Chakra Pongal, Sweet Pongal

Chakra Pongal, Sweet Pongal

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चक्र पोन्गल - हिन्दी में पढ़ें 

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This is a sweet dish that is made during most festivals in South India. During Sankrant , it is especially significant as it is made with freshly harvested rice.

Remember to top it with oodles of ghee as it is the ghee that characterises the flavour, aroma and consistency of the pongal.

In fact, there is a mention in the Thiruppavai (a religious, poetic work in tamil) that when Chakkarai Pongal is held in the palm, the ghee should drip down to the elbow!

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Chakra Pongal, Sweet Pongal recipe - How to make Chakra Pongal, Sweet Pongal

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  1. Heat a pan, add the dals and dry roast on a medium flame till the raw smell disappears while stirring continuously. Keep aside.
  2. Clean and wash the rice, drain and add the dals, milk and 2½ cups of water, mix well and pressure cook for 5 to 6 whistles or till the rice and dal become soft. Keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  4. Heat the ghee in a small pan, add the cashewnuts and raisins, sauté on a low flame for a few seconds while stirring continuously. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.
  5. Combine the jaggery with ¾ cup of water in a deep pan, mix well and simmer till the jaggery melts while stirring continuously.
  6. Add the cooked rice and dal and mix well.
  7. Add the cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, saffron, cashewnuts and raisins and mix well and cook for another minute.
  8. Just before serving add the ghee and serve hot.

Nutrient values per serving
Energy743 cal
Protein10.7 g
Carbohydrates118.5 g
Fiber3.2 g
Fat23.9 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A229.1 mcg
Vitamin B10.2 mg
Vitamin B20.1 mg
Vitamin B31.3 mg
Vitamin C0.6 mg
Folic Acid18.7 mcg
Calcium180.6 mg
Iron15.1 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium121.5 mg
Potassium72.3 mg
Zinc1.3 mg

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Chakra Pongal
 on 06 Jun 12 02:30 PM

Chakra Pongal
 on 28 Dec 10 11:05 PM

Rich in ghee, this rice of the festivities os loaded with flavour and fat! Great stuff!