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Pongal is one of the biggest festivals in India. Also known as Tamil harvest festival, Pongal is a four days festival that is celebrated with great vigour and joy in the state. Pongal is the cooked rice and dal that is served to family members and guests. There are two types of Pongal, sweet and salted. The sweet Pongal is an easy to make recipe and a festival is incomplete without any sweet dish. Thus, check out the recipe to make sweet Pongal. The sweet Pongal is made with rice, dal and flavoured with cardamom, nutmeg and cashew nuts.
Sweet Pongal recipe:
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
- Rice- 1 cup
- Green gram dal- ½ cup
- Milk- 1 cup
- Jaggery- 3 cups (powdered)
- Cashew nuts- 8-10 (halved)
- Raisins- 5-6
- Nutmeg- 1 (grated)
- Cardamom powder- ½tsp
- Clove- 2
- Ghee- 4tbsp
- Saffron- a pinch
- Water- 2/3 cups
- Roast the green gram dal in a frying pan for 2 minutes.
- Wash the rice and then add roasted green gram dal and milk in it. Mix well and then pour in a microwave dish. Microwave for around 10 minutes and keep it aside.
- Boil water in a deep bottomed pan. Add the jaggery and stir well till the jaggery dissolves.
- Once the jaggery syrup thickens, add the microwaved dal and rice. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat ghee in a frying pan. Roast the raisins and cashew nuts. Add it into the rice pan.
- Add clove, cardamom powder, saffron and grated nutmeg. Mix well and cook for about 1 minute. Put the pan off flame.
Sweet Pongal is ready to eat. Serve it hot and celebrate the Tamil harvest festival.