Sakkarai Pongal recipe for Pongal | Chakkara Pongal recipe for Sankranti
So we can clean the kitchen counter and gas stove at night of Bhogi festival. Draw a kolam with rice flour or a piece of chalk. We should avoid kola podi on the kitchen counter , obviously.
The image shows a lotus design I have drawn . Two borders on either side of the stove are also there but they are missing in this image.
I use what is called a uruli to make Pongal. After washing it well, I apply turmeric powder all around and then apply kumkum also to symbolically represent the Pongal pot
Once the jaggery syrup is ready add the already cooked rice and dhal combination ( in a pressure cooker as stated already ) and stir well.
Garnish with cashew nuts , one clove and raisins that are added finally as otherwise they may get overcooked. To garnish use ghee generously.
Sakkarai Pongal or sweet Pongal is ready to be offered as naivedyam for Pongal festival
The traditional method of making Pongal is by boiling milk and then adding rice , dhal and jaggery and allowing them to get cooked. This method takes a long time for all the ingredients to get cooked.
This method is followed in villages and this is the method we used when we were young and lived in a small town that can be termed as a village also in those days.