Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Chakkarai Pongal

Pongal Special - Thai Pongal - A harvest festival celebrated in the South of India.

This brings memories of Pa taking us to the market to get "Karumbu", " Inji kothu , manjal kothu and vaazhai ilai" for the pooja. And ma making yummy "chakkarai pongal" in the "Pongal paanai". Wish I was a kid again :)


3/4 Cup of Rice
1/4 Cup of Moong dal
1 Cup Milk
3 Cups of water
3/4 Cup Jaggery (Gud)
1 tbsp Ghee
1 tsp Elaichi Powder
Roasted Cashew and Raisins for garnish.


Pressure cook the rice and dal in 3 cups of water. In a seperate pan, Boil milk and add the cooked rice mixture and cook again for another 10 minutes. Then add the jaggery and stir well till it mixes. Add the ghee and simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove from flame and garnish with elaichi, cashew and raisins and Serve hot.

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