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Ingredients

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1/2 cup Raw Rice
1/4 cup Green gram dal
1 1/2 cups Water
1 1/4 cup Milk
few strands Saffron
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
12 Cashew
10 Raisins
2 tbsp Ghee
FOR THE JAGGERY SYRUP
1 1/4 cup Jaggery
1/4 cup Water

Instant pot Sakkarai Pongal

A modern , easy way of cooking the traditional Sakkarai pongal

Cuisine:
  • 22 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • FOR THE JAGGERY SYRUP

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Pongal is a festival celebrated in Tamilnadu and Pondicherry. This festival celebrates the harvest of the year. Pongal is celebrated on the first day of Tamil month Thai. It is also known as Thai Pongal. This four-day-long harvest festival is a thanksgiving to sun-god and lord Indra for helping the farmers with good rain and sunshine so that there is an abundance of harvest. This modern-day needs a modern way of celebrating the harvest festival and one such is this instant pot Sakkarai Pongal

Typically Pongal falls on 14th or 15 th of January. This year Pongal is celebrated on 15 th January 2020. I olden times, Pongal was cooked in Pongal paanai which is an earthen pot or a brass pot. We cook Pongal in brass pot even now. But when you are short of time and for youngsters who do not live in India, it is not very practical to make Pongal or Sakkarai Pongal in ponga paanai. Here comes the modern gadget in use like an electric pressure cooker like the instant pot. Let us see the quick way of cooking this instant pot sakkarai pongal

Instant pot sakkarai pongal

Sakkarai Pongal Cooked in Intsant pot

Cooking of Sakkarai Pongal in instant pot is very easy and can be cooked in a very short time. The cooking time is 7 minutes while it takes another 10 minutes for the pressure to release. We cook the rice dal mixture in the base pot of the instant pot while the jaggery syrup gets cooked in the inner pot kept on a trivet. And when everything is cooked and the pressure is released, we just have to mix in both the syrup and rice dal mixture to get a smooth delicious Sakkarai Pongal cooked in a very short time.

Does the instant pot Sakkarai Pongal taste like the authentic one

This will be the question to many who stand by the conventional method of cooking Sakkarai Pongal. I have tried and tested this many times and I can vouch for the taste and texture of this Pongal and it matches the one which is cooked conventionally with the advantage of not spending much time while this gets cooked.

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Steps

1
Done

Add 1 tbsp of milk to the saffron strands in a bowl and keep aside.

2
Done

Take 1/2 cup of rice and 1/4 cup of green gram dal. clean it well

3
Done

Rinse it in water a couple of times and keep aside

4
Done

Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in the instant pot in SAUTE MODE

5
Done

Add the cashews and fry till it browns a little

6
Done

Now add the raisins and let it swell up fully and remove the nuts and keep aside

7
Done

Now add water to the instant pot

8
Done

Now add milk to the instant pot

9
Done

Now add the washed rice dal mixture

10
Done

Pour in the saffron milk mixture and mix well

11
Done

Now keep a trivet in the inner pot

12
Done

Add jaggery to a smaller vessel and keep it on the trivet

13
Done

Add water to the jaggery

14
Done

Now sprinkle the cardamom powder on the jaggery

15
Done

Close the lid of the instant pot. Keep it vent in the SEALING POSITION

16
Done

Cook it in PRESSURE COOK MODE OR MANUAL MODE FOR 6 MINUTES.

17
Done

Let the pressure release naturally

18
Done

Now take out the jaggery syrup, Strain it and add it to the cooked pongal. Mix well

19
Done

Mash the cooked rice dal mixture and jaggery syrup well while it is still hot

20
Done

Add the fried nuts and the remaining 1 tbsp of ghee to this, mix well and offer it the the lord and then partake it

 

Instant pot sakkarai pongal

Instant pot Sakkarai Pongal

Veena
A MODERN , EASY WAY OF COOKING THE TRADITIONAL SAKKARAI PONGAL
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 532 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 Cup Raw Rice
  • 1/4 Cup Green gram dal/ Moong Dal
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 Cup Milk
  • Few Strands Saffron
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 12 Cashews
  • 10 Raisins
  • 2 tbsp Ghee

FOR THE JAGGERY SYRUP

  • 1 1/4 cup Jaggery
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Add 1 tbsp of milk to the saffron strands in a bowl and keep aside.
  • Take 1/2 cup of rice and 1/4 cup of green gram dal. clean it well
  • Rinse it in water a couple of times and keep aside
  • Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in the instant pot in SAUTE MODE
  • Add the cashews and fry till it browns a little
  • Now add the raisins and let it swell up fully and remove the nuts and keep aside
  • Now add water to the instant pot
  • Now add milk to the instant pot
  • Now add the washed rice dal mixture
  • Pour in the saffron milk mixture and mix well
  • Now keep a trivet in the inner pot
  • Add jaggery to a smaller vessel and keep it on the trivet
  • Add water to the jaggery
  • Now sprinkle the cardamom powder on the jaggery
  • Close the lid of the instant pot. Keep it vent in the SEALING POSITION
  • Cook it in PRESSURE COOK MODE OR MANUAL MODE FOR 6 MINUTES.
  • Let the pressure release naturally
  • Now take out the jaggery syrup, Strain it and add it to the cooked pongal. Mix well
  • Add the fried nuts to this and offer it the the lord and then partake it

Notes

  1. If you have nut allergy, do not add it.
  2. The sweetness of the final dish entirely depends on ones taste. You can add upto 2 cups of jaggery for the same recipe
  3. 3. The sakkai pongal thickens as it cools down. Add more water or milk if necessary
  4. Pacchai kalpuram can be added for the authentic taste

Nutrition

Calories: 532kcalCarbohydrates: 95gProtein: 8gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 41mgPotassium: 282mgFiber: 4gSugar: 68gVitamin A: 124IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 2mg
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