What is Pongal without the Sakkara Pongal – rice and roasted moong dal which is sweetened with some jaggery! Make this Pongal special with this Sakkara Pongal!
This morning while I was cooking Sakkara Pongal, for the child who demanded we make it today, since we are traveling tomorrow, I was thinking I will share it online too I realised I haven’t posted it on blog at all. What a shame since it, truly, is one of my favorite South Indian desserts!
So here is Sakkara Pongal, a sweet version of the humble pongal. Sweetened with jaggery, flavored with cardamom, I love how the nuttiness of roasted moong dal (which BTW I started doing only after moving to Bangalore, never roasted my moong dal before) is complimented by the jaggery and cashews. Almond silvers are my own sweet addition to it, since I absolutely adore almonds.
Isn’t it amazing how the same harvest festival is celebrated in so many different ways across the country? Come January and there is Pongal in the south, Lohri in the north, Uttarayan in the west! Whether it is celebrating it by dancing to the dhols or flying kites, we sure have an awesome way to celebrate the harvest season! I love the concept of celebrating these festivals, because they give so much importance to the harvest! I remember celebrating Lohri with great gusto when I was a kid! Eating rewri and groundnuts, and of course the yummy til gajak, sarsoon ka saag and makki di roti! The dancing around the bonfire in the evenings! Oh, what fun 🙂 I am sure a lot of us have some amazing food memories associated with every festival when we were growing up!
May the festival of harvest bring along happiness, joy and success for everyone! Because festivals are the time to enjoy with friends and family 🙂