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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sakkarai Pongal with Jaggery ( Pongal spl )

Pongal / Makar sakranti is celebrated all over India but as am a Chennaite I used to enjoy those pongal holidays a lot. We used to get 4 days holidays and lots special program in TV was so much fun . Other than that our neighbors used to share all those yummy treats they made for pongal . Sugar cane is another reason  why i love pongal festival ,I just love to  enjoy the juicy sugar canes which i miss today. Pongal / Makar sakratri is winter harvest festival celebrated all over India by different names . As am a north indian we make sweet and savory vada's but in Tamil nadu it is celebrated for 4 days  - Bhogi, Thai pongal, Mattu pongal , Kaanam pongal each day has it own significance. 

People make sweet savory pongal varieties and vadas this day , served ( bhog/ padayal) to god then they enjoy the festival with family. On the last day thats is on kaanam pongal with family they have a fun time at beach or some entertaining places like to watch movie etc . So this festival bring so many happy faces to enjoy !! So I made sakkarai pongal and masala vadai for this auspicious day :) Wish you have a very happy pongal / makar sakrantri :) ..Ok now over to the recipe..

Pongal varities

Pongal recipes

pongal festival


Moong dal - 1/4 cup
Rice - 1/2 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Ghee - 3- 4 tbsp
Cashew nut - 4-5 Nos
Raisins - 3-4 Nos
Jaggery pd - 1 cup
Cardamom  pd - a pinch


  • Wash and Soak  rice and dal for 15 mins.
  • Drain the water from rice and dal , In a pressure put rice , dal, water ad milk.
  • Pressure cook them for 3- 4 whistles then turn off the flame .
  • After the pressure subsides open the lid and and mash them well with a ladle.
  • In a sauce pan take the jaggery pd and 1/2 cup water , boil them till one string consistency .
  • To check the one string just drop the syrup with a ladle it should form a string while flows drown.
  • After it attains the one string consistency add the syrup to the cooked and mashed rice and dal also add the cardamom pd .
  • In a low flame mix them well till well combined and add ghee .
  • Cook them for 2 mins while mixing them .
  • In a another sauce pan heat 1 tbsp ghee and saute cashews and raisins till they turn slight brown .
  • Transfer the roasted cashews and raisins to the pongal and mix well.
  • Enjoy them warm!!

Linking this to Tamizhar samayal Tuesday whose brain child is +nalini suresh . 


  1. That's yummy most fav pongal and love the clicks with chuda

  2. Happy Pongal to you Manju and a perfectly made pongal dear...

  3. Delicious and attractive color of the pongal dear... Happy pongal... Love the clicks...

  4. love that first click! so good... the pongal looks so yum,,, and better not talk about the masala vadas!

  5. lovely clicks.. tempting pongal and masal vadais..

  6. Happy pongal to you and your family Manju..super delicious pongal and vada....they look so mouth watering..really.

  7. Lovely pongal..Happy pongal to you..

  8. Super pongal n masal vadai!!

  9. pongal looks very yumm and masala vada looks very crunchy and perfectly made.

  10. Super delicious pongal with masala vadai....

  11. so so delicious looking Pongal and my fav masal vadai :) inviting pics Manju..good :)

  12. super yummy manju......fabulous dish and in special love those bangles

  13. Lovely clicks,super tempting pongal,perfectly made and the pongal got a very nice color..

  14. Yummy Delicious Platter

  15. Superb! So luscious pongal Manju, tempting clicks.

  16. Love the colour of that Manjula! Very professionally made. Very nice pictures too :)

  17. Love the click where you are holding the pongal da :) so natural and makes the photo so lively :)

  18. Love the first click with your hand and colorful bangles. Pongal looks yummy!

  19. Lovely pictures. My daughter spent some time in south. She loves pongal. I recently made sweet pongal using slowcooker.


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