Sakkarai Pongal (Sweet Pongal)

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Sakkarai pongal or sweet pongal is a traditional Tamilian dish which is made during the Pongal festival or Uttarayan. Today being an auspicious day, I have made a quick and easy version of it.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Served AsBreakfast, Desserts
Servings 4


  • Raw rice - 1 cup
  • Moong dal - 2 tbsp
  • Jaggery - 1/2 cup
  • Ghee - 4 tbsp + 2 tsp to temper
  • Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
  • Almonds and raisins for tempering


  • Wash the rice and dal together and keep aside.
  • Heat 4 tbsp ghee in a cooker and add the rice and dal mixture. Saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Now add three cups of water and close the lid. Steam cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Now open the lid and add 1 cup of water again and mix again. Cook on low flame for about 15-20 minutes more till almost all the water is absorbed and the rice and dal are cooked. Mash a little if needed.
  • Now add the jaggery and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Heat 2 tsp ghee in a small kadai and add crushed almonds and raisins to it. Once they turn light brown, add it to the pongal and give a good stir. Now take the pongal off the stove and let it cool a bit. Serve warm with a dollop of ghee if you wish!

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