Sweet Pongal or Sakkarai Pongal is a delicacy made from newly harvested rice.Its is cooked with moong dal, jaggery, ghee and cashewnuts and offered to Sun God. It is commonly made as naivedhyam offered to god in temples. Today let us learn to make this pongal following these step by step photos and method.
Dry roast rice till it is hot to touch.
Dry roast moong dal Separately till it is hot to touch. It need not change colour
Heat 1/4 cup water in a pan And add jaggery to it. When it dissolves, filter to remove impurities.
Pressure cook rice and dal together with 2 1/2 cups water. Mash well and keep aside.
Boil jaggery water with a teaspoon of ghee on medium heat. Take a cup of water, add a teaspoon of jaggery syrup to it. If it does not dissolve, then it is the right stage to add mashed rice and dal mixture.
Now, add rice and dal mixture to jaggery syrup.
Add rice and dal mixture and cook for few minutes until everything gets blended well . Add cashew nuts and raisins fried in a teaspoon of ghee. Add cardamom powder . Mix well.
Sweet Pongal ready to serve. Serve hot.