Saturday, December 24, 2005

Celebrating Christmas Eve with Sweet Pongal

Here's wishing you all a very Happy and Cheerful Christmas & Happy Holidays! Celebrating the Lord's birthday with this sweet dish as an offering to HIM!

Sweet pongal is a sweet and pudding-like dish that is traditionally prepared in South India for the harvest festival of Makar Sankranti festival celebrated on January 14th.In the rural villages people gather in front of their homes and cook the 'sweet pongal' in earthen clay pots.The courtyards are decorated with long shalks of sugarcane and under it this sweet dish is prepared.

This sweet is also prepared as 'naivedyam' or 'prasadam' as an offering to God during various festivals of India.


1 cup raw rice
1/4 cup moong dhal (green gram lentil)
1 1/4 cup grated or powdered jaggery
5-6 cardamoms (powdered)
10-12 cashewnuts
8-10 raisins
2 tbsp ghee

Dry roast whole green gram dal till light brown in colour.Remove from fire.
Wash rice.Pressure cook the rice and dal till it becomes very soft and mushy.Alternately you can cook the rice and green gram dal with 3 1/4 cups of water in the microwave and set aside.
Heat jaggery in half cup of water till it dissolves completely.
Add the cooked rice and dal to the jaggery and cook on low flame for few minutes.Turn off heat.
Heat ghee and add the cashewnuts and raisins and fry till brown and add these along with the ghee to the sweet pongal.Now add the cardamom powder and mix well.
It can be served hot or cold.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful Christmas tree! Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year! This dish looks very interesting. What is jaggery? I'll have to look that up.


sailu said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too,Paz.
Jaggery is a "natural" sweetener made by the concentration of
sugarcane juice WITHOUT the use of any chemicals / synthetic additives
or preservatives.It contains an enormous wealth of minerals / protein
/ vitamins.Its a whole sugar , traditional, unrefined and is one of
the most wholesome and healthy sugars in the world. Its available in most indian grocery stores and its also called 'gur'or panela.

Kalyn said...

See, I was not the only one who did not know what jaggery was!! Indira was kind enough to explain that one to me. I am so enjoying learning more about new foods from you. I hope you will have a great new year in 2006.

UD said...

hi sailu, happy holidays, good blog on our andhra and indian recipes.good work..

Anonymous said...

good blog on food

sailu said...

Kalyn,wishing you and your family a wonderful X'mas and a Very Happy New Year!

Arun,thanks for your kind words and wish you and your family a wonderful New Year!


Tina Jennifer D'Silva said...

Hey Sailu, Compliments of the Season & wishing you a very happy new years too... Your blog is really great & I've tried out a few recipes which turned out awesome. Infact, I have also told my friends abt your blog & they check it daily. Hope to see you with more & more of your yummy recipes in 2006...

paz said...

Thanks for the explanation, Sailu. It's always good to learn something new.


prasad said...

Hello Sailu, Happy holidays..& Happy Christmas..

sailu said...

Thanks Tina and wishing you and your family a wonderful new year!

Your most welcome,Paz.

Wishing you and family a wonderful New Year,Prasad.

Melissa CookingDiva said...

Sailu! Happy New Year :)
This is a delicious dessert. I like it very much, will have to try your recipe now! Hugs,

a said...


Belated Merry Christmas..I'm sure you had a wonderful time with your family! I link you if its okay!

sailu said...

Melissa,do try it and wish you a wonderful NEW YEAR!

Cj,thanks for dropping by and a belated Merry X'mas to you too.Here's wishing you a wonderful NEW YEAR!

rums said...

hey sailu! come back soon, i'm missing looking and reading about all the nice stuff you cook :)

Jag said...

Happy New Year to you Sailu!

Lera said...

Sailu, thanks for the greetings,hope you too are enjoying the holiday season...

Wishing you the Best for 2006 that life can give you "May each day of the coming year be vibrant bringing along many reasons for celebrations"

chanit said...

Happy New Year !