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Sweet Pongal

Sweet Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal

weet Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal is a traditional sweet from South India. Rice and lentil cooked along with ghee and jaggery, garnished with nuts make a good sweet dish.
Course sweets, traditional sweets
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword diwali recipes, diwali snacks, festive time, south indian sweets, sweet pongal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Soaking time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Jayashree


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup moong
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 5 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 cup jaggery
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ghee
  • 8 cashew nuts and almonds
  • 2 cloves


  1. Take rice and moong dal in a bowl, wash it and soak it in five cups of water for fifteen minutes.
  2. Add a teaspoon of ghee and put it in a pressure cooker. Cook it for two whistles.
  3. Once the pressure releases by itself, mash it with a ladle. Put it in a thick bottom pan and cook on a low flame.
  4. Add jaggery and a table spoon of ghee to it. Let cook for five minutes, it should mix well and gooey consistency.
  5. In a small pan, take half teaspoon of ghee, add clove and nuts. Roast and garnish the sweet dish.

Recipe Notes

A little milk may be added while cooking.
Cook the rice and dal mixture for sometime before adding the jaggery. 
A pinch of salt enhances the taste, put it after it is well cooked.
Almonds are optional. Raisins may be added.
I have used organic jaggery, hence I have not boiled and strained. If the jaggery has impurities, boil it in a little water, strain and put the liquid