How to Make Sweet Pongal - Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Sweet Pongal

Sweet Pongal, also called as Sakkarai Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Chakkara Pongal in Andhra Pradesh, is a South Indian delicacy that is prepared as ‘prasadam’ and offered to the deity on the occasion of Pongal. Pongal is a four-day-long harvest festival that falls in mid-January. This staple recipe made with jaggery, ghee and nuts is everybody’s favourite from kids to adults. Plus, the addition of nutmeg and cardamom makes it smell and taste absolutely divine. A must-have-anything-sweet-just-can’t-resist recipe is what it is!
Serves Preparation Time  Cooking Time
6 People 10-15 Minutes  20-25 Minutes


  • Raw rice – 1 cup
  • Moong dal – 1/2 cup
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Jaggery (shredded) – 200g
  • Ghee – 4 tbsp
  • Cashew – 2 tbsp
  • Raisins – 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp 
  • Clove powder – A pinch
  • Nutmeg powder – A pinch
  • Saffron – A pinch
  • Water – 2 and 1/2 cups


Step 1: Take a heavy-bottomed pan and roast rice and green gram dal separately for a couple of minutes.

Step 2: Pressure cook the rice and green gram dal with water and milk in 50:50 proportion for about 3 whistles. Mash them lightly and keep them aside.

Step 3: Dissolve the jaggery in around 3/4th cup of water and let it dissolve in water on low heat.

Step 4: Stir till the jaggery turns into a syrup-like condition and becomes slightly sticky.

Step 5: Add the cooked rice and dal to the jaggery mixture and add 4 tbsp ghee.

Step 6: Fry cashews and raisins and add them to the rice and dal mixture.

Step 7: Sprinkle powdered cardamom, clove, nutmeg, and saffron of given proportions.

Step 8: Mix them well and serve hot.

Nutritional Information

Calories 477 Kcal
Proteins 6.1 g
Total Fat 13.1 g
Total Carbohydrates 84 g
Cholesterol 25 mg
Sodium 2501 mg
Potassium 2133 mg


This sweet Pongal recipe is quick and easy to make. Try this at your home and treat your loved ones this Pongal.

Also Read:

Pongal – Significance and Procedure to Celebrate the Tamil Festival
5 Best Traditional Pongal Recipes That You Can Try This Festive Season

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