Sweet Pongal

sweet pongal recipe

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Sweet Pongal, called as Sakkarai Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Chakkara Pongal in Andhra Pradesh, is a South Indian delicacy that is prepared as ‘prasadam’ or ‘naivedyam’ and offered to the deity on the occasion of Pongal, a four day long harvest festival that falls in mid January. This staple recipe is made with jaggery, ghee and nuts. 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


  • 1 cup Rice, raw
  • 1/2 cup Moong Dal
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 200g Jaggery, shredded
  • 4 tbsp Ghee
  • 2 tbsp Cashewnuts
  • 2 tbsp Raisins
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powdered
  • A pinch of clove powder
  • A pinch of nutmeg powder
  • A pinch of Saffron
  • 2 1/2 cups Water


Step 1

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

Step 2

Pressure cook the rice and green gram dhal with water and milk in 50:50 proportion for 3 whistles. Mash it well and keep aside.

Step 3

Dissolve the jaggery in around 3/4 cup water and keep it for melting on low heat.

Step 4

Heat till the jaggery melts and keep stirring till it becomes slightly sticky.

Step 5

Add the cooked rice and dhal to the jaggery and add 4 tbsp ghee.

Step 6

Fry the cashewnuts and raisins and add to the pongal.

Step 7

Add the powdered cardamoms, cloves, nutmeg and saffron.

Step 8

Mix well and serve hot.

Nutritional Information

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