Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kothiraivali Sakkarai Pongal, Barnyard Millet Sweetened With Jaggery

          This month, I am very late in posting my dish for the ' Shhhhh Cooking Secretly ' challenge, I was paired with Nalini Suresh, she had given me Kothiraivali/ Barnyard Millet and Vellam/ Jaggery as the secret ingredients. I was kind of very busy this month and hardly cooked anything, but I didn't want to miss the post, so finally, yesterday, I made this sakkarai pongal with barnyard millet. I thought I'll make a kesari ( sweet dish, usually made with semolina and sugar ), using kothiraivali and replacing the sugar with jaggery, but after finishing the dish, I understood that, when sugar is replaced with jaggery, the dish gets the taste of pongal. This is such a simple dish, can be done in under 30 minutes, but the taste was awesome, I felt that it tasted even better than the regular sakkarai pongal that we do with rice. And since we are using millets and jaggery, I can definitely say, it's a very healthy sweet or dessert when compared to other sweets made with white rice, flour and sugar..

Need To Have

  • Kothiraivali/ Barnyard Millet - 1 cup
  • Jaggery - 2 cups
  • Cashews - 8 to 10, broken into small pieces
  • Golden Raisins - 2 tablespoons
  • Ghee - 6 teaspoons
  • Elaichi/ Green Cardamom - 5


          Heat the jaggery with 1/4 cup water, strain and keep. Heat 1 teaspoon ghee, add the cashews and raisins, saute till the raisins puff up and the cashews turn golden, remove and keep. To the same pot, add another teaspoon of ghee, add washed and drained millet and toast it for 2 minutes.

          Now add about 31/2 to 4 cups water, bring it to a boil, cover and cook on reduced heat till soft and done.

          Add the jaggery syrup now and mix well, without any lumps. Mix in the cardamom powder, cashews and raisins, finally add the 4 teaspoons of ghee, mix and serve it warm.

After the millet is cooked, when you mix in the jaggery, cardamom, cashews and raisins and ghee, keep the heat very low.
I have removed the outer skin of the cardamom, removed the seeds from inside, pounded and used it, when done like this, the flavor is awesome.
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  1. Such a lovely preperation Hema :) so inviting, I must try this sometime.

  2. I have been wanting to try the millet varieties but I can't find them in the place I live...The pongal looks very yummy

  3. sad we don't get barnyard millet here, pongal looks so yummy.

  4. wow loving the use of millets to make this traditional pongal more wanting :) looks very very tempting dear !!

  5. Its been sometime since I made sakkarai pongal. Craving for some now. Loved this healthy version

  6. Delicious and healthy pongal, looks very inviting.

  7. Fantastic sweet pongal, mine is still in draft..Will post mine soon..

  8. Have never had millet prepared this way...looks very inviting.

  9. Healthy pongal rercipe specially coz you use jaggery here.. Mich Appreciated