Sunday 13 October 2013

Sakkarai Pongal Recipe/Sweet Pongal with Jaggery/Chakkarai Pongal Recipe/Sakkarai Pongal with step by step photos

Sakkarai Pongal/Sweet Pongal with jaggery is an authentic and traditional dish prepared on special pooja days and occasions for neivedhyam. Usually sakkarai pongal is prepared in “vengala paanai” [bronze pot] or in a mud pot, but here I used a regular heavy bottomed vessel. Sakkarai Pongal is made with rice, dal, jaggery , milk and ghee on Pongal – Harvest festival of Tamil Nadu and offered to Sungod. Today being Puratasi [Tamil Month] Saturday, I made this special sakarai pongal for Lord Venkateshwara. Puratasi month is very important for Tamilians because it is believed that lord Venkateshwara appeared on the Earth in this month. All the Saturdays of puratassi month fasting is observed and special prayers are performed. Sometimes fasting is carried out throughout the month also. Also check out other interesting facts about Pongal-Harvest Festival/Pongal Menu here

Here’s how to make Sakkarai Pongal with step by step photos.


Raw rice/Pacharisi
1 cup
Moong Dal/Paasi paruppu
½ cup
½ cup
1 cup [powdered]
3 powdered
Cashew nuts
10 -12
10 -12
6 tbsp
Edible Camphor/Pachhai Karpuram
One small pinch
One big pinch
Preparation Time: 10 minutes                            Recipe Category: Neivedhyam/Pooja
Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes                             Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, India
Author: Priya Aandakumar


Wash the raw rice and moong dal together, add about 4 cups of water, salt and cook in a heavy bottomed vessel until really soft. Keep stirring in between in order to avoid burning.

Slowly add the milk and stir it in. Now add about 1 tbsp of ghee.

In another vessel add the jaggery, ¼ cup of water and bring it boil. Switch off the stove and filter it.

Now add the jaggery syrup to the cooked pongal, and stir it well. Add another 3 tbsp of ghee, edible camphor, cardamom powder and mix well.

In a separate pan heat 2 tbsp of ghee, cashew nuts, raisins and fry until golden brown and add it to the pongal.

Mix everything really well and let it cook for another 5 minutes or until the right consistency is reached.

A very authentic and traditional Sakkarai Pongal/Sweet Pongal with Jaggery is ready for neivedhyam or as a dessert. Finally add dollop of ghee and serve it hot.


I have cooked the rice and moong dal directly in the pot, you can as well cook it in the pressure cooker.

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  2. Pongal looks delicious and tempting Priya!!!!!

  3. sarkkarai pongal looks delicious Priya love that medhu vada too.

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  4. i've always wanted to try this as it looks so tempting... yum...

  5. As I always say, I love all the typical and traditional Indian desserts and sweets. Its really a dish for god's blessing and during the whole period of puratasi.

  6. Delicious and Divine prasatham ...........

  7. Tasty pongal.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Traditional sweets are always a hit !

  9. Lovely pongal and vada.My daughter is very fond of sweets so i often make her some nutritious sweet like this.

  10. அருமையான சூடான சுவையான தித்திப்பான சர்க்கரைப்பொங்கல். இந்தத் தங்களின் பதிவும் சர்க்கரைப்பொங்கல் போல இனிக்குதே ;))))) பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றிகள்.

  11. Wow ! Ulunthu Vadai & Sweet pongal What a combination! yum.

  12. Mouthwatering here, sakkaraipongal with medhu vada, i can die for these beautiful dishes.

  13. Pongal looks delicious and tempting.

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  15. Sweet pongal is very tempting.. Vada and sweet pongal super combination..

  16. Looks very tasty. This is my family's favourite!

  17. love this ...looks real yummy ! the perfect vadas are super tempting too :)

  18. Love this delicious pongal and perfect with some Ulundhu vadai :)

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  19. delicious ! I will defiantly try it thanks to post such a testy recipe and keep posting such delicious recipes , Regards, sakkarai pongal recipe

  20. delicious ! I will defiantly try it thanks to post such a testy recipe and keep posting such delicious recipes , Regards, sakkarai pongal recipe


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