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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Yummy Sweet Pongal (Rice & Lentil Pudding - South Indian Dessert)

          This is a traditional South Indian Dessert most popular in Andhra / Telangana and Tamilnadu. This simple preparation includes rice, moong dal (green gram lentil) and jaggery. Sugar also can be substituted. It is generally made during Sankranti and Ugadi festivals. It also goes by the name of Chakkara or Sakkarai Pongal. Please check for a step by step method with pictures to prepare it. 

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup moong dal (split green gram)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp. rose water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • handful of mixed nuts
  • 1 tbsp. chopped nuts to garnish

          Dry roast the moong dal for a minute or till you get a nice aroma coming through. Soak the dal and rice for an hour. Wash and drain well.

          Pressure cook in 2 cups water for 8-10 minutes on a low flame after the first whistle. Heat ghee in a pan and lightly fry the mixed nuts till light golden. Drain and keep aside. 

          Add the mashed rice-dal mix to the same pan along with the milk and sugar. Mix everything well and simmer on a low flame for 4-5 minutes and mashing them in between. 

          Add the fried nuts and cardamom powder and continue to simmer for another 2 minutes. Add rose water and mix. Serve them hot or cold in individual bowls, garnished with chopped nuts.

                              Dry roast the moong dal till light golden and and keep aside.

                                Soak the dal and rice in water for an hour.

                    Wash and drain. Add 2 cups fresh water and pressure cook for 8-10 minutes 
                    on a low flame after the first whistle.

                              The cooked rice and dal.

                 Heat ghee in a pan & lightly saute the mixed nuts till light golden. Keep aside.

                               Transfer to the pan along with the milk.

                               Add sugar to it.

                     Simmer on a low flame by mashing them in between. Add the cardamom 
                     powder and mix. 

                               Add the fried nuts also to it and simmer further.

                               When done, add the rose water and switch off the flame.

                                    Garnish with chopped nuts and serve them hot or cold. 

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