During poojas or on auspicious days,we make sweets and offer to the mother goddess. This was one such day and dish.
The entire making process has been divided into five steps for easy understaning.
Step 1 – roasting rice and moong dal: Pick ½ cup rice and ⅓ cup moong dal and clear the stones in it. In a small pan, dry roast the rice and dal in a medium flame till it turns aromatic. Dont brown them. When it gets cool, rinse with plain water.
Step 2 – cooking rice & moong dal for sweet Pongal: Add 3 to 4 cups of water and pressure cook for 5 to 6 whistles. Water and Number of whistles differs with the consistency. Adjust as per your requirement. Turn off the stove after the whistles, let it cool. Once the pressure sets off, open the cooker and mash the boiled rice and dal with a spoon.
Step 3 – preparing jaggery syrup for sweet Pongal: take 1/2 cup jaggery and 1/4 cup water. Smash the Jaggery like ice cubes or a size smaller than that, add the water. Boil it in the stove, stir well so that nothing sticks at the bottom. once the jaggery get mixed strain with strainer.
Step 4 – making sweet Pongal: Add the strained jaggery syrup to the boiled rice and dal mix. Mix well no lumps remain.
Step 5 – frying dry fruits for sweet Pongal: Take 3 or 4 spoons of ghee, heat it add cashews. Once it turn brown remove it from the ghee. Add raisin, once bulges add 1/2 spoon cardamom powder. Add all these dry fruits in the pongal. Mix well. Garnish well as you wish. The delicious yummy sweet pongal is ready to offer Matha.