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July 19, 2013

Sweet Pongal In Pressure Cooker | Sakkarai Pongal Recipe in cooker

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In this post, I have shown how to make sweet pongal in pressure cooker easily. Usually I make aval payasam or moong dal payasam for Friday pooja. Today being Aadi velli, I made this sweet pongal ( Chakkara pongal/sakkarai pongal in Tamil) in a pressure cooker. You can make the same in instant pot too. 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, traditional sakkarai/ sweet pongal about how to make sakkarai pongal in venkala paanai (pot). In this post, I have mentioned our usual method of making sweet pongal using pressure cooker. To make perfect sweet pongal, always use good quality raw rice & dark colored jaggery ( paagu vellam) to get the best results in color & taste. Its very flavourful , tastes similar to Kovil pongal/temple pongal and you’ll love it for sure. Try this & let me know dearies. 


Sweet Pongal Recipe

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

1 cup - 200ml OR 240ml
To pressure cook
  • Raw rice – 1/2 cup
  • Yellow Moong dal – 1 tbsp ( add 2 tbsp for more dal flavor)
  • Water – 2.5- 3 cups (varies as per the quality of rice)
  • Salt – a pinch
For syrup
  • Jaggery – 3/4 cup ( use 1 cup for more sweetness)
  • Water – 1/2 cup
For Flavor
  • Ghee – 3 tbsp
  • Cardamom – 2 nos
  • Edible camphor – A pinch
  • Jathikai / nutmeg – A pinch
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Cashewnuts – 5-7 nos
  • Raisins  / Dry grapes – 5 nos (optional , I dint use)
  • In a kadai , heat 2 tsp of ghee and roast the cashews , raisins, cloves & jathikai. Powder the jathikkai and set aside.
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  • In the same ghee , roast the moong dal till golden brown with a nice aroma. Wash the roasted moong dal and set aside. 
  • 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 jathikai powder.. Mix well & switch off the stove. Initially it will look semi solid in consistency. But it will thicken as time proceeds. Before serving, you can reheat it adding little milk or water.
  • sakkarai pongal tile5

    If your pongal looks dry when warm , add little ghee & milk , reheat it and 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 you can add 1/4 cup of milk.
  • Use dark colored paagu vellam to get a nice color.

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chef and her kitchen said...

Nice and delicious pongal...looks yumm

Unknown said...

yummy sweet pongal

Raks said...

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

great-secret-of-life said...

yummy pongal! so tempting


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

Menaga Sathia said...

super tempting pongal!!

Unknown said...

wow sweet pongal looks super delicious :)

Priya Anandakumar said...

super delicious sakkarai pongal...

Akila said...

wow what a tempting and perfect pongal...

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Yummy sakkarai pongal.Looks super delicious.

VineelaSiva said...

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

Shanthi said...

awesome color..yummy pongal...

Rasi said...

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

Sangeetha M said...

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

Shree said...

sweet pongal is my fav ! am drooling here !

Sona said...

Lovely presentation. Pongal looks delicious.

Savi-Ruchi said...

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

Lifewithspices said...

naa urum sakkarai pongal.. love the pics

Anonymous said...

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

nandoos kitchen said...

pongal looks very nice and delicious..

Unknown said...

really yummy it looks..

Unknown said...

Looks tasty..... Lovely click!!