Sakkarai Pongal (literally sweet Pongal) is generally prepared in temples as a prasadam, (an offering made to a deity). This type of Pongal is also made during Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu. Ingredients can include rice, coconut, and mung bean. Sakarai Pongal is traditionally sweetened with jaggery, which gives the Pongal a brown colour, though it can be sweetened with white sugar instead.

Ingredients necessary for preparation of Sakkarai Pongal:

  • 1 Cup rice
  • 1/4 cup yellow moong dal
  • 4 cup milk
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • 3 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 3 tsp dry grapes
  • 5 nos cardamom
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 1/2 cup coconut

Preparation of Sakkarai Pongal:

  • First Soak the rice for a few minutes
  • cooked that soaked rice with roasted yellow moong dal with ghee and mashed it properly in slow flame.
  • Add the jaggery into that and mix well.
  • Take another pan, put ghee and add cashew nut, dry grapes, and cardamom. Make it golden and then add in the rice preparation.
  • Remove it and serve hot.


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