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Spicy Coconuty Sweet Pongal

>> January 12, 2011

Pongal is the festival of harvest celebrated in Tamilnadu. Being brought up in Tamilnadu, all its festivities are close to my heart. I now live in Kerala and make sure Pongal and Deepavali is celebrated at least with a light zest. 

Sweet pongal is usually prepared with rice and moong dal. My mother usually prepares it only with rice. So I have skipped it in this recipe also. In addition to cardamom I have added few other spices and desiccated coconut. The spice does not overwhelm the taste, it just adds flavor to the overall taste. Enjoy!

the recipe

Raw rice - 1 cup
Water - 2 - 2 1/2 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Cardamom - 3-4 pods powdered
Nutmeg – 5 -7 gratings
Clove – 2 -3
Ghee – 2 tbsp or more

Jaggery, grated - 1 1/2 to 2 cups
Salt - a small pinch
Cashew nuts & raisins - 4 tbsp or more

the method

Heat ghee and fry the cashew nuts and raisins.

Place the jaggery in a saucepan and add ¼ cup water. Melt it in medium heat. Strain it and keep it aside.

Soak the rice for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Boil 2 cup water in a pan and stir in the soaked rice. Keep stirring so that it does not overflow. When the rice is almost done add the salt and milk. Simmer and let the rice cook. When the milk is almost absorbed by the rice add the jaggery and powdered cardamom, cloves & nutmeg. Mix well until the pongal gains a thick consistency. Add the desiccated coconut and dry fruits, along with the ghee. Garnish with more desiccated coconut and dry fruits. Serve hot.

the recipe goes to Pongal Feast Event

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aipi January 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM  

Delicious...Such a tempting platter you have there...

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Priya January 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM  

With all those spices, this sweet pongal surely will tastes delicious, delicious pongal..

Indie.Tea January 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

What an interesting dish. Sounds comfortingly sweet and yummy too...

Satya January 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM  

Lovely pongal... adding coconut is interesting.

Subhie Arun January 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM  

sweet pongal looks yummy n tatsy..eva tried with this spices...thx for sharing...following u onwards!


The Foodie January 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM  

That's a delicious looking pongal..great combinations of spices :)

♥LOVE2COOK♥ January 12, 2011 at 7:30 PM  

Owh my...I'm seeing pongal everywhere!!! I love them anytime. Looks so delicious dear! :D

Happy Pongal! :D

Kairali sisters January 12, 2011 at 9:18 PM  

Looks yummy roshan, i will try this ketto...

Swathi January 12, 2011 at 11:04 PM  

Looks delicious love sweet pongal

Reva January 14, 2011 at 4:45 PM  

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice words...First time here and your blog looks lovely...Wonderful collection of recipes..will be a regular here...great going..

Ananda Rajashekar January 15, 2011 at 12:06 AM  

Very happy Pongal and Pongal looks Delish :)

swaeoop tagore January 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM  

excellent.in the jaggery syrup a dash of dry ginger powder can be added that gives a twisty flavour.

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