Sweet Pongal is a traditional delicious dish from Tamil Nadu, South India cooked during special occasions and festivitals as an offering for the Gods. Locally it is known as Sakkar Pongal or Sakkarai Pongal in Tamil and Chakkara Pongali in Telugu.
It is usually cooked during Makara Sankranthi or Pongal festival time to celebrate a good harvest.
Normally it is cooked using Rice and Sugar but we have made it with Millets and Jaggery.
FORGOTTEN FOODS Sweet Pongal is made using kodo millet, moong dal (yellow lentil), jaggery, cardamom, raisins and cashew nuts.
HISTORY: Kodo millet is an ancient grain and is known as Varagu Arisi in Tamil, Arikelu Biyam in Telugu, Kodri/Kodra/Kodon Chawal in Hindi and Aarka Akki in Kannada.
Millets are known as Siridhanya/ Sridhanya/ Siridhanyalu/ Sirithenaigal/ Siridhanyagalu across different regions in India. They are forgotten grains and our effort is to bring them back to the mainstream for future food security and access to better nutrition.
Step 1) Add 1 measure MIX to 2.5 measure boiling water.
Step 2) Stir constantly for 7-8 minutes on low to medium flame.
Step 3) Mix well. Serve hot. *Optionally serve with ghee.
*Measure means a cup or container of your choice
DISCLAIMER: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The result may vary from person to person.
Millet Sweet Pongal - Traditional & Authentic Flavourful Recipe from Tamil Nadu made with Kodo Millet Whole Grains and Jaggery