Sakkarai Pongal- The Quintessential Pongal Dish

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A very delicious rich and creamy Sakkarai aka Sweet Pongal in which rice and split moong is cooked to perfection.

There has to be a Pongal recipe continuing my Festival recipes series since last two days. After Sankranti’s Masala Khichdi, Lohri’s Murmura Chikki, of course here comes Pongal.

Pongal is the most famous harvest festival in South India and is celebrated for a number of four days. There are different ways of celebrating the festival in each Southern State of India.

I made the sweet Pongal on the weekend and we all loved this sweet and flavorful dish after the meal as our dessert. Do you see the new props in my pictures?? Well, they are the new addition to my kitchen and are gifted by my younger brother. He got everyone gifts after getting his first salary as a Research engineer at Samsung in Bangalore.

When it comes to giving gifts to me, I keep giving the family and friends all the hints about what a food blogger would love to have in gifts. Thankfully he did listen to my hints over the phone and gave me these amazing props from Sanjeev Kapoor’s. There was a Sari too but I love the props more 🙂

Here are some more Pongal recipes from my space:

Ven Pongal

Aval Pongal

Rava Pongal

Sweet Pongal

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4.5 from 2 votes
Sakkarai Pongal
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A very delicious rich and creamy sweet Pongal in which rice and split moong dal are cooked to perfection.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Sapana Behl
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup split yellow moong dal
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 cup jaggery, grated
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  1. Heat a tablespoon of ghee in a pan and roast the cashew nuts until golden. Remove and set aside.

  2. Dissolve the jaggery in 1 cup of warm water. Strain and set aside.

  3. In a pressure cooker add 1 tablespoon ghee and split moong dal. Roast until the dal turns light golden in color.

  4. Into the same cooker add rice and 4 cups of water. Pressure cook for about 3-4 whistles.

  5. Let the pressure release by itself and once done open the cooker.

  6. Add cardamom and nutmeg powder and jaggery water. Let it cook on slow until thick and creamy.

  7. Add the cashews into the Pongal. Serve warm and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

You may add raisins, almonds and any other nuts of your choice.

Normally edible camphor is added to make it more flavorful.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bowl
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 97.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.8g 17%
Saturated Fat 4.9g 25%
Trans Fat 16g
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 616mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 57.8g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%
Sugars 12.6g
Protein 7g 14%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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23 comments on “Sakkarai Pongal- The Quintessential Pongal Dish”

  1. Usha says:

    Beautiful props and congrats to your brother on his first job. Sankranti or Pongal is incomplete with this mouthwatering sweet. Love the color of pongal. My jaggery was light yellowish brown and so was my pongal 🙁

  2. For south Indians, pongal is incomplete without sakkarai pongal. And those props looks fabulous.

  3. harini says:

    Lovely propos and lucky for you. Love pongal to bits and you made it perfectly.

  4. Priya Kumar says:

    Congratulations dear… hahhaha I love the naughtiness when u said u got the saree but u loved props…. well food bloggers are crazyyyyyyyy

  5. Vaishali says:

    lovely pongal served in beautiful bowls. Congratulations to your brother.

  6. sonal says:

    pongal looks so rich and creamy Sapana. I love pongal in all the forms.

  7. Perfect pics. The props sure did the recipe proud

  8. Hee! we bloggers will love props anytime. Look beautiful! Both the props and the pongal.

  9. What a lovely creamy and rich dessert and so fragrant too with the addition of nutmeg and cardamom.I love your presentation.

  10. Sandhiya says:

    Sakkarai pongal looks so yummy. Love the entire setup and the pictures.

  11. Lathiya says:

    Beautiful presentation..and the pongal looks awesome

  12. Jagruti says:

    Hahaha we food bloggers are becoming greedy right ? Me too keep hinting family members what I want for my blog sweet pongal looks so rich and delicious love to try one day.

  13. Hi sapana,
    Except me, no one likes sweet at home.loved the gift and the way you have presented the Pongal.
    I always think, only blessed ones get gifts. And you are blessed to have a brother like that. Congratulations to him and wishing him a success. And same pinch, I too am blessed with. A brother who keeps giving me my favourite gifts and he knows me very well. My most of kitchen equipments are his gifts including Sanjeev Kapoor’s magic pans.

  14. Suja Ram says:

    Beautiful Pics Sapana. Perfectly done Pongal makes me drool!

  15. Congrats to your brother and so sweet of him!..Sakkarai pongal looks so divine!

  16. Priya Kumar says:

    I have not cooked it but surely will taste great

  17. Avin says:

    Looks very delicious dear.

  18. Love your new props. The pongal also looks super creamy and tempting.

  19. Jayashree says:

    Beautiful props. Congratulations to your brother. The pongal looks creamy and delicious.

  20. Jayashree says:

    Looks delicious, pongal with jaggery does taste good.Nice props

  21. Ruchi says:

    Looks so delicious. Love it… Brilliant photography

  22. The Pongal looks perfect and great consistency just the way we like it at home. Beautiful images.

  23. Congrats to your brother sapana, props look too good!! Sarkarai pongal looks delicious, auspicious way to inaugurate new props too!! 🙂

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