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Cherry flavoured Sweet Pongal

Priya Lakshminarayan
5 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Cherry flavoured Sweet Pongal RECIPE

Pongal is a tradtional South Indian dessert and I just gave it a Valentine twist! It has been infused with cherries to bring out the color and give it a new flavor as well.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Dessert

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 1 cup rice
  2. 1/2 cup moong dal (green gram dal)
  3. 2 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
  4. 8-10 pitted cherries
  5. 1/4 cup water
  6. 3 cubes of jaggery/6 tbsp brown sugar
  7. 3-4 drops of red color
  8. almonds for garnish


  1. Chop the pitted cherries.
  2. In a small pan, add these cherries, water and jaggery. Let the jaggery melt while the cherry reduces to a pulp.
  3. Meanwhile boil/cook the rice and moong dal (green gram dal) together.
  4. Once the jaggery is completely dissolved and the syrup has a deep red color to it, take it off the flame.
  5. Pass this syrup through a sieve onto the cooked rice. Give the rice a mix.
  6. Add red color to it.
  7. Now add the clarified butter/ghee to this and mix it all together.
  8. Garnish with some chopped almonds. Serve hot.

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Maithili Thangkhiew
Maithili Thangkhiew   Jun-21-2016

The infused cherry flavour is simply incredible.

Sheeba Bedi
Sheeba Bedi   Feb-04-2016

Wow this is food art priya, simply beautiful :D

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