Harvest festival Sankranthi is all about celebrating rice in our part of world. Particularly in South India, rice plays an important role as the main cultivated grain and as nourishing food that people subsist on every day of their life. It’s no wonder that there is a festival dedicated to the almighty rice.
Sweet Pongal is famous south Indian, Sankranthi sweet is traditionally made with freshly harvested rice. Very simple to make but spectacular in taste
Raw Rice – 1 cup
Split moong dal – 1 handful
Milk – 2 cups
Jaggery – 2 cups
Ghee – 100 gms.
Saffron strands – 1 pinch
Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon
Cashew nut – 25 gms (roasted in ghee)
Raisins- 25 gm(rousted in ghee)
Ghee – half cup
Water – 1 ½ cup
Dry roast rice and dal together until the rice turns white. Wash the rice in water and drain the water.
Add 600 ml of water and 200 ml of milk to the rice. Add moong dhal also to it.Keep this in the pressure cooker and heat for 25 minutes.
While the rice is cooking, in another pot, melt jaggery. Add the powdered jaggery and one cup of water.
Stir and cook till jaggery melts. Bring the solution to a rolling boil. and reduce the heat and simmer for about five minutes. Turn off the heat.
Add the cooked rice little by little stirring continuously. Add the cooked rice-dal pongal to jaggery syrup.
Keep the heat on medium. Add saffron strands, milk and water and give it a stir.
Add roasted Cashew nut, Raisins and cardamom powder to the mixture and remove from heat.