Inkstained Apron CBC-KW SOS Pongal

During the four-day harvest festival of Pongal, celebrated by Tamil Hindu community of south India, Sakkarai pongal or sweet pongal is made. Flavoured with cardamom, this creamy pudding is made with rice, coconut milk, and split yellow mung beans, as well as cashews and raisins.  Adapted from a recipe by Mrs. KM Mathew. 

Yields 6 servings

Sakkarai Pongal
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Ingredients

  • 200 g (1 cup) short grain rice
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) split yellow mung dhal
  • 500 ml (2 cups) coconut milk
  • 90g (1/2 cup) coconut sugar (or same volume of white sugar), to taste
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) ghee or melted butter
  • 1.25ml (1/4 teaspoon) ground cardamom
  • 25 g (1/4 cup) fried cashews
  • 85 g (1/2 cup) raisins

Method

  1. Cook the rice and set aside. You should have 750 ml (3 cups) of cooked rice.
  2. Boil coconut milk. Add the dhal and cook for about 20 minutes, or until it's thick and soft (but not mushy).
  3. Add rice, sugar, and ghee. Stirring occasionally, let the rice absorb the liquid, until it’s almost dry. Add cardamom and stir. Fold in cashews and raisins. Remove from heat and serve.
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This recipe was mentioned as part of my appearance on CBC-KW’s Sounds of the Season, 2019.