Recipe for Sweet Pongal

In this article you will find the recipe for sweet pongal which is a famous recipe of South India and is special prepared during the Makara Sankranti festival with the new crop of rice, jaggery and moong daal or the split green gram.


Sweet pongal also as Chakkara Pongali in Telugu language is a famous recipe that is specially prepared on Makara Sankranti day with the new crop of rice, sugarcane (jaggery) and moong daal or split green gram. And the sweet dish is offered to Lord Indra who is believed to be the Lord of clouds and rains as the agriculture is mainly dependent on it. Sweet pongal is prepared mostly in South India and is offered as naivedyam or prasaad in Vishnu temples particularly in Dhanur Maasam - the period when the Sun remains in the zodiac sign of Saggitarius.

Things required for the recipe

  1. one measure rice
  2. three-fourth measure moong daal
  3. one half measure jaggery or one measure jaggery and half measure sugar as per personal liking
  4. five measure water or milk as per like
  5. half measure ghee
  6. cashew nuts and raisins (kishmish)
  7. little cardamom (elaichi) powder
  8. yellow or orange food color - optional

Directions for preparing the recipe

  • Take rice and moong daal in a container and wash it in clean water
  • As per convenience either pressure cook it with water or cook it in a container with milk. Note that cooking in pressure cooking using water will be faster than cooking with milk in a container.
  • Once it is cooked soft, take it out from pressure cooker add jaggery / sugar and cook it further over low flame so that the jaggery melts to liquid and then slowly starts condensing.
  • Once it is done, becomes syrupy, turn off the flame.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and fry cashew nuts and raisins.
  • Add these to the cooked sweet rice and also add cardamom powder.
  • In case one wants to add color, it can be added but this is not recommended.

Hot sweet pongal or chakkara pongali is ready to be offered to the Lord and then can be relished by the members of the family.

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