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Chakkara Pongal (Sweet Pongal)

Sudha Sridhar
20 minutes
Prep Time
60 minutes
Cook Time
5 People
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ABOUT Chakkara Pongal (Sweet Pongal) RECIPE

A traditional Tamil sweet believed to be a very auspicious offering to Maa Durga. It is made on a Tuesday or Friday during Navartri.

Recipe Tags

  • Navratri Recipe
  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Navratas
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Pressure Cook
  • Boiling
  • Frying
  • Dessert

Ingredients Serving: 5

  1. rice - 1 cup (Sona Masuri preferably)
  2. jaggery - 2 1/2 cups grated
  3. Milk ( full cream ) - 750 ml
  4. water - 4 glasses
  5. Clarified butter ( ghee ) - 1 - 1.5cups
  6. Cashewnut - 3 tbsps roughly broken
  7. cardamom powder - 1 tsp


  1. Wash rice and pressure cook it with 4 glasses of water till it is well cooked. After one whistle of the cooker, keep it on low flame for at least 10-15 mins.
  2. While the rice is cooking, boil the milk in a vessel.
  3. In a wok, heat about 2 tbsp of ghee and fry the broken cashew till golden brown. Keep aside for garnish.
  4. When the pressure of the cooker releases, open it and with a round ladle mash the rice while it is hot.
  5. Take a thick bottom pan and add some of the boiled milk.
  6. Add the mashed rice little by little and keep stirring to remove any lumps. Keep adding milk slowly till all of it mixes well with the rice.
  7. Now put the pan over flame and add the grated jaggery slowly while stirring constantly so that the rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
  8. Once the jaggery dissolves and mixes well with the milk - rice mixture bring it to a boil for it to thicken.
  9. Add the ghee to it and mix well.
  10. Take the pan off the flame and sprinkle cardamom powder and mix well.
  11. Garnish with the fried cashew.
  12. Serve warm.

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