Sweet pongal is a traditional Indian sweet dish that is like a rice-dal porridge or pudding-like with gooey thick and sticky consistency. Sweet pongal is traditionally prepared in South India during the harvest festival of Makar Sankranti festival
Ingredients for Sweet Pongal:
- 1/2 cup Moong dhal
- 1/2 cup Rice
- Raisins (khish-mish - dry grapes)
Directions for making Sweet Pongal:
- Fry the moong dhal (before washing) till it becomes little light brown (it will start smelling).
- Soak rice and dhal separately for 10 minutes. Thoroughly wash and keep it in cooker with the right water (lesser is o.k) and cook it seperately (in two different containers).
- Meanwhile cut coconut into very small pieces and fry in ghee. Fry cashew and raisins also separately.
- Break the jagerry and put in water (very little) and make a syrup. This is done because sometimes jagerry has mud and stones. After we make the syrup strain it through tea strainer.
- Put the rice and dhal in a big vessel and add milk (may be one cup) and cook it till all the milk gets absorbed. Add jaggery syrup and again cook till it gets absorbed.
- Add three big table spoons of ghee, powdered cardamon and cook again for a while. Add fried coconut, cashews and raisins.
- Serve hot in two cups with a spoon of ghee.
- Enjoy your Sweet Pongal. Hope you love this Indian recipe.
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