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 from newly harvested rice. It is cooked with jaggery, ghee and cashew nuts and is offered to sun god. Today let us learn how to make sakkarai pongal or sweet pongal following our easy and fool proof recipe with step wise pictures.

Sweet Pongal-Sakkarai pongal

Sweet Pongal Recipe-Sakkarai Pongal-Chakkarai Pongal

Sweet Pongal Recipe-Sakkarai Pongal

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves 2-3
 Recipe CategoryDessert
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Raw Rice - 1/2 cup
   Moong dal/pasi paruppu - 1/4 cup
   Jaggery - 1 cup grated
   Cashew nuts -2 tbsp
   Raisins -2-3 tbsp
   Cardamom - 4 pods or 1/4 tsp powder
   Ghee/clarified butter -1/4 cup
   Ghee -1/2 tsp (for jaggery syrup)


Dry roast rice and dal separately until it is hot to touch. It is not necessary to fry until it changes color.

frying rice and dal for sakkarai-pongal

Pressure cook rice and dal together 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.)

cooked rice and dal for sweet pongal

If using cardamom pods, peel and powder cardamom. Keep it aside.


Heat 1/4 cup of water in a pan and add jaggery to it. When it dissolves, filter it to remove impurities. Boil jaggery water with a tsp of ghee on medium heat. Take a cup of water, add a tsp of jaggery syrup to it, if it does not dissolve, then it is the right stage to add mashed rice and dal. (I make it very clear - you do not have to boil the jaggery water until it reaches sticky consistency or string consistency) 


Add mashed rice, dal mixture and cook for a few minutes until everything gets blended well as in the picture below. Add cardamom powder at this stage.

How to prepare Sweet pongal

Fry cashew nuts in a tsp of ghee. Remove from pan and add to the rice dal mixture.

Add the rest of the ghee and fry raisins until they puff up and add it to the rice dal mixture along with ghee.

frying cashew nuts and raisins for Sweet pongal

Cook for a few minutes on low heat until everything gets blended well. Serve hot.

how to make sakkarai-pongal

Enjoy delicious Sakkarai pongal!! (You can never go wrong with this recipe).

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.

Do check out  Ven Pongal Recipe with step wise pictures.

sweet pongal recipe
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  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

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

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

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

    Indian Cuisine

  11. Sakkarai pongal looks delicious. Nice presentation

  12. yummypogal the pot is very beautiful

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

  14. Mouthwatering sweet pongal beautiful presentation and click.

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


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

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

  18. 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

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

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

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

  22. Yummy pongal and great presentation!

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

  24. 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 :-)

  25. Hi Padhu, Iam an ardent follower of your recipes. I tried this recipe for the first time and I must say it turned out fantastic. Never thought Chakkarai pongal was so easy to make. All credits to u.. Keep posting new recipes.. Thnx a ton once again :)

  26. Clear instructions and easy to follow. Thumbs up!

  27. Hey I have a doubt.. Your recepie is with solid jaggery. If I already have liquid jaggery how much of it should I add? Should I add it directly to the rice/moong dal mixture or first boil it and then add it?

    1. You should boil it and then add. Follow the same procedure above. You can add jaggery depending on the sweetness you need.

  28. Madam, I'm newly married and I'm following ur recipes day by day. Today I tried sarkarai pongal. It was so nice.

    Thanks a lot.

  29. I've made pongal before but this came out so perfect as did your ven pongal!! Thanks for your recipes!

  30. This is a great recipe. Do you have a substitute for jaggery?

  31. Hi, Tried ur recipe and it came out really well. I am not a great cook, but this recipe is simple and more importantly, the outcome was awesome. I loved my sakkarai pongal.:) I made it for this Pongal festival. Few things that I changed to suit my needs: Added more jaggery and ghee. Did not dry roast rice / dal.
    Many many thanks for this wonderful recipe.

  32. How many whistles to cook rice

  33. You are my ready reckoner for all recipes. Thank you so much Padhu, after getting married I've not made a single call asking my mom for a recipe. You have been guiding me through. Can't thank you enough

  34. Came out well !!! Delecious and yummy ...


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