Sweet Pongal
Sweet Pongal Recipe | Sakkarai Pongal
Written by Jayashree
Published on November 10, 2020

Sweet Pongal is one of the sweets made during festivals. Sugar is usually added but jaggery can also be put to it. It gives a good, rustic taste.

About Sweet Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal

Sweet Pongal /Sakkarai Pongal  is one of the delicacies that we can make in 30 minutes. Moong dal and rice are the main ingredients along with ghee and jaggery or sugar.  It is usually prepared during Pongal but not limited to the festival. Since Diwali is spread for four to five days, it makes a good dish to serve.

The quantity of moong dal used differs from household to household. I prefer using the same quantity. Jaggery is added and garnished with roasted nuts. Sugar may be used but jaggery gives a divine taste.

About Diwali:

Diwali 2020 is different in many ways. The festive spirit is low and a fear holds each one about the disease.  Let us light the light of hope and peace. May the darkness that has engulfed the world be driven away and bring a remedy to the world at large. May joy and happiness be showered on one and all. If you are looking for festive recipes, check out the festive sweets collection for Diwali. I have earlier  posted many savoury recipes for Diwali too.

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About the event:

Sending this to “Diwali Special” at Healthy Wellthy Cuisines. As Diwali was approaching, we thought of sharing Diwali festivals this fortnight. Do check out the other recipes from our group members.

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Sweet Pongal Recipe | Sakkarai Pongal

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup moong
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 5 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 cup jaggery
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ghee
  • 8 cashew nuts
  • 2 cloves

Method:

  1. Take rice and moong dal in a bowl, wash it and soak it in five cups of water for fifteen minutes.
  2. Add a teaspoon of ghee and put it in a pressure cooker. Cook it for two whistles.
  3. Once the pressure releases by itself, mash it with a ladle. Put it in a thick bottom pan and cook on a low flame.
  4. Add jaggery and a table spoon of ghee to it. Let cook for five minutes, it should mix well and gooey consistency.
  5. In a small pan, take half teaspoon of ghee, add clove and nuts. Roast and garnish the sweet dish.

Take a tip:

  • A little milk may be added while cooking.
  • Cook the rice and dal mixture for sometime before adding the jaggery.
  • I have used organic jaggery, hence I have not boiled and strained. If the jaggery has impurities, boil it in a little water, strain and put the liquid.
  • A pinch of salt enhances the taste, put it after it is well cooked.
  • Almonds are optional.
  • Raisins may be added.
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Sweet Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal

weet Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal is a traditional sweet from South India. Rice and lentil cooked along with ghee and jaggery, garnished with nuts make a good sweet dish.
Course sweets, traditional sweets
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword diwali recipes, diwali snacks, festive time, south indian sweets, sweet pongal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Soaking time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup moong
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 5 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 cup jaggery
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ghee
  • 8 cashew nuts and almonds
  • 2 cloves

Instructions

  1. Take rice and moong dal in a bowl, wash it and soak it in five cups of water for fifteen minutes.
  2. Add a teaspoon of ghee and put it in a pressure cooker. Cook it for two whistles.
  3. Once the pressure releases by itself, mash it with a ladle. Put it in a thick bottom pan and cook on a low flame.
  4. Add jaggery and a table spoon of ghee to it. Let cook for five minutes, it should mix well and gooey consistency.
  5. In a small pan, take half teaspoon of ghee, add clove and nuts. Roast and garnish the sweet dish.

Recipe Notes

A little milk may be added while cooking.
Cook the rice and dal mixture for sometime before adding the jaggery. 
A pinch of salt enhances the taste, put it after it is well cooked.
Almonds are optional. Raisins may be added.
I have used organic jaggery, hence I have not boiled and strained. If the jaggery has impurities, boil it in a little water, strain and put the liquid 

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10 Comments

  1. FoodTrails

    Sweet Pongal looks so divine Jaya.. I still have to try it ..sounds a lovely festive treat made with dal and rice..

    Reply
    • poonampagar

      We love Shakkarai Pongal and i make it occasionally. I love the taste of fried cloves in the creamy pongal. Yours looks so delectable !

      Reply
  2. Linsy Patel

    Pongal looks delicious. I make khara pongal never made sweet one now on to the list.

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  3. Renu Agrawal Dongre

    I have not much enjoyed sweet pongal, but this looks interesting and delicious. Would love to try this version

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  4. Mireille E Roc

    This is my very favorite version of sweet pongal and can’t wait to make it again!

    Reply
  5. preethi76

    I love sweet pongal with ghee and crunchy cashews. Looks so divine . It is my older son’s favourite .

    Reply
  6. Azlin Bloor

    This looks like such a comforting dish. I can just imagine all the memories associated with it, looks so good!

    Reply
  7. Sasmita

    Sweet Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal looks so divine here jaya !!
    love this traditional sweet. rice and lentil cooked with ghee and jaggery is making the dish much aromatic and delicious

    Reply
  8. Shalu

    Sweet Pongal is looking so scrumptious and delicious. I have never made this. Will surely try your recipe dear.

    Reply
  9. NARMADHA

    Sweet pongal looks so inviting and one of our favorites. I make them once in two weeks and use milk sometimes along with water. This looks so delicious

    Reply

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