Sarkarai Pongal (Sweet rice) for Thai Pongal

Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Pongal!!

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Last year this time I made a blog for Pongal festival. See the link below:
http://pradeepamohan.net/blog/2012/01/15/pongalo-pongal/
I have defined the festival and why the celebration.

I woke up this morning to the aroma of Sarkarai Pongal, amma (mom) prepared it. My parents and I did ‘neivedhyam’ to the sun God.

Aside: Naivedhyam? It is offering. 

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Sarkarai Pongal (sweet rice/ rice pudding)

This is the most famous intake during pongal season, especially children enjoy having this type of pongal. Last time I wrote about Ven Pongal.

How to make Sarkarai Pongal?

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Ingredients:

  • Uncooked rice (arisi) – 1 cup, can be white or brown rice
  • Yellow moong dhal (paasi paruppu)  – 1/4 cup
  • Milk (paal)  – 1/2 litre
  • Jaggery (vellam) – amount according to taste
  • Ghee (nei) – 3 tablespoons, if health concious can use olive oil 🙂
  •  Cashewnuts (kaju/munthiri) and raisins (draachai) – a handful of each
  • Elachi powder (elakaai podi) – 1 teaspoon

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Method:

Boil the rice and moong dhal in 2 cups of water. After it is cooked, in about 20 minutes, add the milk and jaggery and let it to boil. In a different saucepan, saute the nuts and raisins in the ghee. After the nuts turn crispy brown add this mixture to the rice pot. Add the elachi powder at the end.

Enjoy the taste of SWEET rice.

In South India pongal is made in ‘Veragaduppu’. The pongal is cooked in the front of the house using a build up stone stove and using wood planks and dried leaves from coconut tree to light up the fire. ‘Mannpaanai’ clay pot is used to make the pongal, not AMC 😛

All kinds of country vegetables like elephant yam, cucumber, raw banana and many more are bought or plucked from fields that are grown in farms or farm yards. These are offered to the Sun God as ‘Prasadam’. Sugarcanes are offered to the Sun and other God statues. The floors are decorated with ‘rangoli’ and ‘kolams’. A group ladies stand together infront of their houses facing the Sun. They say “pongalo pongal” and cook this rice. This is a way of thanking the sun for the good harvest for the year.

Let us thank the sun
For burning himself to give us life
Let us thank Plants
For sacrificing themself for us
Let us thank cattles and animals
For Helping us to sustain our life

Enjoy this day to the fullest.

Prad 🙂

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