Sweet Pongal /Rice Pudding

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Pongal is a popular rice dish in Tamil Cuisine. In Tamil, the word pong or pongu means to ” boil over” or “spill over”. There are two varieties of pongal,  Sakkarai  Pongal which is a sweet, and Ven Pongal which is savoury. The rice boiled with milk and jaggery during the Pongal  festival is also called pongal – this is made specially in earthenware pots with a wood fire with the first harvest and offered to Sun God. My kids love Sweet Pongal . I usually make it whenever they want to have Sweet Pongal.

Recipe for Sweet Pongal:
Rice 1 Glass
Moong dal roasted  1/2 Glass

Jaggery 1 .5 to 2 Glasses

Milk  1 Glass,
Ghee   4Tsp.

Cashews and Raisins Roasted(Handful) Grated Coconut  1 Tbsp

Roast cashews and raisins in a tsp of ghee and keep it aside.
Boil rice and dal together in a pressure cooker. Grate jaggery.
In a wok add the jaggery and a some water and keep stirring till the jaggery dissolves.Once done stain the syrup.
In another wok add 3 tsp ghee and milk.After 5 mins add the boiled dal and rice and a little grated coconut.Add the syrup and mix well.Once it starts boiling switch off the stove and garnish with cashews and raisins.Serve hot.

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