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* Raw rice 1 cup

* Split Moong dhal half cup

* Crushed Jaggery 1.5 cup

* Ghee half cup

* Cashews 10 no

* Dry grapes 10 no

* Cardamom 4 no

* Green camphor (Pachai Karpooram) half pinch


1. Dry roast moong dhal in slow flame till it turns golden brown

2. Add to rice, wash with water and drain

3. Add five cups of water and pressure cook for five minutes.

4. Bring to boil one and half cups of water in a vessel, add jaggery. When fully melted, remove from heat, filter out any dust and continue to cook till it attains half string consistency.

5. Smash the rice gently, add the jaggery syrup and mix well

6. Heat quarter cup of ghee, roast cashews and grapes and add to the pongal and mix well.

7. Heat the pongal for 2 to 3 min, with constant stirring and remove from heat

8. Add crushed cardamom and powdered green camphor, and remaining ghee and mix well.

Sweet mango pachadi


  • Raw mango 300g
  • Jaggery 100g
  • Ghee 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom 2 no powdered (optional)
  • Red chilli 1 no, broken into two pieces
  • Curry leaves 10 no
  • Mustard seed 1 tsp
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Coconut grated 1/4 cup


1 Scrab out the skin and grate the mango into small pieces

2 Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and let it splutter

3 Add chilli pieces and curry leaves

4 Add water and bring it boil

5 Add mango pieces, cover it with a lid and simmer for 7m or till the gravy thickens

6 Add jaggery and continue cooking for 3m more or till gravy thickens

7 Remove from heat, add ghee, coconut and cardamom. Mix well and serve.

Paal Payasam (Milk Payasam)


  • Milk 1 liter (¼ gallons)
  • Raw rice 50 grams (2 ounces)
  • Cashews 6 finely sliced
  • Cardamoms 3 powdered
  • Sugar (depends on how sweetness you want)
  • Pachai Karpooram (Raw Camphor) size of a whole black pepper
  • Ghee (clarified butter) 2 tsp


  1. Prep:
    1. Fry the rice in 1 tsp ghee on low heat till it becomes golden brown.
    2. Let the rice cool
    3. Grind it coarsely and boil it in water and cook it
  2. Heat the milk in low heat until it reduces to half its volume
  3. Add the cooked rice and cook for 5 minutes and remove from heat
  4. While its still hot add sugar, cashews, cardamoms, pachai karpooram, and the left over ghee and stir till the sugar dissolves
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Sakarai Pongal (Sweet Pongal)


  • Raw rice 250 grams (½ lb)
  • Paasi paruppu (Moong dal) 50 grams (½ cup)
  • Vellam (Jaggery/Brown sugar) 300 grams (¾ lb)
  • Cashews 10 no
  • Raisin (dry grapes) – 20 no
  • Cardamom 10 split
  • Coconut cut into tiny bits (1/2 cup)
  • Ghee (clarified butter) 100 grams (½ cup)


  1. Fry the moong dal in a pan without oil till it turns light brown
  2. Mix the rice and dal together and and press cook (3 whistles +3 m sim) with water (3 to 4 cups of water for each cup of rice+dal). When cool, open the cooker and lightly smash the rice-dhal mix. Check the consistency, if watery, heat in sim mode further with constant mixing to get desired consistency
  3. Heat ½ cup water in a pan with the brown sugar and boil till the syrup reaches the consistency where if you take a pinch of the syrup between your fingers it should be sticky and form a thread between the fingers
  4. Remove from heat and mix the boiled rice to the syrup
  5. Fry the cashews, raisins and coconut bits, each separately, in 2 tsp ghee till they brown lightly and add to the rice
  6. Add crushed cardamoms and the left over ghee and mix well