Saturday, July 12, 2008

Chakkara Pongal

60 ml rice
30 ml moong dal
1 tbsp channa dal
100 ml milk
jaggery about 150 gms
ghee 3-4 tbsp
cardamom, cashew and raisins for garnishing.

Lightly dry roast the dals and rice in a pan. Transfer to a dish, add the milk and 150 ml water and cook in the pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles until soft. Roast the cashew and raisins in a little ghee and keep aside. Powder the jaggery, add about 50 ml water and keep in a wide thick bottomed pan. Heat until it froths and forms a single thread. Add the mashed rice/dal mixture and the ghee and mix well. Remove when well blended. Add the cardamom powder. Optionally you can add some roasted grated coconut. Pongal will set when it cools and so make sure that it is not too dry or thick. Garnish with cashew and raisins.

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