Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sarkarai Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal / Chakkara Pongal / Jaggery Rice, a sweet dish


  • Take a pressure cooker.
  • Add 2 cups of washed raw rice, ½ cup of slightly roasted split green gram and 4 cups of water.
  • Pressure cook till the contents become soft.
  • Remove the lid.
  • Add ½ cup of ghee, 5 cups of grated jaggery and 100 ml of milk.
  • Stir and cook under low flame so as to get the contents thick.
  • Add a tsp of cardamom powder, 10 each of fried cashew nuts and fried raisins.
  • Mix well and serve hot or cold.

Glossary:
Raw rice – Colam rice / Pacharisi / Kachcha chaval
Split green gram – Pasipparuppu / Moong dal wash
Jaggery – Vellam / Gud
Cardamom – Elakkai / Elaichi
Cashew nut / Mundhiri paruppu / Khaju
Raisin - Kismis / Ular dhrakshai

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kesari (A type of halwa like dessert: Kulipirai, Sivagangai, Devakottai special)

Ingredients:

  • Rava (Sooji) - 1 cup
  • Ghee - 4 tbsp
  • Sugar - 2 cups
  • Saffron or Kesari powder – 1 pinch
  • Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - 5
  • Raisins (Kismis) - 5
  • Water - 2 cups
Method of preparation:

  • Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a pan.
  • Fry cashew nuts.
  • Remove the fried cashew nuts and keep separately.
  • Now in the same pan roast rava, till golden brown.
  • Add boiling water.
  • Keep the flame low till the rava is cooked.
  • Add 2 tbsp of ghee, sugar and stir it continuously till it becomes thick.
  • Add saffron or kesari powder, cardamom powder, raisins and fried cashew nuts.
  • Stir a little.
  • Serve hot.