Monday, August 18, 2014

Aval Sakkarai Pongal

#AvalSakkaraipongal : Today Gokulashtami is being celebrated by singing songs, dancing, and other activities like breaking the pot with curd or butter which hangs from a tall pole with great fervor.
To celebrate the birth of the Lord Krishna I wanted to prepare a sweet. Then decided to make sakkarai pongal with AVAL - Beaten Rice - Rice Flakes.

Rice flakes sweet pongal - aval sakkarai pongal

Here comes the recipe.

Ingredients : 
1/2 cup                                  Aval
1/4 cup                                  Green gram split
1 pinch                                   Cooking camphor [ pacha karpooram ]
small piece                             Nutmeg
1 pinch                                   Salt
1 cup                                     Milk [ can add more also ]
1/2 cup                                   Jaggery [ adjust ]
3 Tsp                                      Ghee
5                                             Cashew nuts

Method :
Dry roast split green gram until it turns golden color.
Transfer into a bowl and wash once.
Add 1/2 cup water and a pinch of salt, pressure cook for 3 whistles at HIGH.
Then reduce the flame to SIM and cook for 3 minutes.
Take out after the steam subsides and mash with a ladle.
Keep aside.

Now add 1/2 Tsp ghee in the same kadai.
Break cashew nuts into small pieces and roast till it turns golden color.
Take out and keep in a small bowl.

Again in the same kadai add 1 Tsp of ghee and roast aval until it turns golden color.
Transfer into a bowl and keep aside.

Take jaggery in a vessel and add 1/4 cup of water and heat over a small flame.
Keep stirring with a ladle until the jaggery completely dissolves in the water.
Turn off the stove and strain the jaggery mixed water through a tea filter to remove any impurities.
Keep aside.

Take a big vessel and add 1/2 cup of milk.
Bring it to boiling point over a medium flame and reduce the flame.
Add roasted aval and cook till it becomes soft.
Now add mashed green gram and mix well.
When it starts boiling add jaggery water.

Rice flakes sweet pongal

Keep stirring over a medium flame for 2 minutes.
Now add 1/4 cup of milk and keep stirring.
When it gobbles up milk again add 1/4 cup of milk.
Keep stirring otherwise it may get stuck to the bottom.

Stir Rice flakes sweet pongal

When it starts thickening add ghee and keep stirring continuously until sakkarai pongal becomes thick.
Add nutmeg powder and cooking camphor [ pacha karpooram ].
Turn off the stove and transfer into a bowl. Smear a tsp of ghee over the surface using the backside of a spoon.

Apply ghee over Rice flakes sweet pongal

When it is transferred into the bowl it may be in flowing consistency.

Spread roasted cashews over Rice flakes sakkarai pongal

But when it cools down, it thickens and well set which may be cut into pieces.

Rice flakes sweet pongal - aval sakkarai pongal

Aval sakkarai pongal tastes good when its hot!!
It also tastes good even after it cools down to normal temperature.

Other related recipes you may like to try

Buckwheat sakkarai pongal sakkarai pongal samai [ little millet ] sakkarai pongal kuthiraivaali [ barnyard millet ] sakkarai pongal Thinai [ foxtail millet ] sakkarai pongal

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