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Friday, July 31, 2009


Sakkarai Pongal is an important offering to God and also a prasadam given in all temples. It is a rice based sweet made during festivals. Adding pachai karpooram, saffron and crushed cardamom enhances its taste.


  • Raw rice - 1 cup
  • Moong dhal - 2 tablespoons
  • Water - 3 cups
  • Crushed jaggery - 2 cups
  • Cashews - 1 spoon
  • Raisins - 1 spoon
  • Ghee - 1 ladle
  • Pachai karpooram, cardamom and saffron - optional


Wash rice and dhal together and pressure cook for 4 whistles.

Crush and powder jaggery. In half a cup of water, dissolve jaggery and strain it without any mud. Boil it till the raw smell diffuses. Take out the rice, mash well and add it to the jaggery. Mix well and stir in a low flame till thick.

In a pan, heat a spoon of ghee and fry the cashews till golden brown and also the raisins. Pour it over the rice. Add the remaining ghee, saffron, pachaikarpooram and powdered cardamom, mix well and serve hot.


  1. Looks tasty..we love pongal

  2. hmmm..thats a yummy prasadam shanthi..I had some from kerala..thats made with rice,jaggery and coconut...was too tasty..with moongdaal,this will be tastier i guess !!

  3. wow that's really mouth-watering dish!!!

  4. The prasadam looks so delicious! I love sweet Pongal but have never made it myself!

  5. This is my favorite prasadam...looks delicious.

  6. Im drooliing, pass me that bowl!!

  7. I love the Sweet Pongal and your dish looks very yummy!Thank you so much for dropping by my blog:)Will see you more often!

  8. Tried this receipe for Kudaravalli .. came out well.............. Thanks a lot for posting..... Happy Pongal Mam!!!!

  9. Would appreciate if you could mention when to add the elakai/camphor/saffron .....thank you for a lovely blog....:-)

  10. Thanks anonymous, It is optional and I have edited the notes too. :)

  11. very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards,
    chakkara pongal recipe


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