Desserts ( National & International)

Sweet pongal

Hyderabad celebrated Makar sankranti yesturday. Even though i’m living here for couple of months now, i did not celebrate it in a big way. My kids were enjoying with their friends flying kites as ‘kite festival” is a big event here during Makar sankranti. The same evening, my friend who’s a resident of Bengaluru wished me ” Happy Sankranti”. Even though my friend does not hail from a place where Makar sankranti is celebrated, he still was decribing me about all those dishes people make for this occassion. The kind of description he gave me on this particular dish realy did make my mouth water :). It was sweet pongal. I was inspired enough to try out this dish which is completely new for me. The next step was to search for a good recipe . Finaly i got the recipe too. Seeing the recipe, the first thought which struck me was ” Sweet pongal seems like the sweet sister of “Pal payasam”( A Kerala sweet dish).I made a slight variation by using red rice here as i am a big fan of red rice.You can even use white rice .


So, here is the recipe for you to make Sweet pongal which turned out to be quite a success at first trial only.
red rice – 1 /2 cup ( Put it in the mixer and turn it once to break the rice)
milk – 1/2 litre
water – 1/4 cup
elaichi powder – 1 tspn
ghee – 4 to 5 tbsp ( More ghee…more heavenly)
Cashew nuts – 2 tbsp
Kismis – 1 tbsp
Split yellow moong dal – 2 tbsp
Sugar candy ( Kalkandam/ Misri) – 1/2 cup

Step by step method is given below.
1. I used red rice here ( Brand Nirapara). You can even use India gate brown rice or white rice.Wash the rice and drain out the water.

2. Dry roast the Moong dal on a pan.
3.Add the rice, roasted moong dal, 1/4 cup sugar candy and 2 tbsp sugar into a cooker. Add the milk and water into it. Close the lid and wait for 6 whistles as red rice takes more time to cook compared to white rice.After 6 whistles, cook on low flame for 10 minutes.
4. Now it’s time to open the lid and mash the cooked rice a bit with a spoon.Add the remaining ghee to the pongal now.If you need a little thinner consistency, U may add boiled milk into it.
5. Add the elaichi powder and mix well.
6. Fry cashew nuts and kismis in 1 tspn ghee and pour into the pongal and mix well. Don’t forget to keep some of the cashews aside for garnishing.
7. Enjoy the delicious sweet pongal . Happy Makara Sankranti.DSCN4938

By sarithakumbakkara

Hii, I'm Saritha who is finding it extremely difficult to write a paragraph about myself . I have already written few lines and deleted them too as some where i was sounding a bit underconfident or some times a bit too boasty. I don't like to be either of them as i believe that finding a balance between the above mentioned is the blissful state of mind which i always would prefer to be in.I am trying my best here to give you a clear idea about myself ;)
I belong to God's own country, Kerala and i am a big fan of the cuisine of the state . Professionally i'm a mentor of young minds . As i am married to an Indian air force Pilot, i had been living in various parts of the country. I would love to call myself and my hubby as avid travellers as that's one thing which thrills me and lifts up my mood drastically from 'being balanced yet a little boring ' to 'extremely enthusisatic'.I have two sons (a deadly combination to handle) Aditya 13 and Aarush 7 who are choosy in eating like most of the kids. I love my travels and it gives me amble exposure to taste various cuisines within and outside the country. Socializing and parties have always been a part of our Airforce life and who would not like to see the smile on your guest's face after tasting your food. That's how i started cooking and tasting and experimenting.I had seen he days where i found" breaking an egg without creating a mess" as my life's biggest challenge.(lol ;) ).But past few years in cooking has made me realise that it isn't Rocket science.
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