Saturday, January 15, 2011
Sakkarai Pongal / Chakra Pongal / Chakarai Pongal / Sweet Pongal
Sakkarai pongal.....yummmm.i am sure everyone loves this. This tastes particular great on the day of pongal since it is cooked the traditional way in pongal paanai, with the flavours of Fresh turmeric, fresh ginger from its leaves tied around the pot infusing into the pongal.The milk boiling from the pot, immediately the kids starting to chant"PONGAL O PONGAL" in a frenzy, any available utensil becomes their drum for the moment, The elders making sure that the aarti is done on time.......Hmmmm...anything traditional is good ,u agree right?????
The preparation is very similar to the one shown in Barley pongal.
Raw rice 2 cups
Green gram dhal 1/2 cup
Milk 2 cups
Jaggery 2 cups
Cardamom powder 2 tsp
Ghee 4 tbsp
If you are cooking the traditional way then pour milk and equal amount of water in the pot and let it boil.
Once it starts boiling add the washed rice and green gram dhal and cook it in medium flame till it cooks very evenly adding more water if necessary. Take it off from the fire and let it cool.
In a pan add the jaggery with very little water and boil it till it reaches the hard ball consistency.Procedure is similar to the one shown here. Replace barley with rice
Now add the cooked rice-dhal mixture and continue to cook it till it thickens.
Remove from fire and add the cashew, raisins sauteed in ghee. Add more ghee if you like.
Serve hot/ warm topped with ghee
Hope you all had a great pongal
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