Chakkara Pongal

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Chakara pongal

Chakkara pongal is a popular sweetened rice based dish from South India. 

It is also popular in Srilanka and Thailand especially with the Tamil community.

There are several names across South India and is known as huggi in Karnataka. The dish is specifically made during the pongal festival with moong dal, jaggery and rice with freshly harvested grains.


  • Raw Rice – 2 cup
  • Moong dal- 1/2 cup
  • Jaggery – 500 gm
  • Cashew nuts – 50 gm
  • Raisins – 50 gm
  • Cardamom – 05 no
  • Ghee- 5 tabsp


  • Lightly roast the rice and dal separately till it gets a shine (need not change color)
  • Crush the cardamom in a mortar pestle and make a coarse powder.
  • Cook rice and dal together in twice the volume of water. Mash it well and keep it aside.
  • Heat 1/4 cup of water in a pan and add jaggery to it. When it dissolves, filter it to remove impurities.
  • Simmer the syrup with a spoon of ghee until thickens and gets sticky.
  • Add the syrup to the mashed rice and dal, simmer gently until everything gets blended well
  • Sprinkle the cardamom powder.
  • Fry the cashew nuts and raisins in the ghee. Add it to the mix with the ghee.
  • Cook for a few minutes on low heat until everything gets blended well. Serve hot.

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