I find that a great advantage of recipe blogging is that I get to know various recipes. For the festival of Sankranti, India traditionally has many recipes available from its different states (& cultures). Even though the weather is cold you can still see kites flying in the sky and soon we will also be hearing shouts of ‘Kay Po Che’. 🙂
Beyond Tilgul and Gulpoli which are Maharashrian sweets to celebrate this festival, I learnt about many other recipes. The recipe that I show here is from Tamil Nadu. It is called Sakkarai Pongal or Chakkarai Pongal. It was very new to me but I thought I will give it a try for this Sankranti. It turned out quiet well.
This sweet pongal has an irresistible taste and I find it very addictive. I have just finished one bowl of it and have also skipped my lunch in the bargain. Do try it. It is very easy to make as compared to Tilgul or Gulpoli.
So have sweets and become sweetness.
Equipment and Utensils
Flat metal spoon
125 grams Jaggery grated
80 grams Rice washed
40 grams Moong Dal washed
200 ml Milk
2 tablespoons Ghee
1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
10 Pistachio roughly chopped
10 Cashew Nuts roughly chopped
Pinch of Saffron
Pinch of Salt
Add moong dal and rice in a pressure cooker with enough water.
Close the lid and cook it for 3 to 4 whistles.
When pressure goes off, open the lid and get the cooked dal rice in a large bowl.
Mash the mixture with the help of a potato masher.
Put 1 tablespoon ghee in a wok and keep it on medium flame.
When ghee is hot add cashew and pistachio nuts and roast till they change to golden brown color.
Now add jaggery and mix well.
When jaggery is dissolved add the mashed dal-rice mixture.
Add milk, cardamom, salt and saffron.
Mix well and stir it continuously till it starts to leave the sides of the pan.
Make sure that everything is blended well.
Once it cools down it will become hard.
Serve it at room temperature.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Number of Servings: 3
Total Calories: 1341.05 Kcal
Fat: 42.02 gm
Protein: 23.99 gm
Carbohydrates: 216.6 gm
Folic acid: 28.08 ug