Sweet Pongal is a Rice, Moong Dal and Jaggery based dessert which is popular in South India. During the period of Sankranthi and pongal festival, making of Pongal Recipe has become famous. What ever the festival season, Indian desserts is always too difficult to resist.
Moong dal – 1/2 cup.
Rice – 1/2 cup.
Milk – 1/2 cup
Coconut – small peice
Cashew – 2 tsp
Jaggery/sugar – As per your taste
Raisins (khish-mish – dry grapes) – 1 tsp.
Cardamom – 2
Ghee – 2 tsp.
Preparation of Sweet Pongal:
- Fry the moong dal (before washing) till it becomes little light brown (it will start smelling).
- Then soak rice and dal separately for 10 minutes.
- Thoroughly wash and keep it in cooker with little water and cook it separately (in two different containers).
- Meanwhile cut coconut in very small pieces and fry in ghee. Fry cashew and raisins also separately.
- Break the jagerry and put in water (very little) and make a syrup.
Tip: Do it separately because sometimes jagerry has mud and stones. Or you can even use Sugar.
- Strain the syrup through tea strainer.
- Put the rice and dal in a big vessel and add milk (may be one cup) and cook it till all the milk gets absorbed.
- Add jaggery syrup and again cook till even it gets absorbed.
Note: Add jaggery syrup after the rice is almost cooked because if you add it before rice will not cook properly
- Add three big tablespoons of ghee, powdered cardamon and cook again for a while.
- Add fried coconut, cashews and raisins.
- Sweet Pongal is ready. Serve hot in two cups with a spoon of ghee.
- Mung bean has an excellent source of many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium.
- It is popular as the perfect food for reducing weight
- It is a rich source of protein and fiber
- Jaggery is made in the natural way and no chemicals are used for its processing
- Magnesium present in jaggery strengthens our nervous system
- Jaggery also along with selenium which acts as an antioxidant
- Potassium and low amount of sodium present in jaggery helps maintain the acid balance in the body cells
- Cashew nuts also have a fatty acid, which lower the risk of heart disease
- Cashew nuts have a high energy density and high amount of dietary fiber
- Milk is the best source of calcium supply to our body.
- Milk is rich in calcium, which is an essential element for growth and proper development of strong bone structure
- Milk is an excellent source for dental health, as it protects the enamel surface against acidic substances