Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sweet Pongal Recipe-Sakkarai Pongal-Chakkarai Pongal

Pongal is one of the most popular four day long harvest festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu. It falls in mid January. It is like a Thanksgiving occasion to nature.Chakkara Pongal is a delicacy made of newly harvested rice. It is cooked with jaggery, ghee and cashew nuts and is offered to sun god. Let us learn to make sakkarai pongal-

sakkarai pongal-Chakkara pongal
Sakkarai Pongal-Chakkarai Pongal made from jaggery

Ingredients needed

Rice - 1/2 cup
Moong dal - 1 1/2 tbsp
Jaggery - 1 cup
Cashew nuts -2 tbsp
Raisins -2 tbsp
Cardamom -1/4 tsp
Ghee -1/4 cup


Dry roast rice and dal separately till it becomes slightly hot. You do not have to fry till it changes color.

Pressure cook rice and dal with 2 1/2 cups of water. Mash it well and keep it aside. (I have used old rice. For new rice, add only 2 cups of water.)

Heat 1/2 cup of water in a pan and add jaggery to it.When it melts, filter it to remove impurities.

sweet pongal recipeMethod

1.Boil jaggery with a tsp of ghee.Take a cup of water, add a tsp of jaggery syrup to it, if it does not dissolve,then that is the right stage to add mashed rice.Do not add rice before that stage.

2 Cook for sometime after adding rice till everything gets mixed well and starts to leave the sides of the pan.

3.Now add cardamom powder

4.Heat 1/4 cup of ghee and fry raisins and cashew nuts separately and add it to the rice along with ghee.

5.Cook for some more time till everything gets blended well.Serve hot.

Note - This measurement serves 2 persons.

Puran Poli is usually made for Bhogi (first day of Pongal)- Do check out my easy step by step recipe of Puran Poli with pictures.

You might also like Ven Pongal Recipe with sambar.

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. Loved ur pot, yummy sweet pongal..

  2. Very nice presentation. Sakkarai pongal looks so yummy..

  3. Sakkarai pongal looks very traditional and delicious with beautifully taken pictures. You have got very good collection of tamilian recipes. Thanks for leaving your nice comments on my blog. And wishing you a very happy new year.

  4. loved ur pot..u get it frm india..nice one......ponggal looks yummy!

  5. dil khush kar diya aapne...

    I like sweets very much and pongal..."sharkarai pongal"... great. I have accumulated many recipes when I am home.

  6. wow yummy pongal and loved ur presentation

  7. pongal speacial.......thanks for the recipe padhu

  8. Love Sakkarai pongal and your pic looks so festive!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. classic and delicious recipe.. lovely presentation !!

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  10. Sakkarai pongal looks delicious. Nice presentation

  11. yummypogal the pot is very beautiful

  12. Delicious...I'm in love with that pot ;-)

  13. Mouthwatering sweet pongal beautiful presentation and click.

  14. Love the Pongal pot..Sweet Pongal looks yummy and a very festive presentation!!


  15. This look nice and good. Happy New Year to you !

  16. The sweet pongal looks so mouthwatering and beautiful. Nice presentation and clicks too.

  17. OMG!!! I'm totally speechless now!

    I love ponggal rice anytime in the year! Sometimes I'll ask my mom to make it during odd hours too..hahaha!

    Ur pot with the ponggal rice makes me salivate! I just couldn't help myself from drooling!!! :D

  18. I loved the pot....whole pic luks traditional

  19. wish u a very happy newyear 2011..padhu...

  20. oh that pot looks so cute and pongal slurp :)

  21. Yummy pongal and great presentation!

  22. You have a great photographic skill as well - good alrounder :)

  23. Hi Padhu,
    Made an attempt of this recipe for this year's Ponggal, and I must trully admit, it turned out very well...Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe, will surely make this more often & credit surely goes to you :-)


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