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July 6, 2018

Chiroti Rava Kesari Bath Recipe – Chiroti Rava Recipes

Kesari bath with chiroti rava
Kesari bath is one of the most popular sweets and breakfast recipe in Karnataka. It can be prepared using chiroti rava / fine rava or coarse upma rava/ Bombay rava. I have already shared a rava kesari bath recipe using Bombay rava (Sooji, Semolina, Upma rava). Today I have shared Karnataka hotel style chiroti rava kesari bath recipe learning from my School moms friend Tara. Recently I tasted Chow chow bath from a popular restaurant here in Bangalore. They served Pineapple kesari bath and uppittu recipes along with coconut chutney. In that, I found Kesari bath with Pine apple is prepared using chiroti rava and rava uppittu with upma rava. So I too prepared the same at home and made chow chow bhath for our weekend breakfast. It came out really well equal to hotel taste. I am planning to make a post about chow chow bath this weekend. Before that, I wanted to share kesari bhath and uppittu recipes. Recently I posted rava uppittu recipe. Today lets see how to make Karnataka style chiroti rava kesari bath with step by step pictures and video !



Soon I will try to share banana kesari bath recipe that is prepared as prasadam for Sathya Narayana Pooja and Varamahalakshmi festival. Now don’t forget to check my fool proof recipe of Rava kesari for beginners and my collection of 12 Kesari varieties !

Kesari bath recipe

Chiroti Rava Kesari Bath Recipe - Karnataka Rava Kesari


Chiroti Rava Kesari Bath Recipe - Karnataka style

Karnataka style rava kesari using chiroti rava / fine rava


Cuisine: Karnataka
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup = 250ml
  • Chiroti rava / Fine semolina/ Fine sooji – 1/2 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Water – 2 cups (1:4 rava & water ratio)
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp ( Use refined oil)
  • Melted Ghee – 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder or pineapple essence – 1/2 tsp
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Cashews and dry grapes - Few
  • Yellow food color - A pinch
  • Salt - A pinch
  • Pineapple pieces - 1/4 cup ( Mix with 1 tbsp sugar), optional.

HOW TO  MAKE KESARI BATH

  1. In a kadai, heat 1 tbsp ghee. Roast cashews, dry grapes and cloves till golden.
  2. Add fine rava and roast for 5 minutes.
  3. Boil water adding food color. Add to the rava in low flame. Mix without lumps.
  4. Cover cook for 5 minutes. Add sugar and mix without lumps.
  5. Add 1tbsp ghee at regular intervals. Mix till kesari becomes non-sticky like halwa and release ghee in sides. Remove from kadai.
  6. Transfer to a bowl. Scoop with a ladle. Serve hot or warm for best taste !

KESARI BATH - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • In a bowl, boil 2 cups of water adding 2 pinches of yellow food color. Let the water roll boil in medium flame. If you are using pineapple pieces or pineapple crush, you should add in this water. But soak the pineapple pieces in 1 tbsp sugar for 10 minutes before adding to water. 
  •  At the same time, take a good non-stick kadai. Add 1tbsp ghee. Roast the cashews, dry grapes and cloves. Add rava to it and roast in medium flame. Keep mixing the rava to avoid getting burnt. (Some people remove the roasted cashews +dry grapes in a plate and add at the end. But I add rava directly just like hotel ones.) Lower the flame completely or switch it off.
    Chiroti rava kesari bath
  • Add the hot water carefully to the roasted rava. It splashes. So please be careful. Mix quickly without forming lumps. 
    Chiroti rava kesari bath
  • Switch on the stove and increase the flame to medium. Keep mixing till all the water is absorbed by the rava. It becomes thick. Cover the kadai with a lid. Cook for 5 minutes in low flame.
    Chiroti rava kesari bath
  • After the rava is cooked well and soft, add sugar to it. Mix well. Sugar melts and kesari becomes watery. Mix in low to medium flame till thick.
    Chiroti rava kesari bath
  • Mix 1/2 cup melted ghee + 2 tbsp cooking oil (use flavorless oil like refined oil) in a bowl. Add 1tbsp of ghee to the kesari mixture. Mix till ghee is absorbed by the kesari. Again add 1tbsp and stir till its absorbed. Repeat the same till all the ghee is used.  Stir in low to medium flame. Do not cook in high flame as the kesari may turn chewy and hard.
  • By this time, kesari becomes non-sticky like halwa. It leaves the sides and bottom of kadai completely, add the remaining ghee if any.  Keep cooking in low to medium flame. Kesari starts to release ghee in the corners slightly. Touch the kesari and check if its non-sticky. Remove in a bowl. It falls easily without any traces in the kadai. This kesari bath would be goey in consistency when hot. But it becomes slightly thick and scoop-able when warm. Pictures are taken after its warm. Scoop with a ghee greased ladle and serve hot in a bowl or plate. Enjoy ! 
  • PS : You can reheat it anytime before serving.For this, take a kadai and heat the required amount of kesari in medium flame. Do not add water or ghee. Just keep mixing. It will become hot and starts to release the ghee. Remove and serve hot. You can also reheat in microwave by keeping in high power for one to 2 minutes. Mix it once in the middle. Chiroti rava kesari bath

Note

  • Add 3/4 cup of sugar for mild sweet taste.
  • Please do not reduce the quantity of ghee and oil. It helps to give softness to the kesari. If needed, you should add 1 to 2 tbsp more than the mentioned quantity.  In hotels, they usually add more vanaspati and less ghee. But its not healthy. 
  • Addition of cooking oil helps to maintain the texture of kesari else it will harden as it cools down. But you can skip and add more ghee if you like. 
  • Do not use ground nut oil or any other oil with strong smell. Use odorless and colorless oil. Refined oil is the best.
  • If adding pineapple pieces, mix with some sugar. Let it soak. for 15 minutes. Add the pineapple pieces to the water. Boil till its cooked. Then add the water to the kesari.
  • For beginners, please check my kesari bath recipe using Bombay rava. I have mentioned an easy, fool proof method.

Easy, yummy Karnataka style Chiroti rava kesari is ready to serve. Tastes delicious !!
Karnataka hotel style kesari bath

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June 26, 2018

Easy Peanut Ladoo With Jaggery – Groundnut Laddu Recipe

Peanut ladoo recipe with jaggery
Peanut ladoo with jaggery
 I learnt this easy peanut ladoo recipe with jaggery ( Verkadalai vellam laddu in Tamil, Shenga laddu in Kannada) from my friend Shalini. Its just a two ingredients recipe with two step process. She told this laddu recipe is very special among her community people in Andhra (Telugu). There is also a popular snacks shop in Shevapet, Salem that sell this ladoo. My husband Sendhil loves peanut based low calorie snacks like peanut chikki / Kadalai mittai. When I was telling this to my Shalini, she suggested this healthy ladoo recipe with the same combination of peanut and jaggery just like chikki. As we all know peanut and jaggery when eaten together gives us immense health benefits. So I was double happy to learn this easy, low calorie peanut laddu recipe without ghee. I made this for my Thursday Guru Pooja neivdeyam. This laddu became a super hit recipe in my house😃. Friends, you too give a try. If you have roasted and deskinned peanuts in hand, you can make this laddu in the next 5 minutes. You can also pack it for kids and adults snacks box. This peanut laddu stays good upto one week. So you can make, store and enjoy anytime. Ok, lets see how to make this simple, easy, yummy and super healthy peanut jaggery ladoo with step by step pictures.

Check out my Peanut chutney recipes in this link.
Peanut ladoo recipe

Peanut ladoo with jaggery


Peanut ladoo with jaggery

Peanut ladoo with jaggery - Healthy, easy sweet recipe with peanuts.


Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 8 nos
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup -250ml
  • Roasted & Deskinned Peanuts - 1/2 cup
  • Grated or powdered jaggery - 1/2 cup( add 2tbsp more for extra sweetness)

METHOD

  1. Dry roast the peanuts in a kadai or microwave roast the peanuts for 2 to 3 minutes in high power.
  2. Rub the roasted peanuts and remove the skin.
  3. In a mixie jar, grind the peanuts coarsely.
  4. Add the grated jaggery and grind again to smooth powder.
  5. Make balls tightly and store in an air tight jar. Serve and enjoy !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Dry roast the raw peanuts in a kadai. Roast  in medium flame till its skin crackles. Switch off the flame and let the peanuts be in the hot kadai. It will become crispy only after it cools down. So wait patiently.
  • Alternatively you can roast the peanuts in microwave oven too. For this, spread the peanuts in a microwave plate. Roast in high power for 2 to 3 minutes. I kept in 800w power for 2 minutes 30 seconds. Switch off the microwave and let the peanuts be inside the hot oven. It will become crispy once it cool down. Now take the roasted peanuts in a small cloth bag(Manja pai) or in a plastic cover. Rub it well to remove the skin. Collect the roasted peanuts in a plate.
    Peanut ladoo with jaggery
  • Grind the roasted peanuts coarsely. Then add the grated jaggery and grind again to smooth powder. Check for taste. Add more jaggery and grind again if needed. Do not grind for long time continuously. Oil releases from the peanuts and becomes like a paste. So just pulse it to mix well.
    Peanut ladoo with jaggery Peanut ladoo with jaggery
  • Remove the powder in a plate. Roll tightly and shape into ladoo. Store in an air tight jar and use it within a week.
    Peanut ladoo with jaggery

    Enjoy !

Note

  • You can add 2 tbsp extra jaggery for more sweetness. Usually the ratio of peanuts and jaggery is 1:1. 
  • Ghee is not needed as the oil from peanut helps to shape ladoo.
  • You can add cardamom powder while grinding if you like.
Try this easy, yummy, healthy peanut ladoo for your kids and family. They will love it !
Peanut laddu recipe with jaggery

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April 14, 2018

Mango Pachadi With Sugar – Manga Pachadi Recipe

Mango pachadi recipe with sugar
Mango pachadi / Manga pachadi is a must to do recipe for Tamil new year neivedyam. But we make raw mango pachadi with jaggery, coconut and dried Neem flowers. But recently one of my friends suggested me to try mango pachadi with sugar instead of jaggery. Its a very easy and quick version when compared with my traditional recipe. So this morning I prepared mango pachadi with sugar just for a change. It tasted yummy like mango jam. Myself and Raksha loved it a lot. Of course, its taste and flavor cannot be compared with Mango pachadi adding jaggery. Still I liked the ease of this recipe. Friends, do try this easy mango pachadi with sugar for a change and let me know how you liked it. Lets see how to make manga pachadi with step by step pictures.

Wish you all a very happy Tamil New Year !
Mango pachadi recipe with sugar

Mango pachadi with sugar


Mango pachadi with sugar

Easy raw mango pachadi with sugar


Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Sliced raw mango - 1 cup ( 1 medium sized mango)
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup (Adjust)
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Water - 1/3 cup to pressure cook mango
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1 no ( pinched into two)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Dried neem flowers - 1/2 tsp (crushed)

METHOD

  1. Wash and peel the skin of raw mango. Slice into big pieces.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, take the mango pieces, add water and a pinch of salt.
  3. Cook in high flame for 2 whistles. Switch off the flame.
  4. Add sugar to the cooked mango and boil for a minute.
  5. Switch off the flame after sugar dissolves. Temper with mustard, red chilli and curry leaves and dried neem flowers.
  6. Add to pachadi and mix well. Serve with rice !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and peel the skin of raw mango. Slice into big pieces. In a pressure cooked base, take the mango pieces, add 1/3 cup of water and a pinch of salt. If you don't want to cook the mango in the cooker base directly, you can keep them in a separate bowl by adding 2 cups of water in the cooker base. Mango gets steamed and cooked well.
    Mango pachadi with sugar
  • Pressure cook in high flame for one whistle. Open the lid after steam is released. Mango gets cooked but not so mushy. You can find few pieces here and there.
  • Add sugar to the cooked mango pieces. Mix and boil in low flame till sugar melts completely. If the pachadi is too thick, you can add little water.
    Mango pachadi with sugar
  • Temper mustard seeds, pinched red chilli, curry leaves and add to pachadi. For Tamil New Year, you can add dried Neem flowers while tempering. Mix well and switch off the flame. Transfer to a serving bowl immediately. Do not store in the cooker. Mango may react with the metal. So transfer to a bowl and serve with rice. This pachadi thickens after it cools down. So you can add some water if needed while serving to adjust the consistency.
    Mango pachadi with sugar
  • Enjoy !

Try this easy, yummy Mango pachadi with sugar and enjoy !

 Mango pachadi recipe


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February 14, 2018

Sabudana Kheer Recipe – Javvarisi Payasam Recipe With Sugar - Sago Payasam

Sabudana kheer recipe

We celebrated Maha Shivaratri festival today. I made Sadudana kheer with sugar ( Sago kheer in English, Javvarisi payasam in Tamil, Sabbakki payasa in Kannada, Saggubiyam Payasam in Telugu, Sabudana kheer in Hindi) using big, white sago for the first time. Its an yummy Indian dessert recipe. Usually I make this kheer instantly by roasting nylon sabudana / nylon javvarisi( small sized). But this year, I wanted to try with maavu javvarisi which we use for making upma/ Kichdi.I watched a Marathi video in Youtube channel and tried this recipe. It came out very well. It tasted so rich and creamy with all the full fat milk, sugar, nuts and saffron. I loved it to the core. For variations, you can also use condensed milk instead of milk & sugar. Sendhil loves sabudana kheer with jaggery more than sugar. So I am planning to prepare it with the leftover sago tomorrow for Thursday Guru pooja.
Sabudana kheer is one of the most commonly prepared vrat ki recipes / fasting food across North India. Basically Sabudana/ sago is healthy as its made from Tapioca. It has so many health benefits. Hence its considered as one of the best baby/toddler foods. Its good for muscle development, helps to gain weight, good for bones, improves digestion, energy levels and reduces body heat. Even though it is high in calories and full of carbohydrates, it keeps the tummy full for long time.So people make sabudana recipes on vrat/ fasting days. Just 100gms ( 1 cup) of serving has more than 200 calories. Hence its advised to consume in small amounts.  . Ok, Lets see how to make sabudana kheer with sugar / Javvarisi payasam recipe with step by step pictures and video.



Sabudana kheer recipe with sugar


Sabudana Kheer Recipe / Javvarisi payasam recipe


Sabudana Kheer Recipe / Javvarisi payasam recipe

How to make sabudana kheer/ sago kheer/ Javvarisi payasam for Shivratri fasting and Navratri festival.


Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Payasam recipe
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • White Sabudana / Sago / White javvarisi - 1/3 cup ( I used big ones)
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Boiled milk - 2 cups
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Saffron threads - Few
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cashews and dry grapes - Few
  • Ghee - 1 tsp ( to roast the nuts)

METHOD

  1. Wash the sabudana twice in enough water. Drain it.
  2. Add 1/2  to 3/4 cup of water to it and soak it overnight or minimum 4 hours.
  3. In a kadai, boil 1 cup of water. Add soaked sabudana with water.
  4. Cook in medium flame till sabudana turns translucent. Stir constantly.
  5. After its cooked well, add milk and boil for 5 minutes. Add saffron threads while milk boils.
  6. Sabudana cooks completely. Add sugar. Mix well till sugar dissolves. Give a boil. Check for thickness and add more milk if needed.
  7. Switch off the flame and add cardamom powder. Roast nuts in ghee and add to kheer. Mix well and serve warm or chilled by refrigerating it for 30 minutes.

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES


  • Take sabudana/ sago in a wide bowl and wash it twice adding enough water. Drain the water completely. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water and soak it for minimum 6 hours to overnight ( 12 hrs). It will increase in size after soaking.
    How to make sabudana kheer
  • Take a wide non-stick kadai. Add water and let it start to roll boil. Add sabudana with soaked water. Mix well and cook in medium flame till it turns translucent. It takes nearly 10 to 15 minutes to cook well. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking to the bottom of kadai and becomes like porridge.
    How to make sabudana kheer
  • When its 80% cooked, add milk and boil for 5 minutes in medium flame.Add saffron threads while the milk boils. Kheer turns mild yellow in color due to saffron. If you want white colored kheer, avoid saffron.
    How to make sabudana kheer
  • When the milk becomes slightly thick and sabudana is completely cooked, add sugar. Mix well and let the sugar dissolve. Check for consistency of kheer. If its too thin, let it boil for some more time. If its too thick, add little more boiled milk to bring desired consistency.Switch off the flame.
  • Add cardamom powder to the kheer. Roast cashew + dry grapes till golden in 1 tsp ghee and add to the kheer. Mix well and serve warm. If you like to serve chilled, refrigerate the kheer for sometime  and serve. Remember this kheer thickens after it cools down. So add little milk and adjust its consistency when needed.
    How to make sabudana kheer
  • Enjoy with yummy sabudane ki kheer along with poori , sabzi & rice for breakfast or lunch.
    How to make sabudana kheer
    !

Note

  • Quantity of milk should be adjusted as per your taste and desired consistency.
  • For variations, you can directly cook sabudana in milk instead of water but milk may curdle. To avoid this, we are cooking in water firstly and add milk to it.
  • If you are using small sized nylon sabudana, you don’t need to soak it. Just wash it twice and cook in water directly.
  • Bigger sized sabudana needs to be soaked for more time.

Enjoy this yummy, creamy Sabudana kheer for festivals and occasions at home.
Sabudana kheer recipe with video

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January 15, 2018

Pongal Kuzhambu – Pongal Festival Sambar With Mixed Vegetables

Pongal kuzhambu
People in Tamil nadu prepare Pongal kuzhambu on Pongal festival day adding 5 or 7 vegetables. We call it as 7 kai kuzhambu or kootu in Tamil. There are many versions for Pongal kuzhambu. It differs based on their custom. In Chettinad region, people make it without adding any dal or coconut. But this version is a no onion, no garlic Arachu vitta sambar kind of Pongal kuzhambu I learnt from my friend Shalini. But the quantity of dal and coconut used is very less for this kuzhambu. It is prepared with freshly roasted & ground spices. So its too flavorful just like Brahmin’s style arachuvitta sambar. Shalini told me to use 5 vegetables. So I blindly followed her recipe and came up with this version. If you are making on a normal day, you can skip all these vegetables and use yellow pumpkin alone. This pongal festival sambar tastes good with white pongal / Paal pongal, rice, ven pongal and idli,dosa. Friends If you are planning to make Pongal kuzhambu with mixed vegetables in sambar taste, you can follow this recipe. You will like it for sure.Next year before Pongal festival, I will try to share Chettinad Pongal Kuzhambu Recipe. Now lets see how to make no onion, no garlic pongal festival kuzhambu with step by step pictures.

Check out my Brahmin style Thalagam kuzhambu recipe too !
Pongal festival kuzhambu

Pongal Kuzhambu - Mixed vegetable sambar for Pongal Festival


Pongal Kuzhambu - Mixed vegetable sambar for Pongal Festival

No onion, no garlic mixed vegetable kuzhambu for Pongal festival day !


Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sambar
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Mixed vegetables - 1.5 cups ( 5 cluster beans, 1/2 raw banana, 1/2 sweet potato, 4 pumpkin pieces, 1/2 cup of mochai)
  • Toor dal - 2 tbsp
  • Tamarind - Medium gooseberry size
  • Green chilli - 2 nos
  • Asafetida / Hing - A pinch
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To roast & grind
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds - 1.5 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Pepper corns - 2 nos
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Raw rice - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chillies - 3 to 5 nos
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
To Temper
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish

METHOD

  1. Wash and soak toor dal. Chop all the vegetables and keep aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, take toor dal and add vegetables, green chillies.
  3. Cook for 2 whistles in low flame. Open and mash the dal.
  4. To the cooked dal, add tamarind extract, roasted & ground masala.
  5. Boil for few minutes. Temper mustard seeds, curry leaves and add to sambar.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with white pongal / Paal pongal.

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and soak toor dal in a cooker base. Wash and chop all the vegetables into cubes and set aside. Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of water. Take the extract and keep aside.
    pongal kuzhambu
  • Add chopped vegetables to toor dal. Add slit green chilli. Add required water, turmeric powder and cook for 2 whistles in low flame. Remove the lid after steam is released. Mash the dal well. Set aside.
    pongal kuzhambu
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a kadai. Roast all the ingredients given under “to roast and grind” and grind to a smooth paste.
    pongal kuzhambu
  • Add this paste and tamarind extract to the cooked dal.Mix well and boil for few minutes till its raw smell goes off. 
    pongal kuzhambu
  • Temper mustard seeds, curry leaves in ghee and add to sambar.Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with white pongal / Paal pongal. This sambar tastes good with idli , dosa too.
    pongal kuzhambu
  • Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli as per your taste.
  • Do not add more tamarind.
  • You can skip toor dal if you want to make this kuzhambu without dal. But adjust the quantity of coconut and roasting spices to give thickness to kuzhambu.
Try this yummy Pongal kuzhambu with 5 vegetables and enjoy !
Pongal sambar
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January 13, 2018

Iyengar Sakkarai Pongal – Iyengar Style Sweet Pongal Recipe In Pressure Cooker

Iyengar sakkarai pongal
Iyengar style sweet pongal / Sakkarai pongal recipe was in my try list for long time. Recently I bought a cookbook named “Iyengar Pandigai Samayal “ from Kumbakonam. All the Iyengar specialty recipes are discussed in that book according to the festival. I found a traditional Sakkarai Pongal recipe prepared using a pot ( bronze pot/ Venkala paanai). When I saw that recipe, I immediately called my school friend Sumi who is the only source for my Tamil Iyengar Recipes in my website to confirm the recipe and ingredients. She shared all the most important tips to get perfect Perumal temple style Sakkarai Pongal. Thank you so much Sumi.  I became very happy and tried it for my Thursday Guru Pooja Neivedyam yesterday. It came out finger licking good. But for your help, this post would not have come up today :). My friend told me to prepare this pongal in a bronze pot to get the authentic flavor and taste. But my pot is too big to make small quantity. So I used a pressure cooker to ease my job. My job was done in less than 30 minutes. Friends, I have shared all the tips shared by my friend Sumi if you like to try the authentic version like temples. If you wish, you can prepare in a bronze pot like temples or use your cooker to make it quickly. Choice is yours ! But taste wise pot pongal is the best. Next year during pongal festival,  I will try to buy a small pot and make a separate & detailed post. Now lets see how to make Iyengar style sakkarai pongal recipe / Sweet pongal recipe with step by step pictures. I will post a video tonight.
Sweet pongal recipe Iyengar
POINTS TO NOTE
  1. To make temple style pongal, you should cook the rice & dal in an open pot, preferably in a bronze pot as it helps to retain the heat longer & maintain the consistency of pongal.
  2. Addition of Pachai karpooram/ edible camphor is a must in Iyengar Pongal.
  3. They also use freshly made ghee from butter to roast the cashews and add to pongal for neivedyam. They do not use the ghee used for regular cooking. So the taste & flavor of fresh ghee matters a lot.
  4. Never use boiled rice. Always use good quality Sona masoori rice for best taste.
  5. Do not use basmati rice as well.
  6. Roasting moong dal is an optional step. Some people add it as such.
  7. My friend told me to soak rice & moong dal in milk & water for 15 to 30 minutes to cook quickly.  But I din’t soak it as I used pressure cooker.
  8. Milk should be used in Iyengar pongal. Some people cook the rice only with milk. But I have used a combination of water & milk as suggested by my friend.
  9. The quantity of milk may vary based on the consistency of pongal. So reserve some boiled milk and add it while serving if needed.
  10. I have used rice & jaggery in the ratio of 1: 2. Some people use 1:1.5 for mild sweet taste. It all depends on your taste buds.

Iyengar Sakkarai Pongal - Sweet Pongal recipe


Iyengar Sakkarai Pongal - Sweet Pongal recipe How to make Iyengar style sweet pongal recipe / sakkarai pongal with milk & jaggery.
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Iyengar recipes
Serves: Serves 3-4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Raw rice - 1/2 cup ( Good quality Sona Masoori rice)
  • Yellow moong dal - 2 tbsp 
  • Boiled milk - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Powdered Jaggery - 1 cup ( Use 3/4 cup if using paagu vellam)
  • Water- 1/2 cup ( to melt jaggery)
  • Ghee - 2 to 3 tbsp ( I used 2 tbsp butter to roast nuts)
  • Cashew nuts - Few
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Edible camphor / Pachai karpooram - A pinch

METHOD

  1. In a pressure cooker base, heat 1 tsp ghee. Roast moong dal for a minute.
  2. Add raw rice to it and roast for another minute. Wash them.
  3. Add water + milk to the cooker along with a pinch of salt.
  4. Pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles.
  5. Mash the cooked rice & dal. Boil and melt jaggery adding water and strain the syrup.
  6. Add jaggery syrup, 1 tbsp ghee to the mashed rice. Mix well and boil till semi solid in consistency. Switch off flame.
  7. Add cardamom powder, a pinch of edible camphor and cashews roasted in ghee.
  8. Mix well and remove from flame. Garnish with more cashews if you like and serve hot !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • In a pressure cooker base, heat 1 tsp of ghee. Roast yellow moong dal for a minute. To this, add rice and roast for one more minute. Remove the cooker and wash the rice + dal. Drain the water and keep it back in flame.

  • Add milk + water to the washed rice, dal mixture. Add a pinch of salt as well. Mix well.
    Iyengar sweet pongal
  • Pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles.Open the cooker after steam is released. Mash the rice and dal very well with a ladle or masher. Make sure rice + dal is mashed properly. Add more boiled milk or water if needed. Mix well. Keep the cooker aside.
    Iyengar sweet pongal
  • In a kadai, boil and melt jaggery adding water. Strain the syrup in a wire mesh. (If the jaggery tastes too sweet, you can reduce to 3/4 cup)
    Iyengar sweet pongal
  • Add the syrup to the mashed rice and mix well. Add little more hot water or milk if the pongal is too thick at this stage. Add 1 tbsp ghee to avoid sticking of rice to the bottom of cooker.
    Iyengar sweet pongal
  • Mix well and boil till pongal comes to semi solid in consistency. Do not cook till too thick. It will harden as it cools down. So make it semi thick.  Remove from the flame.
  • Roast cashews in the remaining 1 tbsp ghee and add to pongal. (  I used fresh butter, melted to make ghee and roasted the cashews as suggested by my friend.) Add cardamom powder, a pinch of edible camphor and mix well. Add 1 tbsp more ghee and few more roasted cashews for garnishing. Serve hot !
    Iyengar sweet pongal
    Iyengar sweet pongal



    Enjoy !

Note

  • The ratio of rice & water depends on the quality of rice. Old rice takes more water. For pongal festival, we buy new rice ( pudhu arisi).So it takes less water. I used 1:5 ratio of rice and water. You can also use 1:4 or 1:6 based on the rice.
  • Similarly the quantity of jaggery depends on the type of jaggery. If you use paagu vellam, you can add 1:1.5 ratio of rice & jaggery else use 1:2 as I did to get nice color and taste.
  • If you feel the sweetness is more, you can add more boiled milk or hot water to reduce the sweetness.
  • Edible camphor is the most important to get temple flavor.
  • You can also add powdered nutmeg and roasted cloves if you like.
  • Do not reduce ghee than the mentioned quantity. You must add more ghee to get ghee dripping pongal else pongal looks dry.
Try this easy, yummy Iyengar style Sakkarai pongal for this Pongal festival at home and enjoy !
Iyengar sakkarai pongal
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