varagu sakkarai pongal | kodo millet sweet pongal recipe
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Serves: 3
To Pressure cook:
  • Kodo millet/varagarisi - ½ cup
  • Moong dal/paasi parupu - 2 tbsp
  • Water - 2 cups
Jaggery syrup:
  • Jaggery - ¾ cup tightly packed
  • Water - ½ cup
  • Cardamom powder - ⅛ tsp
To Temper:
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cashews - 10
  • Raisins - 10
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
Additional flavor:
  • Milk - ¼ cup
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  1. Dry roast 2 tbsp moong dal(paasi parupu) in low flame until color changes mildly. Take ½ cup kodo millet along with roasted moong dal in a bowl.
  2. Wash twice or thrice. Transfer the millet and dal to a pressure cooker, leaving the sand/stones settled in the water.
  3. Add 2 cups water and pressure cook in high flame(knob #8) for 3 whistles.
  4. Stir once. If you like mashed pongal, then just mash it well with ladle. In a pan, add ¾ cup jaggery along with ½ cup water.
  5. Add a generous pinch of cardamom powder and let it boil until jaggery dissolves well. Filter the syrup for impurities.
  6. Add filtered syrup to pongal.
  7. Add a tsp of ghee and cook in medium flame for 10 mins. Then, add ¼ cup milk(this is optional).
  8. Again add a tsp of ghee to pongal and cook in low flame for 5 mins. In a separate pan, add a tbsp of ghee and fry cashews & raisins. Take off raisins as soon as it puffs up. Take off cashews once slightly browned.
  9. Keep aside fried cahews and raisins. In the same pan, in remaining ghee, add 2 tbsp grated coconut and fry for a minute.
  10. Add ghee-fried coconut, cashews and raisins to varagu pongal.
1.If you want the moong dal to be slightly crunchy in your pongal, then roast it till mild color change. If you want it to be mashed, then roast for 1 minute and remove before color changes.
2.If you want your pongal to be grainy, then reduce ½ cup water and opt for 2 whistles.
3.If you don't like milkish pongal taste, pls skip milk.
4. The color of pongal depends upon jaggery color. Get deep-colored jaggery(paagu vellam) for thick color.
Recipe by My Healthy Kiddo at