Sakkarai Pongal

Sakkarai pongal.
A delicious dessert from Tamil cuisine.
Pongal is a popular rice dish, originating from Tamil Nadu. In Tamil “pongal” ” means to ” boil over ” or “spill over”.
Sakkarai pongal (literally sweet pongal) is generally prepared in temples as a prasadam, (an offering made to a deity). This type of pongal is also made during Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu.
Ingredients can include rice, coconut and mung bean. Sakarai pongal is traditionally sweetened with jaggery, which gives the pongal a brown colour, though it can be sweetened with white sugar instead.
Source – Wikipedia

This post is going to be a part of a Facebook group Recipe swap challenge initiated by Jolly and Vidya.
We have to recreate a recipe from a fellow blogger’s blog. This month my partner is very talented blogger Priya Iyer who blog at My word through my eyes.
Check out her space for delicious and authentic recipes. I have selected this recipe Classic shakkari pongal from her space.

 

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I love the aroma of ghee fried moong dal. So I have fried the dal. This dessert is not only delicious but aromatic. I am sure you will love the taste and flavour. Jaggery, ghee fried moong dal, cardamom and nutmeg made this dessert super yummy and aromatic. Nutmeg is optional if you don’t like, then you can skip it. If you want to make it vegan then skip milk and use water instead.

Recipe

Rice – 1/4 cup

Moong dal or yellow lentil – 1/4 cup

Jaggery powder – 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Water – 2 cup

Cashew – 2 tablespoon, broken

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Rinse and drain the rice and dal separately.

2. Heat ghee in a pan add the cashew nuts. Fry till the cashews becomes light brown. Remove from ghee.

3. Now fry the raisins. When the raisins fluff up immediately remove from ghee.

4. In the same pan add drained moong dal. Fry till the dal starts to change it’s colour.

5. Add the rice and fry with dal for a few seconds.

6. Transfer the fried rice and dal in a pressure cooker. You can also fry the dry fruits, rice and dal in pressure cooker.

7. Add 2 cup water in pressure cooker. Close the lid and cook for 4 whistle or till rice and dal becomes soft.
Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

8. Open the pressure cooker. Mash the rice and dal with a spatula or ladle.

9. Add milk and let it boil. When it starts to boil, add grated fresh coconut and reduce the heat.

10. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes or till you get your desired consistency. Keep stirring.

11. Don’t make it dry. It will dry up when cool. Keep the consistency like kheer or rice pudding.

12. Add jaggery powder and mix. I like less sweat but if you like your shakkari pongal more sweet then taste and add 1 tablespoon more jaggery powder if require.

13. Add fried cashews, raisins, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well and remove from heat. Nutmeg is optional if you don’t like the flavour, then you can skip it.

14. If it’s become too dry add little more milk or water.
Your shakkari pongal is ready. Serve warm or cold. It will be delicious in both ways.

Notes

1. If you want to make it dairy free, then omit milk and use only water.

2. Colour of this dessert depends on the colour of the jaggery you are using.

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Chapor Or Lentil Patties In Mustard Sauce

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Chapor or lentil patties in mustard sauce. Chapor ghonto is an authentic recipe of Bengal. Made of Matar dal or split dried pea lentil patties with mishmash of vegetables. Heard about chapor ghonto from a friend. Never tried before. Google it. So many recipes with veggies like potatoes pumpkin eggplants parwal or pointed gourd etc.

 

But first time made exactly as my friend told. It was with mustard paste. I used mustard powder. Needn’t much spices yet delicious. Used only ginger, green chilli, mustard powder and panch phoran. It was yummy. Didn’t get Matar dal or split dried pea lentil in local grocery. So used Chana dal or Bengal gram.

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Dal or lentils are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron. And still low in calories and contain virtually no fat.

 

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #DalDelights. Any recipe with dal or lentil.

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So made this chapor again. But made with little changes. And very happy with the result.This time I have added tomato, garlic and kashmiri red chili powder. And the taste was amazing.

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Recipe

 Chana dal/Bengal gram or Matar dal/split dried pea lentil – 1 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Little oil for shallow frying

For the gravy

 Mustard powder – 2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Garlic – 3 cloves

Tomato – 1 chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 and 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Panch phoran – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander leaves – 1 teaspoon chopped

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

 Wash and soak the lentils or dal overnight. Grind them with ginger and green chilli. Add very little water if require. Don’t make it runny. Batter should be thick. Add salt and cumin powder. Beat well.Make patties with this batter and shallow fry in a nonstick pan with very little oil. Keep aside.

 

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Soak the mustard powder in cold water. I have used Weikfield mustard powder. Blend the powder in cold water thoroughly till it becomes a thick cream. Allow to stand for 10 minutes to develop full flavour.

 

Grind the garlic, tomato and green chilli. Heat mustard oil in a pan. Add panch phoran. Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

 

Let the panch phoran splatter.Now add garlic tomato and green chilli paste. Saute till the oil leaves side. Add soaked mustard powder, salt, turmeric powder,chopped coriander leaves and kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute and add water. Add water as requir for gravy. Let it boil and add the lentil patties. Cook on simmer for 10 – 12 minutes or until the patties becomes soft.

 

Stir and mix well. Check and adjust the seasoning and switch off the flame. Chapor in mustard sauce is ready. Garnish with slit green chilli or chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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