How to make Sweet Pongal -

Very simple to make but spectacular in taste, the ordinary rice becomes mouthwateringly extraordinary in sweet pongal.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Rice (चावल), Split green gram

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Desserts

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Sweet Pongal

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Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Sweet Pongal Recipe

  • Rice 1 1/2 cup

  • Split green gram 1/2 cup

  • Green cardamoms 4

  • Sugar 1 tablespoon

  • Jaggery (gur) 2 cups

  • Milk 2 1/2 cups

  • Raisins 4 tablespoons

  • Ghee 1/2 cup

  • Coconut scraped 1/2 cup

  • Nutmeg grated 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cashewnuts 12-15

  • Edible camphor optional a pinch


Step 1

Soak rice in three cups of water for half an hour. Dry roast moong dal lightly. Grind cardamom with sugar to a fine powder, sieve and keep aside.  Break jaggery into very small pieces and keep.

Step 2

Boil milk with one cup of water in a thick-bottomed pan. Wash raisins and pat them dry. Drain dal and rice, add to the boiling milk. Bring to a boil again, stirring continuously.

Step 3

Reduce heat, simmer for fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally or till rice and dal are completely cooked. You can also pressure cook it. Add jaggery and keep stirring so that the mixture does not stick to the bottom. Keep cooking till all the jaggery has

Step 4

Heat the remaining ghee separately and fry scraped coconut lightly. Add grated nutmeg, raisins and cashewnuts and stir well. Add this to cooked pongal. Sprinkle cardamom and camphor powders.

Step 5

Stir well and serve hot.

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