Monday, July 23, 2012

Sakkarai Pongal/ Chakkara Pongal





I am always terrified of preparing the traditional neivedyams. I've been married for 10 years now, and even to this day, I am not very comfortable in dishing out the neivedyams or festival recipes. Until very recently, all  such dishes would be prepared by my MIL only and I would be a silent spectator, watching her deftly put together the required offerings with ease. It was only after I started blogging, that I decided to try out these recipes myself and slowly with my mother's and MIL's help I have learnt to prepare most of them. 

The month of Aadi is here. Aadi is the fourth month in the Tamil calendar. This month is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Parvathi or Devi. Most Devi temples throng with devotees. During this month long period, the Tuesdays and Fridays are considered to be very auspicious. Apart from these, Aadi Amavasya, Aadi Pooram and Aadi 18 perukku are important days too. The ladies of the house, generally recite the Lalitha Sahasthranama, and prepare a nevedyam of a sweet, usually Chakkara Pongal and Vadai. Aadi also marks the beginning of the festival season.Today is aadi pooram and we prepared this pongal as nevedyam for the goddess.



What you’ll need
  1. Raw rice – 1/2 cup
  2. Split Yellow Moong Dal – 2 tbsp
  3. Jaggery – 1 Cup
  4. Ghee/Clarified Butter – 2 tbsp
  5. Green Cardamom – 3
  6. Cashew and Raisins – few

Method
  1. Lightly roast the spilt yellow moong dal till a nice aroma starts coming.
  2. Pressure cook the rice and moong dal together with 4 cups of water.
  3. Heat a heavy bottom vessel, add the jaggery and about ¼ cup of water.
  4. Let the jaggery dissolve completely, then, strain for impurities.
  5. Pour it back into the heavy bottom vessel and let it boil, for for 5 to 6 minutes on medium flame.
  6. Keep stirring once in while to avoid burning. Once the syrup starts thickening slightly add the cooked rice and moong da. Mix well.
  7. Now add the ghee and stir till everything comes together as a semi solid mass.
  8. Remove from heat. Add powdered cardamom powder and mix well.
  9. Roast cashews and raisins in a little ghee and add it to the pongal. Mix and serve hot.


Note:
You could add milk while cooking the pongal for a richer taste. Substitute half the amount of water with milk.


Remove from heat while still semi solid, as the pongal solidifies with time.




24 comments:

PT said...

my fav sweet pongal.. tempting clicks..

Roshni said...

Great one kaveri.. I know what you mean about neivedhyams.. cause u cannot taste and adjust it, plus since it is an offering to god, you want it to be perfect. you have done a great job.. love the thetti poo decorations.. miss them :-(

Santosh Bangar said...

perfect tradtional pongal

Hamaree Rasoi said...

You MIL is so sweet to make these ages gold dishes on important dates..Yummy looking pongal

Tina said...

Looks yummy.

Torviewtoronto said...

one of my favourite pongal looks wonderful

Mélange said...

You have presented this delicious pongal in it's original and authentic way kaveri..With that thechippo it looks absolutely like prasadam.

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Looks delicious...

Recipe world said...

Yummy Pongal..nice recipe dear..

kitchen queen said...

lovely and delicious chakkarai pongal.

Julie said...

Lovely presentation,yummy pongal...Delicious!!

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Archana said...

looks yum Kaveri. Love the post description abt the festivities.

Divya Pramil said...

My favvvvvvvorite am craving for some now :) Am gonna ask my mom, she is an expert in making this but its already 10 pm :( Anyways will ask her tomo :) Looks very delicious!!
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Hema said...

My daughter's favorite, looks delicious..

Usha said...

Mmm yum, looks delicious :)

Suja Manoj said...

Looks divine,love the presentation,perfect and yum

Kavitha said...

mouthwatering pongal :)

Anu said...

Looks delicious

Sangeetha said...

My Fav Prasadham too, i am straight opposite to u, whenever i make this sweet pongal for nevedyam it comes so perfect n delicious n when i make it on regular day for sweet craving it doesn't come well :)
Yours looks so delicious n tempting..Thanks so much dear for sending it to my event!!

Nagashree said...

Happy festive season, pongal prasadam looks delicious.

Vineetha said...

It looks divine..served in banana leaves with the red flowers(we call it chekki) gives it a look like the one we get from temples .

jeyashrisuresh said...

yummy chakkara pongal and nice presentation in banana leaf

Spice up the Curry said...

very yummy pongal.. Love the new looks of your site

leela gopinathan said...

I want to know about CHAKKRA. (getting from palm tree) it is good for diabetic patient or not. please inform.

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