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Chakkara Pongali



Chekkera Pongali/ Sweet Pongal is one of the traditional recipes which can be offered as “Naivedyam” to Goddess Lakshmi on this auspicious occasion of “VaraLakshmi Vratham”.


1 ½ cups Rice
¾  cup yellow moong dal/pesara pappu
1 ½  cup grated jaggery
 5 cups water
1/2 tsp cardamom pwd
4 tbsps ghee
12-15 cashewnuts
2 tbsps raisins/kishmish
2tbsp – Milkmaid (optional)

•     moong dal / pesara pappu to a heavy bottom pan or pressure cooker and roast it till they turn fragrant. Add rice to the same pan and wash them at least twice.
•    Pour 4 cups of water and cook .
•    When the pressure from the cooker is down, remove the lid and mash the rice.
•    Heat a pan, add 2 tbsp of ghee and roast the cashew nuts and raisins till golden brown. Keep this mixture aside and in the same pan pour 1 cup water along with grated jaggery. ...
•    When jaggery is completely melted pour this mixture in to cooked rice and dal mixture. Now add 2 table spoons of milk maid, 2 more spoons of ghee  and cardamom powder.
•    Finally garnish the Pongal with Dry fruits and raisins.

- Bhavana



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