Sakkarai Pongal | Sweet Pongal | South Indian Rice Sweet

Shakkarai Pongal is a sweetened rice that is famous in Tamil Nadu. Usually made during festivals, Pongal to be exact. But as far as I know this sweet pongal is a common occurrence in my home right from childhood days till now. Earlier it used to be Appa who is a big fan of Shakkarai pongal and to fulfil his sweet tooth Amma used to make this pongal loaded with ghee and nuts but now its my husband's favourite  of course I had to get it right and according to his taste. There are various versions of Shakkarai Pongal in every household, my version is a quickie and without milk, so you can call it a simple Chakkarai pongal. Since its R's favourite  it had to be blogged. I feel that I have not done justice to the pictures and the one and only reason for this is R himself, cos he did not let me click, as he was waiting to enjoy his share of pongal which was being captured :-P. Once a month I make both Ven Pongal and Shakkari Pongal at home for our Saturday breakfast menu. So to make matters simple I pressure cook raw rice and moong dal until soft, mash it up using a laddle and divide it for the 2 recipes and do the rest. So without much delay lets go to the recipe


Recipe Source ~ Own
Serves ~ 3-4 generously


Raw Rice - 1 cup
Moong dal / Split yellow dal - 1/4 cup
Water - 3 cups (to pressure cook rice &dal)
Jaggery - 1/2 cup powdered
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Cashew - 2 tbsp chopped
Raisins - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 2 tbsp (recommended can be reduced)
Ghee - 3 tbsp

  • In a bowl take both the rice and dal, soak for 10-15 mins. Heat water in a pressure cooker and once it starts to boil add the soaked rice & dal. Cover the lid and attach the cooker weight, pressure cook for 4 whistles until soft. 
  • In the meantime bring 1/2 cup water to a boil, add the powdered/ grated jaggery to it, bring it to a boil and once it all melts, let it cook further to become thick, this takes 7 minutes, strain the jaggery syrup and set aside
  • Let the pressure gradually settle, open the lid and using a wooded laddle partially mash the rice & dal, set aside
  • In a wide pan add ghee fry the cashew and raisins one after the other and set aside. To the same pan heat the rest of the ghee add the mashed rice & dal, jaggery syrup. Once it starts to boil, add the cardamom powder and sugar mix well, cook further until it turns to a thick mass and starts to leave the pan. This takes 3 minutes.
Top with nuts & raisins serve warm / cold

Cooks Wisdom

- You can even add coconut bits or even grated coconut while frying the nuts for additional flavour
- Some love to add nutmeg and camphor (edible), if you plan to use them use a very tiny pinch of both not more than that. Since R does not like both flavours I have not used it in this recipe
- Make sure rice and dal is well cooked else add more water and pressure cook for 2 more whistles 
- You can alternately dry roast the dal before pressure cooking, but I usually don't do it
- Adding jaggery gives the yellow tint to the sweet pongal, so this may vary depending on the quality of jaggery you use


  1. Just had lunch, craving for a pudding. you are killing me dear. Looks sooooo delicious... yummmmm

  2. Yummy sakkarai pongal and my son's favourite.

  3. drooling pongal it!!!

  4. wow... super tempting and inviting pongal... my most favorite pongal...

  5. amma do the same , she mix it with moong dal and cook it and mash it and divide in to two half and do the recipes :D Great one ! its oke i feel the pongal is too good

  6. Delicious ! This is one dish which I can never say no.. lovely clicks Priya..

  7. my kids fav.. looks so tempting

  8. It's been a while since I had sakkarai pongal, looking at the pictures, feel like having some..

  9. Being in Tamil Nadu I come across this sweetened rice more often. This method is my favourite ( sweetened one).

  10. I can never refuse a bowl of chakarai pongal. Looks delish

  11. Sakkarai pongal looks so delicious.Love the fabric used.Though I wouldn't mind venpongal I would dive into a bowl of sakkarai pongal anytime:))

  12. yummy this is one of my fav pongal.....
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  13. My all time favourite.. Love this divine pongal at any time.. You have perfectly made it .. Very tempting..

  14. Mouthwatering pongal, and very tempting...

  15. Wish i get that droolworthy pongal my fav..

  16. classic pongal n lovely clicks :-)

  17. super delicious pongal,,,wish to have that bowl of pongal.

  18. omg that a fabulous sakkarai pongal :) looks heavenly to me !! love the presentation !! am going on gawking you drool worthy pongal !! :P

  19. Simple and an all time favorite

  20. can u pass d bowl..dying fan of this..amma also makes same like this..i mean look.

  21. Looks very delicious and yummy.

  22. very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards,
    chakkara pongal recipe


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