Banana Pongal, Sweet South Indian Banana Porridge

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Here is a traditional South Indian treat, which is prepared during most religious functions, especially during the harvest festival of Sankrant .

Of a consistency similar to khichdi, the Sweet Banana Pongal features a jaggery-flavoured mixture of cooked rice and lentils, served with a garnish of chopped bananas. An assortment of spices are used to impart an intense flavour to this rich dish.

As a variant, you can add a few crushed cloves too to the tempering to get a spicier taste. Make sure you lace the Sweet Pongal with melted ghee, as that boosts the aroma and flavour tremendously.

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Banana Pongal, Sweet South Indian Banana Porridge recipe - How to make Banana Pongal, Sweet South Indian Banana Porridge

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  1. Combine the dals in abroad non-stick pan and dry roast on a medium flame for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine the roasted dals, rice, milk and 2½ cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 6 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  4. Combine the jaggery and ¾ cup of water in a deep non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 7 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  5. Add the cooked rice-dal mixture, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 minutes ,while stirring continuously. Keep aside.
  6. For the tempering, heat the ghee in a small non-stick pan, add the cashewnuts and raisins and sauté on a slow flame for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the tempering to the jaggery-rice mixture, along with cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and saffron, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the bananas, mix well and serve immediately topped with melted ghee.

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Banana Pongal
 on 15 Dec 15 05:23 PM

Banana pongal.. This is a perfect south indian recipe for pongal.. the aroma of the ghee and the flavour of the jaggery is just superb.. And the tempering of the nuts.. added.. gives a nice crunch in every bite with soft sweet bananas.. which is an additional taste to the pongal.. Must try.. surely you will love it..