indian and North Indian Navratri festival. Hope this post will be helpful to you all.

Here is the picture of our last year’s Golu!

Navratri recipes for 9 days golu at home

Do refer my Navaratri recipes collection for more ideas.


In Tamil nadu, during Navarathri people worship Goddess Durga for the first three days, Goddess Lakshmi for the second three days and Goddess Saraswathi for the last 3 days. People used to offer some sweets and sundal recipes for God in front of Golu. Even though navarathri is a 9 days festival, the day that comes before Navarathri i.e Amavasya and the day after Navratri where we celebrate the victory of good over evil as Vijayadasami, comes to 11 days. Married ladies & young girls are invited to home and we give thaamboolam along with a sundal variety or sweet as Golu prasadham. We usually keep the golu on Pradhamai day evening. So we offer sweet pongal/sakkarai pongal and chana sundal/kondakadalai sundal for neivedyam and we offer some fruits, rock candy on Vijayadasami day.

I have shared this table of naivedyam recipes by referring Nataraja Deekshithar’s blog post. He had given a clear explanation about Navaratri celebration in temples and its importance. He has also mentioned the list of flowers, leaves, kolam, fruits, Neivedyam and Raaga to be used for Navratri 9 days. I took the neivedyam recipes, added 2 more recipes for each day morning & evening neivedyam and framed this table. I have given different sweet recipes, rice variety and sundal recipes for 9 days. You can alter the sweets and sundal varieties based on your liking. But the rice variety given here is as per the tradition according to Deekshithar’s post. So you can follow the same. I have linked all the recipes to my post. You can click on that to view the respective ones. I am yet to post few sundal recipes in this list. I will do it this week.  I hope this table would be useful for people who wants to get some ideas for Navratri recipes. Ok, lets check the table below.


  Apart from this list, you can refer more recipes in my collection of Navratri recipes post. Do check it !


In Andhra Pradesh, Navadurga  ( Nine aspects of Goddess Durga) is worshipped during Navratri. Varieties of  prasadam is offered to God on these nine days.



In North India, People worship nine different forms of Maa Durga.

Day 1 – Maa Shailaputri to bless disease free life
Day 2 - Mata Brahmacharini to increase longevity of family members
Day 3 - Mata Chandraghanta to fulfill all the wishes and provides relief from worldly pains
Day 4 - Maa Kushmanda to improve the intellect and decision making ability
Day 5 - Mata Skandmata to keep the physique healthy
Day 6 - Maa Katyayani for health and happiness
Day 7 - Maa Kaalratri to remove Evil powers
Day 8 - Maa Mahagauri to provide success in life(Kanya puja is performed)
Day 9 - Maa Siddhidatri for all sidhi

People perform fasting, pooja and pray the Goddess by offering nine different bhog on these 9 days. Lets see them below. Sorry, I have not shared Vrat ka recipes ideas. I have just mentioned the sweet recipes and the ingredients you can offer on these 9 days.



DISCLAIMER : I have made this list based on the inputs from various sources. Please alter them according to your tradition by consulting your family elders.

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August 19, 2017

Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe With Jaggery, Coconut Milk

Last year I shared an easy paal kozhukattai recipe with milk, coconut milk and sugar. I know paal kozhukattai is a very popular dessert recipe in Chettinad, Tamil nadu. So I was looking for some authentic recipes to try it. Finally I found it from an YouTube video of Nagu’s Nalabagam. Based on that recipe, I tried it yesterday for my Thursday Guru pooja neivedyam. It was very tasty with the nice flavor of coconut milk, jaggery and moong dal. It is prepared without milk. Still kozhukattai came out very soft. Addition of cooked moong dal makes the paal kozhukattai thick and more flavorful.
Paal kozhukattai with jaggery
I guess there are many variations in this particular recipe. Friends from Chettinad region, do let me know if there is any change in this recipe. I am happy to try again and post it. Ganesh Chaturthi is fast approaching. I think many people make paal kozhukattai apart from other kozhukattai varieties. Try this yummy paal kolukattai with jaggery. You will love its result. Lets see how to make Chettinad style paal kozhukattai with step by step photos.
I will try to share some useful kozhukattai video recipes from tomorrow for Vinayagar Chaturthi Happy.

Do check out my easy paal kozhukattai with milk, my MIL’s style paal kozhukattai with jaggery.

Chettinad Paal kozhukattai recipe

Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe

Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe

How to make Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe With Jaggery & Coconut milk

South Indian

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Store bought kozhukattai flour or idiyappam flour - 1/2 cup ( I used Anil kozhukattai maavu)
  • Water - 3/4 to 1 cup
  • Thick coconut milk -1/2 cup
  • Grated jaggery - 3/4 cup ( Add 1 cup for more sweetness)
  • Moong dal - 1.5 tbsp
  • Water - 3 cups for cooking the rice balls
  • Cardamom - 2 nos
  • Sesame oil or ghee - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp

How to make Chettinad paal kozhukattai

  1. Dry roast and pressure cook moong dal. Grind coconut and take coconut milk.
  2. Boil water. Add 1 tsp oil and salt.
  3. When the water roll boil, add the rice flour. Stir well.
  4. Mix well in low flame till its thick.
  5. Dough will be formed.Remove from flame.
  6. Remove in a plate and knead with greased hands for 5 minutes till smooth.
  7. Make small balls from the dough and keep in a plate.
  8. Boil 3 cups of water. Cook the balls till it floats on top.
  9. Melt jaggery, strain and add the syrup, cardamom powder, moong dal. Boil for 5 minutes.Lastly add the coconut milk, mix once and switch off the flame. Serve hot!

Paal kozhukattai recipe - Step by step photo

  • Dry roast moong dal in a cooker base. Roast till it gets nice aroma. Add water and pressure cook till soft. Mash it and set aside. Grind 1 cup of grated coconut adding 1/2 cup warm water.Strain and extract thick milk from it. Keep aside.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • In a wide kadai, boil 3/4 cup of water ( flour : water ratio is 1:1.5 or 2 cups based on the flour). Add 1 tsp sesame oil or ghee and salt.Let the water starts to roll boil.When the water starts to roll boil, lower the flame completely and add the rice flour.Mix without lumps.It will become a thick dough.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • Switch off the flame, transfer to a plate.Let it become warm enough to handle.
  • Grease your hands with oil and knead the dough for 5 minutes till it becomes non-sticky, smooth and crack free.Cover the dough with a wet cloth till use.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • Make small balls or cylinder shaped lengthy ones with the dough. Arrange them in a plate. While you roll the balls, cover the remaining dough with wet cloth. It should not dry.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • Boil 3 cups of water in a wide bowl. When the water roll boils vigorously, add half of the rolled balls. Let it cook in high flame for 2 minutes. Do not cover it. Cooked kozhukattai will float on top. Now add the remaining rolled balls and cook everything together for 3 minutes.Stir it once in the middle gently. 
  • Alternatively you can steam cook the balls in idli pot for 10 minutes and remove when warm. Please check my easy paal kolukattai recipe for step-by-step pictures. 
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • Strain the jaggery syrup and add to the cooked kozhukattai water. Mix gently and boil for a minute.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • Add cardamom powder, boiled moong dal and thick coconut milk. Mix well and boil for 1 minute in very low flame. Remove and serve hot or cold.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe


  • Adding oil in the water helps to cook the dough non-sticky and soft.
  • Kneading is important to make the dough crack free.
  • Kozhukattai will break and dissolve in water if you add without boiling the water. Water should roll boil well.
  • I used Anil Kozhukattai maavu.You can use idiyappam flour as well.
Try this yummy paal kozhukattai with jaggery and coconut milk. You will enjoy it !
Chettinad paal kozhukattai

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July 29, 2017

Pappu Unta Recipe – How To Make Paruppu Urundai Recipe

Pappu unta in Telugu is nothing but our paruppu urundai recipe ( steamed lentil balls in English) made of toor dal and urad dal.In Telugu, it is called as Kandi pappu unta i.e toor dal balls. My friend Shalini told me to try this recipe during last year Varalakshmi Vratham. Some people in Tamilnadu and Andhra have the tradition of offering this paruppu urundai for Varalakshmi pooja. They offer 9 balls to God and add the remaining to more kuzhambu( Pappu unta majjiga pulusu).
Shalini shared her mom’s recipe with me which is different from Tamilnadu style paruppu urudai recipe. In this recipe, I have used toor dal and urad dal. Shalini gave some tips to make soft balls. I followed her instructions to the dot. The result was great. Paruppu urundai was very soft and tasty. I am yet to try majjige pulusu recipe. This time I had it as snackWinking. Its also a good side dish for curd rice. Friends, Do try this paruppu urundai recipe for this Varalakshmi vratham festival and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make Andhra style paruppu urundai recipe with step by step pictures.
Do check out my Chettinad style paruppu urundai kuzhambu recipe, Varalakshmi vratham pooja procedure.

Pappu unta recipe / Paruppu urundai recipe

Chakkara pongali recipe

How to make Andhra style Pappu unta / Paruppu urundai recipe

Festival recipes
20 nos

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tbsp
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
  • Green chilli - 2 nos (small)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing/ Asafetida - 1/8 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Cooking soda or Eno - A big pinch
  • Gingely oil - to grease idli plate

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and soak dals in water for 4 hours.
  2. Grind to a coarse paste without water adding grated coconut, chilli, cumin seeds, ginger and hing.
  3. Collect the batter, add finely chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves.Add 1 tsp oil, pinch of cooking soda. Mix well.
  4. Make small balls and arrange them in a greased idli plate.
  5. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Switch off the flame. Remove after the balls become warm.
  6. Soft paruppu urundai balls are ready to serve !

Pappu unta / Paruppu urundai recipe - Step by step pictures

  • Wash and soak toor dal and urad dal in a bowl adding enough water. Soak for 4 hours.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Drain the water completely. Take the dal, grated coconut, green chilli, cumin seeds, ginger, hing and salt. Grind to a thick coarse paste without adding water.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Collect the batter in a bowl. If the batter is slightly watery, add 2 tsp of gram flour/besan flour and mix well to make it thick. To the batter, add finely chopped coriander and curry leaves.Add 1 tsp oil, a pinch of cooking soda and mix well.
  • Make small balls out of the batter and arrange them in a greased idli plate.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Steam in an idli pot for 10 minutes. Remove after it becomes warm else balls may break while you remove them. If the balls goes flat after cooking, water content is more in the batter.So add some besan flour and make it thick for next batch. For trouble shooting, take the warm balls and shape it round. If the batter is too thick and dry, balls may come out slightly hard. So batter should be thick yet moist just like masala vada batter.This is the key to make soft paruppu urundai.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Pappu unta/ Paruppu urundai is ready. Take 9 balls in a plate and offer to God. If you are adding these balls to more kuzhambu/ Majjige pulusu, you can add finely chopped onion, garlic to the batter if you like.


  • For Tamil nadu style paruppu urundai, add chana dal instead of urad dal. Use red chillies instead of green chilli while grinding.
  • If you are .
  • For variations, you can soak the urad dal separately. Grind to a smooth paste, remove in a bowl.Then grind the soaked rice+ poha + methi seeds to a smooth batter. Mix both the batter and ferment it.
Try this soft and yummy paruppu urundai recipe. Make some gravy with it or enjoy as a snack !
How to make paruppu urundai
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July 27, 2017

Raw Rice Idli Recipe | Pacharisi Idli Recipe | Idli Using Raw Rice

Raw rice idli ( Pacharisi idli in Tamil) is one of the important festival recipes of Tamilnadu and Andhra. My friend Shalini told me about this idli using raw rice and pappu unta( Paruppu urundai) when I was asking for Varalakshmi Pooja recipes. Many people (especially Tamil brahmins) prepare this pacharisi idli for Varalakshmi vratham and Ganesh Chaturthi neivedyam. Basically steamed rice or boiled rice idli (Puzhungal arisi) is not offered to God. So people make idli with good quality raw rice / ponni rice ( sona masoori) and offer to God on festival days. I followed my mixie idli,dosa batter recipe, altered the quantity of ingredients and tried it. To make a perfectly soft raw rice idli, we should add more urad dal and give more time for fermentation. Ratio of rice and dal should be 2:1. Its always better to use grinder for making idli. But I used mixie to grind the batter as I made very less quantity. I used ice cold water to prevent the heating of jar. So if you are using mixie like me, use ice cold water to get soft and spongy idli else idli may come out hard.

Raw rice idli recipe
Raw Rice Idli - Pacharisi Idli Recipe

Its taste and texture reminded Kanchipuram idli to me. I tried making dosa with this batter but it was not so great in taste. It tasted like varagu dosa Winking .I will try to upload a dosa picture soon. Tomorrow I will share pappu unta recipe.  Friends, do try this idli recipe for varalakshmi viratham, offer God and get her blessings Happy . Now lets see how to make raw rice idli recipe with step by step photos !
Check out my 15+ Idli varieties recipesSponge dosa using raw riceIdiyappam using raw rice floursweet pidi kozhukattaikara kozhukattai using store bought rice flour.

Pacharisi idli recipe
Idli using Raw Rice

Raw Rice Idli / Pacharisi Idli Recipe

Raw rice idli recipe

How to make soft idli using raw rice - Raw rice idli recipe / Ponni pacharisi idli

South Indian
Festival recipes
12 nos

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Raw rice – 1 cup (Use good quality sona masoori/Ponni rice)
  • Urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Poha / Thick Aval - 1.5 tbsp (optional)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - as required ( I used 1.25 cups)
  • Gingely oil - to grease idli plate

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and soak raw rice, urad dal, poha and methi seeds for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Grind to a smooth paste adding ice cold water.
  3. Collect the batter in a bowl.Ferment for 12 to 15 hours.
  4. This batter won't double in quantity but rise slightly.
  5. The next morning,mix the batter well and make idli.
  6. Steam for 10 minutes till done, remove after 5 minutes.Serve with chutney,sambar.Enjoy !

Raw Rice idli - Step by step pictures

  • Wash and soak rice, urad dal, aval and methi seeds together for 3 to 4 hours.
    Raw rice idli | Pacharisi idli
  • Grind in a mixie jar adding ice cold water. I used approx 1.25 cups of water. Grind to a smooth paste.
  • Collect the batter in a bowl. Ferment it for 12 to 15 hours or overnight based on the weather. This batter won't double in quantity but rise slightly.
    Raw rice idli | Pacharisi idli recipe
  • The next morning, mix well with a ladle.Grease idli plate with sesame oil and pour the batter.
  • Steam in an idli pot for 10 minutes. Remove after its done. Rest for 5 minutes and then remove the idli. For offering God, drizzle a tsp of ghee over the idli as shown in the picture. Finish the pooja, serve with sambar & chutney!
    Raw rice idli | Pacharisi idli recipe


  • Adding poha is optional. You can skip it.
  • You can grind the batter in a grinder.Idli comes out even more soft.
  • For variations, you can soak the urad dal separately. Grind to a smooth paste, remove in a bowl.Then grind the soaked rice+ poha + methi seeds to a smooth batter. Mix both the batter and ferment it.

Try this raw rice idli for festivals and offer God. Enjoy with your favorite chutney, sambar

Raw rice idli
Pacharisi idli recipe

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July 25, 2017

Chakkara Pongali – Andhra Sweet Pongal Recipe With Sugar, Milk

Chakkara Pongali Recipe - Andhra style sweet pongal recipe prepared with sugar, milk, rice and dal. As Varalakshmi Vratham is fast approaching, I wanted to share some neivedyam recipes. I found Chakkara Pongal is most commonly prepared for all the festivals in Andhra. Basically Telugu people make two types of sweet pongal recipes. One with sugar and the other one with jaggery called as bellam pongali. Today I have shared chakkara pongal recipe with milk and sugar.

Andhra sweet pongal recipe - Chakkara Pongali

My neighbor Sowjanya who taught me poornam boorelu shared her traditional way of making chakkara pongali recipe without moong dal. Yes, I used chana dal instead of moong dal. This chakkara pongal preparation is completely different from Tamil nadu sakkarai pongal. In Tamil nadu style sweet pongal recipe, moong dal and jaggery is used. When Sowjanya told me to use chana dal and sugar, I was surprised to see the variation. I tried this sweet pongal for Friday Lakshmi Pooja neivedyam. Traditionally, this pongal has to be prepared by cooking rice and dal in milk in a pot. But I used pressure cooker to save time.  Chakkara pongal came out really well. I passed this prasadam to Sowjanya for her feedback about its taste and color. She told it tasted really good. I was very happy to hear this from her as its my first attempt. Of course all the credits goes to her for giving me the measurements precisely Happy. She also shared some variations in this recipe. I have mentioned those points in NOTES section. Ok, lets see how to make Andhra style chakkara pongal recipe with step by step photos and video. This week I will try to share more neivedyam recipes for Varalakshmi viratham. Stay tuned !

Do check out my detailed post on

How to celebrate Varalakshmi Vratham at home , Andhra Pulihora, Poornalu and other Andhra Recipes.

Andhra sweet pongal recipe with milk and sugar

Chakkara Pongali Recipe - Andhra sweet pongal recipe with sugar and milk

Chakkara pongali recipe

How to make Andhra style sweet pongal recipe with milk and sugar - Chakkara pongali recipe

Festival recipes

Ingredients ( 1 cup - 250ml)

  • Raw rice – 1/2 cup (Use good quality Sona masoori)
  • Chana dal - 1.5 tbsp
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Ghee - 3 tbsp
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp( or Dry coconut powder)
  • Cashew nuts - 5 nos
  • Dry grapes - 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 2 cups

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and keep the raw rice aside.
  2. Heat 2 tsp ghee in a cooker base. Roast chana dal till golden with nice aroma.
  3. Add washed rice, water.Pressure cook for 2 whistles in low flame.
  4. Mash it well.Add milk, sugar, cardamom powder and grated coconut. Mix well.
  5. Boil in low flame for 5 minutes.Consistency should not be too thick.
  6. Roast the nuts in ghee and add to pongal, mix well.Enjoy !

Chakkara Pongal Recipe - Step by step pictures

  • Wash the rice and keep aside. Heat 2 tsp ghee in a cooker base. Roast the chana dal till golden with nice smell.
    Chakkara pongali recipe / Andhra style sweet pongal recipe
  • Add 2 cups of water, washed rice and a pinch of salt. Mix well and cook for 2 to 3 whistles in low flame. Dal won't become mushy.It should be visible in the mashed rice.
  • Add sugar, milk, cardamom powder and freshly grated coconut or dry coconut powder.Mix well and boil in low flame for 5 minutes. Make sure bottom is not burnt.Mix whenever needed.
    Chakkara pongali recipe / Andhra style sweet pongal recipe
    Chakkara pongali recipe / Andhra style sweet pongal recipe
  • Remove when its semi solid and keep aside. Roast the chopped nuts and dry grapes in the remaining 2.5 tbsp ghee. Roast till dry grapes puff up and cashew becomes golden.
    Chakkara pongali recipe / Andhra style sweet pongal recipe
  • Add to the pongal. Mix well. If the pongal is too thick, add some boiled milk and bring to the desired consistency. You can reheat this pongal adding little water or milk and serve it after the pooja. It tastes fresh and good when served hot.Andhra style chakkara pongali is ready. Try this for festivals and enjoy !


  • For variations, You can add moong dal instead of chana dal.
  • You can pressure cook the rice and dal adding milk instead of water. In that case, you should add nearly 3 cups of milk.
  • Cardamom powder is a must. You can also add few saffron threads to make it rich.
  • My neighbor told me to cook rice and dal in a pot adding milk.But I cooked them in a pressure cooker to save time.

Andhra style sweet pongal recipe with milk & sugar is ready for neivedyam. Try this for festivals and enjoy !
Chakkara pongali recipe
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