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, the making of Pongal Recipe has become famous. Whatever the festival season, Indian desserts is always too difficult to resist.
Moong dal – 1/2 cup.
Rice – 1/2 cup.
Milk – 1 glass (100 ml.)
Fresh Coconut – small piece (optional)
Cashew – 2 tbsp
Jaggery/sugar – As per your taste
Raisins (khish-mish – dry grapes) – 1 tbsp.
Cardamom – 2 no.
Ghee – 1 tbsp.
Salt – 1/2 tbsp.
Water – to boil rice and dal.
How to Make Sweet Pongal Recipe:
- Fry the moong dal (before washing) till it becomes little light brown (it will start smelling).
- Then soak rice and dal individually for 10 minutes.
Note: If you are using native moong dal then you have to remove the skin by washing them.
- Thoroughly wash and keep it in a cooker/ pan with little water and cook
- Add 1 tbsp. ghee and fry cashew and raisins to golden brown color.
- Break the jaggery and put in water (very little) and make a syrup. (If you are using ordinary one)
- In our recipe, I used branded jaggery so I have used it directly.
Tip: Do it separately because sometimes jaggery has mud and stones. Or you can even use Sugar.
Note: Add jaggery syrup after the rice is almost cooked because if you add it to rice will not cook properly
- Cush green cardamom and add into sweet pongal.
- Add 1/2 tbsp. salt.
- Add milk when rice is almost done or else milk may break.
- Cook for a minute so that milk is distributed evenly.
Tip: At this stage, you can add little ghee and fried coconut, cashews and raisins or add them while garnishing.
- Sweet Pongal is ready.
How to Make Sweet Pongal Recipe Video:
Nutritional facts of sweet pongal:
- 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 a 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 lowers 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.
- It 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