Monday, July 9, 2007

ChakraPongali - Sweet Rice

I dread looking at the scales on my weigh machine, ever since we have been to India we have been pampered with food especially sweets. There is something magical about mom's food, no matter how much I try to make it the same with exact measures it still never tastes the same.I guess it's the mother's love and affection that adds a different dimension to the taste.
Chakra pongali is a very traditional sweet, means Charka means sugar and pongali is cooked rice, its like a sticky rice pudding, usually made with sugar or jaggery, fried coconut pieces are added and this adds to the flavor the dish. I heard that edible camphor is added in tamilnadu and this makes it very different.This also is usually made a prasadam is temples, I prefer to eat this when its piping hot. Generous doses of ghee elevate the taste however you can always eliminate ghee to make it into a more healthier version.
Few ingredients and simple process make this a delicious dessert
1 cup rice
1/2 cup moon dal
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup coconut cut into small pieces
1/4 cup cashew nuts
1/4 cup raisins
a pinch of elaichi powder
2 tbsp ghee
1. fry moong dal and rice for a minute
2. add water and pressure cook until 3 whistles
3. In the mean time heat a pan add sugar and about 1/4 cup of water and bring the sugar to boil mixing consistently in order to avoid burning
4. this sugar solution should have a consistency of a thick syrup
5. add the boiled rice and moong dal mixture to the sugar syrup add elachi powder and mix well
6. in a separate pan add ghee when hot add coconut pieces, cashew and raisins
7. add the above to rice mixture and mix well
8. add another tbsp of ghee and remove from the heat
Serve hot


Roopa said...

i love sweet pongal. Just had yesterday at a friends place. Sreelu right whatever we do mom's love adds an additional flavour to the food.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

I love chakra pongal.......nice it...

DEEPA said...

wow!!!i also make sweet pongal .Your looks very yummy and tasty's love is really the flavour of the food.

Mishmash ! said...

Trust me, we can never reproduce mom's food in our kitchen with the same taste...they do add some secret ingredient...the only hope for us is that next generation 'might ' say the same thing about us :) I like to have both chakra pongal and pongal as I dont make 'em at home .


Arts said...

my hubby has a sweet tooth.. and he loves rice dishes.. perfect dish for him.. thanks for sharing!
waiting for the time I can get back to India n allow people to pamper me :D
btw, had posted a comment abt Europe when u had posted abt ur visit.. seems it didnt reach u [:(]

Prema Sundar said...

Oh I did not have this for a long time.. reading ur recipe makes me to crave for this sakkara pongal.

Cynthia said...

You have discovered the secret perfectly it is the love and affection and the atmosphere that contributes to the tastes of things and it is why we have something is always lacking even though we recreate the recipes to a T in our own homes.

Glad you had a good time with the family.

Asha said...

Sreelu,I love the color there girl.YUM!! A Tamil festival food ,isn't it? Looks great.Hope you are back home.See you at FH later Sreelu.
Once a while,eating little sweet doesn't hurt!Enjoy:))

Sharmi said...

you are making so many sweets!! Yummy once that too.

Vcuisine said...

You are inducing me to prepare these again, Poli and Pongal. Very nice Sreelu. With Jaggery any thing I like. Viji

Hima said...

Love it when served in temples. Will have to make it soon to fulfill my craving.

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