Sweet Pongal (Huggi)

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One convenient reason why blogging makes it worthwhile for me is because I can refer to my own recipes online anytime for years to come. I know it sounds silly, but it is true.  

 A few days ago while contemplating what to make for dinner; it occurred to me that it had been a while since I made the delicious Cheesy Vegetable Pulav. I decided to make it that evening, but could not remember the exact ingredients that went into the masala and so I scrambled to check for the recipe in my old diary. I usually scribble down recipes on-the-go in my diary with a handwriting that could give even the most ‘competent’ doctors a run for their money. Anyway I froze when I realized that I had not penned down this recipe and I thought that I had lost it for ever. I was about to yell at myself but as eureka moment realized that I had blogged that recipe and that I could refer to it at my own site. Boy! It was a strange feeling but suffice to say that I was pleased with myself! 

 Anyway, the ‘moral’ of this episode was to keep a record of my important recipes be it online or my diary.  I had prepared this recipe for Pongal January and was sitting pretty in the draft mode for way too long.

Anyway, this Sweet Pongal is a traditional sweet dish made with the combination of rice and moong daal.  This is prepared during special occasions and also made during the festival of Pongal/Sankranthi along with the spicy khichdi/ Khara Pongal.


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  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup moong daal
  • 1.5 cup jaggery
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dry coconut [use regular coconut if dry not available]
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • Handful raisins
  • Ghee
  • cashews


  •  Cook the rice along with the moong daal by adding both water and milk. This should be mushy and liquidy.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, melt the jaggery along with little water (1/4 cup).
  • Then add the cooked rice daal mixture and stir well.
  • Then add the dry coconut mixture and continue to stir until the water evaporates and the jaggery thickens up. If this is too dry, add little more milk to this.
  • Add the cardamom powder, 2 tsp ghee, mix and close the lid and switch off the gas.
  • In a separate pan add ghee and add the raisins and cashews. Stir until the raisins plump and cashews get a brown color.
  • Add to the sweet rice mixture and close the lid.



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  1. Asha says:

    I just did the same thing! I referred to my own Coconut Chammanthi I posted for RCI Kerala to make it today!:D
    Love the sweet Pongal, it’s like Indian rice pudding with Cardamom and Jaggery, YUM! My kids love Vanilla rice pudding. Enjoy, take care, see you again in May!:)

  2. TBC says:

    I think most people who have a food blog blog to keep track of their experiments in the kitchen. I know I do.:-) I go back and refer to it all the time, especially the baked stuff.
    I have posts from Onam 2007 sitting in my drafts! 🙁

    I like sweet pongal. Yours looks very good.:-)

  3. Seema says:

    Lovely Sweet POngal or Sakkarai Pongal as called in South India! I love this dish… my Fav! Just had a whole lot last week.. A friend here makes it just excellent & so she had my craving satisfied!!

  4. Laavanya says:

    That looks yummy Red Chillies.
    I don’t know if anyone uses my blog as much as I do.. i refer to it for most everything I make since I’ve blogged quite a few regulars.. 🙂 I’m not good at remembering recipes.

  5. Kalai says:

    I know exactly what you mean! I’ve found myself looking up some of my recipes, too. It’s a very bizarre feeling, but so useful to have these recipes at your fingertips! 🙂 Sarkkarai pongal looks delicious!

  6. pixen says:

    ok… how do I say this… 😀 I love sweet pongal. First time I tasted it at 4-5 years old when I was sent to be taken care by my mom’s indian friends. Mom had to attend some familly matters and Dad was away under govt duties. Besides the temple visits, few weeks later was Thaipusam festival. When the Lord Muruga’s in Silver Chariot came by, I was blessed and given a packet of Sweet Pongal which I later learnt about it :-D. From that day, I always looking forward to this dessert. People laughed at me when I said love this dish…why? It’s because I’m not Indian LOL. I must make this dessert… thank you for the recipe!

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