Sweet Pongal (South Indian)


This is a dish traditionally prepared for the harvest festival (Pongal)in South India.This is prepared with white or raw rice and green gram sweetened and made to a very softy consistency.

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Now for the recipe in an easy and quicker way.
1 cup raw rice or basmati rice
1/2 cup jaggery or vellam(check photo)
1-2 tblsp.of brown sugar or cane sugar
A pinch of salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup grated coconut or coconut powder.
3 cardamons powdered
2 cups water
1/4 cup cashewnuts and raisins
Ghee
method: Wash the rice and the dal. Hea a thick bottomed vessel preferably a pressure cooker. Add a tblsp.of ghee and lightly toss the rice and dal for 2-3 minutes,add the coconut and water and cook  till three whistles,or till the dal and rice is cooked well. Fry lightly cashewnuts and raisins in 3 tblsp.ghee and pour over rice.Lightly mash the rice and add the rest of the ingredients and cook for a further 2 whistles or 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add 2-3 tblsp.of ghee on top(optional).Serve warm.

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