How to make Sweet Pongal -

The sweet version of the famous South Indian delicacy.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Kolum rice, Split green gram

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Desserts

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Sweet Pongal

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The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Sweet Pongal Recipe

  • Kolum rice soaked 1 1/2 cups

  • Split green gram 1/2 cup

  • Milk 2 1/2 cups

  • Pure ghee 1/2 cup

  • Raisins 2 tablespoons

  • Cashewnuts 12-15

  • Jaggery (gur) 2 cups

  • Scraped coconut 1/2 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Nutmeg grated 1/4 teaspoon


Step 1

Boil milk in a deep non stick pan, add 1½ cups water and mix. Add rice and let it cook, stirring frequently.

Step 2

Meanwhile dry roast moong dal in another non stick pan. When lightly coloured, transfer into a bowl, wash and drain. Add it to the pan with milk and rice and mix and cook, stirring frequently.

Step 3

Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a small non stick pan, add raisins and cashewnuts and sauté till golden. Transfer into a bowl. When rice and dal are cooked, add jaggery, and mix. Add 2 tbsps ghee and cook.

Step 4

Heat 1 tbsp ghee in the second pan, add coconut and sauté lightly. Add this to the rice-dal mixture.  Add cashewnuts and raisins and mix. Add green cardamom powder and nutmeg and mix well. Add the remaining ghee and mix well.

Step 5

Serve hot.

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