Sakkarai Pongal Recipe (Sweet Pongal Recipe) - Traditional Method

Sakkarai Pongal Recipe
Sakkarai Pongal  is my fav...anything sweet I just cant resist. I have already posted a sweet pongal recipe with milk but saw this traditional temple style chakkarai pongal recipe with only jaggery from a chettinad book my athai gave me. Having tried this recipe many times now thought to share the recipe here. I made only a small quantity so made it in pressure cooker but will surely update this post with steps of the traditional pot method later.
Sweet Pongal Recipe
We use this vengala paanai(brass pot seen below) to make pongal on the festival day. Though in our native we used to make it in veragu aduppu(firewood oven)......through the days we have changed to gas stove but use the traditional pot to make the pongal. Now I have to keep up my promise to update the stepwise pics for the traditional pot method....hopefully by next pongal :) Now on to the recipe....
Sakkarai Pongal cooking in traditional pot

Sweet Pongal Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Raw Rice - 1/2 cup heaped
Moong Dal(Pasi Paruppu) - 1/8 cup +1 tbsp
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Water - 3 cups(for cooking rice) + 1 and 1/4 cup(for jaggery syrup)
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cashews - 8 broken
Raisins - 1 tbsp
Edible camphor - a very tiny pinch (optional)
Cardamom powder - a pinch
  1. Dissolve jaggery in water, use hot water to dissolve easily. Then heat it up until for the remaining lumps to get dissolved, let it come to a rolling boil.Sakkarai Pongal Recipe - Step1
  2. Switch off and strain to remove impurities.Then add edible camphor(a very tiny pinch not more than that), cardamom, set aside.Sakkarai Pongal Recipe - Step2
  3. In a pressure cooker dry roast moong dal till golden brown.Then add rice and give a quick stir.Sakkarai Pongal Recipe - Step3
  4. Add 3 cups of water and pressure cook for3-4 whistles until mushy.Mash it well.Then add jaggery syrup.Sakkarai Pongal Recipe - Step4
  5. Add the jaggery syrup and cook well in medium flame for 5mins.If it starts getting dry add ghee and keep mixing till you get the pongal consistency.Finally add the ghee fried cashews,raisins and switch off.Sweet Pongal Recipe - Step5
Serve hot with ghee drizzled.
Chakkarai Pongal Recipe

My Notes:

Sakkarai Pongal - Sweet Pongal Recipe

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