Iahas-Sakkarai pongal (Sweet pongal)

Sakkarai pongal (Sweet pongal)


Sweet Pongal is a festive dish from South India traditionally made during the Pongal festival. It’s sweet rice and lentil porridge flavored with jaggery, cardamom and dry fruits. It is usually served as prasad (or naivdeyam) in south Indian temples.

Good for Vata and Pitta Dosha.

Prep Time: 5 Min
Total Time: 35 Min
Serves: 2 person


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/3 cup yellow moong dal
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered jaggery
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder


  1. Dry roast yellow moong until golden brown.
  2. Wash the roasted dal with rice and soak for 1 hour.
  3. Boil 3 cups of water and add strained rice and dal to it.
  4. Let it cook for 10 minutes or until it is soft and mashable. You can also pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles.
  5. In a pan add jaggery in 1/2 cup water and let it dissolve.
  6. For a smooth texture, strain the syrup and then heat it until you get one-string consistency.
  7. Add cooked dal and rice mixture and let it cook over medium flame for 2-3 minutes and then remove.
  8. Roast cashew nuts and raisins in ghee in a separate pan and mix with Pongal.
  9. Sprinkle some cardamom powder and the Pongal is ready to serve.

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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