Sweet Pongal (Sakkarai Pongal or Gur ke Chawal)
Pongal or Sakkarai pongal is a kind of sweet rice pudding, made during pongal festival, one of the main traditional festival celebrated in South India, especially in Tamilnadu. Sakkarai pongal is made with rice, moong dal, jaggery and seasoned with cashewnuts, cardamoms and raisins. On the day of Pongal festival, Pongal is cooked in a new mud pot which is placed where the puja is to be performed. Fresh turmeric and ginger are tied around this pot. Then a delicious concoction of rice, moong dal, jaggery and milk is boiled in the pot. According to the ritual, this Pongal rice is allowed to boil and spill over. Once the rice is cooked, it is tempered with cashew nuts and raisins fried in ghee. When the Pongal dish is ready, it is offered to the Sun GOD on a new banana leaf along with other traditional delicacies like vadas, payasam, etc.
Typical Sakkarai pongal is a mixture of rice, moong dal, milk, cardamom, cashews and raisins. This is a sweet variation of venn pongal. In various Indian languages pongal also known as chakarai pongal, gur ka pongal, sakkarai pongal, sankranthi pongal, Sakkarai Pongal, Sakkare Pongal.
Welcome to our new Indian recipe site. This is our first post. Why did we select sweet pongal as the start for this website ?. We friends got the idea to publish recipes online when we gathered together for the pongal celebration. So, this is the short history to come up with sweet (Chakkarai / Sakkarai) Pongal recipe. As an Indian tradition, we have started this food blog with a sweet.
This recipe is dedicated to my brother, who loves sweet variety of Pongal. He loves many traditional foods and chakarai pongal is one among them. There are so many ways to make sweet pongal. My mom makes little different and it is very quick and easy way. The very first time when i made this recipe, it tasted awesome. I am continuing the same procedure. Hope, food lovers would try it and give their feedback.
Method of Preparation – Sweet Pongal (Sakkarai Pongal or Gur ke Chawal) :